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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Beach Bums

Erin Crowell - May 23rd, 2011
It took five seasons and one game, but the Traverse City Beach Bums have
reached one million fans. The professional baseball team will celebrate
this VIP at the home opener, in Wuerfel Park against the Rockford
RiverHawks, on Friday, May 27.
“We’re giving away season schedule magnets to the first 500 fans,” says
Tim Broxterman, director of Beach Bums promotions and community events.
“Then, we will give away a brand new high efficiency refrigerator courtesy
of Cherryland Electric for the winning fan.”
What better way to hold your magnet schedule?
But don’t feel like you have to get through the gate at just the right
moment in order to win the black Maytag Energy Star appliance.
“Everyone who’s at the game that night will have the chance to win,” adds
Broxterman. “We will randomly draw a seat for the winner. It’s a
celebration for all our fans.”
Worth $800, the fridge will be delivered to the winning fan’s home,
courtesy of Sears.
Fans will also get the chance to spin the new prize wheel, where $3
guarantees a prize, ranging from game tickets to an Xbox 360 with
Microsoft Connect.
The weekend opener continues with a special appearance by the ZOOperstars!
In the first Celebrity Saturday night of the season, on May 28. These
celebrities originally appeared on NBC’s America’s Got Talent and have
performed at places like the Detroit Pistons’ halftime shows, Philadelphia
Phillis’ home games and the University of Michigan campus.
Harry Canary, Alex Frogriguez, Pee Wee Geese, Ken Giraffey Jr. and Clammy
Sossa will entertain the crowd all evening.
The weekend ends with a Memorial Day celebration on Sunday, May 29,
opening with a patriotic pre-game ceremony; and small American flags
handed out to the first 500 fans. Former and active military personnel can
purchase their tickets for half-off.

With the 2011 summer season roster in its finalizing stages, Northern
Michigan fans will have to wait a little longer to meet their 2010
Frontier League East Division Champions.
But they can look forward to new events and amenities including the
Wuerfel Park Microbrew and Wine Festival, happening July 8 &9.
“A lot of people have been waiting for us to use Wuerfel Park for more
than just baseball,” said John Wuerfel, chief operating officer, in a
recent press release.
The event will feature microbrews and wines from across the
state—including Bell’s, Shorts, Keweenaw and Dark Horse Brewing companies
along with Black Star Farms, Chateau Chantal and Leelanau Wine
Cellars—with giveaways offered every 15 minutes for attendees.
New additions to the park include the Speed Pitch (a radar gun pitching
cage); additional concession items (including Jett’s Pizza); and the
Tennis Ball Toss, where fans attempt to win prizes by throwing a tennis
ball into hula hoops scattered throughout the infield.
Keeping it family friendly and fun is what makes the Traverse City Beach
Bums a part of Northern Michigan life and vacation.
“It feels like we’re a staple here, and not just in Traverse City, but for
the entire area,” says Broxterman. “We’re all about keeping it affordable
and fun, because that’s what Northern Michigan is all about.”

For more information on this weekend’s events, game schedule and other
promotional events, visit the Traverse City Beach Bums professional
baseball team online at
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