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, October 15, 2016

Dates 10-15-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold Lillian Ellsworth from the Crooked Tree Arts Center School of Ballet Pre-Professional dancers is one of the dancers performing during “Fall for Dance” at the Harbor Springs Performing Arts Center on Sunday, October 23 at 7pm.
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Mission Table

Dining Janice Binkert has it that the stately structure housing Mission Table, which in the early 1900s served as a wealthy Chicago lumber baron’s summer home, is haunted by the ghost of his jealous wife, Genevive. But what’s legendary about the restaurant these days is the food being conjured up in the kitchen by Chef and General Manager Paul Olson and his crew.
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Letters 10-17-2016


Here’s The Truth The group Save our Downtown (SOD), which put Proposal 3 on the ballot, is ignoring the negative consequences that would result if the proposal passes. Despite the group’s name, the proposal impacts the entire city, not just downtown. Munson Medical Center, NMC, and the Grand Traverse Commons are also zoned for buildings over 60’ tall...

Keep TC As-Is In response to Lynda Prior’s letter, no one is asking the people to vote every time someone wants to build a building; Prop. 3 asks that people vote if a building is to be built over 60 feet. Traverse City will not die but will grow at a pace that keeps it the city people want to visit and/or reside; a place to raise a family. It seems people in high-density cities with tall buildings are the ones who flock to TC...

A Right To Vote I cannot understand how people living in a democracy would willingly give up the right to vote on an impactful and important issue. But that is exactly what the people who oppose Proposal 3 are advocating. They call the right to vote a “burden.” Really? Since when does voting on an important issue become a “burden?” The heart of any democracy is the right of the people to have their voice heard...

Reasons For NoI have great respect for the Prop. 3 proponents and consider them friends but in this case they’re wrong. A “yes” vote on Prop. 3 is really a “no” vote on..

Republican Observations When the Republican party sends its presidential candidates, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people with a lot of problems. They’re sending criminals, they’re sending deviate rapists. They’re sending drug addicts. They’re sending mentally ill. And some, I assume, are good people...

Stormy Vote Florida Governor Scott warns people on his coast to evacuate because “this storm will kill you! But in response to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that Florida’s voter registration deadline be extended because a massive evacuation could compromise voter registration and turnout, Republican Governor Scott’s response was that this storm does not necessitate any such extension...

Third Party Benefits It has been proven over and over again that electing Democrat or Republican presidents and representatives only guarantees that dysfunction, corruption and greed will prevail throughout our government. It also I believe that a fair and democratic electoral process, a simple and fair tax structure, quality health care, good education, good paying jobs, adequate affordable housing, an abundance of healthy affordable food, a solid, well maintained infrastructure, a secure social, civil and public service system, an ecologically sustainable outlook for the future and much more is obtainable for all of us...

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Struggles of a Blind Man

Features Patrick Sullivan Now he’s got a job, and he hopes to soon have his own apartment..
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Feel Fabulous This Fall

Features Beth Milligan From cutting-edge skincare treatments and new hair and makeup services to rejuvenating massage therapies and luxurious spa getaways, here’s your guide to getting — and feeling —gorgeous in northern Michigan this fall..
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Up North Instagrams!

Features Kristi Kates Spending half of the year in Grand Rapids, where she teaches, and the other half on the Leelanau Peninsula, Alt finds she appreciates northern Michigan’s beauty even more when she’s been away for a while.
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Microscopic Masterpieces

Features Kristi Kates You might have glimpsed the surface of this world before, if your eye doctor had a certain kind of imaging camera, or if you’ve ever broken a bone and viewed your own X-ray. But a group of professors, scientists and students at the University of Michigan are taking the photography of what’s inside our bodies to a whole new artistic level.
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Fall/Winter Races 2016/17

Features SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2016 Orchards at Sunset 5K & Fun Run 3672 N. Stowe Rd., Suttons Bay https://www.eventbrite.com/e/orchards-at-sunset-fun-run-and-5kregistration-25516309970.
Saturday, October 8, 2016

Indoor Listening

Music Kristi Kates By Kristi Kates Summer music festivals may be well over, and fall fests are winding down along with the temperature outside, but that doesn’t mean that the music stops in northern Michigan. Instead, it simply moves indoors for great concert listening. Here are two series to start your season:.
Saturday, October 8, 2016

Singing Out Loud: The Grand Traverse Show Chorus

Music Kristi Kates Barbershop quartets and choruses have long had one thing in common: The members are usually male. The Sweet Adelines seek to change that. Boasting more than 500 choruses and quartets, Sweet Adelines International showcases only female vocalists singing a cappella, four-part harmony, and barbershop-style music around the world.
Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Sweet Sounds of Local Talent

Music Kristi Kates Growing up in Marietta, Ga., Marcia Taylor sang her way through her school days and beyond. Now, she’s moved on to help the next generation of musicians do the same — and more — by way of her boutique talent management and booking agency Marsh-Mellow Entertainment.
Saturday, October 8, 2016

Crank Up The A Cappella!

Music Kristi Kates Deke Sharon is widely known as the father of contemporary a cappella, the style of music that relies solely on voices, with no other musical accompaniment. Sharon, who started singing as a youth, said he still doesn’t know if he chose to pursue music or if it chose him.
Saturday, October 8, 2016

A Conversation With 2015 ArtPrize Winner Ann Loveless

Art Kristi Kates In 2015, in an unprecedented accomplishment, Loveless won again, snagging the grand prize honor and another $200,000 for her co-entry, a 5-foot-tall, 25-foot-long “photo fiber” work called Northwood Awakening.
Saturday, October 8, 2016

Our Money

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle The national debt is rapidly approaching a staggering $20 trillion. For those of you who enjoy zeroes, that would be $20,000,000,000,000. That’s our cumulative debt, the annual deficits stacked one atop the other until they’ve made a really big pile..
Saturday, October 8, 2016

Do The Math: Creating Our Community’s Balance Sheet

Other Opinions Christie Minervini Most residents and elected officials understand that a city brings in more tax revenue when people shop and eat out, but they often underestimate just how much more valuable this economic activity is when it happens downtown versus in outlying areas..