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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Earth Week/Cheboygan 4/11/11

Kristi Kates - April 11th, 2011
Earth Week Plus! Expo celebrates environment in Cheboygan
By Kristi Kates
 Running March 31 through May 1 in Cheboygan, Petoskey and the Straits
area, Earth Week Plus takes Earth Day (Friday, April 22) to the maximum
for the Northern Michigan area. Put together by the ambitious Laren Corie
(also one-half of the music duo Moonlight Red), Earth Week Plus has, he
says, been taking up his time “24/7, around the clock” for the past few
weeks - but it’s looking as if his efforts will be well worth it.
“This is the fourth year that these events have been happening,” Corie
explains. “The first two were quite small, one-day events. But last year,
the Straits Area Audubon Society decided to take it under their wing, and
with the help of some others, we created Earth Week as an expanded series
of Earth day related events. The two weeks and 29 various events pulled in
just under a thousand participants; this year, we are expanding further,
so Earth Week Plus will span the whole month of April, plus a little more
at each end.”
This year’s sponsors and participants are expanding, as well, including a
plethora of environmental non-profits such as Tip of the Mitt Watershed
Council, Little Traverse Conservancy, MSU Extension, the National Wildlife
Foundation, the Emmet Conservation District, the U of M Biological
Station, and many more. But Corie also explains that, while they greatly
appreciate their sponsors, it’s the people that are really making it a
community happening.
“Earth Week Plus is a fairly small group of dedicated, inspired people,”
he says, “who have gotten together specifically for the purpose of
organizing this series of events as Spring returns. Three of us are
committee leaders, but it truly is a larger group effort. And we welcome
anyone else who would like to help out.”
The main event is called The Earth Week Plus Expo, a conference of sorts
that is functioning as a large, central event that Corie says will make
the drive worthwhile for the “neighbors who live at a greater distance.”
“So this year, on Saturday afternoon, April 16, at the Cheboygan Middle
School building, our Expo will bring together 16 of our nature and
sustainable living sessions, plus displays and music, all in one location,
on one afternoon,” Corie says, “as with all of our Earth Week Plus events,
the Expo is free to the public.”
There are plenty of additional events to choose from, as well. Corie’s own
musical group, the aforementioned Moonlight Red, will be performing, as
will folk musician Rick Meisterheim.
“Live music is always a part of good living,” Corie says.
And the other events range from a maple syrup session in Wolverine to a
solar open house in Mackinaw City; owl banding at the Headlands Park to
Earth Day cleanups in Harbor Springs to the presentation/discussion of the
movie Gasland (about natural gas fracking) by Tip of the Mitt Watershed
Council.  (A full schedule is available via Earth Week Plus’ brochure and
website.) It’s an earth-friendly lineup aimed to both educate the public
and allow them to have fun while learning. A well-selected lineup of
presenters will also enrich the experiences.
We actually have several presenters from environmental organizations that
are familiar to the Petoskey area,” Corie says, “Maureen Stine of TOMWC
and www.natureologist.com will be doing a presentation, as will Mike
Cromley, speaker with the Timber Wolf Alliance and Little Traverse
Conservancy. He will be talking about our growing wolf population in
Northern Lower Michigan. The Little Traverse Conservancy will also be
doing a couple of other presentations at the Expo. And we’ll have raptors
from Northwings in Harbor Springs. We are strongly connected to the Little
Traverse region.”
Corie says that, with all of this hard work, he hopes to accomplish some
simple goals that will help people live better while helping the
environment and the planet.
“Mainly, we want to share the excitement and joy already known by those of
us who have been enjoying the many wonders of living with nature in a more
sustainable manner,” he says, “and, in some cases, such as my own, solar
and energy-efficient presentations are another goal, to show people how to
save money at the same time.”
“The main reason behind Earth Week Plus,” he continues, “is to bring
together all Northern Michigan people to celebrate and share knowledge
that can move us all toward a more Earth-friendly, sustainable way of
living in this beautiful region of ours.”

For more information on Earth Week Plus and its events, visit

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