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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Hookers in the ‘Hood

Anne Stanton - March 17th, 2008
Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and his dalliance with a gorgeous, highly-paid hooker have the television networks aflame.
But politics and sex have always gone together like, um, nylons and garters.

The most recent buzz in Michigan, of course, involves Kwame Kilpatrick, the married mayor of Detroit, who wishes it would all go away. He’ll be forever remembered by his text message to his chief of staff: “I’ve been dreaming all day about having you all to myself for three days. Relaxing, laughing, talking, sleeping and making love.”
George Weeks, a veteran political writer, says that in most cases, it isn’t the sex that gets these guys in trouble as much as lying about it. And Kilpatrick is no exception.

What about prostitution in northwest Michigan? No one talks about it much, and you never see news of prostitution arrests.
But it doesn’t mean nothing is going on. I learned that soon after moving to Traverse City.
My husband, Doug, had rented a tiny writing office soon after we married in 1990. Next to his office was a so-called massage therapist. She was young, pretty and seemed perpetually strapped for cash.
Doug worked occasionally late at night, and she’d be working too. He soon surmised from the bumping and moaning on the other side of the thin office wall just how she was making her money. She soon became the talk of the hallway. And then suddenly she was gone.
Doug heard she had been arrested at a downtown bar for soliciting a man. In fact the man happened to be an off-duty police officer, said Traverse City Police Chief Mike Warren.
“She didn’t go to jail for that. She just moved,” said the office building owner, who didn’t want his name used. “I booted her out of here when I found out what was going on from the oil boys (across the hall). I was just happy to get rid of her. She went downstate somewhere. There was an M.D. from up north trying to track her down.
He said he liked the way she gave him massages—I don’t know if that was
the real reason; it was none of my business. But he came back in the early 1990s and told me she was living in the Detroit area.”

Chief Warren said an Oriental massage parlor on South Airport Road was shut down in the late 1980s, but the 1990 arrest was the last of its kind in Traverse City.
Other police chiefs in northern towns echoed that prostitution is rare here.
A prostitute hasn’t been arrested in Petoskey in 34 years, said Mike Vargo, director of Petoskey’s Public Safety Department.
And Benzie County isn’t rife with “sex for pay” crimes either.
“I’m not saying we don’t have it, I’m saying we don’t see it,” said Benzie County Undersheriff Rory Heckman.
But as it turns out, there is sex in our fair cities. Just take a look at the two Internet ads for escorts in Traverse City that the Express found last week (see sidebar).
And Rick Coates, a Northern Express journalist, gave me this account of his own investigation:
“In February of 2002 I was research-ing a feature story on the African-American resort town of Idlewild for the Express, and I stopped at the Red Rooster, a popular bar in town, to speak with locals about the history. I was the only white guy in the joint, when in walked a very tall, very attractive, slender blonde and a black man I wrongly assumed was her boyfriend.
“Eventually the man approached me and asked if I was looking for some action. I said ‘no.’ He asked if I was from the area and I told him Traverse City. He explained that he and his girl were, too, and that he had hoped to shop her around to some of his friends in Idlewild.
“She came over and joined us, and I said I was a journalist and I was interested in writing a story about escorts in Northern Michigan. She also said that she cut hair during the daytime in her Traverse City home. It turns out that she lived just two doors down from another prostitute, but is no longer there.
“I gave her my card and my cell phone number. A couple of weeks later, Melissa, who went by the name of Star, phoned me, and I met her at a local watering hole where she was going to meet up with a client. She spoke to me for about an hour, filling me in on the details of how she got started selling her body for a living. This woman was very pretty and in her mid 30s. She was definitely attractive—a nine out of 10. In general, she didn’t have to hit on men—they hit on her.
“After her client arrived, I went up to the bartender who I knew, and he told me she was a regular who often worked the crowd.
“A week later I joined her and another client. They were meeting over drinks, and he originally thought I was her pimp. After I identified myself as a journalist, he became frightened and left very angry, fearing I would reveal his identity. I never had that intention, but just wanted to talk to him and explore the mindset of a guy who’d pay for sex.

“Later, I interviewed Star while she cut my hair at her home. Her pimp Tony was present, the same guy I met in Idlewild,” Coates continued. “He had spent 25 years in Jackson Prison on a murder rap, and was living up here after attending a treatment program.
“Star told me of her struggles as a single mom—her son was living out West with her mother at the time of the interview. She had started drinking at the age of 12 and was, at that time, battling an addiction to drugs. She had been molested by her father and dropped out of school. She taught herself to cut hair by practicing on her boyfriend, and it was her boyfriend who talked her into becoming a prostitute.
“Star disclosed to me that her boyfriend had AIDS and was dying from it, which I found really scary. He was about 30 and heavy into drugs, but she said she was clean.
“She told me there were two other prostitutes in Traverse City, but they weren’t connected in business in any way.
“She’d bring her customers to her duplex, which was on the alley side of the house. She cut hair in the front of her house and used the back of the house for her sex clients. Her bedroom was clean, and she kept it nice. She had a couple of younger guys she’d take care of for $100. She offered me the opportunity to witness it from her closet, but that was just too weird. It was stretching it too far.
“She definitely had some emotional issues about the whole thing. She was dealing with the psychological trauma of it all. She felt terrible about it. Her boyfriend (not the pimp) was okay with it, and I think that was hard on her emotionally too. He separated it as, ‘It’s a job, you take care of business, it’s just a physical act, you’re putting on a show.’
“She desperately wanted to quit; her mom was living in Alaska, and so she moved there to live with her mom. I heard, since that time, her boyfriend did die of AIDS.”

The description of Star sounds eerily like Kristen, the 22-year-old woman who serviced former Governor Spitzer and was catapulted last week to fame or infamy, however you want to look at it. Kristen, whose real name is Ashley Alexandra Dupré, wrote this on MySpace:
“When I was 17, I left home. It was my decision and I’ve never looked back. Left my hometown. Left a broken family. Left abuse. Left an older brother who had already split. Left and learned what it was like to have everything, and lose it, again and again. Learned what it was like to wake up one day and have the people you care about most gone. I have been alone. I have abused drugs. I have been broke and homeless. But, I survived, on my own.”

Why do men seek out prostitutes?
Some blame the wife who doesn’t take care of her man, but that’s not the issue, said Barbara Jones Smith, a Traverse City therapist.
“I think for some men, they think it’s non-intimate. Most of the time, it’s very limited and over and done with. No strings. At least it looks like there are no strings. You don’t get all tied up into the emotionality of caring about this person or her caring for you. Or it can be your fantasy. The feeling of having a sex slave. I don’t think there’s any one reason why people seek out prostitutes.”
But what’s even more puzzling is this: What could a guy like Eliot Spitzer, who had it all, possibly have been thinking?
What really puzzles me is why the wives stand by their men in confession after public confession. Now it comes out that former Governor Spitzer wanted to have sex with prostitutes without a condom. He was endangering his own wife. She gets that, right?


This is what Northern Express found after about a minute of googling for female escorts in Traverse City. Escort services are legal if they don’t offer sex for pay—but they often do. The ads are excerpted below.

AD #1


Are you looking for company? I’m just a call away. I’m avaliable from 9am to 2am 7 days a week. I give an excellent erotic sensual massage. you can come to me or I can come to you, I’m tall with a slender athletic build. 36 25 37 no kidding and men find me beautiful and very accomadating

Donation: 150.00 one hour
Available Activities: Bondage, Full Service, GFE, Girl-Girl, Manual
Release (HJ), Masturbation, Multiple Partners, Role Play, Sensual

AD #2

I’ll Be Your Sweet Date/Companion

Hi, I’m a very sweet woman,with grace and sensual stanama,I’m 5 foot 3 inches and 125 pound; I have LONG brunette hair and BIG blue eyes.I love to laugh and smile.I have a great personality and sense of humor amongst alot of OTHER GREAT QUALITIES. Iam atrracted to RICH, GENEROUS, GENTLE MEN.... My favorite movie is Pretty Woman, amongst OTHER MOVIES...... I love all kinds of food and music, bubblebaths, Satin and lace, leathers, And PERFUME.... Do you need a date, or, maybe just some company??....I would LOVE to acomadate you..... Please get in touch with me for further info.... THANK YOU....
Donations: $350 hr, +tip, and,or gift cards
Available Activities: BBBJ, CBJ, Full Service, GFE, Manual Release (HJ), Masturbation, Multiple Pops, Role Play, Sensual Domination, Sensual Massage, Toys

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