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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Pro Wrestling Hits the Kaliseum

Ross Boissoneau - April 28th, 2014  

Kalkaska’s Kaliseum might never be the same again. Battleground VI is coming to town May 3, bringing with it 14 brawny professionals and one of wrestling’s superstars: Scott Hall, better known as Razor Ramon.

“There will be wrestlers from all over the Midwest,” said Kalkaska native and wrestler Mikey Zeroe. “It’s the biggest show we’ve ever done there.”

In the show, wrestlers compete in one-on-one matches as well as a tag-team match, in which the audience gets a hand in selecting the teams.

Zeroe said the allure of wrestling lies in its storylines combined with non-stop action.

“It’s like a live action movie, happening right in front of you,” he said. “[Except] you only get one take.”

Zeroe is not generally viewed as wearing the white hat. In fact, he revels in being one of the bad guys.

“I’m the most hated man in Northern Michigan,” he said.

Produced and promoted by Mr. Chainsaw Pro Wrestling, Battleground VI is not exactly the spectacle of a huge-scale World Wrestling Entertainment production. But Zeroe said the upside is the audience can get up close and personal with the action.

“There will be between 200 and 500 people. It’s an intimate setting,” he said. “Anything you yell, [the wrestlers] can hear you.”

Hall, a star from the 1990s, will not be in the ring, but will be hosting a meet and greet before the matches, signing autographs and taking pictures. He will also be hosting a special segment of his show “Last Call with Scott Hall.”

Hall was one of the biggest names in wrestling in the 1990s, alongside people like Sting, Lex Luger, and “Macho Man” Randy Savage.

“He was a superstar in the 90s boom period,” Zeroe said. Hall was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as Razor Ramon earlier this month. But that didn’t stop Zeroe from issuing a personal challenge.

“Yeah, I called Scott Hall out,” said Zeroe.

Zeroe says he plans on confronting him during the live “Last Call with Scott Hall” segment at Battleground VI.

The show starts at 7:30pm with a meet and greet with Hall. Ringside VIP tickets are $25 and include a meet and greet with Hall at 7pm.

General admission tickets are $15. Tickets are available at the Kaliseum Recreation Complex in Kalkaska, Front St. Tattoo in Traverse City, J&M’s Country Corners in Mancelona, or at mcpwonline.com.

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