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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Glide into the sublime at Garland

Erin Cowell - January 18th, 2010
Glide into the Sublime at Garland
Resort offers a gourmet progressive dinner on skis
By Erin Crowell
If Northern Michigan foodies had a workout, this would be it.
“You eat, ski; eat, ski; eat, ski,” Laurie Michael laughs. The director of
sales and marketing at Garland Resort & Lodge in Lewiston explains the
popular Gourmet Glide, where cross-country skiing meets epicurean
“I would describe this as a progressive dinner on skis,” Michael says.
Held every Saturday during the winter, the Gourmet Glide allows
participants to ski through a 10km route, stopping at five buffet stations
along the way.
“We came up with the idea years ago,” says Michael. “There are some events
held nationally, which could have been borrowed.”
The borrowed idea has grown into a destination event for locals and
travelers alike, drawing close to 25,000 gourmet gliders over its 21 years
of existence.
“It’s a riot,” Michael says.

Skiers start at the lodge at 9 a.m., where they are served a buffet
breakfast of pancakes, muffins, granola, fresh fruit, hot chocolate,
coffee and mimosas. It’s a quick warm up at the new outdoor fireplace
before the journey continues to station two.
The Hard Wax Café is the second stop. Snap off your skis and prop up those
feet for a relaxing afternoon of wine and keg beer; along with hors
d’oeuvres, featuring chipotle smoked cheddar cheese and sun dried tomato
fondue served with tortilla chips, artichoke dip, smoked whitefish, Cajun
salmon and trout. But don’t fill up too much.
Station three is a stop at Trout Camp, held entirely outdoors with ice
fishing and frozen pond put put. This buffet features pan-fried rainbow
trout and potato beer cheese soup.
Station four takes you back indoors to the Bridge Inn for some
“Cincinnati” style chili, a nacho bar, soup and sub sandwiches.
And finally, if you’re still able to shuffle those skis forward, is the
Garland Center and Great Room for some late afternoon carbo reloading. The
day closes with a chef attended pasta station with marinara, pesto and
alfredo sauces. Oh, and don’t forget about the house baked pies.

This food route can leave even the most dedicated foodie short of breath
(and stomach room). So, Garland offers transportation to assist those too
tired to complete the glide.
“We have what we lovingly refer to as the Wimp Wagon,” says Michael. “I’ve
been real sick – just coming off of pneumonia—when I did the glide
recently. So I used the Wimp Wagon.”
It’s also for anyone wanting to experience the food, minus the skiing –
making it the ideal event for the elderly or a family with young children.
“We have a lot of families,” says Michael. “We also have girlfriends,
couples, a lot of groups that do it. It’s just a lot of fun.”

The Gourmet Glide is held at Garland Lodge & Resort in Lewiston, every
Saturday, now through March 6 (weather permitting). The Glide runs 9
a.m.-4 p.m. with approximately three hours at each station. Cost, is $59
for hotel guests and $69 for non-guests. Price includes alcohol, tax and
tip. Discount tickets available for children. Sign up in the ski shop or
visit the website for more information at www.Garlandusa.com. Call

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