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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Erin Cowell - November 29th, 2010
Feel the Burn… Literally!SmartLipo uses lasers to melt fat and speed recovery
By Erin Crowell
Three years ago, Melissa Kasarskis of Irons woke up to find a large
mass on her left and right hip, just below the skin.
“I looked down and saw this huge looking tumor and I freaked out,”
said the 43-year-old mother of two.
Two years before, Kasarskis had undergone a gastric bypass procedure
-- a surgery that makes the stomach smaller and allows food to bypass
part of the small intestine to aid in rapid weight loss.
“My doctor told me that because I had lost weight so fast, the fat
above my pelvis literally dropped and filled in the empty space
overnight,” said Kasarskis. “When you have extreme weight loss and
your liquid fat has nowhere to move, it will camp out wherever it
finds a location.”
Kasarskis had to undergo liposuction to remove the fat deposit.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery,
liposuction (also called lipoplasty) is the second most popular
cosmetic surgery for women – right behind breast augmentation; and is
the number one cosmetic surgery for men.

While popular, the procedure is aggressive, particularly tumescent
lipoplasty – the most common liposuction procedure, which is what
Kasarskis underwent, performed by Dr. Vincent DiNick of Brookside
Plastic Surgery in Novi.
The surgeon injects a sterile solution, which is a mixture of salt
water, anesthetic and epinephrine into the area that’s to be treated.
This causes the affected area to swell and stiffen. Small cuts are
made into the skin and a thin tube called a cannula is inserted under
the skin, which is connected to a vacuum that suctions fat and fluids
from the body – a process that takes anywhere from one to several
hours, according to the Mayo Clinic.
“They beat the snot out of you,” Kasarskis said about the procedure.
Tumescent liposuction is followed by extensive pain, swelling and
bruising; and requires several weeks of inactivity.
However, the cosmetic surgery industry is finding new ways to help
ease the pain and dynamics of liposuction by introducing several new
procedures. These include, but aren’t limited to:
• ultrasonic liposuction, which uses sound waves to loosen fat cells
before removal;
• laser liposuction, also known as SmartLipo, which uses a
microcannula through a small incision that delivers laser energy to
heat up and melt fat.

Tumescent liposuction can damage delicate nerves and blood vessels.
SmartLipo avoids both, targeting only fat cells – which means faster
and much less painful healing.
“Because the laser in SmartLipo liquefies the fat before suction, it
makes it much easier to remove,” said Dr. Courtney Sumpter, clinic
director of the Cosmetic Skin & Laser Center.
With locations in Petoskey, Traverse City and Gaylord, The Cosmetic
Skin & Laser Center is the only facility in Northern Michigan to offer
SmartLipo. Sumpter, along with Dr. Gustav Lo, opened the clinic in
Because it specializes in laser cosmetics, the clinic did not offer
liposuction before SmartLipo became an option. Both Sumpter and Lo
have been certified graduates since 2009 of Dr. John Millard’s
program, a nationally recognized liposuction expert.

Kasarskis said she was unaware of the SmartLipo option, and although
her surgery was very successful, she would have opted for less pain
and discomfort.
“I was in pain for six months,” said Kasarskis. “It felt like I had
gotten into a car accident. Even after the procedure I had pain in my
legs. It was like a guy working on road construction was standing on
that jolting cement hammer and digging it into me.”
Bruising was also prevalent in Kasarskis’ case – with discoloration
from her upper abdomen down to her knees, visible for nearly eight
months after the surgery, she said.
“(With laser liposuction), patients are usually back at work three to
four days after the procedure,” said Sumpter.
Besides a speedier recovery, other benefits from SmartLipo include no
general anesthetic, a smoother appearance and tightness of the skin,
according to Sumpter.
Although the cost difference is slight, SmartLipo g


Prior to the development of liposuction, doctors would cut away the
adipose tissue (stored fat) to remove unwanted fat, a procedure that
resulted in nerve damage, excessive bleeding and rippled skin.
In 1977, Dr. Yves-Gerard Illouz of France used a blunt-tipped cannula
and suctioned out the fat. By 1980, liposuction was introduced to the
United States; and with the addition of saline injections, the process
became easier and less uncomfortable for the patient. The ball has
been rolling ever since.
“Body sculpting is continuously growing in popularity,” said Sumpter.
“It’s become mainstream like choosing a hair color.”
While SmartLipo is cutting edge, the Skin & Laser Center will soon be
adding another fat-removing option for its clients.
“Cool sculpting,” said Sumpter, “There’s no injections, no anesthesia.
It freezes fat externally. The results are a bit milder than laser
lipo, but everyone’s asking about it.”

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