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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Support in numbers

- September 28th, 2009
Support in Numbers
Annual Remembrance Walk/Run benefits the Women’s Cancer Fund 9/28/09

The Remembrance Run/Walk is an annual event held at Timber Ridge Resort in Traverse City, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The 5K run/walk and one mile run/walk, happening this Saturday, provides more than just an afternoon of exercise.
For women like Susan Booth, it provides a network of support and assistance for women who are battling, what she calls, “a devastating disease.”
“Breast cancer doesn’t just affect you,” says Booth, a Kingsley resident. “It affects everyone around you.”
In September 2008, Booth found a lump in her breast during a routine self-exam. The following month, when the rest of the country was donning itself in pink, Booth was told she had breast cancer. By November, she was undergoing a mastectomy – a surgical procedure that removed her left breast and the 7.5 cm mass.
Classified as micropapillary, the cancer had spread into the surrounding tissue walls and into the bloodstream, and was a poor prognosis.
“I was told that I was going to die from breast cancer,” Booth says.
The battle for survival came in the form of 28 radiation sessions and six months of chemotherapy.
“The worst part for me was losing my hair,” recalls Booth. “I was in the shower and at my feet was a pile of hair. I started crying my eyes out.”
Another challenge was telling her three children (ages 20, 16 and 10). Booth and her husband sat the children down individually to explain the situation.
“I told my 10-year-old daughter just the basics. ‘Mom has to take some medicine which will make me sick, but it’s not the cancer’” says Booth.
She also said she didn’t expect them to take care of her, that other people would.
“I’ll be damned if I let cancer rob my kids of their childhood.”
And people did help Booth.
Along with support from family, friends and the Women’s Navigators Program (connecting breast cancer patients with other survivors), Booth also received help through the Munson Healthcare Women’s Cancer Fund – a local, nonprofit that provides supportive care in the form of transportation, utilities, prosthetics and more.
“They will give you things like a gas card,” says Booth. “Let’s say you live in Bellaire and you have to travel everyday for treatment. That gas mileage really adds up in the end.”
Proceeds from the Remembrance Run/Walk go directly to the Women’s Cancer Fund, which during the first six months of 2009, reported that 49 women had already been assisted with $30,801.
“It is really nice,” Booth says of the WCF. “Once you have cancer, it changes your life. But it really makes a difference to have a support group. I have received so much help. I intend to pay it forward.”

Susan Booth will pay it forward when she hosts the Lope for Hope, Classic Horse Show and Auction, Saturday, October 17, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. It will be at Waltons Ranch in Kingsley, located south of Traverse City on M-37.

Thinking about getting out and enjoying the crisp fall air? Take a stroll – or run – for a good cause. The Remembrance Run/Walk is happening this Saturday, October 3, at the wooded and scenic Timber Ridge Resort in Traverse City. This non-competitive run/walk event honors women and their fight against breast cancer.
Participants may choose from a 5K Walk, 5K Run or one mile Run/Walk. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the 5K Walk at 9:45 a.m. There will also be a Breast Health Fair from 8-10 a.m., featuring booths and health experts offering valuable health information.
Every dollar raised through the event, above costs, will be donated to the Munson Health Women’s Cancer Fund. The WCF provides supportive care including childcare, transportation, wigs, prosthetics and more.
For more information, and to register for the Remembrance Walk/Run, visit www.remembrancerun.com. Timber Ridge Resort is located at 4050 Hammond Road, just east of Traverse City. Call 231-947-2770.

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