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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Gordon & Bullough

Rick Coates - December 27th, 2010
Gordon & Bullough:TC football standouts help lead MSU to its best season ever
By Rick Coates
This weekend the Michigan State Spartans will head to the Capital One
Bowl in Orlando to play the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Spartans
finished the regular season 11-1, with a share of the Big Ten
Championship, and ranked seventh in the country.
Two former Traverse City high school football standouts Eric Gordon
and Max Bullough played major roles on this year’s team.
Gordon, who graduated a couple of weeks ago (he was redshirted his
freshman season) with a degree in human resources and sociology has
started in 48 of 50 games he has played in and holds the Spartan
record for the most stats. Gordon was a Second Team All Big Ten
Linebacker and is expected to be drafted this spring into the NFL. He
played at TC West High School.
Freshman Max Bullough has made an immediate impact since arriving to
MSU last winter. Bullough graduated early from TC
St. Francis -- where he lead the Gladiators to two State Championships
-- in order to participate in spring practices. It paid off and
Bullough found himself on the special teams and also getting some time
in at middle linebacker. He had one interception and his 21 tackles
put him in the top 15 among his teammates; the most by a non-starter.
He made the ESPN All Big Ten Freshman Team and is expected to be a
starter next season at linebacker.
Bullough was born to play football. His grandfather Hank Bullough
played at MSU before coaching in the NFL and at MSU for several years.
His father Shane and uncle Chuck (now a coach at UCLA) were star
linebackers at MSU. Plus, his grandfather Jim Morse was a star running
back for Notre Dame and uncle Bobby Morse was a running back and his
dad’s roommate at MSU. Uncle Jim Morse played cornerback at Notre
Both Gordon and Bullough sat down after their final practice before
Christmas to discuss the season and their careers.

NE: Eric, what has this season meant to you personally being your last
as a Spartan and being a part of the team with the most wins in a
single season?
Eric Gordon: This has been real special for me, this has been my best
season ever as a football player and the best season MSU football has
had, so to be a part of it is a real honor. It also means a lot to me
to have my name up on the wall at Spartan Stadium as a Big Champion
along with my grandfather, who also won a championship. I really have
not had a a lot of time to reflect on it all because my focus is on my
last game and the fact that 12-1 sounds a lot better than 11-2.

NE: You have been a part of the best linebacking duo in the country
the last couple of years and maybe the best in Spartan history. What
has Greg Jones (two-year consensus All-American) meant to you as a
teammate and a friend?
Gordon: He has become one of my best friends on and off the field. We
room together on the road and the night before home games at the
Kellogg Center. Greg is a great guy; we are able to talk about
everything together -- football and personal stuff. He is a leader
both verbally and by example. It has been great to play next to him
these past four years.
One thing a lot of people might not know is Greg is real funny and is
always cracking jokes and that made a lot of practices a little easier
to deal with.

NE: Beating Michigan the last three years has to rank up there as a
highlight for you.
Gordon: Those are program wins and important to us as seniors, but
also to the program. Hopefully next year’s class will be able to say
they never lost to Michigan.

NE: Your last game in a Spartan uniform will be the Capital One Bowl
so that will be emotional, but you have some unfinished business.
While the senior class accomplished the goal of winning a Big Ten
Championship, you have yet to win a bowl game:
Gordon: Absolutely, this is so important to us seniors and to this
program. It has been about 10 years since our last bowl win (2001
versus Fresno State in the Silcon Valley Bowl). We have lost the last
three bowl games; they all have been close. Not only is winning this
bowl game important to us, but as a class it will put our final season
rankings higher.

NE: What is bowl week like?
Gordon: We wrapped up practices in East Lansing and all of us go home
for a few days with our families. The team will fly out Christmas
afternoon. We will practice in the mornings and then in the afternoons
we will do some community service work. We will go to Disney World,
Universal Studios; essentially every hour is planned out for us.
Really, it is a typical week of practice, just the weather is better.
NE: You have said that someday you would like to own your own marina,
but after this weekend you certainly are hoping to play at the next
Gordon: I am hoping this is not my last football game. I have been
playing football since sixth grade back in Traverse City. This is a
game that I love so much it would be hard for me to imagine that this
would be my last game. I am very passionate about football and want to
keep playing it as long as possible, so I am definitely going to work
my tail off to play at the next level.

NE: What are your thoughts about Max Bullough and his future?
Gordon: Max already is a great player and he is going to have a
fantastic career here at State. He came in early and learned the
system very quickly; in fact quicker then most. He is big, strong and
has speed and has a knack for the ball.  Plus he is from Traverse
City, so he has that going for him.

NE: Max, as a freshman who saw quite a bit of action, what has this
season meant to you?
Max Bullough: It has been an awesome experience to be a part of this
special season. Plus I learned so much that this season has really
helped to set me up for the next three years.

NE: Certainly learning from Greg Jones and Eric Gordon had to be a
fantastic experience?
Bullough: Yes, it has been very beneficial to come into a program
where these two guys have been starting for four years. I learned a
lot from them and I knew whatever they were doing and saying was
right. These guys were the best linebacking duo in the country. So as
I watched them this season in practice and at the games I know if I
can emulate their play then my play will be fool-proof in following in
their footsteps.

NE: Now you are the third generation Bullough at MSU, plus your mom’s
family (father, brothers) were stars at Notre Dame and MSU. Is there
pressure carrying on the Bullough legacy, and do you get a lot of
Bullough: I do not feel any pressure, at least not from my family. I
put pressure on myself to excel and succeed. My uncle Chuck is
coaching at UCLA so he can’t get to my games, and my parents have my
younger brothers and sisters back in Traverse City active in sports,
so they get to as many games as possible. My dad doesn’t push anything
onto me, but he definitely is there to give me advice when I ask for

NE: What are your thoughts about playing in your first bowl game and
going against Alabama?
Bullough: Of course I am excited about going to Orlando and playing in
my first bowl game. We have one goal and that is coming home with a
win. This will be a real test for us.

NE: What are your thoughts about next year with so many starters
coming back? And you will certainly be a starter yourself.
Bullough: I am very excited. Certainly the expectations will be high
and for me personally, I came here to be a starter and contribute to
championship teams, so I am looking forward to this spring and getting
to work on next year.

Michigan State plays the University of Alabama on Saturday, January 1
in the Capital One Bowl at 1 pm on ESPN.

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