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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On an Old Mission from God

Ross Boissoneau - April 16th, 2012  


Everyone knows that old expression: Necessity is the mother of bread.

No? That’s not quite it? Well, maybe it should be.

When Peter Brown’s business as a corporate recruiter dwindled to nothing in the face of the economic downturn, he and his wife Pearl were faced with a sobering reality. They could either come up with a new way to bring money home, or lose the home.

A family meeting around the dining room table offered a possible solution, farfetched though it seemed at the time.

“We met with the kids and said, ‘What do we do?’ My son said, ‘You make a pretty good loaf of bread, mom,” recalled Pearl.

What seemed a quaint notion that night seemed a little less preposterous the next day.

“People still have to eat,” said Brown, thinking back to that and subsequent conversations.

Buoyed by those two truths – people have to eat, and Pearl made a tasty loaf of bread – the family turned to the staff of life for financial sustenance.


Now, almost three years later, Old Mission Multigrain bread has grown to the point that it serves as the flagship product for the Old Mission Multigrain Café and Bakery.

But it hasn’t been easy. While the bread drew raves from the get-go, the Browns were totally unfamiliar with the rules and regulations of the industry.

“There’s so much to the food industry,” said Brown. “The next weekend (after that fateful family meeting), we went to the farm market at Building 50. The weekend after that the Department of Agriculture showed up. We had no idea you needed to be (licensed). We were ignorant of so much in the food industry.”

But rather than giving up, the Browns became the Ag Department’s best friends, asking questions and finding out the rules, regulations and best ways to proceed. Old Mission Multigrain almost immediately found a new home in the commercial kitchen space of Perry Harmon, home to several different food entrepreneurs over the years.

But the Browns realized that they needed their own space.

“(Harmon’s space) is a warehouse, and it was not warm enough (in winter) for the bread to proof properly, for its second rise,” said Brown.

That led to the location on South Airport west of the Cherryland Center. And with the new kitchen space came the opportunity for both a retail operation and seating as well.

The company has now grown to the point the family business now includes pretty much the entire family. Peter is typically found baking, while sons John and David and daughters Niesje, Johanna and Heidi all take their turns at the café as well.


Old Mission Multigrain now encompasses eight different kinds of bread, with, as Brown puts it, “a few pending.”

The flagship bread is a dense, chewy multigrain bread with organic grains and local sweeteners. She says the recipe was developed over a 20-year period with various additions and permutations making their way into the loaf.

“We’d just say, ‘Let’s add that too,’” she said with a laugh.

Cabin Fever is a sweet bread with pecans, raisins and dates; Drunken Reuben is a rye with onion, molasses, and Short’s Bellaire Brown Ale; Zydeco is Creole-inspired, and includes organic wild rice, veggies, red beans, and a spicy undercurrent; Honey Oat is moist, chewy, and is made with local honey.

Not yet satisfied? Try Classic Sourdough, or its cousin, Cherry Almond Sourdough. And if that’s still not enough, there’s always Bunny’s BFF, a sweet, carrot cake-like bread that’s perfect for breakfast.

In a bit of an unexpected twist, the café also stocks a number of treats from other local food vendors. Try some sweets from Traverse City Toffee Company, or at the other end of the taste spectrum, Lil Terror Hot Sauces.

Throw in scones by Adriana’s Café, including the oh-so-tempting Apricot Cream Cheese, or Blackstrap Molasses cookies from Torch River Cookies, wine jellies from Stone Cottage Fine Foods, cherry butter from Ferguson’s Market, and you’ve got a wide selection of items from which to choose.

It’s all part of the plan to draw in customers by offering the best the region has to offer. And it must be working, as the store was the site for the monthly Cash Mob last weekend.

You can find Old Mission Multigrain bread at numerous stores around the region, including Oryana, MaxBauer’s, Bayside Market, Symons General Store and Toski Sands Market in Petoskey, and Boyne Country Provisions in Boyne City.

Or you can just check out the café, located at 1326 S. Airport Rd. It’s open 8-5 Monday-Friday and 8:30-2 Saturdays. Go online to oldmissionmultigrain.com, but be warned, the website will probably only make you hungry for the real thing.

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