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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Cloud 9

Rick Coates - January 24th, 2011
Cloud 9:New book aims to teach kids traditional values
By Rick Coates
At 64, Larry Kuhnke has opened a new “chapter” in his life: that of an author. After a career in the airline and banking industries Kuhnke decided to impart his wisdom unto others. But instead of writing about his observations and knowledge from his professional world, he decided on sharing his insights on how to best pursue a life of happiness. Advice that he hopes the younger generation will grasp early in life and carry with them into adulthood.
This Saturday, January 29, the Traverse City author will sign copies of his book “Cloud 9” at Horizon Books in Traverse City from 2 to 4 pm.
Kuhnke believes that it is “easier to learn while you are young than when you grow older.” He wrote “Cloud 9” with the idea that it would serve as a conversation starter between parents or grandparents and children. The 80-page book has 43 chapters, each representing an important value to live by.
“This book is my lifestyle, it is based on what I was taught growing up. Now, some of these values I came to understand in adulthood,” said Kuhnke. “As I reflect on my life these are the values that I believe will help a person achieve happiness and fulfillment in life. These concepts are how I raised my two daughters and now what I am sharing with my four grandchildren.”

Kuhnke, who describes himself as a person of few words and one who observes his surroundings closely, started developing the concept of the book 10 years ago.
“I noticed in my travels and daily observations that many young people were not being taught the basic fundamentals and values of life,” said Kuhnke. “That peer pressure and life’s daily distractions seemed to be leading many down a path of unhappiness rather then happiness. In addition, many children are not getting parental guidance on core values and beliefs.”
Kuhnke believes that many parents “often struggle with how to instill in their children a system of values that will guide them toward happiness, good health, and success in life.” His goal with the book is that if children start early adopting these values they will go through life living on “cloud 9.”
“These concepts are simple, basic values that in recent years have been overlooked by many and I think the result is we are paying for it in society today,” said Kuhnke. “My wife and I decided to do the simple things with our daughters, like nightly meals without electronic distractions.”

How “Cloud 9” differs from other books in the same vein is that Kuhnke does not use a preachy tone, but instead is suggestive and encouraging in his approach.
“My goal with this book was to create a dialogue between parents and their children. Children, regardless of their age, will ask questions and their parents will be able to share the specifics of each value with them.”
“Cloud 9” covers what most would consider to be obvious values such as ‘The Truth,” “Integrity,” “Responsibility” and “Ethics & Morals.” Kuhnke also expands beyond the obvious and touches on “Sportsmanship,” “Your Word,” “Dreams,” “Financial “Accountability,” “Goals” and the importance of “singing and dancing.”
“Well like I said, not everything in this book I learned in childhood… and certainly singing and dancing is one of those things,” said Kuhnke. “I understand their importance now and am trying to do both. They make you feel good and both are great ways to meet new people.”
Kuhnke grew up in Monroe, Michigan in what he describes as a humble upbringing. His father was a Marine and eventually worked at Ford while his mother worked part time in a tavern. He had four siblings and lived in a three-bedroom house with one bathroom. His grandmother also lived in the home. Kuhnke learned many life lessons at an early age and setting goals was one of them.
“I did set goals, one of my most meaningful was to become an Eagle Scout. I accomplished that by the age of 13. I also learned that by growing up with so many of these values it opened doors for my personally and professionally through my life.”
So was there anything Kuhnke would change about the book?
“I forgot one value, an important one and if there is a second printing I will add it,” said Kuhnke. “Forgiveness is so important in life; it was an oversight on my part.”
As for the future, Kuhnke is not sure if another book is in store for him. He wants to see how this one plays out. He also wants to be active in his grandchildren’s lives. Plus he has plenty of hobbies to keep himself busy, from downhill skiing and tinkering with tractors to boating and waterskiing in the summer.
“I can still get up on one ski and I am very proud of that.”

Author Larry Kuhnke will be at Horizon Books in downtown Traverse City this Saturday from 2 to 4 pm signing copies of his book “Cloud 9.” He has committed 50% of the proceeds from all sales of the book to charities that benefit children. To get a sneak peak of the book check out www.tiny.cc/cloud9.
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