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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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What‘s Best for Acme

Margy and Jim Goss - August 4th, 2005
(The following is a response to Governor Bill Milliken‘s guest opinion in last week‘s Express regarding an Aug. 2 vote on whether the Acme Township Board should go ahead with a nine-month moratorium on big box stores to study their impact on the township. -- ed.)

My husband and I are voting NO on the Acme Township moratorium this Tuesday, August 2 and want to tell you why.
We were born and raised in Traverse City, with family roots in Bates, Williamsburg, and Acme. We feel fortunate to have finally returned to Acme, year-round. For 31 summers, East Bay was our summer cottage destination, where our boys played with other Acme kids along Bay Valley Drive and Maitland Road, occasionally enjoyed Arne‘s Funland, and raced the bumper cars behind Don‘s Drive In. We felt like we had “come home“ when we added on and created our permanent residence here.
We wanted to do something special for Acme, as a way of giving back to the residents who have been such good stewards of the land. Our partners joined us in designing the most beautiful mixed-use village on 182 acres along the M-72 trunkline.
Perhaps you can imagine our surprise and dismay when ex-Governor Milliken gave what we felt were misleading impressions of excess in describing our project which includes a hotel, esplanade, shops and Meijer anchor store, TART Trail bike paths, senior housing, various types of residential housing to meet a continuum of economic needs, community and educational buildings,
recreation fields, and numerous entertainment venues.
The Village at Grand Traverse was designed to contain Milliken‘s predicted “sprawl“ over its 20 year build-out, and would have given “heart“ and economic synergy to Acme‘s Towne Center. That‘s why the previous Township Board twice granted us permission to build. And each time they did, the Concerned Citizens of Acme Township (CCAT) sued the township to obstruct our progress, hiding behind the courts and local judges rather than mediating to find common ground and a win-win for everyone.
Unfortunately, powerful special interest and non-profit groups are at work in Acme, such as CCAT, the Michigan Land Use Institute, Grand Traverse Land Conservancy, Grand Traverse Watershed, and NMEAC. They seem to want control of our land and waters for their own purposes. A Traverse City Smart Growth advocate has indicated Acme should be a rich bedroom community, like Grand Haven. If we lose this moratorium vote to the “yes“ side, we will never again have any say about future direction or growth in Acme. It will be visioned and mapped by Traverse City and regional interests to meet their needs, not ours.
If you‘re a property owner, taxpayer, or voter, beware of the advice our township board is taking from ex-CCAT lawyer, Chris Bzdok. The obstructive direction of this new board is opening our wallets to unjust taxation without compensation; the cry “Taxation without representation!“ is way too close to the truth!
Last August, only 50% of us were heard from at the polls. Please, let‘s make it 100% on August 2 and learn what Acme really wants. Vote “NO“ to welcome Meijer to Acme and discover what wonderful neighbors we all can be.

Mary and Jim Goss are part of the development team for the Village at Grand Traverse in Acme Township.

 
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