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..

Topic: opera
Monday, April 21, 2014

Loco for Cocoa

When it comes to chocolate, not many have taken the kind of plunge Barbara Disborough has.

Dining Ross & Marc Boissoneau Vendors exhibiting include Moomers Ice Cream, Kilwin’s Traverse City, Grocer’s Daughter Chocolates, Pleasanton Bakery and Café, Confections by Kim, Just Good Chocolate of Lake Leelanau, Market Bistro from Interlochen, Sweet Petites of Grand...
Monday, June 16, 2014

Summer Offers Many Theatre Options

Features Ross Boissoneau Some local theater companies, such the Cadillac Footliters and Old Town Playhouse in Traverse City, take the summer off. Still, there’s no lack of opportunities for audiences to indulge in their theatre passions.
Monday, July 28, 2014

Film Fest Success Takes a Village

Four volunteers share their stories

Features Jodee Taylor “It’s like a wine and food pairing,” he said. There also are outdoor gigs, including Clinch Park, which this year will feature music from noon-10pm each day. Sullivan hopes to have daily themes, like a cappella or jazz. He’s also planning nightly jam sessions at the Workshop Brewing Co.
Monday, October 6, 2014

Music of the Night

Features Ross Boissoneau “We decided to have a fundraiser at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center,” says Tabone. “I asked Tony to supply the wine.” The program was so successful, the pair wanted to try it again, and this time it moved north. “He [Tony] said, ‘This is so good, you’ve got to do it in Traverse City,’” says Tabone.
Monday, April 13, 2015

Comic Take on Downton Comes to Opera House

Features Ross Boissoneau The lone actor onstage at the Opera House, on April 29 Kempner will switch instantaneously from cook to earl, maid to aristocrat, but he won’t stop there, inviting in various celebrity visitors. After all, don’t Russell Brand and Rickey Gervais deserve to be part of “Downton Abbey?” Kempner thinks so and, apparently, so do the audiences.
Saturday, August 8, 2015

Bay View Bohemians

Music Kristi Kates If you love the Broadway play “RENT,” chances are you'll also like “La Bohème.” Based on Henri Murger's novel “Scènes de la vie de Bohème” – a collection of short stories about youthful bohemians living in Paris in the 1840s – “La Bohème” was the inspiration behind “RENT,” which is about youthful bohemians living in New York City.
Friday, September 4, 2015

Two at TC’s City Opera House

Music Kristi Kates Whether you prefer the sound stylings of an acclaimed Minneapolis singersongwriter or the comedy of a legendary Midwestern stand-up and television comedian, these upcoming shows at Traverse City’s City Opera House are sure to sell out quickly. By Kristi Kates.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

A Century of Stories

Features Patrick Sullivan When Traverse City’s Lyric Theatre opened its doors on July 4, 1916, it already had competition. Two other theaters had long since staked claim to Front Street. But it was evident from the moment the Lyric’s long line of gilt front doors swung open to the enraptured public, this particular movie house was special.
Saturday, September 3, 2016

Happy Anniversary, COH!

Features Kristi Kates Back in the 1800s, you knew a town had grown from mere settlement to a proper city once it acquired its own opera house. In 1892, Traverse City joined the Michigan branch of that elite club. It cost $50,000 — a fortune at the time — to build City Opera House, one of only 48 opera houses in Michigan at the time.