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, February 6, 2016

Defrost and Dance!

Music Kristi Kates “I believe in doing a full production, even though this is a winter fest,” he said, “with full lighting, full sound, heated tents, lots of great bands. Many people don’t have the budget to create that kind of experience this time of year, but we really want to keep highlighting this region in all seasons.
Saturday, February 6, 2016

Brother Dan’s Got A Big Heart

Music Kristi Kates What better day than Valentine’s Day to host an event that’s all about showing a little love to the community? The Have a Heart Brother Dan’s Valentine’s Benefit gives even more purpose to the holiday with their charity concert, now in its seventh year.
Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Slopeside Lounge

Dining Kristi Kates The Boyne Resorts have a long and storied history in northern Michigan and, by association, so does Boyne Highlands’ Slopeside Lounge.
Saturday, February 6, 2016

Unique Ideas For Your Valentine

Features Kristi Kates The restaurant, the flowers, the chocolates, the card are all safe and very nice bets, for sure, but, if you want to treat your Valentine to something a little different and a lot more memorable, here are a few ideas to add a unique sparkle to this year’s holiday.
Saturday, February 6, 2016

Lace Up Your Skates for Pond Hockey

Features Kristi Kates Ten years ago, the community of St. Ignace decided it was time to start a special events committee, to help make the most of the little town at the northern end of Michigan’s magnificent Mackinac Bridge. The summer season was a sure thing, given their location, so the challenge was to emphasize the St.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Ronnie Malley and Zeshan Bagewadi

Music Kristi Kates In the Middle East, a caravanserai — from a compound Persian word combining caravan with palace —is a roadside inn where travelers gather after a long day moving through the desert heat, where they enjoy the cool night and share news and entertainment.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Godaiko and Raion Taiko Bring Big Beats to Petoskey

Music Kristi Kates Taiko drumming, which uses Japanese drums, or Wadaiko, to make rhythmic sounds, has mythological origins in Japanese folklore and, in actuality, has been around since the sixth century.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Have a (Snow) Ball!

Features Kristi Kates Downtown Boyne City is stuffed with winter festivities for their annual Winterfest, which starts inside with Indoor Sidewalk Sales and the Farmers Market, and continues outdoors with everything from a snow sculptures contest to sledding, ice skating and cross-country skiing at the Avalanche Preserve Recreation Area.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Five Music Tech Standouts for 2016

Features Kristi Kates You’re running, listening to your motivational tunes, and that cord just keeps getting in the way or you just don’t want to be tethered to anything in the first place.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Back With Arms Wide Open

Music Kristi Kates The alternately feted and maligned ‘90s rock band, the weight of mental illness, the public breakdown, the estranged bandmates, the reality show — singer Scott Stapp’s been through it all, but the confessional nature of his music and the support of his family have revived his career.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Six New Hair Trends for 2016

Features Kristi Kates Knotted hair was another trend seen from a plethora of designers during runway season, mostly of the disheveled kind. Make a knotted bun at the back of your head and then undo it slightly, and you’ve got the look. It’s easy, but also semi-polished, as seen at Jason Wu via Allure, Edun, Lela Rose, Rachel Antonoff, and Rag and Bone.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Six New Makeup Trends

Features Kristi Kates 2016 is not going to be a subtle fashion year. From bright lip treatments to exaggerated facial features, from cartoon-colored eyes to glitter on just about everything, the calm tones of the past couple years are making way for some loud and fanciful visual statements.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Celebrate Snowmobiling at New Gaylord Festival

Features Kristi Kates “Gaylord is located in the snowbelt of Michigan and we wanted to celebrate the fact that we are the premier destination for snowmobiling,” explained Kelly Combs, special events coordinator for both the Gaylord Area Chamber of Commerce and the Gaylord Area Convention and Tourism Bureau.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Be Picture-Perfect With Airbrush Makeup

Features Kristi Kates Makeup, whether it’s for daily wear, a wedding or stage, is usually applied with sponges and brushes. Another method of cosmetic application is called airbrush makeup, and it’s sweeping both the country and northern Michigan. The result is a flawless face — or even more.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Organic Beauty Products: For Better or Worse?

Features Kristi Kates HEY, FDA Organic beauty products, in the simplest of terms, are supposed to derive their ingredients from natural sources (living matter), with no synthetic compounds, chemicals or pesticides included, but the U.S.