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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Federal Deficit

- July 21st, 2005
Federal deficit
on the decline

The federal deficit is $94 billion less than expected, boding good news for the nation’s economy, reports Rep. Dave Camp (R-Midland).
A release from Camp’s office notes that the national deficit is $94 billion less than a forecast made in February and now stands at $333 billion, or 2.7 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which is smaller than the deficits in 15 of the last 25 years as a percentage of GDP.
Camp credits Republican tax cuts as playing a role in generating better than expected revenues. He adds that nationally, the economy has created over 3.7 million jobs since May 2003, with job gains for each of the last 25 months and more Americans working than ever.
The numbers show the nation’s unemploy-ment rate fell to 5.0 percent in June, the lowest rate since September 2001, and lower than the average rate of the 1970s, ‘80s, and ‘90s.
“Clearly we have more work to do in Michigan, but nationally we are back on track and moving full speed ahead,” said Camp, a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee that was responsible for writing the tax cuts into law.
He adds that projections show the deficit will fall to $162 billion in 2009, or 1.1 percent of GDP.
“These numbers are only going to get better as Congress holds the line on spending,” Camp said.

New casino complex
planned in Petoskey

The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians are on a roll in Petoskey with plans for a new $197.4 million casino, hotel and entertainment complex which will replace Victories on U.S. 131.
To be located on a 97-acre parcel of land on Cemetery Road, south of Petoskey, the plan includes an eight-story hotel with 250 rooms and a rooftop restaurant. Every room will have a view of Little Traverse Bay or Lake Michigan.
The complex will include a 1,000-seat entertainment center for concerts, pow-wows, banquets and other events. Also in the works is a 300-seat buffet near the new casino, which will offer 1,500 machines. Currently, there are 1,100.
Tribal chairman Frank Ettawageshik said the project will be constructed over the next two years, with a groundbreaking to be held this summer.

Missy Kamyszek remembered through scholarship

The First Annual “Missy” Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser raised more than $23,000 at Magnum Hospitality restaurants in the region.
Missy Kamyszek was a manager at Red Mesa Grill Boyne City, whose life was tragically cut short last summer as the result of domestic violence. Scholarships will be awarded annually in her honor to area students enrolled in the NMC Culinary Program. Recipients will be culinary students who, like Missy, demonstrate a commitment to the spirit of ‘hospitality”.
On June 21, all four Magnum Hospitality restaurants hosted fundraising events. Magnum Hospitality’s goal of $10,000 was more than doubled.
Events at the Red Mesa Grill in Boyne City and Traverse City, Pearl’s New Orleans Kitchen in Elk Rapids and The Fish in Harbor Springs raised more than $23,000 to permanently endow the scholarship fund.
Magnum Hospitality donated $12,765, or 50% of its sales on June 21. Another $11,000 was raised through silent auctions and cash donations.
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