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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Forever Flowers/ Lilies of the Valley

Erin Crowell - January 24th, 2011
Forever Flowers: Lilies of the Alley offers silk & dried flowers
By Erin Crowell
Planning a wedding? More than likely, flowers are on the list –
somewhere between reception location and music for the evening. And
like everything on that list, there are options: outside or inside? DJ
or live band? Chicken or fish?
Not only do you decide the type and color of your flowers, but their
makeup in general.
At Lilies of the Alley in Traverse City, you have three options for
your florals: fresh, silk and dried.

Cindy Hardy — who, along with husband Scott owned Hibbard’s
Flowers—started Lilies of the Alley in October 2010 after noticing a
lack of business in the dried floral department of area flower shops.
“I really started focusing more on silks and dries because there
really wasn’t anybody around here who specialized in them,” Hardy
said. “Some people dabble, but we like to think we carry a larger
option and higher quality.”
Hardy added that any flower can easily be ordered if they don’t
already carry it in stock.
“While many brides would prefer having real flowers, there are
benefits to having silk or dried flowers,” she explained. “They’re
less expensive and readily available if out-of-season. For a wedding
we booked recently, the bride wanted spring flowers, which obviously
aren’t available right now.”
Another unsaid bonus for going faux? Silk and dried flowers last
forever, making your special day a truly memorable one.
Having flowers with no expiration date translates into the everyday
decorating world, as well.
“Real flowers have a shelf life,” said Hardy, “but gee whiz – keep
your silk flowers around until you get tired of them.”
Choose from a variety of wreaths and bouquets arranged by Lilies of
the Alley employee Beth Hoffman.
“(Beth) used to be at Hibbard’s and has been doing this for around 30
years,” said Hardy. “She’ll sit down with the brides and help them go
through books and browse online for ideas.”

Lilies of the Alley goes beyond the standard flower shop while keeping
it simple.
“That’s another reason why I started this business,” Hardy explained.
“Running a full-service flower shop is demanding.”
Hardy refers to her shop as a home décor and accent store. Along with
floral arrangements, Lilies offers a variety of decorating goods such
as consignment furniture, antiques and custom magnetic chalkboards,
the popular American folk collection CowParade—small cow figurines
inspired by the life-size cow statue collection in Chicago—as well as
items to decorate one’s self.
Hardy created a felt hat line called Hatty Matty Hats, available in
adult and children’s sizes. The store also carries wooden rings,
hand-crafted by 85-year-old Neal Kretchman of Indian River.

With a business barely three months old, Hardy is looking forward to
what the coming bridal season and beyond holds for the downtown store.
“The downtown association is already referring to us as their floral
store,” said Hardy. “So, it’s exciting to see what is coming.”
As the name states, Lilies of the Alley is located in the alley just
off Union Street, next to the City Opera House. The high-ceiling,
narrow décor shop welcomes visitors with its dried eucalyptus and
splashes of floral color.
“It’s a really fun space,” said Hardy. “It’s even really fun to decorate.”
So let Lilies of the Alley decorate your special day, whether your
floral needs are fresh, silk or dried. Because chances are, you’ve got
a guest list to tackle, honey.

Lilies of the Alley is located at 112 A. Front St., behind Votrubas’s
Leathers, in downtown Traverse City. They are open Monday-Saturday, 10
a.m.-5 pm. For more information, call 231-360-3620.

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