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

Up North Farmers Markets Summer Highlights

Features Kristi Kates ’Tis the season for everything fresh, direct from our local farms to you! Here’s a guide highlighting some of the major farmers markets across northern Michigan — pick your pleasure:.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Seasonal Sounds: Music on the Peninsula

Music Kristi Kates Another peninsula experience combining the setting sun with great music of a different sort is The Homestead’s summer concert series, now in its sixth year.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Jewelry Designer Dana Fear Makes All The Right Moves

Art Al Parker Born in Traverse City, Fear moved to Indiana with her family as a teenager. At her high school in Fort Wayne, she immersed herself in art, taking several classes in painting, drawing, and sculpture. But it was a jewelry-making class that really fired her imagination.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Alternative

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle There is an alternative for the anybody-but- Trump and not-another-Clinton crowds, however. That perfect political philosophy for which we search, the one in which some candidate agrees with us 100 percent, will remain elusive, but there is an eclectic alternative.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

A Local Pastor and a Local Atheist Debate The Decline of Christianity

The End of Times or Reason to Celebrate?

Other Opinions Rev. Dr. William C. Myers, Gary Singer Buchanan’s Eurocentric bias is disconcerting. The Golden Age was not so golden! Yet his thoughts on the decline arising from increased secularism are worth noting. Citing demographic trends and secular systems of belief, Buchanan finds a correlation between the declines of Christianity and Western civilization.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

The New Question Of Faith

Other Opinions Thomas Kachadurian A few years ago the water level on East Grand Traverse Bay was so low our community dock went out 200 feet to get past the muck and weeds into open water. We were told that because of global warming, Lake Michigan was evaporating too fast and these low lake levels were the result.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Dates 06-04-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold SOO SUNNY PARK: Unwoven Light is one of the five new exhibitions that will be shown at the Dennos Museum Center, NMC, TC to celebrate the Museum’s 25th anniversary. Held June 12 – Sept.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

North Country Grille And Pub

Dining Janice Binkert BUILDING ON A LEGACY “I love the restaurant business. I’ve been in it for 30 years, starting as a server at Boone’s Prime Time Pub in 1986, and I can’t imagine doing anything else,” said Boone, wife of the late restaurateur Barry Boone, a man who...
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Letters 06-06-2016


Baseless Trump Claims In reference to James Mason’s letter about Donald Trump in the May 30th edition, I would like to ask him on what information did he base his inconsiderate attack on a fellow American? Where was the info written that led to this name-calling and what purpose did you hope would come of your actions? And why would the Northern Express even agree to print such garbage...

Close The Deer Park It is stated in the May 30th Express article “Showdown at Deer Park” that the former city manager doesn’t recall people complaining about the park from 1988 – 2009...

He Doesn’t Want It I think Donald Trump has pulled a scam on the Republican Party and the American public. He does not want to be President; he wants to win! And he has defeated 17 competitors and created havoc for leaders in his party. That is good enough. He has no taste for White House food or politics, or playing “nice” to people he can’t stand. His career with business, women and entertainment is too much fun. Making money is too much fun...

Water & Fracking Stephen Tuttle’s recent column on our awful state water management misses a prime polluter: fracking. Millions of gallons of fresh water are permanently poisoned and shot back into the ground with every frack. And the state continues to see no threat to our booming tourism industry. Have any of these guys seen what’s happening in Oklahoma...

Act To Stop Line 5 With each passing day of spring, winter yields to 70-degree weather and gloomy forests become a sea of green. Many will travel across the Mackinac Bridge, a fivemile feet of engineering that towers above the straights. Underneath is Line 5, a 63-year-old pipeline owned by Enbridge that transports natural gas and light crude oil from Wisconsin to Canada...

COVER: Thank you to Traverse City-based Anderson Aerial Photography for the photos on the cover. More info at andersonaerialphotography.com.

CORRECTION: Last week’s feature on the Great Lakes Center for the Arts at Bay Harbor should have specified that the young artist vocal program Up North Vocal Institute (appearing at the groundbreaking) is from Crooked Tree Arts Center.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Farming the Peninsulas

Features Ross Boissoneau Heirlooms are treasures passed down from generation to generation. Families like the Wunschs of Old Mission Peninsula and the Noonans of Leelanau County pass on more than just old chairs or china hutches — they bequeath a sense of pride, hard work, and a means of sustenance for themselves and others through the family farm.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Explore Old Mission's Best

Features Kristi Kates In the winter, it’s all about the snowshoeing out on Old Mission Peninsula. Or at least, mostly about the snowshoeing. Snowshoe Wine and Brew — a popular outing organized by Mission Table, Bowers Harbor Vineyards, and Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery — drew legions of hardy stompers and sippers every Sunday, late December through February.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Take A Hike

Six discoveries on two peninsulas

Features Al Parker There’s no shortage of popular hiking trails and shimmering lakes for outdoors enthusiasts to enjoy in northern Michigan. But sometimes it’s nice to get away from the crowds and take advantage of some of the hidden gems on the Leelanau or Old Mission peninsulas.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

A Quarter Century Of Conservation

Features Patrick Sullivan To mark two milestones — the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy turns 25 this summer; the Leelanau Conservancy turns 27 — the Northern Express sat down with the nonprofits’ executive directors to talk about the deals they’ve made, the ones they didn’t, and what they see on the horizon.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Promise of Harvest and New Tasting Rooms Excite Local Wine Enthusiasts

Features Ross Boissoneau Frigid winter temperatures, heavy snows, late frosts, and the wind and hailstorm last August all added up to two years with little to no harvest for area vineyards. With Mother Nature at last smiling down upon them, local vintners are looking forward to a successful growing season this coming year.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Author Brian Castner Tells Story of Local War Hero Matthew Schwartz

Books Clark Miller journalist and former Air Force officer Brian Castner comes to the City Opera House at 7pm Thursday, June 2, to discuss his new book on a topic with a local connection — the life and death of Traverse City native, Air Force bomb tech Matthew Schwartz, who was killed in Afghanistan in January of 2012.