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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Peek at City Opera House

Staff Reports - March 11th, 2004
Public to get a peek at City Opera House

The glory days of a lumber-era opera house are being recast in downtown Traverse City, where a $4.3 million restoration project has reached completion of its first major stage.
This weekend, the public will have an opportunity to see the fruits of that effort when the City Opera House Heritage Association hosts an open house at the renovated facility on Front Street.
On Friday, March 12, an invited audience of donors to the project will be treated to a performance of Mozart’s “Requiem” by the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. On Saturday, the Opera House will open its doors to the public for an educational focus from 2-4 p.m., and again on Sunday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. in a Family day event, with tours, information and entertainment.
Additionally, Horizon Books is hosting a line-up of authors and entertainment on behalf of the Opera House on Saturday to contribute a portion of its sales to the project.
Association Executive Director Gerie Greenspan notes, however, that much remains to be done on the current 450-seat facility. She says the association will launch a new fund drive on March 15 to raise an additional $800,000 towards the project, which is expected to require a total of $8.5 million for its completion.
“It’s a terrific space and a really big project,” Greenspan says. “We raised enough money for more than half of the project and then decided that to make the Opera House fully operational as an enhanced version of what it could be, we’d need to seek more funds.”
While the final polish won’t be placed on the facility until 2006, the City Opera House will be hosting shows as early as this fall.
Built in 1891 from the riches of the timber harvest in Northern Michigan, the Opera House is designed to seat up to 730 people. The restoration plan for the 41,000-square-foot facility encompasses four floors and four storefronts.

Volunteer to let it grow

Got a green thumb? Then the Botanical Garden Society of Northwest Michigan wants you. The Society is seeking members to help bring a botanical garden to the region.
“We’re nothing without our members,” said Tim Volas, membership chair. “Their support took the dream of a few dedicated people and proved that it was a winning idea. Future support and the support of those who will join with us will send a strong message of community commitment to the gardens.”
In October, the Society secured 80 acres outside Traverse City between 3 Mile Road and 4 Mile Road, north of Hammond Road in East Bay Township for the new Garden. Highlights of the proposed garden include:
• Indoor and outdoor collections of significant plants and native species will be the attraction of the Display Gardens.
• Research gardens and eco-designed facilities will serve as a living laboratory. Research ventures will test new ideas and plant materials.
• Featuring permanent and changing exhibits, Demonstration Gardens will explore topics of today, from erosion control methods to everyday plant care. The Destination Gardens will also provide settings for family picnics, weddings and special events. Visitors will enjoy a café and gift shop, walking trails and park areas, snowshoe trails and places for a winter bonfire – all among wetlands, forests, and views of Grand Traverse Bay from the highest ridge.
To join up, call the BGS office at 935-4077 or, see www.traversebotanicalgarden.com.

War’s anniversary protest

On Saturday, March 20, demonstrations throughout the world will mark the one year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Nationally, marches will be held in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and many other cities, including Lansing. A Traverse City demonstration is planned from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Grand Traverse County Government Center at 400 Boardman.
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