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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Monday, May 26, 2014

‘Mind-Blowing’ Open Air Concert Series is Back

Music Kristi Kates Time for Three (July 19), who call themselves a “classically trained garage band.” The three string musicians blend country, gypsy, jazz, bluegrass, and classical sounds which has them rearranging Brahms one minute and reinterpreting The Beatles the next.
Monday, July 21, 2014

2014 TCFF at a Glance

Features Movie magic on Grand Traverse Bay, free for everyone! The biggest screen, the biggest stars, the biggest stars — nothing is better than watching a Hollywood classic with friends and family on a 60 foot screen beneath the stars. Come early for free music, entertainment, and fun beginning at 7 pm.
Monday, August 11, 2014

Petoskey’s ‘Signature Event’ Returns

Music fans, prepare: Ryan Whyte Maloney from NBC’s “The Voice” is coming to Petoskey.

Music Kristi Kates And though Maloney is the headliner for the resort town’s Festival on the Bay, he’s not the only musical star. The Jelly Roll Blues Band, the Petoskey Steel Drum Band, Billy Strings and Don Julin, Third Coast Kings, and The Cookies are also on the lineup.
Friday, October 10, 2014

Dates 10-10-2014

Dates Jamie Kauffold Climb the haunted tower if you dare at the Haunted Lighthouse! Located in the Leelanau State Park, the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum in Northport is open this Saturday & Sunday, October 18-19 from 10am-4pm. Try pumpkin bowling, enjoy a hayride, search the ground for treasures, see an ROV demonstration, & more! Admission, $4.
Monday, January 12, 2015

Something Cool at Bay Harbor’s Ice and Spice Festival

Art Kristi Kates - That’s a lotta ice ice 10,000 pounds of ice are brought to Bay Harbor for the event. The carvers, who Denise calls “artists in every sense of the word,” travel to Michigan from around the country and Canada to carve their designs from 300-pound blocks of ice with chainsaws, picks and carving tools.
Monday, January 12, 2015

Dates 01-12-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Shoreline Fruit, LLC hosts “Anything is Possible”: An amateur endurance athlete’s journey from everyman to IRONMAN, a free informational event for area runners, bikers & other sports enthusiasts this Weds., Jan. 14 at 6pm at the Hagerty Center, TC. Amateur endurance athlete Hugh Williams will be the keynote speaker.
Monday, February 9, 2015

Dates 02-09-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Jeremy Kittel Band & The Wilson Brothers: 2014 Grammy nominee, MI native & world-class fiddler Jeremy Kittel brings his acoustic trio, featuring Joshua Pinkham & Quinn Bachand to The Bay Theatre, Suttons Bay at 7:30pm. Enjoy a blend of Celtic, jazz, bluegrass & classical tunes with musical roots spanning the globe.
Monday, April 13, 2015

Dates 04-13-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Chicago’s fast-paced, soulful alternative folk band The Way Down Wanderers are just one of the bands who will perform at the 4th Annual Sweet Earth Arts & Music Festival on Sat., April 18 in NMC’s Health & Science Building, TC from 1-7:30pm. Others include Tatiana Crespo, Aaron Otto, the Sturgeon Bay Singers, Dede and the Dreamers & more.
Monday, January 26, 2015

Reception Roundup

Features Kristi Kates If you’ve spent years envisioning the perfect venue to hold your wedding celebration, this is the right place to find it. From beaches to pavilions, restaurants to hotels, northern Michigan has a remarkable variety of locations that fit the bill.
Monday, May 11, 2015

Up North

Features Kristi Kates Their new restaurant will be “a new American smokehouse,” where farm-to-table dining meets smoke as an ingredient/flavoring in such dishes as smoked fish and housesmoked pastrami..