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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Horse Shows By The Bay

Erin Cowell - July 19th, 2010
Giddyup! Horse Shows by the Bay rides again...
By Erin Crowell
Strength, elegance and discipline – these words probably best describe
the athletes who have taken over Northern Michigan in recent weeks. At
Horse Shows by the Bay, nothing commands attention more than a
stallion leaping several feet into the air or a gelding that glides
effortlessly across the earth to the rhythms of a song.
Think Cherry Festival was a long week? Try four.
Horse Shows by the Bay, the equestrian festival held at the
Flintfields Horse Park in Williamsburg, runs July 9 to August 1 –
bringing over 1,500 horses and their riders to compete in a series of
events for more than $400,000 in distributed prize money.
Grandeur, pride and history -- this is what inspires Horse Shows by the Bay.

Prior to the Horse Shows event, the 80 acres of Flintfields Farm is
fairly quiet. But come late June/early July, the property located just
north of M-72 comes alive with the whinny of horses and the sound of
engines, clanking metal and voices of workers as hundreds of horse
stalls are assembled underneath behemoth white tents.
Horse trailers roll through the property, and soon after – the
thousands of spectators from across the state and around the country.
Horse Shows has a $10 million per year impact on the local economy,
says Kimberly Van Kampen Boyer, of Hampton Green Farm, which is one of
the event’s biggest supporters, particularly in the dressage category.
“Everyone can enjoy this event because there’s so many things to do in
Traverse City,” says Maria Lithander, head trainer of Hampton Green’s
Florida farm.
“Three quarters of the year, (Michigan) is great horse country. The
other one quarter, it’s like Siberia,” laughs Lithander. “Michigan is
kind of a well kept secret.”
Lithander has traveled all over the world, competing and training in
places like Mexico where she won over 60 national and regional
Her specialty is in dressage, the “step child” of equestrian, as she
says, which involves nine progressive levels which incorporate
multiple tests within each. The most popular of these is musical
freestyle, where horse and rider perform a series of movements, with
various speeds, to music.
It’s the most elegant event at Horse Shows: braided manes and careful
grooming on the horses, short top hats and white gloves for the
riders. And of course, there’s the delicate way the horse seems to
float through the arena.
“Dressage is all about a happy, quiet rider and a happy, athletic
horse,” says Lithander.
Other events include the hunters and jumpers – both involving horse
and rider leaping over an obstacle; however, the primary difference
between the two is in execution. The hunter category is judged on the
consistency, pace and style in which a horse jumps, providing the best
comfort for its rider. Jumpers must complete a series of at least 10
jumps, also of various heights, in the fastest time.

When talking about horses—champion horses—the context of the
conversation is much like describing a rare car: performance, history,
country of origin…price. At Horse Shows by the Bay, the average rider
can spend anywhere from $25,000 to a million on an equine, says Horsse
Shows co-founder Alex Rheinheimer.
Horses range from a variety of breeds and bloodlines, from Dutch
Warmbloods and Hanoverians to Oldenburgs and Pure Raza Esponolas
(PRE), the latter being the preferred competition horse by Lithander
and the breed specialty of Hampton Green Farm.
“PRE’s are known for their sensibility,” says Lithander.
She will be competing in Horse Shows with Hampton Green’s head PRE
stallion Idilio II, a Spanish import who came to the farm in 1999.
“He has his own personality,” Lithander laughs. “The other horses on
the farm know to stay out of his way.”
Just some of his previous accomplishments include 2002 Top 20 Senior
Stallions SICAB, Spain; First Place, Intermediate II at the 2006 IDCTA
Summer Kickoff Dressage in Wayne, Illinois; and Second Place for the
2006 USDF All Breeds Award Grand Prix Open. The stallion was also once
described as “poetry in motion.”

Come see “poetry in motion” as horses and riders from all over the
country compete at Horse Shows by the Bay, happening now, July 9-Aug.
1, at Flintfields Farm in Williamsburg. Week three (July 23-25)
features the Open Jumper Welcome Prix, Children/Adult Jumpers, Show
Hunter Classics, along with a special Dressage Demo by local rider
Betsy Van Dyke.
Horse Shows by the Bay continues July 30-Aug. 1, as well as a Fall
Classics Competition, Sept. 10-12. More information is available at
horseshowsbythebay.com or by calling 231-267-3700.

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