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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Archie Kiel

Anne Stanton - December 20th, 2010
Archie Kiel
By Anne Stanton
Archie Kiel of Rapid City is out of jail after serving 42 days for the
felony conviction of possessing and manufacturing less than 20 marijuana
plants. Kiel was the subject of a story on medical marijuana growers in
the Express in August, 2009 and has been in one legal battle after
another ever since.
He is appealing his conviction with the state Court of Appeals and has
been assigned an appellate attorney. Kiel said he wants the felony removed
from his record in order to become a medical marijuana caregiver again.
Kiel believes he has a good chance of winning because a Court of Appeals
ruling in mid-September states that a caregiver does not have to present
medical marijuana cards for his patients in order to use what’s called an
affirmative defense. That decision came three weeks before Kiel was
sentenced on October 6.
During his trial, Kiel’s attorney was prohibited from using the
controversial affirmative defense because Judge Janet Allen of the 46th
Cirtcuit Court banned any discussion. She ruled that the affirmative
defense contradicted another portion of the Medical Marijuana Act.
Kiel said that his newly hired attorney, Mike Maddaloni, should have filed
an emergency motion for a new trial after getting paid a $4,500 retainer,
but never did.
“He really disappointed me, let me down. All he told me, told my family,
was he was working on it, working on it. He originally told me he wouldn’t
file a motion for a new trial because he didn’t think the Kalkaska courts
would honor the law as it was written,” Kiel said.
 By the time Maddaloni got around to scheduling a hearing date for a new
trial—a week before Kiel’s release from jail—Kiel decided to appeal his
case to the state Court of Appeals rather than take his chances with Judge
 “If a new motion wasn’t approved by Judge Allen, I would plain be
screwed,” he said.

To illustrate the significance of the affirmative defense decision,
Kalkaska Assistant Prosecutor Kirk Metzger dropped felony charges on
November 5 against another medical marijuana caregiver Terry Provost, who
was unable to present any medical marijuana cards or patient paperwork
when his house was raided on May 18, 2009. 
It was only many months later when Provost came up with proof that the
patients had qualifying medical conditions at the time he was raided. 
That’s in contrast to Kiel who was able to present proof of doctor
approvals and/or medical marijuana cards for himself and all five patients
at the time of his raid on August 13, 2009.
 “Terry even answered the door with a loaded 9 millimeter pistol,” Kiel said.
Provost, also represented by Maddaloni, said he had the gun because he was
just robbed, allegedly, by his estranged wife and thought she was back
again with her friends to steal his truck. When Provost realized police
officers were at the door, he put his pistol in the back of his pants, and
it dropped to the floor. Deputies seized Provost’s guns, swords,  grow
lights, and plants. None of the items have been returned. (Provist is
trying to get back a rifle given to him at the age of 14 by his father,
but has been refused because it was stolen from the Detroit Police
Department some 40 years ago.)

Kiel said he is filing paperwork to prove Kalkaska Prosecutor Brian
Donnelly used extreme prejudice in his case—“He didn’t acknowledge the
Court of Appeals’ affirmative defense decision when he demanded I go to
jail. It’s a mess. But it’s what needed to be done. This is what we were
trying to clear up for everybody, and in the end it will help everyone
Kiel said this relatives and friends paid $4,528 in court fines and costs
to earn him an early release from the five-month sentence. He also earned
10 days for good behavior and five days for a rehab class. While serving
his jail sentence, Kiel’s health deteriorated and he was taken to Kalkaska
Memorial Health Center, he said.
“I was barely able to walk without hanging onto walls,” he said. “You
can’t take pain medicine when you’re in jail. So I didn’t sleep and it
stressed my brain and heart rate. I had a three-week migraine, double
vision, and I thought something was seriously wrong with one side of my
brain. My left eyeball was sucked back in my head, my left ear didn’t
work, and I was numb on the left side. They said it was extreme stress and
my spine was a wreck.”
After Kiel was discharged on November 17, his son drove him to Munson
Medical Center.
“They wanted to give me steroid injections on my spine, put me on a
morphine drip for the pain, and knock me out for two days because they
were worried about stress levels. My body was a wreck.  But I didn’t want
to stay, so I had to sign a paper that I refused to be admitted, and sign
another paper on what to do in case I didn’t make it.”
Kiel said he plans to file formal complaints against Donnelly, Maddaloni,
and Probation Officer Sharon Wagner, who is married to Detective Wagner,
the lead investigator in Kiel’s case. She wrote in her pre-sentencing
report that he had no physical handicaps, Kiel said. 

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