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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What to do on New Year‘s Eve

Erin Crowell - December 28th, 2009
What to do on New Year’s Eve?
A regional roundup of party proposals
By Erin Crowell
The time is upon us to welcome the double digits of a new decade. 2010
is coming, and oh, how nice it will roll off the tongue.
Twenty ten.
See ya later two thousand and nine.
You could sit around in your pajamas on December 31, but why not
choose from a list of New Years Eve events happening all around
Northern Michigan. Check them out and have a happy (and safe) New

• New! Cherry T-Ball Drop – It’s the Times Square version, only a bit
smaller, says Brian Sweebe, one of the event organizers. The 200 block
of Front Street in downtown Traverse City will be blocked off for a
NYE celebration, complete with a “giant cherry drop from the sky as
the clock strikes midnight.”
The giant cherry will be dropped from a crane, already conveniently
located on the DargaWorks building site, located next to Horizon Books
on the corner of Park and Front streets. “We wanted to drop a giant
cherry, much like Times Square, and we happen to have a very large
crane downtown right now,” said Thom Darga in a recent
press release.
The event includes a main stage with live music. There is no admission
fee, but Goodwill Industries will be onsite collecting donations,
canned goods and personal hygiene items. Participating restaurants
will be open late.
• NYE in Petoskey – Celebrate with dance workshops, live music, and
hands-on art projects at the Crooked Tree Arts Center; followed by a
Times Square-style ball drop on Division Street. For more info, and
tickets visit crookedtree.org. Activities start at 5pm.
• New Year’s Eve Celebration at Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa –
There’s a NYE party for every age, including a Wild West Family
Round-Up Party, a teen DJ dance party, Vista Lounge Party for 21 &
older, torchlight parade, and fireworks over the mountain. Advanced
reservations required for certain activities. Visit
crystalmountain.com or call 231-378-2000.
• Live Entertainment - Comedian Kenny Smith, along with Princess Laura
and 74 Marauder, will perform at Turtle Creek Casino’s Level 3 Lounge.
This 21 & older event starts at 7:30pm.
• Dances of Universal Peace – Global Peace Dance happening at Llama
Meadows Eco Farm Retreat Center, Benzonia, starting at 7pm.
Meditative, multicultural circle of dances held every year on Dec. 31.
Bring your dancing shoes. Refreshments to follow. Call 231-882-4933.
• Hard rock bands Machine Gun Rodeo and Callous will rock out the
crowd at The Terminal’s Platinum X Lounge, for ages 18 & older. Club
doors open at 9:30pm. Includes champagne toast and party favors.
• New Year’s Eve Community Luau – Family event featuring a
tropical-themed party at New Hope Church of Christ in Benzonia, from
8pm-midnight. Enjoy games, movies, exotic food and great fun. Call
231-882-480 for info.
• Grand Traverse Resort & Spa New Year’s Eve Celebration – “Dancing
Through the Decades” features tunes from the Big Band days all the way
through today, with live music by the Simone Vitale Band. Held in the
Governor’s Hall, 6pm-2am. Reserve your spot at
grandtraverseresort.com. Rojo Loco will be performing Latin-infused
music in Aerie Lounge, located on the 16th floor of the Tower,
9:30pm-1:30am. Kids ages 6-14 are invited to the Health Club and
indoor pool, 7pm-1am for tennis, games, crafts, pizza party and more.
Reserve your spot at 231-534-6770.
• SwingShift and the Stars -- It’s the finale of the charity
dance-off. Six local celebrities and six dance instructors will
perform their last number at the City Opera House in Traverse City.
Visit SwingShiftandtheStars.com for tickets.
•Thornetta Davis Band Fundraiser -- The Mid North Michigan Blues
Society is hosting a fundraiser for Detroit blues singer Thornetta
Davis, who will be competing at the International Blues Challenge in
Memphis, TN in January. The fundraiser will be held at the UAW Local
Hall in Traverse City, starting at 7pm. Special guest duo Juke will
open at 8pm, followed by a special performance by Thornetta Davis.
Tickets, $30 or $50 per couple. Visit www. mnmbs.org.

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