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 8th, 2011
An unresponsive man pulled from Lake Michigan owes his life to the quick
actions of bystanders and emergency responders.
Mark Urness, 53, of Providence, New Jersey, was swimming in Lake Michigan
near the Lower Herring Lake outlet on Aug. 1 when he lost consciousness.
Bystanders pulled him from the water, Benzie County Sheriff Rory Heckman
Bystanders started CPR and emergency responders took over when they
arrived soon after, reviving the man so he could be taken to Munson
Medical Center for treatment, Heckman said. In addition to deputies,
Frankfort Fire, Benzonia Fire, Benzie EMS and the U.S. Coast Guard
responded to the emergency call.

Police arrrested a 22-year-old from Mesick Aug. 1 after Wexford County
Sheriff’s deputies said he vanished after a crash that caused serious
injury to an ORV driver.
The crash, which occurred a day earlier, happened when a pickup truck
collided with an ORV on N 3 1/2 Road near W 10 Road in Mesick. Brian David
Lloyd, 34, from Dexter, the driver of the ORV, suffered multiple injuries.
After the crash, Wexford County Sheriff Gary Finstrom asked for the
public’s help in locating the driver of the pickup truck, which was
believed to have suffered a damaged front grill and headlight.

Police are on the look-out after a woman said she was riding a bicycle
with her daughter when she saw a man stopped in his car at an
intersection, naked and masturbating.
The incident happened Aug. 1 at around 9:45 a.m. at Wadsworth and 13th
streets, TC Police Capt. Steve Morgan said. He said police searched the
area that morning and the following day but were unable to locate the man.
Area summer camps were warned about the incident.
The suspect, described as a white male with white chest hair, was driving
a dark gray Toyota Prius. Anyone with information is asked to call police.

A two-car crash that sent six people to the hospital closed part of
Garfield Road south of TC for four and a half hours Aug. 2.
A 2004 Honda Pilot was headed south at around 3 p.m. in heavy rain when
the driver lost control and the SUV slid sideways into opposing traffic,
police said.
The SUV crashed into a 1997 GMC van coming the other way.
A husband and wife, both age 50, and their two daughters, ages 21 and 23,
all of them from Duluth, Ga., were in the Honda. A 28-year-old man and his
27-year-old girlfriend, both from Manton, were in the GMC. Everyone was
taken to Munson Medical Center for injuries of various levels of
Garfield was closed from Lardie Road to River Road while rescuers tended
to the injured and a crash investigation team surveyed the incident, Grand
Traverse Sheriff Lt. Christopher Clark said.

A 20-year-old driver from Charlevoix couldn’t see in the glare of the sun
and struck a bicyclist as she came around a curve.
Alicia Drost struck the cyclist on Boyne City-Charlevoix Road near US 31
on July 31 at around 8 a.m., Charlevoix County Sheriff Don Schneider said
Drost was temporarily blinded by the sun’s glare on the wet roadway,
Schneider said. The cyclist, Donald Vansuiliehem, 61, of Charlevoix, was
not seriously injured but he was taken to Charlevoix Area Hospital as a

An 18-year-old walked into the path of an oncoming car, apparently in an
effort to commit suicide, police said.
The pedestrian was struck on M-32 west of Pine Ridge Dr. in Chester
Township at around 5:20 p.m. July 31, according to an Otsego County
Sheriff’s Department press release.
The teen was taken to Otsego Memorial Hospital to receive treatment for
serious injuries but his condition is stable, police said. During the
investigation police determined the man intentionally walked in front of
the vehicle.

Two Rite Aid employees became suspicious when an elderly woman wanted to
use Western Union to wire a large amount of money to Mexico, police said.
Officers from the Petoskey Department of Public Safety investigated the
Aug. 3 incident at the store on W. Mitchell St. after a 91-year-old
Petoskey resident told police

she received a call from her grandson requesting $6,000.
Police warn this sort of scam regularly targets the elderly. Police
determined the woman was the victim of a con and that it was a criminal,
not her grandson, who requested the money.

Police interrupted a knife fight on the 100 block of South Union Street
that left one man injured.
TC Police were called to the scene at around 2:40 a.m. Aug. 5 and found a
37-year-old Vestaburg man waiving a knife at several people, Capt. Brian
Heffner said. The man was ordered at gunpoint to drop the knife and was
A warrant was issued for a second man, a 26-year-old from TC, who is
accused of stabbing a third man before he fled the scene.
The alleged victim, a 31-year-old from TC, received treatment at the
scene, Heffner said.

When TC Police attempted to pull over a silver Ford for speeding on 14th
Street, the driver of the vehicle attempted to outrun police, leading to a
The brief pursuit led into the neighborhood south of 14th and ended when
the car left the roadway and ended up in a yard on Arnold Court at around
10:45 p.m. on July 31, Capt. Steve Morgan said.
The 16-year-old driver, who police deter-mined was drunk and had a
suspended driver’s license, was taken into custody to face charges in
probate court including fleeing and eluding.

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