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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Best Desserts

Water Street Cafe

- March 26th, 2012  

Boyne - Charlevoix

Opened in July of 2004, the in Boyne City was founded by Val and Larry Glasgow, native Michiganders with an extensive history in food service, including a popular downstate bakery.

The Glasgows originally intended to move Up North and, as Larry Glasgow puts it, “shift into low gear” - but their realtor persuaded them to fill what he called a restaurant void.

“When we relocated to Boyne City, we kept hearing that what Boyne really needed was a certain type of restaurant,” Val Glasgow says.


That restaurant - “decidedly Italian-inspired, from my family heritage,” Val Glasgow explains - was at first intended to be a small, low-key sandwich and coffee shop.

“But we quickly grew a loyal customer base who wanted more,” Larry Glasgow says. “Before we knew it, we were serving breakfasts, dinner specials, pastries, pizzas, and catering.

We’re giving Boyne City a place that’s classy without an attitude, yet comfortable without feeling like a diner.”

Val Glasgow calls Water Street Cafe’s ambiance “casual upscale dining with Old World charm,” and says that they’ve become especially well-known for their unique soups and desserts.

“We love out-of-the-box ideas,” she enthuses.


Those ideas include trying to fulfill food requests from customers who reminisce about old family favorite recipes, or other foods that evoke happy memories.

“One of our most popular items is our Maurice Salad, a re-creation of the popular salad from the restaurant at Hudson’s department store years and years ago,” Val Glasgow says. “We also have several signature dishes: our Eggs Benedict, our Cappuchocolatte and our Parmesan-Encrusted Walleye are perpetual best-sellers.”

Sometimes, she laughs, it’s difficult to get people to try new things, because the first thing they try becomes their favorite, and they don’t want to branch out after that. She and Larry even have menu items they look forward to a little more than others.

“It’s difficult to choose a favorite, because we eat there every day, and it really depends on what we’re in the mood for that day,” Larry Glasgow says. “Since we do daily specials, often those are our current ‘favorites,’ since we’re making what we’re in the mood for!

“But I love our slider burgers,” he continues, “we feature different types each week.”

Mrs. Glasgow, on the other hand, is a self-proclaimed “soup-a-holic” - “I get excited about creating new ones,” she says.

Daughter Kristin is reportedly a fan of the Cajun Burger, and every time son Michael is in town, his big “guilty indulgence” is the Stuffed Hash Brown at breakfast.


Both Glasglows run the restaurant themselves, and are generally on-site any time it’s open. It’s most definitely a family business, too - daughter Kristin is on staff as a waitress (and parttime singer) and son Michael helps with graphic design.

“We all do everything, from cooking and cleaning to front of the house and administration, to prep work, to line work - we have a terrific staff that’s become a family over the years, as have many of our customers,” Val Glasgow says.

“We believe our success is because we’re invested in our customers, and give them the type of attention, food, and service we want when we go somewhere to dine,” Larry Glasgow says.

“In fact,” continues Val Glasgow, “our motto is ’where the only difference between strangers and friends is time.’”

The Water Street Cafe is located at 113 Water Street in downtown Boyne City, telephone 231-582-9929.

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