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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Round-the-region snapshots of the dining scene

Northern Express - September 25th, 2012
CITY PARK GRILL: Moderate prices are married to the imaginative  cuisine of the ‘90s, with Petoskey’s best nightlife scene to boot.  Fresh pasta, steaks and seafood. 432 E. Lake, Petoskey, 231-347-0101.  

HARRINGTON’S BY THE BAY:  A wonderful Bay view awaits the diner here.  Open for lunch and dinner serving traditional American fare . 13890  South West Bay Shore Dr. Traverse City, 231-421-9393

THE ROWE INN: Gourmet restaurant renowned for its Michigan regional  and French-inspired cuisine.  The Rowe is also famous for the depth  and variety of its wine list.  Look for an imaginative blend of wine  tasting dinners and folk nights in the “off” season.16303 East Jordan  Rd. Ellsworth, 231-588-7351. Dinner.

DINGHY’S:  The place for B-B-Q ribs, full rack or half, slow smoked  and smothered with a special sauce. They also feature a Friday night  whitefish special and are known for their homemade twice-baked potato  soup and tenderloin Caesar salad. With a full bar and open year  around, dinners run $5-15. Downtown at 417 Main St., Frankfort.  231-352-4702.

SIREN HALL: This lovely addition to Elk Rapids dining is the  
inspiration  from the people who brought you Lulu’s Bistro in  
Bellaire. An interesting and varied menu awaits the diner. Quite a  
wonderful experience. Downtown Elk Rapids, 231-264-6062.

HERMANN’S EUROPEAN CAFE: Dine in this comfortable old world  atmosphere.  Chef Hermann offers many international favorites, as well  as a variety of appetisers, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pastas  
and steaks. All beautifully prepared and served by the friendly  waitstaff.  Don’t leave without having one of their special desserts!  214 N. Mitchell St. Cadillac, 231-775-9563.

STAFFORD’S WEATHERVANE RESTAURANT:  Set in a fabulous, rambling  building perched on the channel between Lakes Charlevoix and Michigan,  the Weathervane and its extensive menu of steaks, seafood, prime rib,  pastas and salads offers one of Michigan’s most unique people-watching  opportunities as various boats and their crews pass by its windows.   Full bar service, wine list and great desserts.  106 Pine River Lane;  
Charlevoix,  231-5474311.

RIVER STREET STATION BAR & GRILL: Courtesy boat docks, indoor or  outdoor dining for breakfast, lunch & dinner.  Famous for their  Rueben’s, fish fry and prime rib.  350 River St. Manistee ,  231-723-8411.

SUGAR BOWL RESTAURANT: Family-friendly and varied, the Sugar Bowl is a  great place for a late brunch or a family dinner - their full menu  includes Greek specialties. 216 West Main Gaylord , 989-732-5524.

ART’S TAVERN:  Everything a small resort town beach bar should be,  offering burgers, whitefish, Mexican, steaks and sandwiches along with  an imaginative selection of microbrews. 6487 Western Ave.Glen Arbor,  231-334-3754.

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