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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Community Festivals Light Up the Season

- December 3rd, 2012

Community Festivals Light Up the Season
'Tis the season for partying in your hometown, with open houses and shopping specials
across the region.
   Christmas in the Village (pictured) unwraps the pleasures of Building 50 and the Grand Traverse Commons on the west side of Traverse City. Other major events include:
  • Ladies Night in downtown TC on Thursday with refreshments, entertainment and 
    shopping specials.
  • Harbor Springs Open House on Saturday, including sleigh rides.
  • Downtown Petoskey's Holiday Open House with caroling, entertainment and a tree  

Following are some additional must-do's this week.  For the full list, check the Hot Dates calendar at www.northernexpress.com
Tuesday 12/4
-- A Celtic Christmas: All-female band, Cherish The Ladies, perform Irish-American holiday songs at Corson Auditorium, Interlochen, 7:30pm. Tickets, $28 for adults; $9 for students.
-- Christmas Traditions: Mary Stewart Adams of the International Dark Sky Park discusses
the celestial phenomena at the root of worldwide Christmas traditions at the Crooked Tree
Arts Center, Petoskey, 10am. Free. 

Thursday 12/6
-- East Jordan Holiday Community Night: Soup cook-off, 5:30pm; light parade, 6pm; Christmas caroling, 6:15pm; Santa visit, 6:30pm; s'mores, crafts, tree sale and more.
-- "The Good Doctor": Neil Simon's comedy at the Old Town Playhouse, TC, 7:30pm;
Sunday, 3pm. 947-2210 for tickets.

Friday 12/7
-- Annual Mt. Holiday Comedy Fundraiser: Open mic and amateur comedy competition at Mt. Holiday, TC, 6-10pm.  
-- "White Christmas": Irving Berlin's 1954 holiday musical performed at the Ramsdell Theater, Manistee, 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm.
"The Good Doctor": (See Thurs.)

Saturday 12/8
-- Jingle Bell Jam Concert: fundraiser for Toys for Tots/Gifts for Teens program in Manistee County. Happening at the Manistee Eagles, 7pm, with live music by Redline, Triple Shot,
Wild Card, Junk Monkey and Rock Supply. Food, snacks and cash bar provided for ages
21 & older.
-- Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old Time Christmas: Happening throughout Manistee.
Jingle Mingle party starts at 4:30pm, at the Ramsdell Inn; parade starts at 5:30pm.
-- Bikes for Tikes Program: Country music concert featuring Brian Glenn Nolf with the Lonesome Fugitive Band, Ruby Johns and Nashville recording artist Shelagh Brown at Leelanau Sands Casino Showroom, Peshawbestown, 7:30pm. Cost, $10 with 100% of proceeds to benefit the Bikes for Tikes program. Hosted by Sunny Country 101.9.
-- Holiday Concert: Presented by the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and the NMC Grand Traverse Chorale, Chamber Singers and Children's Choir at Lars Hockstad Auditorium,
TC, 7:30pm; Sunday, at 3pm.

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