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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On the Runway

Erin Crowell - November 16th, 2009
By Erin Crowell
“Girls, ya’ll got one
A night that’s special everywhere
From New York to Hollywood
It’s ladies night and girl
The feeling’s good”
-- “Ladies Night” by Kool & The Gang
Calling all sophisticated mamas to the third annual Gals, Glam & Glitz event, happening this Friday, at the Hagerty Center in Traverse City. The Zonta Club of Traverse City invites all women of Northern Michigan to an evening of shopping, wine, chocolate and fashion. Once again, the styling team at Imprés Salon will feature their original hair creations in a runway style hair show, with over 40 models hitting the catwalk.
The event is held in conjunction with the Festival of Trees, one of two major annual fundraisers for the Zonta Club. Both G3 and the Festival of Trees raise money for local grants and scholarships provided to women in the community.
This year’s fashion show theme is “Think Green,” and will showcase styles that can be reworked from already-existing wardrobes.
“The idea is that you can choose something from your own closet. You don’t have to spend a lot of money,” says Marci Berry, one of the support members at Imprés.
Brooke Deshasier, creative director for the G3 show adds, “It’s not going organic, but reinventing yourself without spending all the money.” A concept that comes in handy during these rough economic times.
If it’s not used, it’s local -- models will also be wearing fashionable duds from several local clothiers, including designer shoes by Michelle Pollock from Art for the Sole. Attendees have the opportunity to win $500 for her designer boots, one of several door prizes.
Other perks for the evening include a complimentary glass of wine, appetizers, entry into the Festival of Trees and a 50/50 raffle with “very handsome salesmen.”
Does that mean no boys allowed?
“Men are welcome,” says Marsha Dew, co-chair and creator of the G3 event, “but the first year it was women only. No men were allowed at all. Not even male waiters. There was maybe the lighting guy, a camera guy and the guy doing the music for the show, but that was it.”
So, what changed?
“The men started squawking,” she says. “They wanted to see their girlfriends and daughters in the show.”
Originally, the idea for Gals, Glam & Glitz started as a night out for women only, something to do while husbands and boyfriends were out hunting, says co-chair and creator Peg Jonkhoff, administrative director of Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
“It’s a really fun night out with friends. You can come have a drink and see a unique fashion show. You really never know what to expect,” says Jonkhoff.
The team at Imprés Salon has been working hard to live up to that standard. 10 stylists will put together what has become a culmination of 10 months of planning and preparation.
“We’re stepping outside the box,” says Deshasier. “It’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s going to be, Wow!…Wow!…Wow!”
The event would not be possible without the Imprés team, says Jonkhoff.
“It’s off-the-wall fun for a great cause. It’s not your normal fashion show.”
Come see over 40 local women of all ages strut their stuff (and unique hairdos) at this year’s Gals, Glam & Glitz event, happening Nov. 20, at the Hagerty Center on the Great Lakes Campus of Northwestern Michigan College. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the fashion show starting at 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door, and include your first glass of Brys Estates wine, entry to the Festival of Trees, access to the Wreaths and Accessories shopping area and a chance to win door prizes. More information is available at www.ZontaClubOfTraverseCity.org/galsglam.html.

Zonta Club of Traverse City presents
Festival of Trees 2009
Nov. 20-22
Located in the Hagerty Center of the NMC Great Lakes Campus in Traverse City.
Featuring decorated trees, holiday store,
gift raffle and a variety of events including:

“Small World” Art Sale
Friday, 9am-5pm
Miniature artworks by Charles Murphy.
Included in general admission.

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, 9-11am
Pancake breakfast. Highchairs NOT
available. Cost, $11 for adults and $6 for kids 12 & under.

Short Films, Big Message
Saturday, 7pm
Featuring local films. Cost, $15.

Visit ZontaClubofTraverseCity.org for more information

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