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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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Dates 03-26-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold The late season slopes at Shanty Creek Resorts, Bellaire are transformed into side-by-side uphill truck racing for the Schuss Mountain Snow Challenge on Saturday & Sunday, April 2-3. This event features five tire classes of racing & is one of Michigan’s largest organized off roading events.
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Dates 03-19-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold Alternating “moody rock swagger with the ghostliest of soundscapes,” Birds of Chicago performs at Inside- Out Gallery, TC on Thursday, March 24 at 8pm. This concert kicks off The Real Midnight Album Release Tour. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 door. 929-3254.
Monday, March 14, 2016

Dates 03-12-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold Museum Center, NMC, TC. Tickets, $12. All proceeds benefit the NMC Children’s Choir by providing scholarships for NMC participants in grades two through nine. http:// www.mynorthtickets.com/organizations/.
Saturday, March 5, 2016

Dates 03-05-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold Don your green for the National Cherry Festival’s 6th Annual Fifth Third Bank Leapin’ Leprechaun St. Patty’s Day 5K foot race! Taking place on Saturday, March 12 at 9am in TC’s Warehouse District, there is also a post race party at InsideOut Gallery, TC.
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Dates 02-27-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey will welcome New York Times bestselling author Catherynne Valente on Thursday, March 3 at 6pm. Valente will share stories about her “Fairyland” series, which was written for readers ages 10-14 or grades 5 & up.
Monday, February 22, 2016

Dates February 20-28

Dates Jamie Kauffold Embrace winter at the Northport-Omena Annual Winter Carnival on Sat., Feb. 27 from 11am-4pm at Braman Hill Recreation Area, west of Northport. Take part in milk jug curling, broomball, a chili contest, cardboard sled races, three on three ice hockey, a beard contest, treasure hunt, sleigh rides & more.
Saturday, February 13, 2016

Dates February 13-21

Dates Jamie Kauffold Hit the TART Trail with Oryana this Sun., Feb. 21 from 1-4pm. Held at the Boardman Lake trailhead on 10th St. near Oryana, TC, meet a team of working sled dogs (kids can take sled rides), enjoy a trail scavenger hunt with El Grupo Norte, try out some snowshoes from Brick Wheels, enjoy Fat Bike demos courtesy of McLain Cycle & Fitness, & more.
Saturday, February 6, 2016

Dates 02-06-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold Head to the Glen Arbor Winterfest on Sat., Feb. 13 for a perch fishing contest & chili cook-off. The perch fishing contest begins at 7am. Participants bring their biggest catches from Big & Little Glen lakes to the Sportsman Shop at 1pm. The chili cook-off starts at noon at Boonedocks.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Dates 01-30-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold McLaren Northern Michigan President and CEO David Zechman will be one of the speakers at the State of the Community Luncheon held on Fri., Feb. 5 at Odawa Casino, Petoskey at noon. Zechman will provide an update on the status of McLaren Northern Michigan, the region’s largest employer.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Dates 01-23-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold Liz Ahrens of Crooked Tree Arts Center will be the featured speaker at the Connecting Women in Business Luncheon on Tues., Jan. 26 at Stafford’s Perry Hotel, Petoskey. Liz will talk about her journey from her first art history class at MSU in 1980 to her present position as executive director of Crooked Tree Arts Center.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Dates 01-16-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold Guitarist, singer & songwriter Willy Porter plays Freshwater Art Gallery, Boyne City with Carmen Nickerson on Sat., Jan. 23 at 8pm. With 10 albums to his name, his most recent “Human Kindness,” Porter’s songs speak about questions, struggles & triumphs of human existence.
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Dates 01-09-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold The Petoskey Regional Audubon Society presents Adventuring in Peru & Ecuador at Northern Lights Recreation, Harbor Springs on Tues., Jan. 12 at 7pm. Harbor Springs couple Doug Fuller & Martha Lancaster (pictured) will share details, pictures & stories of their trip.
Saturday, January 2, 2016

Dates 01-02-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold Honored as one of the top 21 club comics of today at HBO’s Las Vegas Comedy Festival, Uncorrect Comedy presents comedian Dave Landau at ECCO event space, TC on Fri., Jan. 8 at 8pm (doors, 7pm). Landau was also featured on Comedy Central’s “Live At Gotham” & NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Dates 12-19-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Spend your New Year’s Eve with folk, jazz, funk, blues & soul by Blake Elliott & the Robinson Affair while supporting the ‘Pipe Up’ Campaign at Betsie Bay Furniture, Frankfort from 7-10pm.
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Dates 12-12-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Get in the Christmas spirit with the Jingle Bell 5K! This non-timed fun run takes runners & walkers in a counter clockwise loop around the streets of downtown Traverse City on Sun., Dec. 20, starting at the Park Place Dome at 5:30pm. Admission, $15. Festive attire encouraged & wear reflective clothing.