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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Shoes & snacks for backpacks

Erin Crowell - February 15th, 2010
“Shoe and Snacks” for Backpacks
By Erin Crowell
“Every student needs a backpack.”
It’s the reason why the Traverse Bay Sunrise Rotary Club has donated over 7,700 backpacks to area elementary and high school students.
Since 2004, the Backpacks for Kids program has become the signature event for Rotary members, providing area students with vital school supplies and the means to carry them.
This year, the Rotary Club will host its first “Shoe & Snacks for Backpacks” fundraiser on February 21 at Timber Ridge Resort in Traverse City. Participants will enjoy a snowshoe hike along the groomed trails with complimentary hot beverages and snacks. The $15 registration fee sponsors one fully supplied backpack for the 2010 Backpack for Kids program. The maximum fee for families is $25, with additional donations welcome.
Backpacks for elementary students contain supplies such as markers, crayons, craft paper, hand sanitizer, pencil boxes and scissors. The supply for high school students “gets a little heftier,” says event coordinator Jessica Luckey. “They carry more books, and calculators, notebooks, pens and pencils.”
In August, Rotary members and volunteers stuff backpacks via assembly line and then have the bags shipped to two central locations, just in time for the new school year.
The Rotary Club, partnered with Traverse Area Public Schools, provides 1,000-1,500 packs to area school children each year. Last year, the program donated 1,300 backpacks – 100 of those going to high school students, and the other half to elementary students.
Every year, TCAPS gives the Rotary a list of students eligible for the program. Although the program started with primarily TCAPS students in mind, it’s not limited to students in that school district, says program director David Payne.
“We’re reaching out to Benzie, Manistee…programs all over the region.”
Last year, the program included specific bags for the TBA ISD programs. Payne explains schools outside of the Grand Traverse area can obtain backpacks too.
Other surrounding rotary clubs have requested information on the backpack program to be implemented into their own communities, says Luckey.

The total cost for collecting items and distributing backpacks is around $22,000.
“We dedicate a majority of club resources, both money and manpower,” says Payne. “It’s our main focus every year.”
But why backpacks?
“Everyone needs a backpack, and with more and more people losing jobs, and economic hardships taking a strong hold in the area, it’s something we identified as one less thing for someone to worry about,” says Payne.
The event at Timber Ridge will be a first-time fundraiser for the program, something of a crapshoot, according to Payne.
“We have no idea what to expect. Are we going to make a couple dollars? Are we going to lose money and not do it again? I’m pretty sure we won’t lose money, but you just never know. For one thing, it’s another thing to keep the momentum going. It’s another way to create awareness and know who we are.”

You can help donate a stuffed backpack by participating in the snowshoe trek at Timber Ridge Resort in Traverse City, on Sunday, February 21, from 2-4 p.m. $15 fee sponsors one fully stuffed backpack, a fun trek and hot beverages and goodies. Families can participate for $25. Snowshoe rentals are available at $5/pair through GT Cycle. Advance registration is encouraged. Visit tcsunriserotary.org or call Jessica Luckey at 932-6238.
Those interested in the Backpacks for Kids Program may contact David Payne at 231-313-9653 or email: dmpayne18@yahoo.com.

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