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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A Thousand Bones

Rick Coates - July 5th, 2007
Northern Michigan has served as the backdrop and inspiration to many a writer and author. Most notable on the list are Ernest Hemingway and Jim Harrison. Add to that list New York Times bestselling author P.J. Parrish.
Parrish is the author of the critically-acclaimed and commercially successful Louis Kincaid mystery novel series, which uses the the Leelanau Peninsula as the setting to launch a new crime novel series featuring Joe Frye, a female police officer and Kincaid’s lover. The new novel, “A Thousand Bones,” was released last week and Parrish is touring through Northern Michigan doing a series of book signings.
P.J. Parrish (actually two sisters Kristie Montee and Kelly Nichols) grew up in Detroit. Both sisters had a passion for writing at an early age, as well as a passion for Northern Michigan. (By the way, they spoke to the Express as one voice -- that of P.J. Parrish).
“As a child my father was constantly in search of that dream cottage in Northern Michigan,” said Parrish. “Every summer the family would head north in search with him, and we visited all those wonderful places. I fell in love with it. Now I am returning and taking up my fathers passion and in search of that dream cottage.”
Parrish will poke around Northern Michigan during a 12-stop book signing tour over two weeks. The sisters visited the area over a year ago on a book signing junket and began thinking that the region would make a great setting for a murder mystery.
“This story wouldn’t work in Detroit where I am from. You expect that sort of thing in a big city,” said Parrish. “But at the same time it is so nice up north that you wouldn’t expect it to happen up there. So I have to be careful not to overdo it. The next book will be set in Ann Arbor.”
The sisters hope to draw inspiration during their book signing tour to return their new protagonist Joe Frye to the north for another murder mystery.
“I like the idea of a setting in the vineyard on the Leelanau Peninsula,” said Parrish. “During the last book tour I stopped in and met Bernie Rink at Boskeydel. Now there is a character.”
Is Parrish thinking of having Rink murdered, or turning him into some raving winemaking massacre maniac? Guess we’ll have to wait for the book to find out.
The introduction of Joe Frye as the central character was a combination of a request from the new publisher and something that Parrish had been thinking about.
“The new publisher asked, but I had been thinking about bringing Fry forward because of her popularity with the readers,” said Parrish.
Those familiar with the Leelanau Peninsula will realize that Echo Bay (where Frye got her start as a rookie cop) is Leland. Parrish on her website offers several wonderful links to the Leelanau Peninsula and photos of the region that served as the story’s inspiration.
So when will the next book be out?
“In this business you have to produce one book a year or you will lose your readers,” said Parrish. “So next summer for the next book and possibly 2009 for the book set in the Leelanau vineyards.”
 For now the sisters will relive childhood memories as they travel through Northern Michigan signing copies of “A Thousand Bones.” The book is a great read and perfect for the beach or keeping around the cabin. This looks like another bestselling series from P.J. Parrish. To meet the author (both sisters), stop by one of the many book signings in the region. To learn more about P.J. Parrish and her other books visit pjparrish.com.
P.J. Parrish “A Thousand Bones”
book signing schedule:
Monday, July 2, 1:00-3:00pm Bridge Street Books 407 Bridge St. Charlevoix, 231-547-7323

Tuesday, July 3, 2:30-4:00pm Island Bookstore & Coffee Shop 215 E. Central Ave. Mackinaw City, 888-421-READ

Wednesday, July 4, 2:30-4:00pm Island Bookstore Main St. Centre P.O. Box 1298 Mackinac Island, 906-847-6202

Thursday, July 5, 1:00-3:00pm Horizon Books 319 E. Mitchell St. Petoskey,

Thursday, July 5, 6:00-8:00pm Saturn Booksellers 133 W. Main St. Gaylord,

Friday, July 6, 1:00-3:00pm Leelanau Books 109 North Main Leland, 231-256-7111

Friday, July 6, 5:00-7:00pm Cottage Books 5989 Lake St. Glen Arbor,

Saturday, July 7, 1:00-3:00pm Horizon Books 243 E. Front St. Traverse City,
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