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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Hockey through the ages

Glen Young - October 5th, 2009
Hockey through the ages
NHL Star Craig Coxe passes on his skills in Petoskey
By Glen Young 10/5/09

School has been in session long enough again now that some students are starting to feel restless. That first holiday break cannot come early enough.

For another group back in their icy classroom, however, class is anything but a bore.

For the fifth year running, former National Hockey League standout Craig Coxe is conducting a skills clinic for adult players at Petoskey’s Griffin Arena.

Coxe, drafted in 1982 by the Detroit Red Wings at the tender age of 18, spent nearly two decades playing professionally and now those who attend his clinics can take advantage of that store of hockey knowledge.

Every Thursday and Sunday for six weeks from mid-September through late October, the group of 20 or so adults skates with Coxe, running through timing drills, shooting practice, and stick handling maneuvers.

Jerry Timm, a third year player, sees improvement in his play as result. “I’ve never been coached before. The timing drills finally make sense now,” he says.


For most, this is a run-up to the regular season in the Char Em Adult Hockey League. For all it is a chance to rub elbows with a guy who will always be the first-ever goal scorer in franchise history for the San Jose Sharks.

Tom Cooper, a 45-year-old Harbor Springs resident who has played in the adult league three years and attended the camp last year as well, says he appreciates that Coxe does not play favorites. “He spends just as much time with the new guys as the with the guys who are experienced.” Cooper says Coxe’s coaching style is extremely helpful for new skaters. “He tells you, then he shows you.”

For Great Lakes freighter sailor Andy McGinn of Onaway, getting to the clinic involves a lengthy drive. McGinn, who used to play closer to home in Cheboygan, says the new commute is worth it. “For a new skater, this clinic is phenomenal.” McGinn believes the coaching will make him more ready when league play begins in late October.

Indian River auto shop owner Dan Nivelt, who has attended all five pre-season sessions, says the clinic helps him get ready for the regular season. And while Coxe is fond of saying he can’t improve skating for adults like he can for juniors, Nivelt is sure his skating prowess has improved as a result of time spent on the ice at the clinics.

Coxe, a California native who saw ice time in the NHL with Calgary, Vancouver and St. Louis as well as San Jose, welcomes the opportunity to work with adults. “Sometimes it’s tough to teach adults because they’re set in their ways,” he says. “But they play because they enjoy the game. They become almost child-like.”

He plays off that enthusiasm in his instruction. Whether joking that, “we’re not chopping wood here,” while demonstrating a stick handling technique, or quipping, “It looks easy on paper,” while drawing up a break out drill, Coach Coxe infuses ample amounts of laughter and humor into his instruction.

Jim Murray, a 48-year-old Petoskey lawyer who has attended all five pre season clinics, appreciates this low-key approach. “Coxe is one of the nicest and most sincere guys you will ever meet. He has an amazing ability to improve all levels of hockey players and also make them feel good about their game,” he says.

Coxe came to Northern Michigan to coach the Northern Michigan Predators, a now-defunct minor league team. He was coaching in Texas at the time, in the Central Hockey League. When the team and the league folded, Coxe moved down the road to Griffin Arena, where he is now Director of Hockey. His duties include everything from driving the zamboni to scheduling locker rooms.

What he enjoys most is working with players, whatever the age. “I’m fortunate to be able to give back something I love,” he says of his coaching. Coxe believes the only drawback coaching brings is the limited time he has to work with players. “There’s no frustration, really, because they want to learn.”

Another player who values Coxe’s relaxed style is 35-year-old Petoskey engineer Dario Primo, who says the clinic is “a gem.” “Craig is very approachable, down to earth, and funny,” he says. “Where else can you go in Northern Michigan and be taught by a former NHL player?”

Barb Greene, one of Griffin Arena’s owners, sums up the sentiment of players of all ages. “We just love Craig,” she says.

Craig Coxe runs clinics for adults, as well as youth players of all ages throughout the fall. For more information about the clinics, or for details about other Griffin Arena skating programs, contact Coxe at 231-487-1843, or visit griffinarena.net

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