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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Patrick Sullivan - August 1st, 2011
A judge signed a subpoena requested by Garfield Township that will force
the owners and landlord of the Green Things Plus dispensary to answer some
At issue is whether the marijuana store on South Airport Road opened
during a temporary moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries that went
into effect in the township in January.
The agents of the business claim they opened before the moratorium;
township attorney Scott Howard says permit applications and social media
posts from the company say otherwise, according to a circuit court file.
Judge Philip Rodgers granted the subpoena request this week, saying there
was reasonable cause to believe the business is operating in violation of
the township moratorium. Business agents Sid Finfrock and Art Jones and
agents for landlord Hillside Plaza Limited Partnership will likely have to
answer questions from the township later this month and Green Things Plus
could face closure.

An Antrim County foster granddad who already faces two criminal cases
involving allegations of child sexual abuse faces a third case.
Jere Wendell Clark faces three counts of first-degree criminal sexual
conduct involving an alleged victim who is related to him, according to
charges filed recently in the 86th District Court in Bellaire.
The charges related to alleged incidents that date back to 1998, according
to the charges. The other cases against Clark, involving allegations of
sexual misconduct that Clark denied, were profiled in the July 11 edition
of the Northern Express.

A man who suffered a severe leg injury in a crash on Beaver Island was
evacuated by helicopter for medical treatment in Traverse City.
The man was reportedly 23 years old but it was unknown whether he was an
island resident or a visitor, said Lt. j.g. Chris Breuer, Air Station
Traverse City public affairs officer.
Breuer said the crash happened as the man rode his motorcycle around a
corner and collided with a car at around 9 p.m. on July 27.
Paramedics on Beaver Island requested the evacuation and an MH-65 Dolphin
rescue helicopter was deployed.
The man’s name was not released.

Alcohol and speed apparently caused a single-vehicle crash that left two
men in the hospital, police said.
The crash happened at around 1:15 a.m. July 27 in the city of Cheboygan.
The driver of a vehicle on Huron Street lost control and struck a tree,
said Kurt Jones, director of public safety.
The driver, David Middaugh, 25, Onaway, suffered a head injury and was
eventually taken to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. The passenger,
Joshua Beck, 19, Cheboygan, had to be extricated from the vehicle by
firefighters and wound up at Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey.
Police arrested a man accused of exposing himself to young girls at the
beach at the Jones Lake Campground in Lovells Township.
The first incident was reported to deputies on July 25 after two young
girls made a report, Crawford County Sheriff Kirk Wakefield said.
More young females reported a man exposing himself the next day and
deputies located a man hiding in the woods near the beach who admitted to
the deviant behavior, Wakefield said.

Residents of an apartment on Emmet Street returned from a late-evening
walk to discover their home had been the scene of a break-in, police said.
The tenants discovered lap-top computers and other valuables were gone,
according to Det. David Schultz of the Petoskey Department of Public
Other residents reported to police that a suspicious person was seen in
the area. Anyone with information is asked to call the Petoskey police at
(231) 347-2500.

Two people needed to be airlifted from a sightseeing cruise boat that
washed ashore in rough water near Empire on July 25.
The tour boat Pictured Rocks called for help shortly after 8 p.m. after
its captain purposely ran aground out of concern for the safety of the 61
people aboard, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
All but two passengers were able to get out of the boat and wade ashore
with assistance from the crew. A rescue helicopter crew helped the
remaining two passengers ashore with a hoist, officials said.

Child Porn arrest
A Traverse City man faces six felony charges after investigators allegedly
found remnants of child porn on his computer.
Grand Traverse Sheriff’s deputies arrested John Gregory Posada, 39, of TC,
on five counts of possession of child porn and a charge of using a
computer to commit a crime. The charges carry up to 10 years in prison.
Posada first came to the attention of authorities when a federal task
force looking into child porn identified a computer in TC and asked a
sheriff’s detective who specializes in computers, Todd Heller, to
Heller executed a search warrant and Posada was arrested July 26 and held
on $50,000 bond.

Health Department Break-in
Thieves threw a rock through a rear window and climbed into the Benzie
Leelanau Health Department in Lake Leelanau sometime on July 27 or 28,
making off with thousands in property.
Whoever got inside searched the offices and snatched three laptop
computers and an LCD projector, Leelanau Sheriff Mike Oltersdorf said.
The stolen property is valued at $10,000.
Anyone with informa-tion about the crime is urged to call the sheriff’s
department at (231)
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04.05.2012 at 01:55 Reply

I'm sure Mr. Heller has gotten it right in a number of child porn cases, but he's not an expert in identifying what is and isn't child porn.  The law needs to be tightened up as to not infringe on legal "adult" speech, which offers First Amendment protection from the government.  The allowance of age-determinations by so-called experts where exact age is unknown due to an inability to identify the victim/adult is particularly worrisome.  What happens if the cop says it's child porn, the prosecutor charges it as child porn and threatens decades in prison, the defendant pleads to a reduced charge 'cause of inability to satisfy the Affirmative Defense (proof of age at least 18), he spends almost four years in prison, and then the convict, after a few years of trying to locate the person in the depiction, discovers as he felt all along that the female was at least 18?  How is the burden-shift created by this law justified?  What is the proper remedy?


04.26.2012 at 11:59 Reply

"high school girl" was born Sept. 8, 1980 and the video was recorded in Spring of 1999.  Miss Puddles was no victim of child pornography...she was a legal, adult performer.  But I did 44 months in prison for possession of her video, as Grand Traverse County prosecutors threatened 20yrs in prison for manufacturing 'cause the depiction was burned onto disc.  Detective Todd Heller took two videos to Dr. Cynthia Smith (Kids Creek Clinic) back in 2006, and she opined both videos were underage.  Well, the other video wasn't pressed further as met-art.com could supply the proof they were over 18.  So the prosecutor, detective, and pediatrician are well-paid "professionals", but they were wrong on BOTH videos and i was right and law-abiding.  Is there any justice?