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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Driving Force

Mary Bevans Gillett - February 16th, 2006
Marigold Productions is giving business women the tools to mine their
richest resources – themselves. The Traverse City based business was
launched recently by Mary Rogers and has already attracted an avid
Using the slogan, “because a woman’s work is never done,” Marigold
offers career building seminars, hands-on workshops and networking
lunches as well as opportunities to play, travel and informally meet
others. It’s marketed as “a women’s business organization that you
don’t join, you just join in.”
“With women, all business is personal,” Rogers says. “We thrive on
networking, flexibility and creativity… and value the quality of life
both personally and professionally.”
“Women have also become so busy that they must schedule everything into
their lives, including personal and professional development... even
leisure time. Marigold tackles both.”
Recent Marigold at Work sessions are a good illustration. During
January, the first Marigold Over Lunch featured TC’s Copper Ridge
developer Connie Denewith who spoke on “Blue Suit Mom Syndrome...
Balancing Career and Family.” The meeting room at Great Wolf Lodge was
packed with an enthusiastic group of over 100 women of all ages,
careers and backgrounds. The following week, Deb Callisan from Certain
Success Inc. led a small group “Business Builder Workshop” on personal
and professional goal setting.
Coming up, Marigold at Play features an evening gathering of cooking
and cameraderie at “Just Prepared” on February 23. Upcoming Marigold at
Work sessions will focus on marketing to baby boomers on February 16,
aging parents, on March 9, and organizational strategies in May. Future
topics promise to be timely, industry diverse and solution oriented.
A self described “business junkie,” Rogers brings a wealth of
experience to her new venture, including over 20 years of hands-on
experience in business ownership and business association management.
Her past positions have included president of the Birmingham-Bloomfield
Chamber of Commerce and president and CEO of the National Association
of Women Business Owners-Greater Detroit. Most recently, she served as
membership director for the TC Area Chamber of Commerce after
relocating to Northern Michigan. She also developed the inaugural Grand
Traverse Woman in Business lunch series in 2005.

Why women? Consider the power of the pocketbook in this sampling of
recent statistics:
• Women handle 80-90% of household spending. (TrendSight Group)
• Women make 51% of all auto purchases and 85% of all car buying is
influenced by women in the household. (J. D. Power & Associates)
• 66% of all women own their own homes (Milwaukee Sentinal)
• 80% of all checks written in the United States are signed by women.
• Women-owned businesses have doubled in just ten years, accounting for
40% of all U.S. companies. (National Foundation of Women Business
• In Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties, more than 50% of firms are
owned by women. (U.S. Census Bureau)
• In Northern Michigan, females make up 51% of the population. (U.S.
Census Bureau)
• Women-owned businesses generate $1.15-trillion in sales and employ
9.2-million people. (Center for Women’s Business Research)
• Since women account for a full 70% of all new business start-ups over
the past decade, women are creating new accounts to handle their needs
for banking services, telecommunications, office equipment and
supplies, product and package delivery, travel, etc. (TrendSight Group)

Giving women the skills to successfully create a business and to
navigate their career development is a driving force behind Marigold.
“This is something of a mission for me,” Rogers said. “Unless you have
a solid basis of business skills, you have no business going into
business. We can help develop the skills needed, and help women make
good decisions and avoid making common mistakes.”
Rogers is taking her own advice and growing Marigold carefully. During
the upcoming year, she hopes to continue augmenting Marigold’s
offerings, building up to two business builder sessions per month as
well as a monthly networking lunch and several fun opportunities to
gather and “play.” She welcomes feedback and recommendations for future
speakers, topics and ideas.

For more information about Marigold Productions, visit the website at
www.gomarigold.com for events, registration forms and resources. Phone
231-941-7700 or fax 231-941-7701.

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