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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A ‘Green‘ oil change alternative

Al Parker - November 23rd, 2009
Pretty Slick:
a ‘green’ oil change alternative
By Al Parker
When Doug Brown wheeled his family car into Cherry Capital Cadillac Subaru for an oil change he didn’t plan on making an environmental statement.
But that’s what the Munson Medical Center retiree did last month when he became one of the dealership’s first customers to opt for the green alternative of using re-refined oil.
“It works great and if it helps reduce the amount of oil we need to import, why not do it?” says Brown.
In September, Cherry Capital Cadillac Subaru and Traverse Motors Toyota Nissan Volkswagen Volvo Audi became the first dealerships in Northern Michigan to offer re-refined oil, according to John Owsley, sales rep for Lyden Oil, the Ohio-based petroleum company that produces and distributes the product, ProGuard ECO.

ProGuard ECO starts out as dirty used oil that is cleaned of contaminants such as water, dirt, fuel, heavy metals, anti-freeze and used additives through vacuum distillation. It is then infused with hydrogen under high heat and pressure to produce a very high quality, near synthetic quality base stock during the hydro-treating process.
“This process truly minimizes the environmental footprint of passenger car motor oil,” says Paul Lyden, vice president of Lyden Oil.
To complete the process, the oil is blended with a fresh additive package, resulting in a clean product. The result is a product that can be used and re-refined over and over. “
“Your grandchildren could be using the same oil you use now in your car,” says the dealership’s parts department manager Jim Moloci.
According to Owsley, almost 100% of a gallon of used oil can be recovered into reusable products. Also, it takes 42 gallons of crude oil to produce what Lyden can make from one gallon of used oil.
Re-refined oil has come a long way from the days when it used to be some of the darkest, lowest quality oil in the market, according to Lyden. “It was a tough sell decades ago because re-refining technology was not very advanced and the quality of re-refined oils was considered poor, rightfully so. But that’s all changed.”

Refining technology has advanced to the point where the quality of the base oils is indistinguishable from refined crude oil. In fact, according to Lyden, it’s actually better than the quality of some of the so-called “virgin” base oils currently in the market.
“ProGuard ECO meets all the quality standards and certifications of standard oils,” explains Owsley. “But in the end, it takes 85 percent less energy and it lowers our dependence on foreign oil.”
Earlier this year, Moloci read an article about the greening of oil products, especially in fleet vehicles, and talked with Owsley about the product. In late September the dealership began offering the eco-friendly oil in 5-20, 5-30 and 10-30 viscosities to oil change customers.
Each year the dealership uses about 10,000 gallons of oil for oil changes, estimates Moloci. He’d like to see the re-refined oil replace about half of that. A five-quart oil change of re-refined oil is $39.95, while a conventional oil change is $33.95.
In the first month, about 100 quick-lube customers and 30 service department oil change customers opted for the re-refined oil, which comes in drums that hold 270 quarts. To reduce the number of plastic bottles going to landfills, ProGuard ECO is not available in individual quarts, but customers can buy it in bulk from the dealership.
“This is the next thing in motor oil – it’s called cleaning up your act,” says Moloci. “The state of California requires it in its vehicles and it’s been used by the government in military and fleet vehicles too. There’s never been a documented failure of re-refined oil.”
In addition to the re-refined oil, the dealership also offers a complete line of environmentally friendly tires.
In Michigan there is only one other dealership – in Kalamazoo – that offers re-refined oil, according to Owsley. “It took Jim and Otto Belovich’s foresight to really break the ice up here,” he notes. “They’re doing the right thing for their customers and the environment.”

Cherry Capital Cadillac Subaru is located at 1747 South Garfield in Traverse City. For more information about re-refined oil, call (231) 947-9000 or 800 868-8994 or go to www.cherrycapital.com.

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