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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The Great Beagle Chase/ Lima‘s high-tech odyssey

Anne Stanton - January 4th, 2010
The Great Beagle Chase/Lima’s high-tech odyssey
By Anne Stanton
On December 19, Gary Howe was getting out of his car to visit a friend
in Cedar when his beloved beagle, Lima, slipped out the door before
Howe could snap on a leash. Howe guessed that his dog was dashing
after an animal he couldn’t see or smell, but he knew she was going
too fast to chase.
Howe wasn’t totally shocked. Lima (pronounced lee-ma) is the dashing
type, but she always came back after about 20 minutes. So he went
inside the house to chat—“I was a delinquent dad.” But he worried the
whole time about his pooch.
As it turns out, Lima was long gone and her odyssey back home was
followed by hundreds of his Facebook and Twitter friends.
Howe issued his first tweet and Facebook appeal for his lost pooch at 8:58 p.m.
“Lost Beagle btwn Maple City & Cedar. Lima has an over confident
homing sense so afraid she’s walking to TC. Has tags if found. Going
into swampland for search.”
He and his friend, Robert, strapped on their snowshoes and trekked
into the frozen Cedar swamp, calling out for the lost dog. Then they
drove around in a car, searching the sides of
the road.

None of his 600 Facebook friends had seen the beagle, but offers and
advice to get Lima back to her Central neighborhood home in Traverse
City began to pour in.
Dagmar asked if he’d thought about leaving a blanket or jacket that
“smells of you.” He once found his dog that way in Glen Arbor.
Sally knew of a store owner in Cedar and offered to have him organize
a search party.
Nancy in Cedar gave out her Cedar phone number, while David offered
Howe a cup of coffee, a place to warm up, and an adult beverage after
his search. Kelly said she’d be on the look out in nearby
Howe’s next post at 11:13 p.m. that night, read, “Rough day for both
Beagles and humans. Update in morning. Needless to say, swamp search
was unsuccessful. Robert & I were saved by iPhone compass (handy) but
Lima’s on her own for the night. Thanks for the well wishes & offers.
She’s in her element & it’s not too cold.”
On Sunday morning, offers of help flowed onto the page. Walker wrote,
“Onyx and I are ready for the great beagle round up. Give a
call if you need more people out looking.” Daniel and Kelly put the
word out to their Cedar family and friends. Christine wrote that she’d
call on the “doggy spirit guardians to make sure she is safe and warm,
fed, happy, and waiting
for you with tail wagging. She is so famous, Gary, she’ll be found and
returned soon. (“Lima we’re coming.”)

Lima, in fact, has her own Facebook fan page, Lincoln St. Beagles and
Co., with no less than 119 friends and many flattering pictures. Howe
happens to be a photographer and Lima is an unusually photogenic
beagle. Naturally, he made up a flyer, which he posted everywhere.
Still, by Sunday morning, there was no word. He wrote: “Thanks for the
messages & offers for help. Not much for you all to do ’cept enjoy
your Sunday. And consider a snowshoe adventure in the county around
Cedar the swamp. Watch out for musket hunters.”
Later he wrote: “In case you haven’t seen one of the 172 images of her
on Facebook, here is the missing hound. She looks sweet, but she’s
tough. Lima, Lima ….”
There were scores of posts. Erin said her girls were meditating over a
candle as she typed. “I’ll spread the word. Love to you all.” Penny
wrote, “Dog-gone! Dog-goneit!,” and promised to look for tracks along
the Grand Traverse Bay. Andrew thanked Lima for getting him out on
snowshoes to look for her. Mary Lou asked if a psychic had been
called. And Joseph suggested that Howe lather himself up with bacon

On Sunday, Howe and his friend went tromping all around the Cedar area
trying to find Lima’s tracks. At 3:50 p.m., he sent a picture of the
Cedar swamp, and wrote: “The heart of the cedar swamp. Lima is totally
not in here.”
Andrew wrote to make sure Howe yelled to Lima that bacon was waiting.
Nicolle wrote that she took her pups up the back way through Oleson’s
and called for Lima all the way. “No luck, sorry. We’ll keep willing
her home.” Mary Lou asked Howe if he had called the psychic yet.”
At 8:09 p.m., Howe posted some good news: “2 Lima spottings near Solon
cemetery 40 & 60 mins ago. She wouldn’t come to them. There now.”’
Howe thought they were getting close. He and his friend followed
Lima’s tracks to Highway 72, six miles from where she disappeared.
At 8:47 p.m., he wrote: “Bacon grease aside, solo dog tracks leading
along 651 disappear at 72. City lights look bright from there, so
think she’s heading east trying to find her path along 72 at Haylift
And this at 10:26 p.m.: “Trail went cold after M-72 for the great
beagle chase. .. she’s drafting snowmobiles, I think. Sorry y’all.
Leaving porch light on.”
Pete wrote back: “May the beagle force be with you both.”
Paul gave him an encouraging story about his lost dog, Leica. “We
found him at 7-11 looking at hot dogs.”
On Monday, Pat wrote early at 6: 12 a.m. that, “I’m still on the prowl
and put a dish of dog food next to the bed of leaves in our lean-to
last night. She could’ve made it to Gray Road by now...”
Howe was awake and wrote back: “Last positive tracks were right at 651
at 72. I believe she sought shelter somewhere for the night near
there, but who knows.”

Nancy suggested at 7:03 a.m. to email Terri Ray at WKLT. She “will
announce lost dogs on her program and sometimes interview lost dog
owners. This morning at work (Dave’s) going to tell the T.C. plow
drivers to be on the lookout for her, too. Fingers crossed.”
Friends postings promised support, but no one had news of Lima.
Howe said he worried constantly that Lima would get hit by a car or
attacked by coyotoes, but he tried to keep his sense of humor. He
wrote at 7:59 a.m.: “Declaring M-72 & Cedar Run corridor, and Division
& 8th officially reclaimed roads/streets. All traffic must proceed at
no greater than 20mph or face harsh penalty of repeated dunkings in
the Grand Traverse Bay. A Beagle is trying to get home.”
Then at 8:49 a.m.: “Going out to close down Grandview Parkway to give
Lima clear pathway. What reclaiming obstacle shall I use? A couple
turned over bread delivery trucks, giant snowmen or an orgy of dried
pig ears? Or, all three.”
Advice was still pouring in from friends. Had Gary left his jacket
where he last saw Lima? Yup, he’d tried that, but now thought Lima was
now making tracks for home.
Finally, the post everyone had been waiting for came at 9:59 a.m.
“Lima’s back riding shotgun!!! Found on Julia G’s porch this morning
on Gallivan Rd. With no apparent injuries, but very squeaky.”

Howe sent a picture of Lima who had wandered up to an older woman’s
door and gone to sleep. Then he sent out a video made about 20 seconds
after Lima greeted him.
Nearly 50 people wrote with notes of joy and relief. Natasha wrote:
“Oh my. I cannot believe you found her. How did you know to go to the
person’s porch?”
Howe wrote the owner called the phone number on the dog tags. “You
gotta love the simple solutions.”
Later he said it was a bit ironic. After all the high-tech updates
from his iphone, tweets and hundreds of Facebook responses, a woman
read Lima’s dog tag and called him from her land line.
Howe issued Lima’s official statement at 11:27 a.m.
“Lima will not be holding a press conference today, but has issued the
following statement: I’m thankful and warmed by all the love shown by
the community during the 40 hours of separation from my people...”

Gary Howe would like you to check out his new blog on livable cities
and alternative transportation. It’s called mywheelsareturning.com.
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