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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A Cherry Home Companion

Nancy Sundstrom - July 11th, 2002
Patty LaNoue Stearns loves food and writing about it, and after tackling her latest creative project, it’s safe to say that she also loves cherries.
Longtime food critic and writer Stearns has a hot-off-the-presses book out in time for the 76th Annual National Cherry Festival entitled “Cherry Home Companion.“ With 130 tested cherry recipes - many from renowned chefs like Pete Peterson of Tapawingo fame and Keith Famie, a celebrity chef who has his own show on the Food Network who was also a “Survivor“ contestant - along with vintage cherry festival posters and postcards, cherry poems, songs and trivia, it is a unique, and even high-end guide to the wonderful world of cherries.
“Our goal was to include only fabulous, luscious recipes, nothing bland, boring or middle-of-the-road,“ said Stearns, a Detroit native and former restaurant critic for the Detroit Free Press who relocated to Traverse City in 1999 with her husband Joe, an artist and woodworker. “There are so many ways to include cherries in a menu, and I believe we have collected the best examples in this book.“
The origin of the book came when Susan Bays of Arbutus Press, a publisher of Michigan history and travel-related books and tapes, contacted Stearns and proposed that the pair collaborate on a book about cherries featuring with recipes that leaned toward more sophisticated palates. Stearns was already working on another book project, “Good Taste: A Guide to Northern Michigan Cuisine,“ which will be released at the end of July, but loved Bays’ ideas for the cherry book and decided to plunge ahead.
Stearns then contacted a number of chefs, food writers and “foodie people“ and asked for their contributions. “We wanted only delicious recipes, and a really attractive package, so SI called everyone I could think of, and Susan scoured eBay and local antiques shops looking for vintage cherry postcards and cherry posters,“ she said.
In the process, Stearns sifted through hundreds of other recipes in books, magazines, personal files, and the Internet, eventually deciding on the best ones to test.
“Testing is important, because so many cookbooks don‘t work,“ explained Stearns. “We got the OB Nursing Staff at Martin Memorial Hospital, where my sister is a charge nurse, to help us, along with Jackie Cobb and Jacquie Honea of Jacquie Caters here in Traverse. Susan and I tested many, many recipes, and that was essential. Needless to say, there were moments when we thought we could not eat another cherry dish, even though everything we tested was scrumptious.“
Among the book’s 200 pages are recipes for snacks and appetizers, daystarters, salads and sides and sauces, mainstays, desserts, and beverages. There are cool summer drinks such as a Simple Cherry Smoothie and the sophisticated Michigan Dried Tart Cherry Cosmopolitan from Eric Villegas of Restaurant Villegas in Okemos, MI. One of several desserts from Tapawingo, Peterson’ acclaimed five-star restaurant in Ellsworth, MI is the Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding with Cherries. From the Cherry Mascarpone French Toast from Rich Travis of the Latitude restaurant to Cherry Point Chicken Stroganoff from Conrad Heiderer, executive chef of Cherry Point Garden Grill in Shelby, MI, each recipe is a testament to the versatility of the fruit.
There is also a significant amount of helpful cooking information, including descriptions of types of cherries, and their handling, measuring, and even how to deal with cherry pits when seated at a formal dinner. Stearns includes listings for the major cherry festivals around the world, sources for ordering cherries year-round, folklore, and the latest information on the health benefits of cherries.
She says that she is “delighted“ with the finished product, and that researching cherries was truly an educational experience.
“I learned a lot that I didn’t know, including how to get rid of the pit when you’re at dinner. One hint is no spitting,“ said Stearns, with a laugh. “Cherries can be eaten at breakfast, lunch, dinner, as appetizers, in salads, desserts and drinks, and are tremendously versatile. There are cherry festivals all over the world, in Japan, Italy, Turkey, France, Nova Scotia, and Australia, among others. It just confirms that everyone loves cherries.“
The book sells for $29.95 and is available as of July 7. Orders can be placed by calling (866) 290-9604 or (231) 946-7240, or visiting the web at www.arbutuspress.com (Tax is $1.80, and shipping is $5.50). Area bookstores will be carrying it, and Stearns will be autographing books on Saturday, July 13 from 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. at the National Cherry Festival at the Open Space.

Cherry Vinaigrette Style Dressing
from Northwestern Michigan College Culinary Arts Department

1 pint cherries, tart, frozen, pureed
1/2 ounce arrowroot’4 fluid ounces honey
8 fluid ounces red wine vinegar
12 fluid ounces extra virgin olive oil
2 fluid ounces cherry juice concentrate
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground clove
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt

Dissolve the arrowroot in a small amount of pureed cherries.
Bring the pureed cherries to a boil. Add the honey. Gradually add the arrowroot to the hot puree. Cook until it is thin enough to coat the back of a spoon. Cool pureed cherry mixture to room temperature.
Whip in vinegar and oil. Add cherry juice concentrate and seasonings.

Nancy Stuck’s Cherry Ramen Noodle Salad

1 package shredded cabbage
3 green onions, rinsed and chopped
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 red pepper, rinsed and slivered
1 small package slivered carrots
1/2 cup dried cherries
2 packages chicken Ramen noodles, uncooked and broken up

1 cup peanut or canola oil
6 tablespoons cherry vinegar (or any other vinegar)
1 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon red pepper
2 chicken-flavored packets from Ramen noodles

Assemble the salad ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Top with dressing; mix well and serve.

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