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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Winter‘s best bets

Erin Crowell - December 6th, 2010
Winter’s Best Bets: Some can’t-miss events for the snowy season
By Erin Crowell
Author W.J. Vogel once wrote, “To shorten winter, borrow some money
due in spring.”
Sure, we like to complain about living in one of the frozen upper
crusts of the country, knees trembling as we brush the powder off our
cars and snap the thermostat to “blazing.”
But consider all the events available, both indoors and out, that will
either have you basking in all its frozen glory or so busy that it’s
gone in the flash of a winter’s sunray. Here’s a list of some notable
festivals and celebrations. Check Hot Dates weekly for other
activities near you.
Just hold off on that bank loan.

6-1/2 – Celebrating Women: Ongoing exhibit and festival at the Dennos
Museum Center, TC. Dennosmuseum.org for details.
9 – Ladies Night Downtown TC. Discounts, refreshments and
entertainment at participating stores, 5-9 p.m.
11 – Merchant’s Holiday Open House in Harbor Springs features
discounts, sleigh rides and sweet treats, 6-9 p.m.
12 – Christmas Magic; parade and children’s activities in downtown Beulah.
16 – Men’s Night Downtown TC. Giveaways, specials, refreshments and
gift wrapping at participating stores, 5-9 p.m.
18-1/2 – Festival of Trains at the History Center of Traverse City,
daily, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

1 – Teddy Knape Film Festival at Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa,
Thompsonville, featuring films by skiing and snowboarding pros.
10 – Downtown Bridal Show held at the Park Place Dome, TC, with bridal
fashion show and area vendors, noon-4pm.
13-15 – Mackinaw Winterfest, snow carvings, snowmobile races, outhouse
race, chili cook-off, sleigh rides and more, downtown Mackinaw City.
15-16 – Kalkaska Winterfest, featuring sled-dog race, dog weight pull,
games, craft show and other activities.
20-23 – Bay Harbor Ice & Snow Festival highlights ice carvings, snow
sculpting, a chili cook-off, sled dog rides and more. 231-439-2004.
21-23 – Zoo-De-Ski Weekend at Boyne Highlands, Harbor Springs,
featuring sleigh rides, dog sledding, tubing, music and more.
22-23 – Beer & Boards Festival at Schuss Mountain, Shanty Creek
Resort, featuring local microbrews and live music. Shantycreek.com for
more info.
29 – 17th Annual Downtown Chili Cook-Off at the Park Place Dome, TC,
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Downtowntc.com.

3 – North American Snow Festival in Cadillac, featuring snowmobile
races, Polar Dip, snow sculptures, live music, beverages, chili
cook-off and more. Cadillacmichigan.com.
4-6 – Women’s Winter Tour Weekend at Crystal Mountain Resort, offers
non-competitive cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, chocolate,
culinary samples and live music. Visit crystalmountain.com.
5 – Mid-Winter’s Chocolate Therapy Festival at Shanty Creek Resorts
featuring demos, tastings and cooking competition. Shantycreek.com.
5-6 – Taste the Passion; for chocolate and wine lovers at the Wineries
of Leelanau Peninsula, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sat.; noon-5 p.m. on Sunday.
11-13 – Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival: featuring stand-up, improv
and comedy film throughout downtown TC. Traversecityfilmfestival.org.
12 – Great Indoor Folk Festival, featuring local musicians at the
Village of the Grand Traverse Commons, sponsored by Michigan
Songwriters in the Round. All day event.
12 – WinterFest in Beulah includes chili cook-off, frozen fish toss
and outhouse races.
12 – Traverse City Winter Microbrew & Music Festival at the Grand
Traverse Resort & Spa, featuring local craft beer, world music and
other activities. Porterhouseproductions.com.
12-13 – Romancing the Riesling at the Wineries of Old Mission
Peninsula, noon-5pm, featuring a food pairing and souvenir wine glass.
15-21 – Downtown Petoskey Winter Blues Festival includes a
beard-growing contest, blues concerts, torchlight parade and local
food/drink. Petoskey.com.
18-21 – Cherry Capital Winter Wow!Fest includes the Polar Plunge,
mountain bike race, Special Olympics of Michigan, frozen bed race,
winter softball tourney and more. Held throughout TC. 800-748-0303.
19-20 – Shiver by the River in downtown Frankfort: Snowcross, parade,
frozen bowling, food and beverages. Frankfort-elberta.com for more

5 – Mardi Gras on the Mountain at Crystal Mountain Resort, featuring
best costumes, games and more. Crystalmountain.com.
5 – 5th Annual Suds & Snow at Timber Ridge Resort, TC, from 2-6:30
p.m., Michigan microbrews, snowshoe pass, food and live music.
12 – 2nd Annual Brew-Ski Festival features over 100 craftbrews, live
music and parties throughout Boyne Highlands. Boyne.com.
12-13 – Spring Fling Weekend at Crystal Mountain: cardboard classic,
slush cup and slope-style competitions. Crystalmountain.com.
18-20 – Carnival Weekend at Boyne Mountain boasts skiing and boarding
contests, games and more. Boyne.com.
19 – Krazy Daze, Boyne Highlands, is an all-day party with games and
costume contests, live music, pond crossing and more. Boyne.com.
26 – Mardi Gras at Nub’s Nob, featuring the Soaker Cup, costume
contest and Crazy Couples Challenge. Live music by Petoskey Steel Drum
Band. Nubsnob.com.

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