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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‘We take hard cases‘ A. C. Paws celebrates with a pet reunion

Danielle Horvath - May 19th, 2005
For the past nine years, A. C. Paw has rescued over 3,000 cats, dogs, puppies and kittens in Northern Michigan which would have otherwise been destroyed. This often means animals that have been abused, neglected, sick or when there is no room at the local shelters.
To celebrate their successes, they are having their second annual “Family Reunion” day on Saturday, May 21, 11 a.m. 5 p.m. at PetSmart in Traverse City. Anyone who has adopted a pet through A.C. Paw is encouraged to bring their animal, or a picture of them to the reunion. Highlights of the day will include door prizes, a display, and a raffle of specially-built dog houses to support the Gimme Shelter Project. The event will be broadcast live by Steve Cook from WTCM.
“This is a chance for all our volunteers to see the results of their hard work and dedication,” says Brian Manley, co-founder of A.C. Paw, along with partner June McGrath.
“We take the hard cases,” said Manley, “like dogs with Parvo, kittens and puppies that require round-the-clock feedings and older animals who need somewhere to live out their last years.” Parvo is a virus that primarily attacks puppies and is often fatal. A.C. Paw volunteers have turned around 41 Parvo infected dogs to live long, healthy lives. They have handled more than 220 orphaned puppies and kittens, many of whom would’ve died if they hadn’t received their care.
The all volunteer, non-profit group of 30 plus provides foster care homes that take in animals that need special care and attention. The group works to find adoptive homes through their special adoption days at Pet Smart. Cats and kittens are available for adoption through A.C. Paw on Tuesday and Thursday nights 6-8 p.m. and Saturdays, 1-6 p.m. Volunteers also bring adoptive dogs and puppies in on Saturdays.
Over the past two years, A.C. Paw has been working to provide dog houses to protect outside dogs against the harsh Northern Michigan winters. The Gimme Shelter Dog Housing Project has brought shelter to over 20 dogs with the number growing each year. Donations of dog houses and/or materials that would aid in the construction or repair is appreciated. They will also take old dog houses and refurbish them.
A.C. Paw relies solely on volunteer donations to do its work. Approximately 85% of contributions go for veterinary care, food, or other items such as kennels, cat beds and litter. The Lundstrom Family Foundation has played a critical role in keeping A.C. Paw operations viable. A.C. Paw is located in Mancelona, but works with people and animals from all over the Grand Traverse area. For information, contact Brian Manley at 231-587-0738. Their mailing address: P.O. Box 130, Mancelona, 49659.

A home for Rosco
Rosco is a happy, healthy, playful puppy who has joined our family since we adopted him from A.C. Paw over a month ago. He has grown twice his size, has found his favorite sleeping spots in the house, and has learned that cats have sharp claws. My son Ben is training him to walk on a leash, fetch a ball and plans on making him his fishing buddy this summer as soon as he can get him used to the water.
Rosco is still chewing on things he shouldn’t, he wants to play when everyone else wants to watch a movie, and he still has an accident now and then in the house, but he is also becoming part of the family.
Raising a puppy is a lot like raising a child – it requires patience, training and a lot of love. And, like children, the results don’t always come right away, but when they do, you know it’s all been worth it. A good dog can be a true friend and life long companion.
-- Danielle Horvath

The Michigan House has approved sending the U.S. Congress a resolution supporting the creation of an “.xxx” Internet domain name that would allow parents to better protect their children from adult web sites.
House Resolution 30, introduced by State Rep. Howard Walker, R-Traverse City, urges the federal government to require the U.S. Department of Commerce to establish an “.xxx” Internet domain.
“Seven new domain names were created a couple of years ago, but that didn’t include the ‘.xxx’ one that was also proposed,” said Walker. “It’s important that this domain be implemented so parents, schools, libraries and others can more easily use software to block access to materials inappropriate for children.“
Walker said in a release that he has been working on the .xxx idea with Congressman Dave Camp and there‘s reason to believe the U.S. Congress will consider it.

The Force is with Star Wars lovers in Petoskey: The Petoskey Cinema is having a premiere showing of “Star Wars Episode 3“ at 12 a.m. on Thursday, May 19. Manager Julie Jamison says tickets are available now, at $20 which includes reserved seating, a preshow party with all you can eat pizza, pop, and popcorn.

Conservative radio station WTCM, 580-AM is taking a look at the liberal side of the issues with a new Progressive Wednesdays show hosted by Ron Jolly at 9 a.m.
The show was instigated by TC Common Sense, a newly-formed group which lobbied the station to present more balance in its programming. TC Common Sense will help choose topics and guests.

A new “Let‘s Get Moving“ program has been launched by health care providers in 20 Northern Michigan counties with the goal of turning sedentary kids into lifelong exercisers.
Let‘s Get Moving kids record the number of miles they walk over a 100 day period with equivalent points awarded for other activities such as swimming, dancing, gardening, golf and more. Credit can also be earned for participants who eat healthy or quit smoking.
Kids are also eligible for prizes from local sponsors. Let’s Get Moving will continue through the end of August when final miles will be tallied.
Cirque du Soleil performer and World Champion Rope Jumper Rene Bibaud will highlight two Kick Off sessions in Traverse City, including a Friday, May 20 event at 7 p.m. at the theater entrance to the Grand Traverse Mall.
For info call the LGM hotline at (231) 935-2909, or visit www.lgmnm.org.

The Suttons Bay Jazzfest has been cancelled this summer due to a major act dropping out of its lineup because of health problems.
“Rather than compromise the quality of our presentation or sacrifice the integrity of our mission, we have chosen to take a one-year recess,“ states a release from the Jazzfest, which had been set to complete its 13th year of presenting classic jazz and big band music.
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