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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Regional Book ROUNDUP

Nancy Sundstrom - August 5th, 2004
Local authors offer everything from poetry to postcards
In our fast-paced world, sometimes the majority of us can forget about how great it really is to crack open a book. In Northern Michigan there are a number of gifted authors who have works encompassing subjects from cooking to farming to photography. This summer offers a number of new texts from area authors that deserve attention:

Dining In Dining Out in Northern Michigan - By Sherri & Graydon DeCamp - Bayshore Books - 240 pages - soft cover - $17.95

For many in Northern Michigan, food is not simply something to be consumed. Food and wine are a passion. “Dining In Dining Out in Northern Michigan” is the perfect addition to your library if you feel strongly about the region’s food and wine.
“Dining In Dining Out” is written by veteran food writers, the DeCamps,
who follow up their 1996 release, “Connoisseur Up North,” with a similar book that profiles local restaurants, bistros, delis, wineries and markets.
The “Chef’s Cookbook” section in the back of the text offers 150 brand new recipes for your culinary enjoyment, including everything from peanut butter pie to Salmon Shao Mai.
Old favorite restaurants in the area like Poppycock’s and the Freshwater Lodge are highlights to the book while some of the newest and trendiest bistros are discussed. There is even a page devoted to explaining what exactly comprises the definition local food.
A fitting touch to the book is a chapter about the farm markets in the area and the important role they play. And no culinary work would be complete without a fine section on wine, which highlights Black Star Farms and Chateau Leelanau among others.
The DeCamps once again prove why they are well-respected with this wonderfully diverse book that showcases an integral aspect to life.

Words to the Wise: A Lighthearted Look at the English Language -
By Michael J. Sheehan - Arbutus Press 240 pages - soft cover - $15

For those who have not had a chance to listen to Michael Sheehan’s weekly radio program on WTCM, also called “Words to the Wise,” this local personality has transcribed a number of his shows and compiled them into this book on the particulars of the English language.
Sheehan shows off his 26 years of experience as an English teacher, and his love for language, while addressing topics such as word origin, punctuation and grammar. He also takes a fun look at headline mishaps, clever slogans and bumper stickers. Noteworthy sections include Sheehan explaining where phrases such as “party pooper” came from. He also explains the process dictionary makers go through to define a word.
Sheehan’s wit and sense of humor have never ceased to make an impression on his listeners, and on his colleagues. WTCM Morning Show Host Ron Jolly says, “After working on the radio with Mike Sheehan for over three years the thing that impresses me most is his passion for, and knowledge of, the English language.” Fans of Sheehan’s show will not want to pass up this book.

Traverse City in Vintage Postcards -
By C.S. Wright - Arcadia Publishing -
128 pages - soft cover - $19.99

The latest installment in the “Postcard History” series by Arcadia Publishing features none other than Traverse City. An abundance of images from Traverse City’s past, including rare and never-before published photos comprise this visual tour of the city’s history.
Local author Charles Wright utilizes his background in journalism to unveil many of the area’s untold stories of the people, places and culture of Traverse City. Images in this work include the area’s natural resources, such as orchards, lakes and lumber as well as favorites like Grand Traverse Bay, the Bluffs and Sleeping Bear Dunes. The images document how the town has transformed from a logging and farming community in its earlier days to what has come to be.

Seasons of Sleeping Bear -
By Terry W. Phipps - University of Michigan Press & Petoskey Publishing Company - 124 pages - hard cover - $35.00

Award-winning photographer Terry Phipps brings another installment of his “Seasons” series that chronicles the area surrounding Sleeping Bear Dunes. Phipps is known all over the world for his photos, which have appeared in periodicals such as National Geographic, Smithsonian, the Chicago Tribune and USA Today. Among these he has also published work in “Traverse” the Magazine and “Michigan Living.” He has spent the last 25 years photographing Northern Michigan.
Numerous photos of Lake Michigan and the dunes are sure to take the viewer’s breath away, while there are also pictures of surrounding bodies of water like Crystal River and Bass Lake. A number of views from the Empire Bluffs have to be the highlights of the book.
Other pleasant surprises are from the Ghost Forest near Sleeping Bear and the photos of Pyramid Point, taken from the air. This book is full of amazing photos from one of the most beautiful areas in the entire state.

Sweet and Snappy Cherry Drinks -
By Lori Hall Steele - Eighth Sea Books -126 pages - soft cover - $9.95

Tourists and locals alike will be interested in seeing the vast number of different cherry drinks Lori Hall Steele has come up with in this book.
Most don’t think of the cherry as a fruit that provides such a plethora of opportunities, but it seems we have all been proven wrong.
No matter if it is the middle of a brutal Northern Michigan winter or a hot summer, there is a beverage in here for all times and occasions. Cherry Wassail and Hot Cherry-Chocolate both sound delicious and if you are into some potent beverages, Steele has you covered there as well. With over 204 cherry recipes, everyone is sure to be pleased.
The most interesting part of this title has to be a couple of sections devoted to the health benefits of cherries. Whoever knew that cherries contain 17 pain relieving antioxidants and other vitamins and minerals that fight off free radicals and disease, and repair damaged cells?

Got 2 Go: Feeding Families Fast -
By Kathleen Cannata Hanna - Gotago Books 327 pages - soft cover $18.95
Kathleen Cannata Hanna has made quite an impact with this cookbook that teaches readers how to cook with quality and speed. Newspapers like the Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal and Traverse City Record-Eagle have all featured her as her book has now surpassed the 3,000 mark in sales.
The diversity and sheer amount of recipes are proof of why this book has sold so well and has become a hit with families throughout the Midwest.
Hanna divided three sections into the amount of time spent on preparing the meal ,as there are a grab and go, 15-minute and 30-minute sections as far as preparation time is concerned. Wraps and burritos comprise the grab-and-go section while everything from meatloaf and grilled pork to chili makes for a delicious thirty minute meal.
Dessert and snacks are also tackled, with all sorts of cookies and cakes offered and there is also an entire section just devoted to pasta. Got 2 Go is organized very well and is easy to use. Anyone who has ever needed to make a meal in a hurry, but still has the desire for the family to eat healthy would do well to add this cookbook to their collection.

Pulling Down the Barn: Memories of a Rural Childhood - By Anne-Marie Oomen Wayne State University Press 138 pages - soft cover - $18.95

Residents of the Traverse City area should be excited to get their hands on this memoir from Anne-Marie Oomen, chair of the Creative Writing department at the Interlochen Arts Academy, which will be released in September.
The book highlights what it was like for her to grow up on a farm in Oceana County. She discusses everything from her grandmother’s death to baling hay and picking asparagus, but at the center of the text is the strength of her family’s bond and the farmer’s struggle for identity in the contemporary landscape. She has written a captivating book about growing up on a Michigan farm that writer Michael Steinberg calls an “honest and powerful coming-of-age family story . . .”
Anyone who appreciates the beauty of the Michigan wilderness will want to read this. Each page is full of rich imagery that paints the family and natural landscape clearly in a way that is entertaining and at times, heart-wrenching. Oomen’s book is the latest in the Great Lakes Series by Wayne State University Press.

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