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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Wonder Woman rules at Woman‘s Winter Tour

Erin Cowell - February 1st, 2010
Wonder Woman rules at Women’s Winter Tour
“Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype
lacks force, strength, and power.” --William Moulton Marston, creator
of Wonder Woman, in a 1943 issue of The American Scholar.
By Erin Crowell
You could say William Moulton Marston knew what gets your blood
pumping in more ways than one. The inventor of the systolic
blood-pressure test, which led to the creation of the polygraph, or
lie detector, was also the creator of Wonder Woman, the tall, leggy,
raven-haired beauty that graced the pages of DC Comics, and eventually
television screens across the globe.
Put aside those physical traits and you are left with attributes
enviable by any woman: strength, independence, smarts, guts…you name
It’s the reason why the super-heroine is the image for this year’s
Women’s Winter Tour, an annual event that celebrates women, bringing
them together for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, chocolate and fun
– all while raising money for the Women’s Resource Center. The event
is scheduled for February 6 & 7 at Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa in

“One day I was talking about a few moms, and single moms I know, and
how they work full time, have kids, work three jobs and I thought,
‘God, they’re amazing. They’re like Wonder Woman,’” says Kaye Krapohl,
director of the Women’s Winter Tour. “(Wonder Woman) is about honesty
and integrity. You can be beautiful and feminine and still be
physically strong.”
Each year, Krapohl designs the poster art for the tour. This year,
it’s Wonder Woman on skis.
Krapohl says the tour is about letting women, no matter their age,
shape or size, come out and discover something fun.
“The event is always about empowering women. It doesn’t matter who you
are. It doesn’t matter how you look. It’s just about getting out and
discovering the fun of winter.”
By getting out, Krapohl means cross-country skiing and snowshoeing,
winter activities she says leave you feeling energized and happier,
like you’ve beaten the winter blues – a phrase that remains at the
core of the tour.
The event is non-competitive, allowing first-timers and veterans alike
to meander through the wooded trails, stopping along the way for
demos, food, wine and chocolate.
“It’s basically a party,” says Krapohl.
The tour, now in its 12th year, evolved from the first women’s weekly
gathering at Timber Ridge Resort in Traverse City. The small learning
group was evolving into a crowd.
“I thought, ‘Wow, there’s magic with this event,’” says Krapohl, who
served as president of the VASA in 1999. “There were so many women
coming out for the Wednesday nights that it just made sense to make it
Four years ago, the event was moved from Timber Ridge to its current
location, at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville.
“We’ve been re-growing there and it’s been a strong partnership,” says Krapohl.
Twelve years, and $98,000 later, the Women’s Winter Tour has become a
weekend adventure and message of hope for thousands of area women.
Every year, proceeds benefit the Women’s Resource Center, courtesy of
Active Women Now, a local non-profit that focuses specifically on
domestic violence.
“It’s about getting out of an unhealthy relationship, making good
choices,” says Krapohl. “(Domestic violence) transcends demographic
and economic status. There are amazing women out there who are
incredibly strong and can help by supporting the WRC.”

Wonder Woman represented strength and courage to young girls in 1941,
the year she was created. With war came change, and Marston seized the
opportunity, continuing his advocacy for the advancement of women in
He was quoted as saying the following in an August 1942 issue of Family Circle:
“As a psychologist I’m convinced that the ever-increasing counterparts
of Wonder Woman in real life will lead the way. More power to them!
Let them keep their Amazon chain bands polished. And their magic
lassos limbered up! Women are nature-endowed soldiers of Aphrodite,
goddess of love and beauty, and theirs is the only conquering army to
which men will permanently submit—not only without resentment or
resistance or secret desires for revenge—but with positive willingness
and joy!”
Wonder Woman became the second most popular comic strip for DC Comics,
earning the lady with the invisible jet her own chapter in American
history. This weekend, women from all over can feel like a wonder
“Old Man Winter doesn’t care what your butt looks like,” says Krapohl.
“You don’t have to be hyperfit or super small. You just have to wear a

What’s Up:

You don’t need red, white and blue spandex—but you could!—for the 12th
Annual Women’s Winter Tour, happening Feb. 6-7 at Crystal Mountain
Resort & Spa in Thompsonville. Here’s a breakdown of all the

Saturday, Feb. 6
Snowshoe d’ Art, 10am-noon
This event is open to both males and females and is held in the
Michigan Legacy Art Park. Take a leisurely tour by snowshoe along the
rolling trails and discover art by local Michigan artists nestled in
the woods. Hot chocolate, coffee, doughnuts and fruit available.
Register at womenswintertour.com.

Lunafest Film Festival, 7 p.m.
National traveling festival of short films geared to women, about
women. Held in Hudson Bay of the Crystal Center. $15 in advance.
Attendees can judge the brownie contest.

Ron Getz Trio, 8 p.m.-midnight
Performing live, Friday and Saturday, in the Vista Lounge, located on
the upper level of the lodge.
Sunday, Feb. 7
First Tracks, 8 a.m.
The slopes at Crystal Mountain open an hour early JUST for women of
the Winter Tour. There will be plenty of time for participants to get
ready for the tour, happening later that day.

Madeleine Thomas Memorial Women’s Winter Tour, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
It’s “The Main Event,” where hundreds of women converge on the
backcountry cross-country trails for food, wine, chocolate and good
times. 3km, 5km and 10km loops available. Includes snowshoe demos. For
each pair of snowshoes sold, SS Snowshoes will donate $10 to charity.

To register for events, visit womenswintertour.com. Crystal Mountain
is offering a one night special accommodations package to Women’s
Winter Tour participants, which includes special lodging and spa
discounts. For more info, visit crystalmountain.com or call them toll
free at 800-968-7686. Want to volunteer? Email the tour at

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