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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Public broadcasting spared the ax

- June 30th, 2005
Public broadcasting
spared the axe
Cries for help and expressions of outrage on WIAA-FM talk radio and other public broadcasting outlets in Northern Michigan were heard by Congress last week, which voted 284-140 to rescind a planned cut of $100 million to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).
Public broadcasting has been targeted by conservatives since the early ‘90s when a Republican Congress led by Newt Gingrich planned a similar budget cut to hamstring programming.
But, as in the ‘90s, the threat of crippling small stations and the cancellation of popular programs such as “Sesame Street” and “The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer” led to an avalanche of phone calls, emails and letters to Congress.
MoveOn.org reports that more than one million people signed a petition in support of National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting Service -- the largest petition response for a single week in U.S. history. Congress was also presented with 60,000 pages of comments and signatures from the public, defending public broadcasting.
A further concern for public broadcasters, however, is that of Republican attempts to tamper with programming, substituting the kind of conservative opinion now presented as “news“ on FOX and talk radio stations across the country. Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, the Republican-appointed chairman of the CPB, made headlines in recent weeks with claims that public broadcasting is “too liberal.“
Of note, 100% of House Democrats voted to rescind the budget cut, joined by 38% of House Republicans representing 87 GOP congressmen. Locally, both Rep. Dave Camp and Rep. Bart Stupak voted to restore funding for public broadcasting.

Homeless youth shelter gets $500,000 boost
in name of a lost son
Empire residents Harvey and Marilyn Warburton have pledged $500,000 to build the youth wing of the new Goodwill Inn Homeless Shelter. The gift is made in memory of the Warburton’s son Peter, who died by suicide eight years ago at the age of 21.
The youth wing, tentatively named Pete’s Place, will be Northern Michigan’s first- licensed facility for providing emergency shelter to homeless youths. It will be operated by the Third Level Crisis Center and will serve adolescents aged 14 to 18.
The youth wing will be part of the new Goodwill Inn Homeless Shelter slated for construction next year. The goal of a Homeless to Wholeness fundraising campaign is $4.3 million.
“This is something Pete would have wanted,” said Harvey Warburton. “Pete was a caring friend to whom others turned in times of trouble. He would have been pleased to help create this refuge for young people needing help.”
Pete was born in England in 1976. He grew up in Farmington Hills and was a frequent visitor to Northern Michigan, where he loved to fish, sail, ski and be in the outdoors. He was a student at Hope College at the time of his death.
The wing of the building will have furnishings inspired by the art, music and books enjoyed by Pete Warburton.
“It needs to feel like a hangout,” notes Ken Homa, director of Housing Services at Goodwill. “If it seems too formal or institutional, it will not be the kind of place where teens in trouble are going to want to be.”
In addition to serving as an emergency shelter, Pete’s Place will provide counseling and life skills training to homeless youths so that they may transition to supportive long-term homes. A first attempt will always be made to restore youths to their immediate families.

Cherry Fest Schedule
(see also: Hot Dates)

Daily: July 2-9
- Hole-In-One Golf Contest, 9am-9pm
- Cherry Orchard Tours at Amon Orchards, 10am-11pm
- Children’s Fishing Pond,11am-7pm
- Midway Arnold Amusements, 11am
- Bay Side Entertainment Stage concerts, 1pm-11pm
-Hole-In-One Golf Contest Final Shoot Out , 2-3:30 pm
- Cherry Connection Farm & Fruit 1-7pm
- Kiteboarding Demo 1-7pm

Saturday, July 2
-Two-Person Beach Volleyball Tournament, 9am-5pm
- Big Wheel Race, 10am-noon
- Dock Dog Jumping, Holiday Inn, 10am-12pm & 4-6pm
- Opening Ceremony, Queen’s Arrival, 11am
- Festival Air Show, 12:30-3pm
- Midtown Canoe Race, 2:30pm
- Cherry Pit Spit Contest, 6-7pm

Sunday, July 3
- Four-Person Beach Volleyball Tournament, 9am-5pm
- Old Mission Peninsula Bike Tour, 9am-1pm
- Puck Whacker Tournament, 9am
- Midtown Canoe Race, 9:30am
- Arts and Crafts Fair, 10am-7pm
- Dock Dog Jumping, Holiday Inn, 10am-12pm & 4-6pm
- Car & Truck Show, 10am-4pm
- Junior Arts and Crafts, 11am-2pm
- Taste of Cherries Food Fair, 11am-2pm
- Festival Air Show, 12:30-3pm
- Cherry Teddy Bear Tea, 3:30-5pm
- Festival Wine Tasting, 4-11pm
- Sand Sculpture Contest. 6-9pm

Monday, July 4
- Bubble Gum Blow, 10am-noon
- Turtle Races, 1pm
- Kid’s Cherry Pie Eating Contest, 3-5pm
- Cherry Pit Spit Contest, 6-7pm

Tuesday, July 5
Heritage Day
- Gold Tee Golf Clinic, 8:30-10:30am
- Senior Breakfast, 9am
- Pet Show, 10am-noon
- Heritage Day Old Fashion Picnic, 11:30am-1:30pm
- Cherry Industry Program, 1-2pm
- Cherry Pins & Pizza, 1-5pm
- Kids Cherry Pie Eating Contest, 1-3pm
- Tribute to Agriculture film, 3pm
- Bed Race, 6-7pm
- Heritage Parade, 7pm
- Seniors Pinochle Tournament, 7pm
- Ice Cream Social, 8-9:30pm

Wednesday, July 6
Fun and Games for Special Kids
- Puck Whacker Tournament, 9am
- Senior Golf Scramble, 9am
- Bicycle Rodeo, 10am-noon
- Cherry Beary Picnic with Grandparents, noon
- Royal Pageant of Fashion & Luncheon, noon-2:30pm
- Bingo, 1-5pm & 7-10pm
- Tribute to Agriculture film, 3pm
- Cherry Pit Spit Contest, 6-7pm
- Swing Dance Lessons, 7pm
- Very Cherry Swing Dance (Highpointe Golf Course), 8pm

Thursday, July 7
- Horseshoe Tournament, 10am
- Seniors’ Shuffleboard Tournament, 10am
- Bingo, 1-5pm
- Kids Cherry Pie Eating Contest, 1-3pm
- Seniors’ Bowling Tournament, 1pm
- Tribute to Agriculture film, 3pm
- Junior Royale Parade, 6:30-8:30pm
- Red Hat, Red Hot Glow Bowling, 7:30-11pm
- Ice Cream Social, 8-9:30pm

Friday, July 8
- Puck Whacker Tournament, 9am
- Sand Sculpture Contest, 9am-noon
- Seniors’ Golf Tournament, 9am
- Brown Lumber’s Lumberjack Show, 10am-4pm
- Diaper Derby and Toddler Trot, 10am-noon
- Grand Cherry Buffet Luncheon, noon
- Historical Tour of Cherry City , noon-4pm
- Youth Chalk Art Contest, 1-3pm
- Cherry Pit Spit Contest, 6-7pm
- Bingo,1-5pm & 7-10pm
- Great Wolf Run and Walk, 6pm
- Cherryland Marching Band Classic, 6:30-10:30pm
- Queen’s Coronation and Ball, 7-10pm
- Seniors’ Euchre Tournament, 7-10pm

Saturday, July 9
- Cherry Pancake Breakfast, 7:30-10:30am
- Meijer Festival of Races, 7:45am
- Brown Lumber’s Lumberjack Show, 10am-4pm
- Cherry Royale Parade, 11:15am
- Bingo,1-5pm & 7-10pm
- Cherry Pit Spit Final Contest, 5:30-6:30pm
- Ice Cream Social, 6:30-8:30pm
- Milk Carton Boat Regatta, 8-10pm
- Festival Fireworks Finale, 10:30pm
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