Letters 10-24-2016

It’s Obama’s 1984 Several editions ago I concluded a short letter to the editor with an ominous rhetorical flourish: “Welcome to George Orwell’s 1984 and the grand opening of the Federal Department of Truth!” At the time I am sure most of the readers laughed off my comments as right-wing hyperbole. Shame on you for doubting me...

Gun Bans Don’t Work It is said that mass violence only happens in the USA. A lone gunman in a rubber boat, drifted ashore at a popular resort in Tunisia and randomly shot and killed 38 mostly British and Irish tourists. Tunisian gun laws, which are among the most restrictive in the world, didn’t stop this mass slaughter. And in January 2015, two armed men killed 11 and wounded 11 others in an attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. French gun laws didn’t stop these assassins...

Scripps’ Good Deed No good deed shall go unpunished! When Dan Scripps was the 101st District State Representative, he introduced legislation to prevent corporations from contaminating (e.g. fracking) or depleting (e.g. Nestle) Michigan’s water table for corporate profit. There are no property lines in the water table, and many of us depend on private wells for abundant, safe, clean water. In the subsequent election, Dan’s opponents ran a negative campaign almost solely on the misrepresentation that Dan’s good deed was a government takeover of your private water well...

Political Definitions As the time to vote draws near it’s a good time to check into what you stand for. According to Dictionary.com the meanings for liberal and conservative are as follows:

Liberal: Favorable to progress or reform as in political or religious affairs.

Conservative: Disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditions and limit change...

Voting Takes A Month? Hurricane Matthew hit the Florida coast Oct. 6, over three weeks before Election Day. Bob Ross (Oct. 17th issue) posits that perhaps evacuation orders from Governor Scott may have had political motivations to diminish turnout and seems to praise Hillary Clinton’s call for Gov. Scott to extend Florida’s voter registration deadline due to evacuations...

Clinton Foundation Facts Does the Clinton Foundation really spend a mere 10 percent (per Mike Pence) or 20 percent (per Reince Priebus) of its money on charity? Not true. Charity Watch gives it an A rating (the same as it gives the NRA Foundation) and says it spends 88 percent on charitable causes, and 12 percent on overhead. Here is the source of the misunderstanding: The Foundation does give only a small percentage of its money to charitable organizations, but it spends far more money directly running a number of programs...

America Needs Change Trump supports our constitution, will appoint judges that will keep our freedoms safe. He supports the partial-birth ban; Hillary voted against it. Regardless of how you feel about Trump, critical issues are at stake. Trump will increase national security, monitor refugee admissions, endorse our vital military forces while fighting ISIS. Vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence will be an intelligent asset for the country. Hillary wants open borders, increased government regulation, and more demilitarization at a time when we need strong military defenses...

My Process For No I will be voting “no” on Prop 3 because I am supportive of the process that is in place to review and approve developments. I was on the Traverse City Planning Commission in the 1990s and gained an appreciation for all of the work that goes into a review. The staff reviews the project and makes a recommendation. The developer then makes a presentation, and fellow commissioners and the public can ask questions and make comments. By the end of the process, I knew how to vote for a project, up or down. This process then repeats itself at the City Commission...

Regarding Your Postcard If you received a “Vote No” postcard from StandUp TC, don’t believe their lies. Prop 3 is not illegal. It won’t cost city taxpayers thousands of dollars in legal bills or special elections. Prop 3 is about protecting our downtown -- not Munson, NMC or the Commons -- from a future of ugly skyscrapers that will diminish the very character of our downtown...

Vote Yes It has been suggested that a recall or re-election of current city staff and Traverse City Commission would work better than Prop 3. I disagree. A recall campaign is the most divisive, costly type of election possible. Prop 3, when passed, will allow all city residents an opportunity to vote on any proposed development over 60 feet tall at no cost to the taxpayer...

Yes Vote Explained A “yes” vote on Prop 3 will give Traverse City the right to vote on developments over 60 feet high. It doesn’t require votes on every future building, as incorrectly stated by a previous letter writer. If referendums are held during general elections, taxpayers pay nothing...

Beware Trump When the country you love have have served for 33 years is threatened, you have an obligation and a duty to speak out. Now is the time for all Americans to speak out against a possible Donald Trump presidency. During the past year Trump has been exposed as a pathological liar, a demagogue and a person who is totally unfit to assume the presidency of our already great country...

Picture Worth 1,000 Words Nobody disagrees with the need for affordable housing or that a certain level of density is dollar smart for TC. The issue is the proposed solution. If you haven’t already seen the architect’s rendition for the site, please Google “Pine Street Development Traverse City”...

Living Wage, Not Tall Buildings Our community deserves better than the StandUp TC “vote no” arguments. They are not truthful. Their yard signs say: “More Housing. Less Red Tape. Vote like you want your kids to live here.” The truth: More housing, but for whom? At what price..

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Cherry Poppin‘ Daddies

Rick Coates - August 1st, 2011
Paella in the Park sold out last year in its debut with John Popper and
Blues Traveler headlining an evening that featured local wines, paellas
and West Bay as a strong supporting cast. The event this year returns
Friday, August 5 at the former Clinch Park Zoo site in TC, and with
vocalist Steve Perry taking the stage, it is certain to be a sell-out
Now this particular Steve Perry is with the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, the
best-selling swing band, whose smash hit album “Zoot Suit Riot” sold over
two million copies in the U.S. and spent 53 weeks on the Billboard charts,
helping to usher in the swing dance craze to a new generation.
“The Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula and Porterhouse Productions are
teaming up to produce what now has become the summer culinary and music
event of the year in Northern Michigan,” said Cal Ledbetter, events
manager with Brown Paper Tickets. “Last year’s inaugural festival  sold
out, attracting close to 2,000 attendees. Because of space constraints
tickets are limited again this year and we are encouraging people to get
tickets in advance.”

The Paella in the Park concept came from Sam Porter of Porterhouse
“The Wineries of Old Mission came to me looking to do something unique in
Traverse City and I presented the idea of doing a big paella (pronounced
“pie-AY-ya”) event,” said Porter. “Paella is a peasant-style Spanish dish
with rice and typically various meats. I got the idea because I grew up
eating paella as a result of my father traveling to Spain where it is
popular and we ended up having paella every Sunday with family.”
Paella in the Park will feature the seven wineries of Old Mission
Peninsula paired with seven regional chefs who will prepare Spanish
paellas on-site. Each winery hosts a station featuring three 36” pans in
which chefs cook paella using wines from the vintner and fresh local
“Chefs representing various local restaurants will prepare their own
unique takes on paella,” said Porter.  “Festival attendees will have the
opportunity to converse with local chefs about the art of making paella,
as well as enjoy food and wine at each station.”
Porter has built a series of events in the region by incorporating local
food, wines and beers with entertainment. Paella in the Park will also
feature Michigan-based Afro-Cuban band Grupo Aye and Philadelphia-based
roots rockers Hoots & Hellmouth as opening acts.
Grupo Aye specializes in a grooving, danceable sound that mixes salsa,
Latin jazz, bachata and merengue influences. Hoots & Hellmouth has won
over audiences with their blistering foot-stompers and tight three-part
harmonies. Headliners Cherry Poppin’ Daddies along with a few surprises
will cap off the night.

“This evening flows nicely between the food, wine and the music. Plus we
will have a few surprises that will be unveiled that night,” said Porter.
“It is going to be an impressive site having the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies at
sunset on the shores of West Grand Traverse Bay with their high energy
show that will draw everyone into their music. I expect a lot of dancing
from people of all ages that night.”
The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies were the first band to ever have a neo-swing
album crack the Top 40 on the Billboard 200. Rolling Stone magazine
declared them the “leaders” of the swing revival, and even after hitting
it big 15 years ago (they took a few years off from 2000-04) they still
averaged 300 shows a year, traveling internationally as headliners with
major music festivals. 

Tickets to Paella in the Park, which will be held in conjunction with
Friday Night Live and Traverse City’s Annual Downtown Street Sale, are on
sale now at www.brownpapertickets.com/. Tickets are $41 in advance or $46
at the door (the additional $1 per ticket will benefit Traverse City’s Bay
Front Parks) and include a commemorative wine glass, (5) 2 oz. wine pours,
(3) 4 oz. servings of paella and all entertainment. Additional food and
wine tickets will be available for purchase at the event. This event is
open to ages 21+, no exceptions. Festival proceeds will benefit local
non-profits Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula and Bay Front Parks. For
info on Porterhouse Productions check out www.porterhouseproductions.com
-- to learn more about the wineries of Old Mission go to
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