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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Lorenzo‘s: Harbor Springs‘ New Italian Dining Destination

Sandy Bradshaw - September 2nd, 2004
Set next to lush green pastures of horses grazing and surrounded by crisply white painted fences just four miles north of Harbor Springs is a fabulous new find. Lorenzo’s Casual Fine Italian Dining is truly a destination both for its casual yet sophisticated setting and for fabulous food that’s lovingly prepared and exquisitely presented.
“We have an upscale look – our food is presented in such a way,” said executive chef Tom Holt. “But we want to be known as casual fine dining. We want people to know they can come dressed as they are.”
And sure enough, some diners wore suits and dresses, others wore shorts, and despite the beautiful surroundings, the staff is as unpretentious and doting as can be. Attention to detail is more than apparent – the food matches the décor’s elegance in its own distinct personality. Two fireplaces for cool northern nights, elegant black-and-white tiled floors and lovely oil paintings – some old world Italian - and many with horses as subject makes the place feel like home.

Lorenzo’s opened in May of this year. Owned by Larry and Nancy Beck of Harbor Springs, they kept Holt on after closing the Carriage House and reforming it into a restaurant to offer superb Italian fare. Holt took to his new head chef position, the new menu and design with gusto. Along with him John Kilborn was kept on and serves as general manager. Their excitement and love of the restaurant shows in every respect. “It was six months in the making – in remodeling the former restaurant – and in detail to the menu. We wanted to offer Harbor Springs a special kind of Italian place,” said Holt. According to our first, and certainly not last visit, they have succeeded.
“We make everything in house,” Holt explained with a hint of pride in his voice. And what is not made in the kitchen they either grow on their nearby farm or find the best purveyors to purchase from. Currently all produce comes from Detroit’s Eastern Market. “We only want the freshest,” said Holt.
Lorenzo’s plans on raising all their own organic vegetables soon. They already grow their own herbs and edible flowers. “Every plate we serve has edible flowers,”
Holt said.
Another plan already in the works – and they already have 60 plus head of cattle – is serving their own family-raised beef. “Raised to the highest of industry standards – Black Angus,” explained Holt. “That is the highest standard in the industry.”
A large, tantalizing menu made it a bit difficult to order. Antipasto “appetizer” items include Formaggio Di Lorenza at $8 – Fresh Mozzarella wrapped in Prosciutto and fresh Basil leaves, lightly breaded and fried golden brown, with roasted Tomato vinaigrette; Asparagus Fritti at $8 – crispy asparagus, lightly breaded and fried “to perfection” and served with shaved parmesan and lemon oil.

My brother-in-law Bill and I were attended to by our waitress Karen. She said the Melanza Di Funghi at $18 was a popular choice – a deluxe eggplant parmesan stacked with Portabella mushrooms, baked in a tangy tomato sauce along with parmesan and mozzarella cheeses. Even though I veered towards Piccata di Vitello at $18 – a classic veal scaloppine with garlic linguini, lemon oil and capers, I took her advice and must say it was one of the best meals I have ever had. And to boot – the dish came plated with two “patties” – enough to split for a couple – so the next night’s dinner was sent home in a “doggy box” and was just as delicious reheated.
Bill is mostly a fish or fowl kind of diner and was pleased with
the waitress’s suggestion, Pollo Al Marsala at $16 – grilled chicken breast with garlic linguini, mushroom Marsala sauce and vegetable of the day. Our dinner came with warm and delicious pesto bread rolls. Each table is graced with fresh flowers, a softly glowing candle and impeccable matching white linen tablecloths and napkins. A bottle of olive oil for dipping – again even their olive oil is spiked with garlic and herbs they grow – is at each table. They go through approximately 25 to 30 bulbs of garlic each week!
Insalate – salad menu offerings – are distinct, and each is $6, or $3 with dinner. Cesare della Casa – hearts tender Romaine, tossed with aged Focaccia, house special Ceasar dressing and topped with anchovies; Zeppa Di Lorenzo – iceberg lettuce, Maytag Blue Cheese, shaved red onion and crisp Pancetta with House dressing. And my choice – Spinachio Di Noce – fresh baby spinach with wonderful sugar coated walnuts and artichokes, dressed with shaved Fennel and lemon oil – was fabulous.

Dolce – desserts are the traditional Tiramisu; sorbet with fresh berries and raspberry puree at $5 each; Canoli, Italian pastry shell filled with chocolate pistachio ricotta and Crostata Cioccolatino – a chocolate tart with fresh berries at $6 each and Spumoni Gelato at $4. Chef Tom insisted on us having a taste – just at the right time he and our waitress dazzled our eyes with three Canoli, Tiramisu and Crostata Cioccolatino - desserts so pretty they looked too good to eat, but each bite was sheer heaven – but neither of us could bring ourselves to eat the flowers.
Other dinners include Pettine Ripieno at $18 – crab stuffed scallops wrapped in proscuitto, served over a large crab cake with scampi sauce and roasted tomato vinaigrette; Manicotta Di Lorenzo at $18 – house made pasta filled with ricotta and parmesan cheese, topped with tomato sauce and “baked to perfection.”
Speicale Di Casa, “House Specialties” feature such dinners as Osso Buco at $23 – tender young veal on the bone, braised fork tender and served with root veggies; Arrosto Di Maiale at $20.00 – juicy bone-in pork chop char grilled and served in a Chianti wine sauce and served with root vegrables; Manzio Alla Grilia at $25 – New York strip, char gilled and served with roasted garlic pollenta and fresh vegetable; Costeletta Di Agnello at $24.00 – char grilled Spring Lamb Chops, “done to your liking,” and served with pear chutney and fresh vegetable; Tramezzinio Di Manzio at $14 – top sirloin steak char grilled on toasted focaccia with roasted red peppers and vegetable; Vitello Al Ropieno at $21 – Veal Scallopine stuffed with prosciuto, herbed ricotta and marinated portabellos. Served with garlic polenta and roasted onion demi glacé.
Currently catering is available in a room full of windows, more oil paintings off to the back of the restaurant. Plans are in the making to convert a barn behind the establishment which will offer space for up to 200. Already many marriages have been performed in the gazebo near the barn – a scenic spot for sure.
All items on the menu are also offered for carry-out. Lorenzo’s is located at 7075 S. Lakeshore Drive (M-119), Harbor Springs. Open at 5 p.m. seven days a week. Smoke free dining. Phone (231) 526-1000.
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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