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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Here, Piggy-pig, Pig.... Goodwill Party will Benefit Area‘s Homeless Shelter

Staff Reports - June 24th, 2004
Taster’s choice this Saturday when Goodwill Industries Volunteers Services ( GIVS ) hosts “The Party” pigroast and dance to benefit a the homeless shelter in Traverse City.
“We just wanted a fundraising party that people can have fun at and dance their tails off -- there’s no silent auction or anything like that -- the idea is to have a great time and a big party,” says Heidi Hallett-Treece, a GIVS volunteer who is organizing the event with co-chair Mary Stanton.
“A Goodwill supporter told us that if we ever wanted to hold a fundraiser, she’d donate a pig, so it all revolved around that,” she adds.
The event will include dancing under the stars to the sounds of the Due North band at the N.W. Michigan Horticultural Research Station, County Road 633 (Center Highway) between Shady Lane and Bingham Road in Leelanau County. Dinner is from 6-8 p.m. (wear casual clothes -- it’s a pig roast, after all), with dancing from 7-11 p.m.
Last year, the 44-bed Goodwill Inn provided over 17,000 bed-nights for the homeless in Traverse City, with an average of 45-50 people staying at the shelter each night. Homeless numbers are expected to grow in the years ahead and Goodwill Industries is working towards completion of a new shelter which will have 70 beds. The new inn will have a wing for a men’s dormitory and a dormitory for newcomers in addition to smaller four-bed rooms and a separate wing for women and families. It’s estimated that there are between 700-900 homeless persons in the five-county area around Traverse City.
GIVS volunteers hope that The Party will pull in enough revelers to give the shelter a major boost. Tickets are $50 ($40 is tax deductible) on sale at Pure Essence Salon, Goodwill Main Campus, Silvertree Deli, N.W. Michigan Horticultural Research Station, or Leelanau Wine Cellars. For more info contact Hallett-Treece at 231-935-4120.

share their experiences
MoveOn.org, the online force for liberal causes, is taking its act to the real world in Northern Michigan this weekend to promote a new book of essays on political activism.
Horizon Books in Traverse City is hosting a gabfest for local activists this Saturday, June 26 at 3 p.m. to promote “MoveOn’s 50 Ways to Love Your Country.” The book is a collection of essays by MoveOn volunteers “about how they have become politically active, empowered themselves and made an impact in the issues they were addressing,“ according to press materials. Contributors range from 16 to over 80 in age, and represent a wide range of ethnicities, social backgrounds and perspectives.
At Saturday‘s event, local activists will talk about their own activism, the book, take questions from the audience and encourage others to find their own political voices.
Published on April 1, the book debuted at number four on Amazon.com‘s list, a feat reflected perhaps by the fact that MoveOn.org has some two million members. Published by independent Inner Ocean Publishing of Hawaii, the book‘s executive publisher, John Elder, lived in the Traverse City area for many years and is a friend of the co-owner of Horizon Books, Amy Reynolds.

Eye on the sky
Be sure to look up if you happen to be in TC on the evenings of June 29-July 1. You could catch a glimpse of the largest hot air balloon ever to ply the skies of Northern Michigan.
The new six-story balloon is a project shared by Williams KIA and Grand Traverse Balloons, to be tethered at the auto dealer‘s parking lot on US 31 South, weather permitting. The balloon goes up at 8 p.m. as the kicker for a number of events, including a 50-foot crawl-through inflatable caterpillar for kids, stunt kite demo, gymnastics show and more.

New food guide
cultivates area farms
A new food guide will help connect area residents and tourists to growers in the Grand Traverse Bay region to give local farmers a boost and encourage alternatives to factory farming.
“Select a Taste of Traverse Bay“ lists more than 140 farms, which represent an estimated $4.5 million a year in sales and 270 full- and part-time jobs.
“New prosperity in family farming today can be found by taking high-quality farm products out of the mass market system and going straight to consumers who want just-picked taste, local connection, and the greatest food value,” says Patty Cantrell, director of the Michigan Land Use Institute’s (MLUI) Entrepreneurial Agriculture Project which is publishing the guide.
One example is Werp Farms, near Buckley, which has switched from bulk production of corn and hogs to raising specialty vegetables for fine-dining restaurants from Mackinac Island to Detroit.
For info on the guide, see www.mlui.org.

Guitarist Mark Farner is no longer a member of Grand Funk and hasn‘t been for years. A photograph of Farner was mistakenly included in a story on the upcoming Cadillac Jam in the June 10 issue of the Express.
Also, an article on the reformed DKT/MC5 failed to mention that original members Michael Davis and Dennis Thompson are back in the band and are in fact the D (with K being Wayne Kramer) in the DKT/MC5. Thompson lives in Detroit, and has never delivered The Chicago Reader as was stated. He was confused with film maker David Thomas, who is a paper boy for that publication. All errors were the editor‘s fault.
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