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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Fly Fishing Casts its Spell on Scott Smith

Rick Coates - April 8th, 2013  

Scott Smith was two years old when he became “hooked” on fishing.

“My grandfather handed me a fishing pole took me to the end of his dock,” said Scott Smith. “I caught a perch and I have been fishing ever since.”

Smith, who has a dental practice in Adrian (south of Jackson/Ann Arbor) and place on the Au Sable River outside of Grayling, now shares his love of fishing with others. He will be one of several volunteer instructors at the 43rd Annual Michigan Council Trout Unlimited Fly Fishing School. The threeday school will be held June 7-9, on the Boardman River at Ranch Rudolph, southeast of Traverse City.

“This is an in-depth three-day school that is geared to anyone regardless of their skill level. We have a novice, intermediate and advanced classes all going on simultaneously,” said Smith. “So if you are novice, you will be fully introduced to the sport. We teach everything from how to wade, to cast, plus all the different types of fly fishing. Another important aspect of fly fishing is understanding stream etymology. Also we spend a lot of time teaching casting and we do that in a large open area on the lawn.”


Smith fell in love with fly fishing the first time he tried it 30 years ago.

“I went fly fishing with some friends who took me to the flies-only section of the Manistee River,” said Smith. “I was having such a good time fishing that I didn’t fit in with the group. They basically used the week as a getaway from their wives to drink and gamble. They sort of uninvited me one year.”

At a loss as to what to do, Smith started researching fly fishing and learned about Trout Unlimited (TU).

“I had read about the TU Fly Fishing School in Traverse City and signed up as a novice. They kicked me into the expert class; at that time there was no intermediate class which is where I belonged. I was a student at the school for three years and the

instructors took me under their wing. Well, some of those instructors moved so I eventually became an instructor.”

That was 27 years ago and now Smith is the coordinator for the TU Fishing School.

Smith operates his dental practice Monday through Thursday and spends his weekends fly fishing, primarily in Northern Michigan.

“I have been all over the country and the world but Northern Michigan is a great place. We have so many world class rivers and streams that I spend most of my time on the rivers up there,” he said. “I am also a guide and am busy most weekends with my guide service as well.”


Will he be taking at least one weekend off from fishing this summer when he gets married?

“Not true. My fiancé Linda who is from Traverse City loves to fish,” said Smith. “I am sure fly fishing will be in order for that weekend.”

Smith’s love of fly fishing also included a short stint owning a fly shop on the “Trophy Waters” section of the Au Sable River.

“I went into partnership with the owner and loved it and worked as a guide out of the shop. We sold the shop a couple of years ago but I remain a guide still there.”

Smith became a licensed fly fishing guide 20 years ago and started by working for Dave Leonhard who owns Streamside Orvis in downtown Traverse City.

“We are very fortunate to have Dave here in Northern Michigan as he is one of just two Master Certified Fly Casting Instructors in Michigan,” said Smith. “He is also one of the instructors at the TU school in June.”

Other key points to the fly fishing school:

• You do not need to be a TU member. If you do not have your own equipment they will provide it to you for the weekend.

• It is Free Fishing Weekend in Michigan so a license is not needed.

• Instruction is typically one instructor to every four students.

• Lodging at Ranch Rudolf is available, with discounts given to spouses and children, ages 12-18, when attending with another adult. All meals are included in the package, as well as two nights lodging.

The 43rd Annual Michigan Council Trout Unlimited Fly Fishing School will be held June 7-9, on the Boardman River at Ranch Rudolph. For info and to register go to tuffs.org or call Scott Smith at 517-442-2926.st

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