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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Jeans gone green

Kristy Kurjan - April 18th, 2011
Jeans Gone Green: Eco-Friendly Footwear
By: Kristy Kurjan
“Good for the earth- Good for your sole,” is Jeans Gone Green’s motto.
Keeping denim out of landfills through stylish sandals is the idea behind
the local sandal company. Founded April 2009 by Jen Lett, Adam Lett and
Mike Kittendorf, Jeans Gone Green provides eco-friendly footwear. The
hand-crafted sandals are known for their comfort as well as their
innovative way of turning rescued denim into fashionable flip-flops and
shoe bags.
The company’s recycling efforts start at a local level. Denim is first
collected through charitable non-profit organizations including the
Women’s Resource Center and Salvation Army. The re-purposed materials are
then sent off to be prepared and cut down to size by Grand Traverse
Industries, a Northern Michigan company employing individuals with
development disabilities. Jeans Gone Green goes one step further by giving
unused scraps back to Good Will Industries for further recycling.
One of Jeans Gone Green’s largest earth friendly efforts is keeping
production in the United States, specifically in Northern Michigan. The
products are hand-crafted by a “team of moms,” who are responsible for
much of the unique artisan work that goes into the shoes. This production
method works well for both employer and the eleven moms who appreciate the
flexible work schedule. “We would not be doing what we do without the team
of mom’s- everyone has their own talent,” says Lett.
Even the “shoe box” is earth friendly. Unlike mainstream shoe companies,
Jeans Gone Green doesn’t use cardboard shoe boxes. Instead, they developed
their own eco-conscious shoe bags to store the product. Their patent
pending design re-purposes the leg of a pair of jeans, pockets and straps
to create a unique shoe bag for storage. With each in-store purchase the
customer is able to choose their own unique shoe bag. Helping to save the
planet one bag at a time!
In addition to being eco- conscious, the sandals are exceptionally
comfortable, Lett explains. The eva sole is made out of a cushiony
memory-like foam which is soft yet provides excellent arch support. The
outer sole is made from recycled rubber pavement parts. “Our customers
live in the shoes all day and into the evening,” explains Lett. “They are
resort casual so you can dress them up or down.”
The flip-flops are available in various colors, embellished with Swarovski
crystals, and embroidered. The “original” design is denim with multi
colored crystals while other option include black denim and multi-colored
stitched themes. A speciality white pair is popular for brides and their
wedding parties. The sandals are offered in women’s adult sizes 6 to 10
and retail for $72. Each pair is hand-made and unique all the way down to
the denim tabs on the back of the shoe.
The sandals are sold in high-end boutiques like Heart N’ Sole in Harbor
Springs and What to Wear in Traverse City/Elk Rapids. They can also be
found in stores across the United States including stores in Florida,
Texas and New York. “They are for fashionable females who want to be
comfortable, cute and practical,” says Lett. “We are also pretty popular
with the tween crowd. “
How did the company first get its start? “After economic cut backs, I was
left to find something else to do. I started showing my denim sandals to
people, got reactions, made prototypes and then it took off from there,”
says Lett, previously in IT recruiting and a teacher. “I feel like it was
a blessing because it gave me the push to try. I thought, ‘wow, if I don’t
do it now I probably never will.’ Everything happens for a reason.”
The next step for the growing company is towards charitable efforts. Their
newest shoe is dedicated to the fight against breast cancer featuring a
pink embroidered ribbon. Twenty percent of the sales of this shoe will go
to support cancer research. The company also participates in area
fundraisers. For example, they are creating orange and black flip-flops to
be sold in support of the Elk Rapid’s school district with proceeds given
back to the school. “I’m a big believer in when you give back, what comes
around goes around,” says Lett.
For Jeans Gone Green the future looks bright. Lett explains the company’s
process in relation to a roller coaster; “We have been climbing the hill
for a longtime and are starting to have a view!”

Check out www.JeansGoneGreen.com

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