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, May 21, 2016

The Plot To Hijack Our Minds

Other Opinions Isiah Smith But this is not yet another tiresome essay fuming about the evils of Trump, or about how Republicans, by their irrational hatred for President Obama, made inevitable the rise of Trumpism. Hatred begets hatred, and people often get the leaders they deserve.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

The One

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Soccer is the most popular sport in the world. By any metric, it just is. More people watch it on television (more than 3.2 billion people tuned in to watch at least some part of the 2014 World Cup finals), more people watch it in person, there are more leagues in more countries, more professional and amateur players, more everything.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Dates 05-21-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold A beautiful out and back course along the west shore of East Grand Traverse Bay, the 34th Annual Bayshore Marathon will attract more than 7,000 runners on Saturday, May 28. Starting at 7:15am at NMC, TC, there is also a half marathon and 10K. Presented by the TC Track Club.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Letters 05-23-2016


Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Grab A Buffalo Burger Under The Pines...

Features Kristi Kates This annual outdoor fundraiser picnic was started 60 years ago by the late Gerald Oleson and his wife Frances, founders of Oleson’s Food Stores. “NMC was only a few years old when it moved to its Front Street campus,” said Diana Fairbanks, executive director of public relations, marketing and communications for NMC.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Rainbow Inn

Features Kristi Kates William T. West was a black man from Columbus, Ohio, who worked as a chef and porter for the Pennsylvania Railroad back when its Northern Arrow train kept a regular route north to Mackinaw City, bringing up vacationers from Chicago, Detroit, and St. Louis, and making a stop in Petoskey along the way.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

From Airwaves to Insects

Features Kristi Kates Northern Michigan residents might recognize Roach from her former career in broadcasting. She was an on-air personality at WKLT-FM for many years, starting at the radio station on her 16th birthday and rising through the industry to work as a production director.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

New Housing Projects Dot Northern Michigan

Features Beth Milligan Expect to see a lot of cranes in the air this summer as developers scramble to meet northern Michigan’s skyrocketing housing demand. Construction is particularly intense in Traverse City, but several other communities also have notable residential projects underway.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Meet the Hardworking Caretakers of a Northern Michigan Summer

Features Kristi Kates Seven months a year, Northern Michigan’s multitude of seasonal cottages and summer houses sit vacant. Come spring, a small army of caretakers mobilize to ready these places for their owners’ return.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend Kicks off Summer Fun

Features Kristi Kates

Running all weekend (May 28–30) at Fort Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City is the historical recreation of events that took place in 1753 between the Native American tribes, French, and British, and followed by an evening of fireworks. For more information: mackinawcity.com

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Inside Northern Michigan’s Real Estate Boom

Features Patrick Sullivan Reamer started selling real estate in Traverse City in 1978, but with additional experience as a builder and an appraiser, he knows all too well the ups and downs of the region’s market. He said the only thing he’s certain of is that the ups are always followed by downs.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Snapshots From Around the Region

Features Patrick Sullivan “Everybody has to have a place to live, and every day there’s going to be a real estate transaction of some sort, because of birth or a death or a transfer or retirement — you have to live some place,” Richardson said. “But as far as someone moving up, I’m not seeing a lot of that in the Cadillac area.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Kevin Nealon’s Not Overwhelmed

Art Kristi Kates only 8:30am in Los Angeles, but if Kevin Nealon isn’t a morning person, you’d never know it by the cheerful voice on the other end of the phone. Comedian/actor Nealon, whose specialties include observational comedy and satire, is embarking on a U.S. stand-up tour in a few days.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Remembering One Of 58,220

Other Opinions Jack Segal Memorial Day is coming up soon. If the weather’s good, there’ll be picnics, BBQs, family and friends. Only a few of us will take our kids to a ceremony marking the sacrifices that the day is supposed to commemorate. Only a few will fly a flag.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Checking Up On Trump

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Our choices are being whittled down to the two oldest, least liked presidential candidates in history. One has a history of misogyny, bankruptcy and xenophobia while being accused of fraud in civil court. The other might be indicted on criminal charges during the campaign.