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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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Montessori Milestone

Features Carina Hume There are no grades or homework and mornings are spent working on whatever you choose–it’s not the typical school experience most of us remember. Unheard of? Not if you’re
a former Montessori student or the parent of one.
Thursday, January 11, 2007

He‘s a Magic Man

Art Carina Hume There’s been a lot of magic in Harry Colestock’s life: He helped put John Glenn Jr. into space, enabled surgeons to efficiently melt a knot at the end of a suture, and puts smiles on the faces of many with his magic act.
A resident of Walloon Lake, Harry’s magical beginnings go back to his childhood. Born in 1923, Colestock was a child of the Great Depression who quickly learned the value of work. When his father lost his job, the family sold their house, purchased a five-acre piece of property just west of Birmingham, and lived in a tent.
Thursday, November 16, 2006

Art Guides, Docent Program

Art Carina Hume Twenty excited third-graders gather near the stairs in the Crooked Tree Arts Center’s lower level.
“Do you know what you’re going to see today?” asks Susan Sheets, a six-year veteran of the art center’s docent program and current co-chair.
Five hands shoot into the air. “Paintings,” says one student.
“Drawings,” says another.
Thursday, October 26, 2006

Ghost Supper

Dining Carina Hume Ghost Supper. The true meaning of these words is open to interpretation, particularly this time of year. For the Halloween-obsessed, visions of white-sheeted revelers come to mind. For the spiritual Odawa Indian community, a Ghost Supper represents much more. It’s the yearly tradition of honoring the departed with a meal and earthly gifts in remembrance of, and in respect to, all those who have passed on.
In existence long before foreign settlers arrived on this land, Ghost Suppers have surrendered to minor changes through the years, but the premise remains the same.
Thursday, September 21, 2006

Seminole Pub

Dining Carina Hume Sharing is a good thing. At least when the unique food offerings at the Seminole Pub are involved.
In its third season and open to the public, the Seminole Pub is located in the Country Club of Boyne and is surrounded by Boyne’s picturesque Donald Ross and Arthur Hills golf courses.
Patrons will love the casual golf-themed atmosphere and varied-level seating with an outdoor deck and snack bar area. Three televisions and a well-stocked, mirrored bar at the pub’s center caters to patrons along with a humidor containing cigars for sale. The pub itself is non-smoking, but a door to the outside deck is just steps away.
Thursday, August 31, 2006

Kewadin‘s U.P. Empire

Music Carina Hume If you’re a gambler looking for
neon lights and showgirls, go to
Vegas. But if you enjoy table games and slots along with Northern Michigan’s beauty, Kewadin Casinos is for you. With five locations in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Kewadin’s proximity to all the U.P. has to offer adds to its appeal.
Thursday, August 17, 2006

The Beach House

Dining Carina Hume Steps away from Boyne Mountain’s Alpine and Monument golf courses sits an ivy-covered stone building, whose quaint architecture could be found, seemingly, a world away. Built by Boyne in the early 1970s, the charming Beach
House restaurant overlooks Deer Lake and offers tranquil views and casual resort beachside dining.
“We have food and beverage service on the beach here,” says Kent Krehel,
Thursday, July 20, 2006

Bill Hosner hosts Into Plein Air

Art Carina Hume Talkative, friendly, and a newcomer to Petoskey, artist Bill Hosner is not afraid to take chances.
A thriving illustrator turned fine artist, Hosner had the courage to pursue a new mid-life profession long before it became fashionable to do so. Nearly 13 years later, Hosner’s intensity and ability to capture scenes from life has taken him to the top, once again.
He’s one of four nationally-known artists whose work is being showcased in Crooked Tree Arts Center’s summer exhibition titled, “Before Their Eyes: en plein air.” En plein air is a French phrase meaning ‘in open air’ and describes art that has been completed on-site without the use of a photograph. “They’re paintings that are generated on location,” explains Hosner, “and to me, true plein air is completed on location.”
The exhibit also features the talent of plein air artists, Scott Christensen, Gil Dellinger and Daniel Gerhartz, all Hosner acquaintances.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Hidden No Longer

Dining Carina Hume For those escaping the bustle of the city for Northern Michigan’s beauty, the Hidden River Golf & Casting Club and Rainbow Room restaurant outside offer a tranquil retreat.
Quiet surrounds you the moment you step out of your vehicle at the golf club on the Maple River, north of Petoskey. Beautifully manicured greens appear on each side of the mature pine tree-lined parking lot. The expansive log clubhouse with cedar-shake siding is dwarfed by the trees around it. If you listen closely, you just might hear the sounds of the Maple River bubbling its way downstream behind the clubhouse.
The surroundings are no mistake, reveals general manager and PGA golf professional Kevin Whitmore, “The biggest thing about the facility is we try to epitomize Northern Michigan, what Michigan is all about.”
Thursday, July 6, 2006

Charly‘s Of Charlevoix

Dining Carina Hume W
hen Helen and Tim Coon sold Charly’s (pronounced shar-lees) Restaurant in 2000 they thought permanent retirement from the restaurant world was a given. They were wrong.
Since last summer, Charly’s Restaurant – named in 1997 by the Coons for the town of Charlevoix and tourist Father Pierre Francois Xavier de Charlevoix who visited Fisherman’s Island in 1721 – has been back in the hands of the Coons and owner/chef Helen is back in the kitchen.
Thursday, June 15, 2006

Art up North

Art Carina Hume Northern Michigan’s beauty is rivaled only by the artwork that area galleries and summer shows bring. The Petoskey and Harbor Springs area art scene doesn’t disappoint with this jam-packed summer schedule.
Petoskey kicks off its summer art fun with the Seventh Annual Downtown Gallery Walk on Thursday, June 15. From 5:30 – 9 p.m. participating galleries will have refreshments, hors d’oeuvres and many artists on hand. Everyone is welcome and each gallery visit earns participants a dot on their walking map that will be turned in for tickets at the AfterGlow party at the end of the night. Tickets will be drawn to raffle off participating galleries’ donated art. There is no charge for the event and additional tickets can be earned for each purchase made. Over $10,000 in prizes will be given away.
Well into its summer season, the Crooked Tree Arts Center (CTAC) in downtown Petoskey is offering the Alma Print Show through June 18. This traveling show treats visitors to a diverse collection of print methods and techniques.
In CTAC’s Edith Gilbert Gallery through June 25 is the 20th Century Photography Masters exhibition. On loan from the Crouse family’s private collections, the exhibit features, among others, the work of Ansel Adams, black and white pictures of Marilyn Monroe and Steve McCurry’s photo of an Afghan girl made famous by National Geographic.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Mackinaw Theatre goes down Rock‘s Road

Art Carina Hume If you long for the rock ‘n’ roll glory days of the 1950s, they’re just a short drive away. Six days a week, the smokin’ piano of Jerry Lee Lewis, the gyrating hips of Elvis and many other ’50s icons command Mackinaw Theater’s stage.
Don’t expect any poodle skirts or bobby socks here. The “Heroes of Rock ‘N’ Roll” strive to captivate audiences with its authenticity and influential rock sound.
“We were looking to capture this essence of the music, the soul of the music, the thing that made [it] so raw and powerful for its time…,” says 22-year-old writer, producer and performer in the show, Dean Z, who had a hand in every aspect of it.
Thursday, June 15, 2006

The Speedy Sturgeon

Features Carina Hume Hot summer days in Northern Michigan call for cool summer fun on the water. Big Bear Adventures in Indian River offers a variety of river excursions sure to get you wet (or safely keep you dry) depending on your preference.
“We started back in 1980,” says owner Patti Anderson. “We rent canoes, kayaks, rafts, tubes and cats.”
All trips take place on the crystal-clear Sturgeon River. The fastest river in Michigan’s lower peninsula, the Sturgeon offers narrow passages and low-hanging branches.
Thursday, June 8, 2006

The Douglas Lake Bar

Dining Carina Hume Just the letters “DLB” mark the front of this unassuming log building tucked along the southwestern shore of Douglas Lake. Once known for its “wild side,” the Douglas Lake Bar & Steakhouse, not far from Pellston’s airport, has catered to pilots, snowmobilers and summer residents alike.
“It has a real colorful past,” says owner Steve Rudolph, who purchased the restaurant known as “A Gourmet Roadhouse” with his wife Copland in 2002. “The building is 80 years old, but was a rock ‘n’ roll bar in the ‘50s and ‘60s.”
Go-go dancers and weekend dance bands entertained in the bar on a stage that was first added in 1947. Originally opened in 1917 as “The Bryant Hotel” (a fire nearly destroyed the building in 1938), the rebuilt hotel turned restaurant grew as a favorite hangout for bikers. In the winter, cozy fires and chili parties brought in snowmobilers and up-north charm and stunning lake views lured summer guests.
Thursday, May 18, 2006

In the Homemade Jam

Music Carina Hume The local sheriff ended a recent outdoor jam session, but that can’t stop these Harbor Springs teens. With ages ranging from 15 to 19 and a love of music fueling their drive, the band, Something Different in the Homemade Jam, won’t let a little neighborly intolerance hold them back.
Homemade Jam is a proponent of funk’s strong backbone and heavy groove.
“We try and have the (intensity) levels go up and down,” said lead singer and guitarist Chris Michels, an 18-year-old senior at Harbor Springs High School, “all still usually based on funk or blues.”