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, October 22, 2016

Dates 10-22-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold Join TART Trails & about 1,500 gals, guys & ghouls at the eighth annual Zombie Run 5K on Saturday, October 29. The race starts at 9am at Right Brain Brewery, TC. info: tczombierun.com Photo by Allen/Kent Photography.
Saturday, October 15, 2016

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Dates Jamie Kauffold Lillian Ellsworth from the Crooked Tree Arts Center School of Ballet Pre-Professional dancers is one of the dancers performing during “Fall for Dance” at the Harbor Springs Performing Arts Center on Sunday, October 23 at 7pm.
Saturday, October 8, 2016

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Dates Jamie Kauffold The 7th Annual Bras for a Cause TC, INC will be held at Streeter’s Center in TC on Fri., Oct. 14. Doors open at 5:30pm, with the show at 7pm. The humor & enthusiasm of all male models helps raise funds for the Munson Healthcare Breast Care Assistance Fund & the Women’s Council of Realtors.
Saturday, October 1, 2016

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Dates 09-24-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold “A Touch of Fall” by Thomas Legault is one of the many pieces of art that will be on display at Twisted Fish Gallery during Elk Rapids Art Beat: Fall Art Splendor on Sat., Oct. 1. from 10am-5pm. This open house gallery walk also includes The Blue Heron Gallery & Mullaly’s 128 Gallery.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Dates 09-17-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold A survivor of Rob Hall’s May 1996 Mount Everest expedition, Lou Kasischke will speak about how this was the worst tragedy in the mountain’s history, during a Harbor History Talk on Thurs., Sept. 22 at 5:30pm on the second floor of the Harbor Springs History Museum.
Saturday, September 10, 2016

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Dates Jamie Kauffold Choose from routes of 20, 40, 65 or 100 miles during the Leelanau Harvest Tour on Saturday, September 17. Enjoy seeing fall colors in the beautiful Leelanau countryside. 7:30am-4:30pm. Starts at Suttons Bay High School. $30/individual or $90/family. traversetrails.
Saturday, September 3, 2016

Dates 09-03-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold Cirque Movement comes to the Old Art Building, Leland on Saturday, September 10. A theatrical cirque-style circus show that includes acrobatics, juggling, stilt-acrobatics, live music & more is made up of dynamic duo Maggie Racich & Jimmy Linenberger. Shows are at 2pm & 8pm.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

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Dates Jamie Kauffold With Two Tickets to Paradise, singer-songwriter Eddie Money plays Odawa Casino, Petoskey on Friday, September 2 at 8pm. Other 80’s hits include “Take Me Home Tonight” & “Can’t Hold Back.” Tickets start at $20. odawacasino.com.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Dates 08-20-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold Award-winning/locally made film One Simple Question will make its northern MI debut at the State Theatre, TC on Sun., Aug. 28 at 1pm. This film about a seagoing adventure in search of a record-breaking iceberg includes a musical performance by the composers, The Accidentals, followed by a discussion with the creative team.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Dates 08-13-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold The Traverse City Triathlon, presented by Endurance Evolution, happens Sunday, August 21. The race starts off with a swim in Bowers Harbor on West GT Bay at 8am, followed by biking on Old Mission Peninsula & running on Neahtawanta Rd. Sprint & Olympic distances.
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Dates 08-06-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold Help support Grow Benzie at Bayou on the Bay: Blues & Zydeco Picnic in the Park on Saturday, August 13. Luke Winslow-King (pictured) performs original New Orleans blues, jazz & gospel. Others include the Gabriel Brass Band, K Jones & the Benzie Playboys, Barefoot, & The Standing Hamptons.
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Dates 07-30-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold Ann Arbor’s The Moxie Strings put their fresh spin on Celtic & Americana music as part of the Manitou Music Festival at Studio Stage, Lake Street Studios, Glen Arbor on Wednesday, August 3 from 8-10pm. Tickets: $13 GAAA members, $15 non-members. glenarborart.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Dates 07-23-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold The 69th Annual AuSable River Canoe Marathon takes place July 26-31. This non-stop canoe race starts at night with a LeMans-style running-start to the river in Grayling, & ends 120 miles later near the shores of Lake Huron in Oscoda. It is the middle leg of the Triple Crown of Canoe Racing.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Dates 07-16-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold Olivia Mainville & The Aquatic Troupe bring their “inventive, genre-crossing music with a vintage feel” to the Dunesville Music Festival that is held in Harmony Park at the Harm Farm, Lake Ann on Friday, July 22 through Sunday, July 24.