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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Rick Coates - August 22nd, 2011
Suds & Song
TC Microbrew & Music Fest chugs this weekend

By Rick Coates

The festival season is winding down and and putting an exclamation mark on
a stellar summer of events is the Third Annual Traverse City Microbrew &
Music Festival.
The brainchild of Sam Porter and Porterhouse Productions, the festival
will take place this weekend, August 26 & 27, at the Village at Grand
Traverse Commons. The Microbrew & Music Festival will feature over 50
craft breweries, wineries, cider and mead makers along with 10 local
In keeping with Porter’s philosophy of creating gatherings that celebrate
music, food and drink, over 70 musicians will share the spotlight with
brewmasters and winemakers.
The festival will kick off on Friday, August 26 from 5-10 p.m. featuring
headliner Martin Sexton with tickets at $30 (Sexton has been garnering $25
to $40 a ticket this summer on his tour). In addition to Sexton, other
performances include Euforquestra, Grand Traverse Pipes and Drums and Jam
Rek drummers. The night will also feature $3 pints and a new event that
Porter is excited about.

“We have the Michigan exclusive on the Silent Disco. This has become
extremely popular as of late,” said Porter. “How it works is we will have
a special tent where people get headphones to use and there will be a DJ
spinning tunes. Only people with headphones are able to hear the music. It
is really wild to walk in and see several hundred people dancing around
and singing and not being able to hear the music.”
The silent disco tent has been enjoying popularity at several music
festivals including Bonnaroo and Glastonbury this year. The silent disco
tent allows up to 200 festivalgoers at a time to dance to music broadcast
via a FM-transmitter to wireless headphones worn by participants, giving
the effect they’re dancing in silence. Popular local DJs and local music
venues will trade off spinning music every hour all night Friday and
Saturday in the silent disco tent during the festival.
Day two will feature an expanded festival experience from 4-10 p.m on
Saturday. Tickets are $40 and include a commemorative festival cup and
five drink tokens. The 50-plus beverage makers will offer over 200
flavors of beer, cider, mead and wine. Additional tasting tokens on
Saturday are available for $1 for a 7-oz. pours. The live lineup will
include Rebirth Brass Band, Barrage, Euforquestra, Ella Riot, That 1 Guy,
Grand Traverse Pipes and Drums and several other acts, along with the
Silent Disco in full swing.

“There is so much I am proud of in regards to this event. Certainly the
fact that the community has embraced it. I’m seeing a trend of more
collaborative type efforts in the region as result,” said Porter. “Also
the charitable component of this event. Each food vendor is partnering
with a local charity so we will be benefitting everything from the
Cherryland Humane Society to the Women’s Cancer Fund to the Cherry T-Ball
Drop among others.”
He adds that the festival features an educational component. “We have the
MSU Extension Educational Tent featuring workshops on beer-related topics,
and the popular Hop ‘N Brew tasting shack where brewers discuss a
particular special release.”
In addition to each food vendor making donations to local charities,
proceeds from the festival will benefit Munson cancer support units and
the Cherry T Ball Drop, which collects funds and food donations for area
shelters every New Year’s Eve.
Porter advises advance ticket sales, which have been brisk. For all
practical purposes last year’s event was sold out. “I remember what
happened during the Winter Microbrew Festival; the week going into the
event tickets sales exploded and we ended up selling out a couple of days
before,” said Porter. “That seems to be the trend for this event as well.”

Tickets to the 2011 TC Summer Microbrew & Music Festival are on sale at
Oryana, Zamar Guitar, Jack’s Market, Tilley’s Party Store, and online at
www.porterhouseproductions.com. Tickets are $30 in advance/$35 at the door
for Friday and $40 in advance/$45 at the door for Saturday. The festival
is open to attendees ages 21 and up. Info: www.porterhouseproductions.com.

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