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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Doggone shame

Erin Crowell - June 6th, 2011
Doggone Shame: Cherryland Humane Society in danger of closing
By Erin Crowell
“The community has always rallied behind us and I know it will happen this
time around,” Sue Schwartz said over the echo of barking dogs at the
Cherryland Humane Society (CHS). The volunteer remains optimistic after
Mike Cherry, CHS executive director along with CHS president Jess Reed,
announced last week that unless the 501(c)(3) nonprofit can raise $20,000
as early as June 15, it will be forced to shut down operations.
Cherry and Reed hosted a press conference on Wednesday, less than a week
after CHS sent a mass mailing out to the community, asking for financial
help that would cover the $200,000 annual budget.
Cherry attributes a troubled economy, an increase in cost of
operations—such as pet food, medicine, supplies and care, utilities and
cleaning agents—and historically low donations from substantial annual
contributors as factors to the budget shortfall.
“The CHS is dependent on donations for its very existence,” Cherry said.
“Often animal charities are on the lower end of the giving scale,” adding
CHS received only 60% of the expected total funds from annual donors in

Established July 1956, the CHS provides over 25 programs dedicated to spay
and neuter awareness, pet education and homeless dog and cat adoption,
among other services in the Grand Traverse region.
Last year, CHS found homes for 596 puppies and dogs; and 556 kittens and
“Last week we had 18 dogs adopted,” Schwartz said.
Because of the shape of the economy, including job loss and foreclosures,
CHS has seen a record increase in animals coming to the shelter, according
to Reed.
“People will come to us crying because they can’t find an apartment that
will allow dogs or they just can’t afford to keep their pet,” Schwartz
While surrounding shelters and humane societies such as Benzie, Charlevoix
and Petoskey would likely see an increase in unwanted cats and dogs if CHS
were to close, Reed said he fears what may happen if individuals had to
travel so far to take care of an unwanted pet.
“Responsible people will find another shelter to take their animal,” Reed
said. “What we’re concerned with is some of the less responsible animal
owners who are not inclined to go the extra mile. At that point we’re
concerned about animal abandonment, cruelty and improper euthanasia.”

Located just south of Traverse City near the Rogers Observatory, the
Cherryland Humane Society moved into its current home in July 2002. The
14,000 square foot facility boasts two separate dog kennel wings, a cat
adoption center, examination room, grooming room and pet/adopter
interaction rooms. Along with a $350 per day shortfall, CHS is always in
need of a variety of items including washable cat and dog toys, blankets,
rugs, cleaning supplies, cat and dog food, kitty litter and laundry

For more information on how to donate to the Cherryland Humane Society,
call them at 231-946-5116 or visit cherrylandhumane.org. CHS is located at
1750 Ahlberg Road, Traverse City, MI 49696.
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