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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Turtle Creek unveils new $80 million casino & resort hotel

Al Parker - June 9th, 2008
Complete with a 30-foot water wall, an expansive three-story interior and high-tech lighting to set the mood, Michigan’s newest hotel-casino complex will debut this month.
The new Turtle Creek Hotel and Casino, owned and operated by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, offers visitors an impressive variety of slot machines, video poker, and table games on its 52,000-square-foot gaming floor.
“It’s going to be a stunning property,” said marketing director Shawn Carlson, a gaming veteran who has been involved in six previous casino openings, including THE Hotel at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. “We’ve put a lot of thought into every aspect of this building.”
Walking toward the casino’s front entrance, visitors stroll past some two dozen freshly-planted “Champion Trees,” from the Champion Tree Project based in Copemish. Impressive lighting, reflecting pools, lush greenery and running water set the exterior mood.

Once inside, guests are greeted by an impressive three-story wall of running water flanked by escalators on each side. High above the gaming floor, colored lighting bathes the surroundings in blue, then green, then red or purple.
The gaming floor’s ultra-high white ceiling gives it an airy, open feel that is seldom found in any casino, let alone any in Michigan. With fresh lines and an inviting vibe, it exudes contemporary elegance.
The complex’s impressive design is the work of Walsh Bishop, a noted architectural firm that has developed casino and hotel projects across the nation for clients such as Hilton, Marriott, Time-Warner/Comcast and several tribes.
Workers were still putting finishing touches on the casino floor, eateries and hotel rooms when Carlson and Barbi Ance, assistant to the hotel director, recently led a tour through the complex, which stands just south of the current Turtle Creek Casino on M-72 in Williamsburg. Donning hard hats, visitors strolled through the new gambling palace where workers are busy getting the place ready for a soft opening on June 17.

A grand opening is set for June 24, while hotel reservations are being accepted for June 25 and beyond. There are 137 rooms in the hotel, plus five suites that will allow guests to relax in elegant comfort.
From upscale toiletries, to the latest high-tech phone system, to a tasteful leather desk pad, the room amenities are impressive, yet practical. Standard room rates are in the $130-$150 a night range, with discounts available for gaming club members.
“We worked hard to get Michigan workers involved in this project,” said Carlson. “About 85 percent of the materials are from Michigan. We really tried hard to buy locally whenever possible.”
Many of the workers on the project are tribal members, according to Ance.
Color tiles and muted colors lend a contemporary, yet relaxing beauty to the gaming floor, restaurants and restrooms. For slot players, the machines are placed on ergonomic tables, complete with comfortable footrests. Blackjack tables are lined with an elegant wooden border rail with openings for ashtrays and cup holders.
The place is loaded with high-tech gadgetry, including two “Towers of Power” that each feature 16 plasma TVs.
Ance has the building’s intricate floor plan well memorized as a result of giving dozens of tours. She leads visitors from room to room, up and down floors, unveiling Turtle Creek’s roomy restrooms, its spacious cloakroom and the state-of-the-art ventilation system that doesn’t recycle air, but pumps in fresh air from the outside.

Unlike some other casinos that splash tribal art throughout their facilities, the Turtle Creek Hotel has dedicated a “cultural corridor,” which houses tribal artwork and tells the history of the Grand Traverse Band. Nearby is a boutique for hotel guests to browse and shop.
The casino’s large gaming floor will feature some 1,300 slot and video poker machines, 42 table games and a poker room, featuring 10 tables and its own bar and waiting area. The table game pits also have their own bar areas.
If you work up an appetite during a gaming session, Turtle Creek offers some distinct dining choices:
• Bourbon 72 is an upscale steakhouse type of eatery, featuring a huge custom wine rack and comforting fireplace. While promising elegance, entrees are still expected to be in the $20-22 price range.
•The spacious terrazzo-tiled Seasons Buffet features several different food stations and will seat about 180 comfortably.
• The Deli features fun red-and-white tile and will offer a wide selection of deli foods and beverages.
• On the third floor, The Coffee Spoon is available for those who want a coffee and a quick nosh during the day. At night, it’ll transform into a hipper wine and martini bar. Near the coffee bar is a relaxing area where customers can sit near the fireplace, sip their java and enjoy a great overview of the expansive gaming floor.
Another great drawing card will be the Level III lounge which features a center bar, several plasma TVs, cozy seating, a DJ booth and a stage. Colored globes add a festive air to Level III, which also features an outdoor party deck.
There’s a specially-designated high limit area with gaming tables and slots, plus a high limit lounge. For some high rollers, there’s also an underground parking area, complete with a car wash.
After the grand opening, demolition is expected to begin in July on the current Turtle Creek Casino, according to Carlson.

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