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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Run for shelter/ Zoo-de-Mack/Get paddlin‘

- April 6th, 2009
Run for Shelter
Local runners can combine their love of racing with a good cause on Saturday, April 18 at 9 a.m., with the Run for Shelter to benefit the Goodwill Inn Homeless Shelter.
The course for the 5K race begins at Willow Hill Elementary School, Traverse City. It tracks along West Bay, through the surrounding neighborhood, and ends back at Willow Hill.
The Goodwill Inn Homeless Shelter provides emergency shelter and donated foods to the homeless in Northern Michigan. The Inn also provides job placement, housing, and vocational and children’s services. It is owned and operated by GW Homeless Services, Inc.
The run/walk was envisioned by local business owners Karl Bastian and Bill Lancaster. Bastian is the co-owner and creative director for the advertising agency, Greenlight Marketing. Lancaster is owner of Lancaster Photography. Both Bastian and Lancaster are avid runners. Greenlight is the presenting sponsor and is managing the marketing for the race.
“I think this is a great thing for our community, especially in these tough economic times” Bastian says. “People get to enjoy the beauty of our area while supporting a great cause. We’re looking forward to a solid turnout.”
Course, registration and volunteer information is available at the official race site; runforsheltertc.com.

Zoo-de-Mack pedals to its 20th anniversary
Northern Michigan’s biggest party on wheels celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with a 51-mile ride from Boyne Highands in Harbor Springs to the Mackinac Bridge.
The Zoo-de-Mack kicks off Friday, May 16 with a party at the Zoo Bar at Boyne Highlands. The Saturday ride takes up to 2,400 cyclists to the Straits, including a lunch stop at Legs Inn, Cross Village. From there, it’s on to post-ride parties in Mackinaw City and on Mackinac Island. There are shuttle options for returning to Harbor Springs on Sunday, or cyclists can enjoy the ride back through the ‘Tunnel of Tree’s’ on M-119.
The entry fee is $50 through May 2. Check out www.zoo-de-mack.com for details.

Get Paddlin’
Looking for a resource to take full advantage of your new kayak? Check out the Traverse Area Paddle Club.
“Within a 60 - 90 minute drive from Traverse City, there are 24 different four-to-six hour paddling trips available on local rivers,” notes John Heiam, the club’s webmaster.
Heiam also suggests three books by local authors to get into canoeing or kayaking:
• Paddling Michigan by Kevin Hillstrom and Laurie Collier Hillstrom
• Canoeing Michigan Rivers by Jerry Dennis and Craig Date
• Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Superior & Michigan by Bill Newman, Sarah Ohmann and Don Dimond
“If people would like to find others to paddle with, and find out more about places to paddle, they can join the Traverse Area Paddle Club by going to our website: traverseareapaddleclub.org,” Heiam adds. “The dues are only $15 a year for an individual or $25 for a family.”

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