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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EMPLOYMENT REAL ESTATE CAREERS - Do you have what it takes? Call to reserve your spot at an upcoming information night. Unlimited income & freedom to set your own schedule. Contact Remerica-Real Estate Traverse City 231-941-8283. COSMETOLOGIST NEEDED for upscale Traverse City salon. Professional and trendy. Full or Part Time.

Contact 231-421-3519. b2133 MASSAGE THERAPIST Looking for an experienced massage therapist! Therapist must have insurance and at least 500 hours of education. 231- 633-9016 e2133 HELP WANTED - ALL POSITIONS Seeking experienced servers, bartenders and kitchen staff. E-mail Patty at: panndavies@aol.com OR apply in person at Union Cantina 127 Union Street, downtown Traverse City. b2135

FULL SERVICE SALON in downtown TC has immediate part time and full time stylist positions available. Must have clientele and references. Please call 231-649-0883 to set up an interview. v2134 INTEGRITY HOME HEALTHCARE of Northern Michigan is looking for caregivers to join our team and provide care to those with disabilities as well as seniors, and special needs children. Must be available every other weekend. Apply in person at 1501 Cass St. Ste. C Traverse City, Michigan. v2133 FOOD/RETAIL - Reliable person to work at Old Mission General Store. Call 231-223-4310. Ask for Jim. v2133 DRIVE OUR CARS WITH ADS! Earn $1000-$3200 a month to drive our cars with ads. www.FreeAdCars.com e33

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Call 231-633-9016. e2136 MASSAGE. 90 minutes, $70. one hour, $50. Therapeutic Massage by Richard Jaquish, CMT, 806 Hastings, Suite L, TC. Schedule an appointment: 231-632-7827. v2135 BALANCE W/ FOOT ZONE THERAPY This holistic approach energizes and treats the entire body via the feet. Also assists in balancing the emotional, mental, physical & spiritual bodies. Simple, effective, relaxing. Linda Franklin, certified foot zone therapist. By appointment only. 231-947-3712.

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231-218-5324. f2115 DOUBLE CITY CORNER LOT 3 Bed, 2 Bath. $138,000. Call for details 231- 941-0836. v2133 3 FIXER-UPPERS $19,000, $27,000, $33,000. In Cental Lake, Starvation Lake, Manistee Lake. Also 50 acres on St. Joe Island, Canada, $45,000. 231-675-2422. v2140 COMMERCIAL-ZONED HOUSE near Roadhouse Restaurant, US-31, Benzonia, for sale by owner. http:// benzoniahouse.shutterfly.com/ or 231-360-5344. v2136 16 ACRES between Harbor Springs & Cross Village along Blacktop Road. High & Dry. 231-547-5327. v38 5 Minutes From Downtown TC! Quality 3 Bd/3 Bath condo is spotless, furnished and priced to move at $232,000. This small development features a wooded and landscaped setting practically on the Leelanau Trail. From the All Season sunroom to the gas fireplace and custom master bath with walk-in tile shower, this home simply shines! Also includes an attached 2 car garage and full basement. Look at this one today. Contact Realtor Mike Cummings anytime at 231-570-1111 or at TCarea.com. e2133

RENTALS TOPINABEE upstairs one bdr. apartment. Next to park, beach & bike trail. Rent $420 per mo. No pets/Non smoking. 906-748-6567. k2136

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