Letters 10-17-2016

Here’s The Truth The group Save our Downtown (SOD), which put Proposal 3 on the ballot, is ignoring the negative consequences that would result if the proposal passes. Despite the group’s name, the proposal impacts the entire city, not just downtown. Munson Medical Center, NMC, and the Grand Traverse Commons are also zoned for buildings over 60’ tall...

Keep TC As-Is In response to Lynda Prior’s letter, no one is asking the people to vote every time someone wants to build a building; Prop. 3 asks that people vote if a building is to be built over 60 feet. Traverse City will not die but will grow at a pace that keeps it the city people want to visit and/or reside; a place to raise a family. It seems people in high-density cities with tall buildings are the ones who flock to TC...

A Right To Vote I cannot understand how people living in a democracy would willingly give up the right to vote on an impactful and important issue. But that is exactly what the people who oppose Proposal 3 are advocating. They call the right to vote a “burden.” Really? Since when does voting on an important issue become a “burden?” The heart of any democracy is the right of the people to have their voice heard...

Reasons For NoI have great respect for the Prop. 3 proponents and consider them friends but in this case they’re wrong. A “yes” vote on Prop. 3 is really a “no” vote on..

Republican Observations When the Republican party sends its presidential candidates, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people with a lot of problems. They’re sending criminals, they’re sending deviate rapists. They’re sending drug addicts. They’re sending mentally ill. And some, I assume, are good people...

Stormy Vote Florida Governor Scott warns people on his coast to evacuate because “this storm will kill you! But in response to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that Florida’s voter registration deadline be extended because a massive evacuation could compromise voter registration and turnout, Republican Governor Scott’s response was that this storm does not necessitate any such extension...

Third Party Benefits It has been proven over and over again that electing Democrat or Republican presidents and representatives only guarantees that dysfunction, corruption and greed will prevail throughout our government. It also I believe that a fair and democratic electoral process, a simple and fair tax structure, quality health care, good education, good paying jobs, adequate affordable housing, an abundance of healthy affordable food, a solid, well maintained infrastructure, a secure social, civil and public service system, an ecologically sustainable outlook for the future and much more is obtainable for all of us...

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Bike trails ramble on

Robert Downes - June 15th, 2009
Bike Trails Ramble On
Cyclists and hikers had plenty to celebrate on National Trails Day, June 6, this year. U.S. Senator Carl Levin cut the ribbon on a new hiking and mountain bike trail that connects Traverse City to Kalkaska.
The new trail was built by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club, connecting the VASA Trail to pathways in Sand Lakes Quiet Area and the KART Trail in Kalkaska. The trail will make for a much-improved mountain bike route through the forests to and from Kalkaska.
In May, cyclists also celebrated the opening of a new cycle/pedestrian bridge across the Boardman River in Traverse City.
The bridge is a key link in extending a new bike trail entirely around Boardman Lake, said Bob Otwell, executive director of TART (Traverse Area Recreation and Trails, Inc.).
TART constructed a two-mile trail in the east side of Boardman Lake in 2007. “Now that the bridge has been built, we can start working on completing the remaining two-and-a-half miles of trail on the east side of the lake,” Otwell said.
The lake trail is expected to be completed over the course of the next year or two, along with the paving of another stretch of the Leelanau Trail, which runs from Traverse City to Suttons Bay.
Not all of the Leelanau Trail will be paved, however; a long rural stretch will be surfaced with crushed limestone, as is the case with similar trails outside Gaylord and Beulah. -- Robert Downes

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