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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Back to school style

Kristy Kurjan - August 9th, 2010
Back to School Style… On a Budget
It is that time of year again, back to school... Starting this month,
students everywhere are beginning to trade in their beach attire for
more classroom-friendly clothing. Who wouldn’t want to look their best
when returning to campus?
For most students the challenge is to incorporate the season’s most
desired items without going over budget. The good news is that with
just a few key items, one can turn a tired wardrobe into a
head-of-the-class style. This fall’s trends include staples like crisp
blazers, statement necklaces, and cropped booties. Here are a few
suggestions to help identify the essential back to school items at
affordable prices.
Make the transition from summer to fall with brightly colored cotton
dresses.These staples are easy to throw on and stand alone as an
outfit in the lingering 80-degree days. The best part about a summer
dress is that it is versatile when the season changes. Once the
weather turns, throw on an oversized cardigan and woven belt to warm
it up. Don’t be afraid to layer items as the temperature can change
drastically throughout the day. Many stores offer cotton dresses for
under $20.
If only one item is on your back to school shopping list this year it
should be a crisp blazer. Comfortable? Yes. Chic? Absolutely! Layer it
with a structured collared shirt or a basic t-shirt and create the
ultimate every day uniform. Your shopping search should locate one
starting at $30.
Next on the list of must haves is a great bag that is large enough to
fit any history book. Fashion-savvy gals are known for their
creativity, so naturally some co-eds opt to use an oversized purse as
a school bag. For extra comfort opt for a messenger style satchel
which allows for more back-friendly weight distribution.
Don’t forget to add a statement necklace to the list of back to school
essentials. The right accessory can change an outfit from simple to
fabulous. Make sure to pick a necklace (or two) that reflects your
style and personality.
A back to school wardrobe is not complete without a new pair of
flattering jeans. They are perfect to throw on while running out the
door to class. Designer denim like Citizens of Humanity, Paige, and
True Religion are hot for back to school. However, if you are looking
for a more affordable pair check out Gap‘s legging jeans that retail
for just under $70. They are one of the most comfortable and
flattering pairs of skinny jeans in stores this fall. “My ‘jeggings’
fit more like a jean than a legging. They are super soft and give just
a little stretch which is exactly what I was looking for,” says Ithaca
College student and Traverse City native Becca Cline. “I am looking
forward to wearing them every day!”
Floral prints are all the rage this fall and there is no better way to
spice up an outfit than with a floral print top. Flowing fabrics like
chiffon flatter most figures and bring a hint of femininity. To
incorporate this trend in other ways try a flower print scarf or a
printed accessory. This will bring depth and texture to any look.
Embrace the playful side of back to school style by wearing a pair of
cropped western booties. They can be paired with a mini dress or with
rolled up denim for a look that will be adored by all. “Cropped boots
are perfect for walking around campus,” says Cline. “It is important
to me to have extremely comfortable shoes; thankfully these fit the
bill and are still cute!”

Kristy Kurjan is a new fashion writer at the Express. She is a
freelance fashion stylist who majored in apparel & textile design at
Michigan State University. She has worked in the fashion departments
at Glamour Magazine and for Style.com and served as a production
shopper at the Oprah Winfrey Show. She is the owner/designer of
Hydrangea BLU Bridesmaids www.hydrangeablu.com.

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