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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The big boom at Chums Corners

Rick Coates - June 9th, 2008
Chums Corners, located south of Traverse City where US-31 and M-37 intersect, is quickly becoming a haven for family entertainment.
For years the Northwestern Michigan Fair (since 1975) had been the lone wolf of family activity near Chums. During the ‘80s a teen nightclub opened and stuck around for a couple of years. But for the most part, the area has been home to a farm implement business, used car dealerships, and a few fast-food operations.
That has all changed. Now, Chums Corners boasts four new “family-friendly” options. In addition to the fairgrounds (look for a feature on the 100 years of the Fair in the August 4 Express), the Beach Bums, Wilderness Crossing, Zeroed In and TC Paintball are now residents of the Chums Corner region.

Wilderness Crossing
The opening of Wilderness Crossing this past March has filled a much needed-void for a year-round indoor family entertainment venue. Part of the Silver Lake Crossings complex, this 34,000 square foot facility has everything but a water park (we have plenty of those), from bowling to laser tag to mini golf to an arcade. Add in the Wild Pony Salon, which doubles as a night club and sports bar, and a family is easily able to make a day out of Wilderness Crossing.
Wilderness Crossing is the vision of husband and wife team Leslie Lake and Kerry Smith. The two created their vision from owning other bowling alleys in Northern Michigan and listening to what their customers were looking for. One big thing many were looking for was a “smoke-free” bowling environment, and that’s exactly what they have created.
“Wilderness Crossing is a family-friendly, safe environment,” said Tammy Schuster, a spokesperson for the operation. “We have multi-age activities that create multi-generational fun. It is great to see grandparents and grandkids having fun side by side.”
While nightclubs and bowling alleys have been havens for smokers, Schuster said management decided to buck that trend.
“In general, society is moving towards healthier environments,” said Schuster. “We are getting more compliments then complaints, and most smokers are getting used to going outside.”
The formula seems to be working. While Wilderness Crossing had a silent opening this past spring, word is spreading quickly.
“What is great is parents are able to sit in the sports bar and know that their kids are safe playing laser tag or games in the arcade,” said Schuster. “We also are booking in local and headlining bands for the nightclub. So we really have something for everyone.”
Wilderness Crossing, with its 16 lanes of bowling, large arcade with new and classic games, laser tag arena, mini golf, and large billiard room, is perfect for a family outings, birthday parties or a couples night on the town. The Wild Pony Saloon is also family-friendly and offers an assortment of classic American fare including pizza and burgers.
If you are looking for something different for a wedding reception, family reunion, bachelor party, corporate meeting or team-building session, Wilderness Crossing offers banquet facilities as well. For additional details on any banquets or family fun check out wildernesscrossing.com or call 231-943-0893.

Zeroed In Gun and Archery Range
Another business in the Silver Lake Crossings Complex that Ted Nugent would endorse as family-friendly is the Zeroed In Gun and Archery Range.
This year-round facility offers indoor shooting options for both pistols and rifles as well as bows. Plus, there’s a 3D archery option and video simulator to improve your skills.
Eight lanes with target carriers are on-site to improve your shooting. On the archery side, there’s a 37-yard range.
Don’t have a firearm? No problem -- you can rent one at Zeroed In for $15 per hour.
Zeroed In hosts leagues and competitions and offers a variety of classes. Check out zeroedinrange.com or call them at 231-943-4246.

TC Paintball
Entrepreneur Wayne Berry has been a longtime advocate for paintball. He launched TC Paintball in 1999 and operates a large retail operation at Chums Corners. He also recently opened the TCP Xtreme Paintball Park near Copemish on 53 acres.
The concept of paintball was reportedly developed in Michigan in the early ‘70s as a way to mark trees and cows. Inevitably, someone shot someone with a paintball gun, and by the end of the ‘70s paintball competitions started popping up. While at first viewed as a para-military activity, paintball has become more mainstream, or maybe extreme.
“We see families doing this all the time. It is great for kids of all ages,” said Berry. “At our range we have hosted family reunion events, bachelor parties and corporate events.”
His retail center is a great start for the veteran or beginner paintballer.
“How we differ from online or a boxstore paintball operation is with our customer service and our pricing,” said Berry. “We have free lifetime service agreement. Plus we are owned by people who play paintball and we are open seven days a week.”
For more information on TC Paintball check out tcpaintball.com or call 231-943-0248.

Traverse City Beach Bums
Now in their third year, the Traverse City Beach Bums and Weurfel Park has become a popular summertime destination for families.
The vision of John and Leslye Wuerfel and their son Jason, this minor league team has brought professional baseball to Northern Michigan. While there is plenty of action on the field, it is the between-inning action and the off-field activities that make minor baseball popular with families.
“The baseball game is just part of it. We are creating an experience for families and others. This is about entertainment as much as it is about baseball,” said Leslye Wuerfel. “We expected this to be a social gathering place when we decided to do this. That’s exactly what is has become -- a place where people of all ages are entertained and have fun.”
The between innings shenanigans range from audience participation events such as running the base paths for free food, to mock home-run derbys, to racing Suntan or Sunburn (the teams mascots). The fun has helped the Beach Bums attract more than 200,000 fans in each of their first two seasons.
Friday night fireworks, food (brats and burgers fresh off the grill) and the playground are all popular attractions. Most nights there is some sort of giveaway, from hats to baseballs and even gloves.
This year, Wuerfel Park will play host to the Frontier League All Star Game July 15-16. The first day will feature an awards luncheon, home run derby, skills competition and autograph session. The second day will feature the all star game with post game fireworks.
Tickets for the Beach Bums and the All Star contest are reasonably priced. For a schedule, a look at the upcoming promotions, to buy tickets visit traversecitybeachbums.com.

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