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, June 11, 2016

The Artistic Interpretations Of Nancy Adams Nash

Art Al Parker Traverse City native Nancy Adams Nash knew early in life that her destiny was in art. “I remember on my first day of kindergarten, we were let out for recess,” she said. “I saw an easel in our classroom, and I knew that I wanted to paint at that easel instead of going out for recess.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Lizard Brain

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle The judge, of course, is not Mexican. He was born in Indiana. The “biased” and “unbelievable” rulings? They unsealed documents exposing the sham that was Trump University; legal experts confirm the rulings were perfectly appropriate. (It does make one wonder just whom President Trump would appoint to the federal bench.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

America’s Many Endless Battles

Other Opinions Jack Segal U.S. forces are struggling to help indigenous troops make headway against the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria, while in Afghanistan, 10,000 American troops are trying to pull together an Afghan fighting force to keep at bay a growing insurgency.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Dates 06-11-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold The Accidentals will help celebrate Traverse City being named the “Greatest Midwest Town” by Midwest Living Magazine at the Open Space Park, TC on Saturday, June 18 from noon – 4pm.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Simply Sweet by Jessica

Dining Kristi Kates Jessica Stubbs’ love for baking started close to home in 2012. Baking casually for family members and friends at church was something that Stubbs found immediately rewarding, so when some local nonprofit organizations and country clubs asked if she baked for special events, the answer was a swift yes.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Boyne Appétit

Dining Kristi Kates When Cynthia Boal Janssens moved to Boyne City a couple of years ago, she was stunned to find that the culture in her new adopted hometown was a lot more expansive than she’d anticipated. “I found out that for a small town of less than 4,000 people, we have so, so many great restaurants and food purveyors!” Janssens said.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Letters 06-13-2016


Take Back Science?  This letter is in regards to Thomas Kachadurian’s piece concerning his faith in science. He says we were told that the low levels in Lake Michigan were due to global warming. Was this presented in a scientific journal (no reference was cited)? Was it an off-the-cuff remark by a climate scientist? Was it some journalist’s headline? He cites a number of examples where science got it wrong, and where politics has crept in...

Intellectual Dishonesty The scientists peddling their “scientific” papers questioning the certainty on climate change are betraying their dishonesty. To assert that there is uncertainty regarding a scientific finding describes all scientific conclusions. Science is unable to prove truth or guarantee certainty but only able to show their conclusions are likely true...

Kachadurian’s Environmental Entertainment Thomas Kachadurian’s essay in the June 6th issue was clearly written as entertainment rather than as serious thought. As such, it should have been placed near the end of the magazine with the astrology and advice columns...

Real Science As Thomas Kachadurian in the June 6 issue suggests, we should be skeptical of scientific studies, especially when they are produced by industries or individuals vested in promoting certain products, positions, or books. However, is he really suggesting global climate change is a scam like the one perpetrated by tobacco companies...

Saturday, June 11, 2016

A Dangerous Road

Features Patrick Sullivan Goch told police that she had felt unsteady when she reached the top of the curve, so she hit her brakes, causing her car to slide across the center line of the rain-coated highway. The vehicles crashed head-on. Anthony Erving died at the scene; Deanna Erving died later that day at the hospital.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Gills ’N Thrills Lures

Features Al Parker The 1,972-acre lake is about six miles long and relatively shallow — averaging less than 10-feet deep with a maximum of 23 feet at its deepest point. In spots, its bottom is littered with the remnants left from the long-gone lumber mills that once lined the shores.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Summertime Means Street Musique!

Features Kristi Kates of musicians playing each night by adding locations, as well as rotating some of our locations to give the musicians and visitors different spots to enjoy different types of music without stepping on each other,” she said. The music also has been diversified, and now includes everything from string quartets to world music to indie-rockers.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Downstate Destinations

Features Kristi Kates While the list of shows Up North is long and varied each summer, some bands and artists never quite make it up this far, so you have to road trip downstate to see them live. But which ones are worth the drive? We’ve sifted through the scads of shows and selected all the can’t-miss concerts worth the ride.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Go Mobile for More Music!

Features Kristi Kates So you’ve bought your tickets and set your plans for all of northern Michigan’s great summer concert events, but you still want more music? No problem! The rest of the Midwest is alive with outdoor music festivals too. Behold, the best within an eight-hour drive:.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

U.P. Road Trip: 10 Must-see Sights

Features Kristi Kates If you’ve lived in or visited Michigan for any length of time, chances are you know about many of the Upper Peninsula’s highlights: Tahquamenon Falls, Whitefish Bay, the Hancock copper mines, and Pictured Rocks. But there are plenty of lesser-known sights that also deserve a spot on the U.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Park Performances in Petoskey

Features Kristi Kates The Charlotte Ross Lee Concerts in the Park series, a summer staple, really begins in February. That’s when the Crooked Tree Arts Center (CTAC) starts receiving phone calls from music fans wondering when their favorite musicians will perform … in June.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

2016 Up North Music Festival Roundup

Features Kristi Kates Music, dancing, food and fun — who could ask for anything more? Summer is back, and with it the return of all of northern Michigan’s seasonal musical festivals. From Bay View to Microbrew, Rootenanny to Manitou, it’s all happening Up North!.