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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Angel ambassadors

Rick Coates - July 18th, 2011
Angel Ambassadors get in the swing for veterans in need
By Rick Coates
Many people believe angels live among us. If that is true, two of them
have to be Marcie Newton and Margie Krussell of Petoskey.
Last year they formed Angel Ambassadors to assist veterans in Northern
Michigan with a variety of financial and personal needs. This weekend they
will host their first BBQ/Blues Golf Scramble at Dunmaglas Golf Course
near Charlevoix, featuring the Red, White & Blues Band. 
“It is amazing how many of our veterans and their families are in need --
it is a real travesty,” said Newton. “Recently we heard from a veteran’s
wife after her husband had died and because of a paperwork glitch she
received no assistance with the funeral. He was drafted and served in
Vietnam and was exposed to Agent Orange and had been battling health
issues his whole life; and to make matters worse he checked a wrong box on
some VA paperwork resulting in his family receiving no assistance with his
funeral expenses and now his wife is struggling to pay for all the funeral

The Angel Ambassadors organization was inspired by Krussell’s son Ed
“Margie’s son Ed, a Marine, received the Purple Heart after he was injured
fighting in Iraq a few years ago; five soldiers from his platoon were
killed in that bombing. So we decided to organize a welcome home party and
what was supposed to be a small party turned into a community-wide
celebration with several thousand people coming out,” said Newton. “Well,
several veterans came out and they kept telling us how wonderful this felt
to have so many people supporting not just Ed but all the veterans
present. The whole community seemed to pitch in and the party was
completely paid for.”
When Newton and Krussell gathered a few months later over drinks at the
Side Door Saloon to recap the celebration, a new idea came out of their
“We saw how energized everyone was from this party and we started asking
what more we could do to help veterans in the area. The ideas just started
flowing and we were writing them down on a bar napkin and Angel
Ambassadors came to mind,” said Newton. “Before the night was over we had
a mission, an idea for a logo, and two annual fundraisers.”
The next day the two “angels” started contacting their friends and before
the week was over they had their logo designed, stationery printed and a
website donated and set up.

Last November they held their first fundraiser and were able to help
several veterans going into the holiday season.
“One couple just simply got behind on their bills and we got them back on
their feet. And now they are helping us with the golf scramble and blues
concert,” said Newton. “What is so wonderful about this is everyone we
have helped wants to either pay us back or help us out; they have a pay it
forward mentality. None of them are looking for a handout -- they just
need a hand up.”
On their website (angel-ambassadors.org) they have a “Mission
Accomplished” section where they have posted “when and how” they have
helped veterans. 
The Angel Ambassadors BBQ-Blues Scramble this Saturday, July 23 will
include a four-person scramble that starts at 12:30 p.m. and includes the
BBQ dinner and blues concert. Non-golfers are invited to attend the dinner
and concert. 
“We are still looking for sponsors and donations for raffle items. We have
some great prizes already and several businesses have stepped up,” said
Both Newton and Krussell are grateful for the outpouring of support.
“Even the band has donated their services. I saw these guys play an event
in the U.P. and they are awesome,” said Newton. “These guys (Red, White &
Blues Band) are all veterans and they do a lot to help veteran groups.
They play all styles of blues and classic rock and roll.”
Persons interested in helping out or making a donation should check out
their website.
“We have something called a ‘Need-Meter” and we give certificates to
people and businesses who make donations to us,” said Newton. “Anyone may
make a donation online. It doesn’t need to be just cash. We have had
people donate all sorts of items from wheelchairs to gift certificates.
Cash is helpful, as many times we need to buy groceries, pay utility bills
or a few months rent.”

For additional information on the BBQ - Blues Golf Scramble at Dunmaglas
Golf Course near Charlevoix, featuring the Red, White & Blues Band on
Saturday, July 23 go to angel-ambassadors.org or contact Marcie Newton at
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