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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A Day at the Races

Erin Cowell - June 14th, 2010
A Day at the Races
By Erin Crowell
Weekend warriors, rejoice! This summer is full of competitive races for you to show off your seasonal training – from running and biking to paddling and swimming. So, check off that calendar and get hungry for some Northern Michigan competition.

June 12
M-22 Challenge: run, paddle, bike—Glen Arbor

June 19
Ellsworth Pig Roast 5k Fun Run
Higgins Lake Sunrise Run one mile, 5k, 10k, half marathon — Roscommon

June 26
Run Charlevoix Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k & 10k
HomeRUN 4 Chris Cross-Country 5k —Traverse City
East Jordan Freedom Festival Sprint Triathlon

July 3
Manistee Asics Firecracker 5k & 1k
Warrior’s Run 5k & 10k—Fife Lake
Dork Brother’s 4th of July 5k—Alpena

July 4
36th Paul Revere 3 & 10 mile run—Harbor Springs
Boyne City Independence Day Run: 10k & 2 mile
Firecracker 5k—Beulah

July 10
National Cherry Festival, Meijer Festival of Races 5k & 15k —Traverse City
Boyne Mountain Challenge: MMBA marathon, kids & downhill mountain bike ride

July 11
Inter’Rockin Triathlon & Duathlon—Interlochen

July 17
Alpenfest 10k, 5k, one mile run—Gaylord
Northern Michigan Sports Medicine Bear River Crawl (Run) 10k, 5k—Petoskey
26th Annual Indian River Kiwanis Summerfest 5k & 10k
Finnish Line 5k Run/Walk—Kaleva

July 18
Little Traverse Triathlon—Harbor Springs

July 22
Wish A Mile 300 Bike—Traverse City to Chelsea

July 24
Venetian Festival-Drenth Memorial 5k, 10k & Ryan Shay Mile—Charlevoix
G.R.A. 10k Run—Grayling
Arcadia Daze 5k Run

July 24-25
Au Sable River Canoe Marathon—Grayling

July 25
Mackinaw Multi-Sport Mix Triathlon

July 31
Film Festival Costume 5k—Traverse City
Lumberman Triathlon: various distances—Cadillac
Alden Run 5k & 10k

August 1
1, 2 & 3 mile Open Water Swim Challenge—Harbor Springs

August 7
Roscommon County Fair 5k Run/Walk
Harborun 5k & 10k—Elk Rapids
Nautical Festival Mile Run—Rogers City

August 8
Fired Up For Kids half marathon, 3 mile & 1 mile—Petoskey

August 14
Crystal Lake Team Marathon—Beulah
Festival by the Bay Wellness Walk & Run 5k—Petoskey

August 15
Petoskey Epic Triathlon & Duathlon
Rubber Ducky Festival 5k—Bellaire

August 21
Mark Mellon Memorial Triathlon, 5k—Gaylord
Rubber Ducky 5k—Bellaire
Endurance 7 Mile Trail Run—Grayling

August 22
Cheboygan Straits Kayak Challenge 8 mile & 4 mile
Ludington Lighthouse Triathlon & Duathlon, various distances
Traverse City Triathlon, sprint & Olympic distances

August 27-29
Cherry-Roubaix Sprint, Road and Crit Bike Race—Traverse City

August 28
North Country Ultra Trail Run: 50 mile, 26.2 mile, 13.1—Manistee

August 29
Breakwater Triathlon — Petoskey

September 4
Beaver Island Marathon, half marathon

September 5
Barefoot Triathlon sprint & Olympic (individual & team)—Traverse City

September 11
40th Annual Mackinac Island 8 Mile Road Race

September 18
Harbor Springs Marathon, half marathon

September 26
Aspen Attack Trail Race 8k, 15k—Gaylord

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