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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An Ernest Endeavor

Glen D. Young - June 14th, 2010
An Ernest Endeavor: Picturing Young Hemingway in Northern Michigan
Picturing Hemingway’s Michigan
Wayne State University Press
216 pages, 269 illustrations
By Glen Young
It would be easy to believe that there’s nothing new to say about
Ernest Hemingway. Writers as well as relatives have detailed the
history of Michigan’s most iconic writer in every manner of
However, in Picturing Hemingway’s Michigan, Michael Federspiel digs
deep into the Hemingway legend, mining old family photos, as well as
those that have been seen elsewhere, to provide a context that has not
been thoroughly explored. “A lot of people have talked about
Hemingway up north, but few have talked about Up North with Hemingway
in it,” Federspiel says. “I place him in the context of Northern
Michigan,” he adds.
Federspiel, a faculty member of Central Michigan University’s history
department, as well as curriculum specialist with Midland Public
Schools, is also president of the Michigan Hemingway Society. He came
upon the idea for the book somewhat unexpectedly. Working with the
Michigan Humanities Council on 2007’s Big Read, which featured
Hemingway’s The Nick Adams Stories, Federspiel says, “I had pulled
together a lot of stories about Hemingway in Michigan.” When a
council board member suggested his research would make for an
interesting book, Federspiel was intrigued. When Wayne State
University Press showed interest, the project took shape.
During 2008, Federspiel recalibrated his objective, spending a good
deal of time in the archives of the Little Traverse Historical Society
in Petoskey. He utilized the Petoskey Public Library, and Hemingway
family archives as well. A valuable source was Hemingway’s nephew Jim
Stafford, a Walloon Lake area resident who is the son of Hemingway’s
older sister Marcelline. Stafford has been sharing his archive with
Central Michigan University’s Clarke Historical Library. “These items
have had limited availability, and some have never been seen in the
publishing world,” Federspiel says.

What results from this collaborative assistance is a photo heavy book
providing fresh evidence of Northern Michigan’s enduring influence on
Hemingway’s work.
“Hemingway’s mother was a serious scrapbooker and his father was an
avid photographer,” Federspiel says. “She made scrapbooks for each
child. Some of the photos appear in more than one scrapbook and some
Federspiel’s large format book relies heavily on the Hemingway
photographs, but included also are photos and advertisements of the
era depicting the importance of the railroads and the plush hotels
that dotted the area in the early part of the 20th century.
In his introduction, Federspiel explains, “The Hemingways’ arrival
coincided with dramatic changes in northern Michigan.” When the
railroads laid tracks through the clear-cut acreage of old growth
white pine, “Local businessmen and railroad executives immediately
went to work marketing the region for tourism.”
Business owners and speculators knew, “More growth in the region meant
more profit.” It was into this evolving environment that Hemingway’s
physician father Clarence brought his young family from Oak Park,
Illinois, eventually settling on the Walloon Lake. “They resembled
others in their lifestyle and background, and there was little to
indicate anything special about them,” Federspiel writes.
Vintage photos of the Petoskey-Harbor Springs region show not only the
Hemingway family and other resorters, but also highlight the elaborate
resort hotels, such as the Cushman and the Arlington, which could
accommodate upwards of 800 guests before it was destroyed by fire in
Federspiel believes one result of the book is a revelation about the
area. “Petoskey was a far more sophisticated place than most people

Photographs of Horton’s Creek, where Hemingway fished as a young boy,
figure prominently also. There are photos of a youthful Hemingway
proudly displaying a string of trout, while others show him hamming it
up with boyhood friends like Bill Smith. Here, too, are photos of a
teen age Hemingway hopping a freight train, and camping with friends
near the Black River.
Of Hemingway’s most famous short story, “Big Two Hearted River,”
Federspiel writes, “The real trip was a test of Ernest’s endurance. It
would involve significant hiking and stream wading on his injured
leg.” Hemingway famously damaged his leg while a driver in the Red
Cross ambulance corps in Italy during World War One. He returned to
Petoskey to recuperate, then traveled north to Seney, the location of
the fishing in the famous short story. (The Big Two Hearted River is
located to the northeast of Seney but Hemingway chose to use the name
of the river for poetic reasons.)
Federspiel considers the success of his book is in showing both how
Hemingway’s literary future was shaped while he romped through
Northern Michigan, as well as in demonstrating that Hemingway’s
experiences were not unlike others who vacation here.
“The Hemingway family experience isn’t remarkable; it sounds like
everyone else’s,” he says. “Largely people do the same things (when
up north). They pick on their brothers, go swimming, and roast
“If I did it right,” Federspiel believes, “the book will appeal to
folks who have an interest in the Little Traverse Region.” He also
hopes to demystify Hemingway as much as that is possible. “I hope the
book makes Hemingway more approachable to those who don’t have a
history with him.”

Michael Federspiel will sign copies of Picturing Hemingway’s Michigan
on June 19, at McLean and Eakin Booksellers, 307 E. Lake Street,
Petoskey, from 1 to 3 p.m. and at Horizon Books in Traverse City on
July 31 from 2-4 p.m.

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