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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Public Safety

Patrick Sullivan - August 29th, 2011
A Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s deputy who was driving down High Lake
Road near Supply Road was surprised by an object that was apparently
thrown from another vehicle and struck his windshield.
The deputy turned around, stopped the vehicle and interviewed the
occupants of the car after the incident, which happened after midnight on
Aug. 23.
A 19-year-old backseat passenger first told police that he threw a piece
of candy out of the window, Capt. Randy Fewless said. He later admitted to
throwing a rock at the marked patrol car, and he added that he did not
realize the car was a police car when he threw the rock.
The teenager was arrested on a charge of throwing an object at a vehicle.
The windshield needed to be replaced, Fewless said.

Police who responded to a report of a break-in in Green Lake Township
wound up using a row-boat to chase down a suspect who attempted to flee by
State police were called to a residence early on Aug. 20 where a man told
them he’d interrupted a burglary attempt by a former employee who stole
money and fled in a stolen vehicle.
The vehicle was discovered in Fife Lake Township. When troopers activated
their overhead lights, the suspect drove faster. A pursuit ended at the
end of a two-track, state police said in a press release.
The suspect got out of the car and jumped into Headquarters Lake. Troopers
followed in a rowboat and when the man was ready to give up they threw him
a lifejacket and told him to get to the shore where he was arrested and
taken by rowboat back to the patrol car.

A woman riding her bike across South Airport Road near Lafranier Road in
heavy traffic wound up with serious injuries after she was struck by a
Crystal Marie Wright, 19, of TC, attempted to cross in a spot that wasn’t
a marked intersection at 3:24 p.m. on Aug, 23, Grand Traverse Sheriff
Capt. Randy Fewless said. Wright was struck by a car and suffered several
broken bones and internal injuries, but the injuries were not considered
A 76-year-old woman from Rapid City was driving the car. A passenger in
the car, an 82-year-old man from Rapid City, was injured by glass from the
windshield after it was crushed by the cyclist, Capt. Randy Fewless said.

Police called to a seasonal housing complex in Mackinaw City discovered a
37-year-old man had been stabbed in the back.
Mackinaw City Police learned the stabbing had occurred at another location
in the city. After an investigation, a 29-year-old woman from St. Ignace
was arrested on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and resisting
and obstructing police, Sgt. Todd Woods said in a press release.

Charlevoix County authorities swept through the countryside and discovered
marijuana plants.
The Charlevoix County Drug Team and the National Guard found 364 plants at
a dozen and a half locations during an Aug. 18 air search.
Some of the plants were discovered to be in medical marijuana grow sites,
officials said.
On the same day, police searched a Boyne City home and seized 304 plants,
guns, prescription narcotics, and spoons used for cooking narcotics.
A resident of the home was arrested on multiple felony charges, including
maintaining a drug house and manufacture of marijuana, police said.

A July burglary of an apartment in Petoskey where thieves made off with
laptops and other items has been solved, police said.
While officers investigated the break-in at an apartment complex at 1112
Emmet Street, officers with the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Department,
working on a separate investigation, found evidence in the Petoskey case.
The departments worked together and arrested Charles David Pratt Jr., 27,
of Charlevoix, who was arraigned on Aug. 22 on charges of home invasion,
larceny and receiving and concealing stolen property, according to a
Petoskey Department of Public Safety press release.

A bystander pulled two 18-year-old women from a vehicle that had rolled
over near I-75 in Crawford County.
Moments later, the vehicle burst into flames, Sheriff Kirk Wakefield said
in a press release.
The rollover crash occurred on the Lewiston Grade at the I-75 overpass on
Aug. 22 at around 6:50 p.m. The women were taken to Grayling Mercy
Hospital and the driver was cited for careless driving.

Antrim County deputies were called to US 131 near Alba after witnesses
reported someone was driving an SUV in an unpredictable manner.
The vehicle was swerving into ditches and into oncoming traffic and nearly
caused several collisions on Aug. 22 at around 10:45 a.m., according to a
statement from Sheriff Daniel Bean.
A deputy located the SUV on US 131 and “took every means possible short of
deadly force to stop the vehicle” to prevent a head-on collision.
The car was eventually stopped and it was discovered the driver was
suffering through a “medical episode” and required hospitalization, Bean

Reports of shots fired north of Houghton Lake led police to a 60-year-old
man who had been shot in the back.
Police were called Aug. 20 at around 10 p.m. to East Houghton Lake Drive
and learned that the suspected shooter, a 54-year-old Higgins Lake man,
had fled the scene.
During the investigation police were called to Lyon Township for a report
of a suicidal person and when they arrived there they discovered that
person was the same one they wanted in connection with the shooting.
The suspect was taken to Munson Medical Center in TC to be treated for a
self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest, according to a state police
press release. Both the suspect and the victim are expected to recover.

A Peshawbestown man faces federal charges after authorities said he killed
a girl during a sexual assault.
Steven William Deuman, 26, allegedly killed his daughter Aug. 12, a
three-and-a-half-month-old identified in the complaint only as ED.
Deuman told investigators from the FBI he left his daughter in bed and she
died of an apparent accident while he went outside and smoked a cigarette.
Authorities say an autopsy revealed the girl died during a sexual assault,
according to the complaint.
Deuman is scheduled to appear at a detention hearing Sept. 2 in federal
court in Grand Rapids.
The case was investigated by federal authorities because it occurred on
tribal land.

A 65-year-old Petoskey man who worked for a pest control company fell from
a ladder and needed to be rescued.
Police were called to the 900 block of Townline Road Aug. 24 at 10:35 a.m.
after the man, who was removing bee’s nests, fell to a second-floor roof
and injured his head, arm, leg and shoulder, according to the Petoskey
Department of Public Safety.
The man was unable to move and needed to be stabilized by emergency
responders on the roof. An aerial platform truck and a Stokes basket were
eventually used to remove the man from the roof.
The rescue was performed during a heavy rainfall, further complicating
matters, police said.
The victim was taken to Northern Michigan Hospital where he was treated
for non-life threatening injuries. Police were assisted by Resort-Bear
Creek Fire and Allied ambulance.

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