Letters 10-17-2016

Here’s The Truth The group Save our Downtown (SOD), which put Proposal 3 on the ballot, is ignoring the negative consequences that would result if the proposal passes. Despite the group’s name, the proposal impacts the entire city, not just downtown. Munson Medical Center, NMC, and the Grand Traverse Commons are also zoned for buildings over 60’ tall...

Keep TC As-Is In response to Lynda Prior’s letter, no one is asking the people to vote every time someone wants to build a building; Prop. 3 asks that people vote if a building is to be built over 60 feet. Traverse City will not die but will grow at a pace that keeps it the city people want to visit and/or reside; a place to raise a family. It seems people in high-density cities with tall buildings are the ones who flock to TC...

A Right To Vote I cannot understand how people living in a democracy would willingly give up the right to vote on an impactful and important issue. But that is exactly what the people who oppose Proposal 3 are advocating. They call the right to vote a “burden.” Really? Since when does voting on an important issue become a “burden?” The heart of any democracy is the right of the people to have their voice heard...

Reasons For NoI have great respect for the Prop. 3 proponents and consider them friends but in this case they’re wrong. A “yes” vote on Prop. 3 is really a “no” vote on..

Republican Observations When the Republican party sends its presidential candidates, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people with a lot of problems. They’re sending criminals, they’re sending deviate rapists. They’re sending drug addicts. They’re sending mentally ill. And some, I assume, are good people...

Stormy Vote Florida Governor Scott warns people on his coast to evacuate because “this storm will kill you! But in response to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that Florida’s voter registration deadline be extended because a massive evacuation could compromise voter registration and turnout, Republican Governor Scott’s response was that this storm does not necessitate any such extension...

Third Party Benefits It has been proven over and over again that electing Democrat or Republican presidents and representatives only guarantees that dysfunction, corruption and greed will prevail throughout our government. It also I believe that a fair and democratic electoral process, a simple and fair tax structure, quality health care, good education, good paying jobs, adequate affordable housing, an abundance of healthy affordable food, a solid, well maintained infrastructure, a secure social, civil and public service system, an ecologically sustainable outlook for the future and much more is obtainable for all of us...

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Public Safety

Patrick Sullivan - July 18th, 2011
Public Safety: Regional Eye on Crime
Fatal Traffic Crash
An 18-year-old Benzie County woman died after she crashed her car on Mud
Lake Road near Interlochen.
Allyson Kaye Mayer struck a tree around 4:30 a.m. on July 8, Grand
Traverse Sheriff Lt. Bryan Marrow said. Mayer, who had an Interlochen
address, was not wearing a seatbelt.
The crash was discovered on the remote dirt road by a passing motorist who
called 911. Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene at 8:13 a.m.

Assault and Vandalism
TC Police responded to a disorderly person complaint at a bar near closing
time on July 9.
Upon arrival officers found a fight in progress at the Union Street
Station, which they broke up, Capt. Steve Morgan said.
Steven Wayne Pendill, 42, Traverse City, had allegedly punched another
patron in the eye and injured him. When police attempted to take him in
for assault, though, he would not go easily. He fought with officers as
they attempted to place him into a patrol car and continued to fight once
seated, Morgan said.
In addition to a charge of assault and battery, the man also faces charges
of malicious destruction of property for allegedly kicking out a door
window on a police cruiser and assault charges for fighting with police.
Pendill was on probation for third-offense drunk driving when the ordeal

Dog Death
A dog died after a casino-goer left two pets inside a parked car outside
of the Little River Casino in Manistee.
Another patron called security after seeing two dogs panting and desperate
inside a parked car with the windows rolled up on July 10, tribal
spokesman Glenn Zaring said. Tribal police and casino security responded
immediately, he said.
“One of the dogs had already succumbed to the heat and the other dog was
in pretty bad shape,” Zaring said. The other dog was taken to shade, given
water and then transported to a vet clinic where it survived.
Zaring said the case is under investigation to determine if the pet owner
should face charges.
The high temp-erature that afternoon in Manistee was 84 degrees with a
heat index of 90, according to the National Weather Service.

Bank Robbery
Police nabbed an alleged bank robber July 13 accused of staging a heist at
the West Michigan Credit Union in Cadillac.
Wexford County Sheriff’s deputies received an alarm at 4:52 p.m. A lone
white male entered the credit union armed with a silver semi-automatic
handgun. The heavy-set suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of
money in a Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck.
A little over 24 hours later, a 33-year-old man was arrested by sheriff’s
deputies, state police, and FBI agents.

Felonious Assault
An adult foster care home resident is in jail after he allegedly went
after his roommate and a staff member with a hammer.
Jerry Athan, 43, faces two counts of felonious assault in Cheboygan County
after the incident that happened in a home in Afton at around 10:15 p.m.
on July 11, according to state police from the Cheboygan post.
Athan retrieved a small hammer from a dresser drawer and launched the
attack before the staff member and roommate were able to get out of the
room and close a door that separated them from the suspect, police said.

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