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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You know you’re a Northern Michigander when... ?

- March 26th, 2012  

• “A good day” means you shoveled your car out of the snow in less than 15 minutes
• 20 degrees is a heat wave
• 50 degrees is shorts and tshirt weather
• 8 inches of snow doesn’t stop you from driving
• A few inches of snow is just a ‘dusting’ a foot of snow is just a dusting
• All summer you have a jacket in the car
• Always say Yes to a Eucher game
• Bears cruise through your neighborhood
• Crossing the Mackinaw Bridge into the UP really feels like the road home
• Driving in a snowstorm doesn’t phase you a bit...
• Eat Cherries 24 / 7
• Everything has: cherry, north, grand, traverse, or bay in its name
• Going from 50 to 20 degrees in one day is nothing new
• Happy when it snows
• Icy roads and snow storms don’t bother you
• Instead of a deer crossing sign you see a snowmobiles crossing sign
• It snows in late April
• M22 bumper sticker
• Make fun of the fudgies
• No snow seems depressing.
• Offi cer friendly was your DARE teacher in kindergarten
• Out of town and you use your hand to show where you’re from
• Schools are CLOSED
• Shoveling snow IS your work out everyday
• Take opening day of deer season off of work
• The potholes fi ll with snow and make the roads better
• The town/city you’re in doesn’t shut down over a few inches of snow.
• The weather report’s wrong all the time
• There is no where to meet singles besides the bar
• You go swimming in May in the bay
• Water and cows are both within a 15 minute drive.
• When a snowmobile pulls up to you at a traffic light
• When the women can drink more than the men
• When you can’t get food after 10 pm.
• When you know where Mesick, Copemish, & Bendon are
• When your ice fi shing gear is in your car all winter long
• You are Poor
• You are surrounded by water
• You attend work meetings in snow boots
• You avoid Traverse City during the Cherry Festival
• You build an indestructable enclosure around your mailbox so the plow doesn’t smash it
• You buy Halloween Costumes Big enough to fi t over a snow suite

• You buy milk at the gas station and a quart of oil at the grocery store because it’s cheaper.
• You call people from downstate “fudgies”
• You can be on the water, in the woods, or downtown at a great restaurant within 15 minutes of wherever you are!
• You can breath fresh air!
• You can wear Uggs to the best restaurant in town
• You can’t fi nd a job
• You can’t read the road signs because they’re covered in snow
• You come across really nice people.
• You cringe when you have to go South on I-75
• You don’t call the Bay, the Lake
• You don’t fi nd it strange to have a festival for mushrooms.
• You don’t hear the TV news anchors’ accent
• You don’t see the sunshine for 5 days
• You don’t want to answer your phone
• You dress down and still look good!
• You drive 30 miles to go anywhere!
• You drive a Subaru
• You drive into town for lunch in a blinding snowstorm
• You drive to the UP to go camping.
• You eat cherries in everything...burgers, salsa, etc
• You fi ll this survey out
• You fi nd Petoskey stones without any effort
• You get a sunburn while downhill skiing
• You get frustrated by “fudgies”
• You golf in January
• You hate big city madness.
• You have a salon & spa, yoga studio & gun shop in the same building
• You have gone broke and stayed here
• You have hit a dear...
• You have snow shoes
• You know a miniature train is more important than a slip and slide spray area.

• You know everyone at Timber Ridge
• You know the true meaning behind the M22 sticker
• You know Wisconsin doesn’t look like a mitten
• You love to be outside all year long
• You prefer to swim in Grand Traverse Bay than any Ocean

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