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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Public Safety

Patrick Sullivan - August 15th, 2011

A man and his ex-girlfriend were arrested after a fight in Traverse City.
Police were called about a fight in progress Aug. 12 at around 2:20 a.m.
at the intersection of Newcomb and 17th Street but no one was there when
they arrived. A short while later they were called to Munson Medical
Center to interview a 20-year-old man with a broken jaw.
The man told police he and his girlfriend were headed to a residence when
they were interrupted by the woman’s ex-boyfriend. An argument ensued and
the ex-boyfriend came at him with a knife, he told police.
The victim said a fight followed and the next thing he knew he was in the
hospital, TC Police Capt. Steve Morgan said.
When police went to look for the ex-boyfriend, the girlfriend denied he
was in the residence and then punched an officer in the face. The
24-year-old was arrested.
A police dog was used to locate the boyfriend and he was also arrested.
The dog, Zuk, also found a knife in a neighbor’s yard, Morgan said.

A 9-year-old who drove his bicycle from his driveway onto a road was
struck by a vehicle.
Daniel F. Hosler, of East Jordan suffered injuries to his leg and other
scrapes in the incident at 3:48 p.m. Aug. 11 on Miles Road south of Rogers
A 64-year-old Central Lake woman driving a Dodge Caravan attempted to
avoid the boy but was unable to prevent a collision, according to a
Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Department news release.

State police say Colten Spencer Hague was apparently ready to make a clean
break and live off the land -- he allegedly broke into an Otsego County
home, stole some food and survival gear, loaded up a stolen ATV, and
attempted to flee the area.
Hague, 21, of Mancelona, didn’t make it far.A state police trooper on I-75
spotted him as he headed north on the interstate on Aug. 9. Following a
short pursuit, he was arrested and jailed.
An alleged domestic assault and arson eight hours earlier led up to the
getaway attempt and a massive manhunt, police said.
Troopers were called to an Otsego Lake Township residence Hague shared
with his girlfriend early that Tuesday morning to respond to a domestic
violence complaint. They arrived to find the residence on fire.
Everyone including two dogs got out of the home safely. Troopers got the
fire under control before firefighters arrived, police said.
That call led to the hunt for Hague, who is accused of assaulting his
girlfriend, starting the fire and fleeing before police arrived. State
police say Hague now faces charges of felonious assault, arson, breaking
and entering, vehicle theft, fleeing and eluding, drunk driving, and
cruelty to animals.

Police arrested an alleged drunk driving motorcyclist.
Police received a call to be on the look-out for two motorcycle drivers
who appeared to be drunk as they left the bar area in the 100 block of
south Union Street at around 2:45 a.m. on Aug. 8, TC Police Capt. Steve
Morgan said.
There was no sign of the bikers when police arrived, but another call came
in a short time later that a motorcyclist has been spotted driving the
wrong way down Front Street, Morgan said. That witness also reported that
the rider fell of his bike at Cass and State and was able to right the
cycle and drive away.
Police caught up to the driver as he swerved southbound on Cass Street and
a 52-year-old TC man was arrested, Morgan said. At the jail, the suspect
tested for a blood alcohol content of .22, almost three times the limit,
he said.

A US Coast Guard rescue boat saved four boys who were swept out to sea in
a rip current at the Frankfort beach.
A 911 call was placed Aug. 11 at 4:24 p.m. by a parent who watched the
boys being pulled away from shore by a current while they were hanging
onto an inner tube. The boys, three brothers and a friend, all from
Frankfort, are 13, 11 and two are 9 years old.
A 25-foot rescue boat, already headed out for a routine patrol, was
dispatched to rescue the boys and reached them in 10 minutes, according to
a Coast Guard press release. The boys were found clinging to the inner
tube about a half mile from shore.

A man in the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia apparently
wandered away from his home and died in Torch Lake.
Police said Donald Paul Stewart was reported missing by his wife after he
wandered away from his Eastport home on NE Torch Lake Drive on the morning
of Aug. 9, Antrim County Sheriff Daniel Bean said.
Sheriff deputies, state police and firefighters searched for the
82-year-old. He was found dead later that day by a state police canine
search team. It was determined he drowned, Bean said.

TC Police visited a house on the 900 block of Webster Street in the
afternoon of Aug. 8 with an arrest warrant and wound up getting three for
the price of one.
Police sought to arrest Brian Joseph Sloan, 38, of Traverse City, on
warrants for a traffic violation, shoplifting, and failure to appear to
answer for two drug charges, Capt. Steve Morgan said.
They got Sloan, but police also arrested Helen Marie Stingley, 32, of
Traverse City, and Deshuan Lamar Townsend, 31, of Detroit.
Stingley was arrested for five outstanding warrants related to
shoplifting, theft of a financial transaction device, and maintaining a
drug house, and Townsend was arrested on a warrant for failure to pay
fines stemming from a drug conviction.

A 56-year-old Saginaw man who police said hung around beaches to ogle
female swimmers and make inappropriate comments is accused of following a
17-year-old and repeatedly showing up at her place of work.
State police arrested Drew A. Cummings on Aug. 4 after the teenager
complained to police that she was repeatedly followed by a man in the
Indian River area and felt threatened, according to a press release.
After an investigation, Cummings was charged with stalking a minor, a
five-year felony, and was jailed on a $100,000 bond at an arraignment in
district court in Cheboygan.

Police said a driver was treated for minor injuries and severe
intoxication after he drove his car backwards into a tree.
Cory Wayne Karlskin, 26, got into the crash Aug. 10 at around 8 p.m. off
Rogers Road east of
Waterman Road in South Arm Township, Charlevoix County Sheriff Don
Schneider said.
A passenger, Alisa Marie Bell, 25, of East Jordan, was transported to
Charlevoix Area Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Police said Karlskin was arrested for drunk driving and tested for a
blood-alcohol content of approximately four times the legal limit.

A second bicyclist was injured in a collision with a car in Charlevoix
County in as many weeks.
This collision occurred on Waller Road near Whippoorwill Lane in
Charlevoix Township at around 2 p.m., Aug. 6, Sheriff Don Schneider said.
Christopher Susott, a 34-year-old from Indiana, was westbound on his bike
wearing a helmet when he was struck from behind by Mary Chew, 71, of
Charlevoix, Schneider said. Susott was taken to Charlevoix Area Hospital.
A week earlier, a 61-year-old cyclist was injured when a car crashed into
That cyclist, Donald Van Suilichem, was more seriously injured than police
originally said. Van Suilichem said he suffered a shoulder injury, cracked
ribs, a concussion, and extensive road rash.

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