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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Saturday, July 16, 2016

A Vivid Life

Art Al Parker “At first, people sort of trickled in, and we spent time getting the inventory built up, but the pace is picking up nicely now,” said the Illinois native who moved to Traverse City in 2013. Hollenbeck’s paintings, as well as the color pencil drawings and ceramics by her husband, Arnie, fill much of the gallery.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Most Obvious Fact

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle According to the Department of Justice, minorities are arrested more often than whites for similar offenses, are more likely than whites to be denied bail for similar offenses, are less likely than whites to receive favorable plea bargains for...
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Who Are The Good Guys?

Other Opinions Carlin Smith My colleague Doug Luciani [of the Traverse City Area Chamber] pointed out to me several years ago how often businesses are made out to be the bad guys.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Dates 07-16-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold Olivia Mainville & The Aquatic Troupe bring their “inventive, genre-crossing music with a vintage feel” to the Dunesville Music Festival that is held in Harmony Park at the Harm Farm, Lake Ann on Friday, July 22 through Sunday, July 24.
Saturday, July 16, 2016


Dining Kristi Kates Jordan couple Debbie and Marty Carey have long run a successful ice cream and broasted chicken stop, Marty’s Cones and Carry Out, on one side of the Jordan River. But when they spotted a building in need of renovation on the other side of the riverbank, they knew just what to do with it:.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Letters 07-18-2016


Correction: In our recent article on Alpenfest music, we accidentally printed a photo of country singer Alan Jackson instead of Alpenfest country performer Alan Turner. Express regrets the error.

More Density? Many discussions/debates have been held re: 10-story buildings and increasing the density in Traverse City. I wonder how many people have considered the possibility of Cherry Festival-size crowds and density 365 days a year in Traverse City...

Send Them Packing If [Grand Traverse County Commissioner] Christine Maxbauer had killed or injured a child, would [County Administrator] Tom Menzel continue to make the statement that “this is personal?” Anyone drunk and driving a car at 3pm has made a poor judgement call...

No Raise From reading your recent letter on raising minimum wages to $15 an hour by 2018 you should’ve studied your Economics 101 course a little harder. A business just cannot raise their employees’ wages to $15 an hour and not come up with a way to offset that high of a wage increase...

Saturday, July 16, 2016

A Century of Stories

Features Patrick Sullivan When Traverse City’s Lyric Theatre opened its doors on July 4, 1916, it already had competition. Two other theaters had long since staked claim to Front Street. But it was evident from the moment the Lyric’s long line of gilt front doors swung open to the enraptured public, this particular movie house was special.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

2016 Traverse City Film Festival

Features Beth Milligan With over 200 films screening at this year’s Traverse City Film Festival, there’s something for every type of moviegoer attending the event.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Heart And Soul

Features Kristi Kates If you like contagious rock ’n’ roll that’s catchy enough to stick with you for days, you’ll dig Huey Lewis and the News — if you’re not already a fan.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Six Sensational Festivals

Features Kristi Kates July 16–23 The Venetian Festival got its start 86 years ago as a candlelit boat parade. That’s a far cry from the big, friendly bustle that now takes over Charlevoix, but according to organizers, in 2016, the city’s signature event is bigger and better than ever.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

The First Female Behind The Camera

Features Kristi Kates Born in France, the woman who is considered the world’s first female director and filmmaker is Alice Guy-Blaché, who started in the film business as a secretary and made her directing debut with the film La Fée aux Choux (1896), a quaint magical tale about a fairy she did for Gaumont-Paris studios.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Guide To Northern Michigan Fruit Farms

Features Kristi Kates We live in a bountiful belt of orchards and farms that bear some of the best fruit in the nation — why would you spend a second of your summer standing in a grocery store line to buy berries? This summer, make it your mission to pluck your local...
Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Summer Friends Lecture Series

Features Kristi Kates During the summer months, Harbor Springs residents and resorters often can be found reveling in the quiet northern corner of Little Traverse Bay, reluctant to head south into the busier community of Petoskey.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Girl Power

Features Kristi Kates It’s interesting that in this day and age, there’s even a need to pen an article specifically about women working in the film industry. But it’s also a reality that the majority of directors in Hollywood are still, in fact, men.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Statewide Screenings

Features Kristi Kates The Ann Arbor Film Festival: March 21–26, 2017 Art and avant-garde blend in one of the state’s most eclectic cities More information: aafilmfest.org Ann Arbor’s artistic heritage runs deep, with this fest having already screened early works by such big names as James Benning, Andy Warhol, Gus Van Sant, and Agnes Varda.