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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None - August 19th, 2011  

Pastry chef Magdalena Bagi and chef/owner Matthew Walheim next to the display case showcasing Xylo’s pastries. Photos by Ross Boissoneau.

offers gourmet & deli surprises

Outdoor patrons enjoy an al fresco lunch at Xylo.

It’s not often that death immediately confronts you when you enter a restaurant.

But there it is, in the dessert case just inside the door at Xylo Bistro/Cafe: Brownies to Die For.

Not that they’re really lethal or anything.

But the huge, rich, flourless brownie (“It’s more like fudge!” excitedly says waitress Jackie Kohl) is ample evidence of Xylo’s commitment to creating interesting foodstuffs that are a little off the beaten path.

That only makes sense for a restaurant tucked into the backside of a building in the warehouse district. “We’re kind of hard to find,” admitted owner/chef Matthew Walheim.

But if Xylo isn’t necessarily easy to find, it’s worth the effort. Walheim has created an eclectic menu, with such items as Tilapia Tosca, Green Curry Chicken, whitefish pate, and grilled focaccia pizza in a variety of flavors.


If some of the items on the menu seem familiar, then you must have ventured to Suttons Bay to the Silvertree Deli. Walheim was the chef at the Silvertree until it closed in December 2010. Now many of the favorite items from that menu have been reborn, such as the Covered Wagon, a chocolate pastry in the shape of, well, a covered wagon. Other pastries include flan and carrot cake, there’s a host of cookies, and don’t forget those brownies.

“Maggie (pastry chef Magdelena Bagi) does a great job,” said Walheim In addition to the pastries, Xylo offers a variety of salads, lunch plates, starters & sides, sandwiches and subs. Most of them are available for carryout, a tradition which developed from Silvertree and was furthered by Xylo’s relationship with Right Brain Brewery next door, which doesn’t serve food but allows patrons to bring their own foodstuffs.

Walheim says there are a number of unique items on the menu. “We do calamari a little differently than most people,” he said proudly, noting the squid is cut into strips and served with a Citrus Buerre Blanc.

Another popular item is the Chicken Paprikash. In fact, Walheim says it’s his personal favorite. “It’s one dish I just never get tired of,” he said of the chicken simmered with peppers and onions, and served over homemade dumplings in a sour cream sauce.


The interior of the restaurant is just as interesting and eclectic as the menu. Bright sage and orange walls complement the dark brown tables and metal chairs. Open rafters, hanging lights, and a small stage complete the warm, friendly, and engaging interior.

And this is just the start. Walheim is hoping to get a liquor license to enable him to serve beer and wine at least. “People like to have a glass of wine with dinner,” Walheim said.

And the new dinner menu is currently in development. Walheim hopes to introduce it within a week or so.

In the meantime, patrons can enjoy the subs, burgers, and ethnic fare, along with the complete coffee bar.

Xylo is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

weekdays and until 10 Friday and Saturday. Sundays it is open from 11 to 4. Located at 221 Garland St. Suite D in TC’s Warehouse District, next to Right Brain Brewery. Its Facebook page is xylo-bistro-cafe. Call 421-9200.

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