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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Scholarship search

Anne Stanton - August 9th, 2010
Scholarship Search: how to find college money
By Anne Stanton
Even if you can get into the college of your choice, there is the big
question of affording it. Finding scholarship money takes dedication
and time with your efforts paying off most in your senior year.
To begin on this journey, Google “pay for college + government.” That
will bring up the ed.gov website, which explains in detail the
financial aid process, such as when and how to fill out the FAFSA
form—the key government form that determines how much you’ll qualify
for government grants, loans, and work study money. Many colleges will
also use the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as a
basis for dispensing aid from their own coffers. So even if your
parent’s tax return might not be done in January, make sure the FAFSA
form is filled out at that time with your parent’s estimated earnings
and submit to your desired college to get first dibs on resources. Do
not wait!
Once you are accepted into a college, make a phone call to the
college’s financial aid department to find out your next steps to get
help. All award packages are offered in spring of your graduation year
so this is the time when students make their final decisions. And
decide they must because May 1 is when most colleges want a deposit to
reserve a space.

When it comes to Internet scholarship searches, first check in with
your high school counseling office. There are legitimate and not so
legitimate websites and scholarship offerings; it’s important to know
how to tell which is which as you proceed.
Fastweb is a great search engine online for scholarships and other
information about paying for college tuition. It’s free and provides
constant information all through the school year and summer. Avoid
paying online for access to scholarship information--it is usually a
scam, said Sally Stilwill, who helps students with the college
application process.
Also, some high schools each have their own scholarship awards given
out each year, including merit scholarships, as well as those created
in memory of former students who have passed away and are celebrated
for their special interests. It’s always a good idea to check with the
counseling office for scholarships and award information.
Be sure to check out your local service clubs and community
foundations because you might have a pretty good chance of getting
one. The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation, for example,
awarded more than $130,000 this past spring to about 100 students
living in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau
There are close to 40 scholarships awards available for a wide range
of students. Here are a few:
—Financially needy and high achieving Benzie Central High School
graduates who are going into the science field.
-Graduates from the five-county area who demonstrate  an “adventurous
spirit, a passion and zest for life,” and have played in a soccer
-Bellaire High School students who want to pursue art and/or attend
Michigan State University.
-   Aspiring writers who are required to submit a piece of poetry,
nonfiction, or fiction (or all three) for a writing competition.
-   The Suttons Bay senior with the highest ACT score automatically
wins a scholarship, no application required.

For more information on applying for these scholarships, go to
gtrcf.org and hit the “scholarships” button. And do it today!

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