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 8, 2016

Dates 10-08-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold The 7th Annual Bras for a Cause TC, INC will be held at Streeter’s Center in TC on Fri., Oct. 14. Doors open at 5:30pm, with the show at 7pm. The humor & enthusiasm of all male models helps raise funds for the Munson Healthcare Breast Care Assistance Fund & the Women’s Council of Realtors.
Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Seabiscuit Café

Dining Kristi Kates “We have parties for all three of the races,” said Karl Thalacker, a former Outpost employee who serves as Seabiscuit’s manager and food and beverage director, “the biggest party being the Kentucky Derby, complete with horse racing trivia and mint juleps.
Saturday, October 8, 2016

Letters 10-10-2016


Globalization Trumps Trade Deals Trade and immigration are two big issues in this presidential campaign. Before we look at our trade deals, let’s look at today’s highly sophisticated transportation and information technologies, which have altered the center of trade from West to East. Commercial intermodal freight transport, as well as information technology that transfers money at the speed of light, have created new centers of economic power in Asia...

We Love Traverse City! However Traverse City got to be the way it is....my wife and I hope it continues! We’re residents here of only a few months, from Chicago. We marvel at the great restaurants and shopping...

Get Real If Mr. Jackson [last week’s letter] wants to control what is being built in Traverse City, I suggest he and his friends run for City Commission. The idea that the city has to hold a city-wide vote every time someone wants to build a building is ludicrous, not to mention costly...

Trump’s “Great Again” Reincarnates George W. Bush! Why does Donald Trump think that repeating three of George W. Bush’s worst mistakes will somehow help make America great again...

Sign Of The Times I lease to Northport Village a portion of my real property on which the “WELCOME TO NORTHPORT SIGN” is erected. I receive no fee nor property tax adjustment. With my permission, I allow candidates’ signs from both political parties and community organizations to place their event signs on my property along M22...

Where Are My Young People? We millennials get a bad rap - that we’re lazy, entitled, don’t care about anything. We hear your criticism and deny it to our cores. We may view things differently but that’s because we were raised in a different world...

Saturday, October 8, 2016

It’s Apple Season!

Features Kristi Kates APPLE MONTH Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has declared October 2016 as Michigan Apple Month. More than 11.3 million apple trees on over 800 family-run Michigan farms fuel the state’s commercial production of apples, and this year’s crop is expected to hit a record-breaking 31 million bushels.
Saturday, October 8, 2016

Who’s The Carpetbagger?

The race for the 1st District congressional seat is proving to be a knock-down, drag-out fight.

Features Patrick Sullivan Airwaves have been inundated with ads from the National Republican Congressional Committee that claim the Democrat running in the 1st District congressional race doesn’t live in northern Michigan, but rather, in a Detroit penthouse. The ads end: “For Lon Johnson, it’s all an act.
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Detroit: The Way It Once Was

Books Clark Miller Award-winning journalist David Maraniss visits the National Writers Series stage Friday, Oct. 7, to discuss his bestselling book, Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story, which covers what he views as the city’s heyday: an 18-month period between the autumn of 1962 and the spring of 1964.
Saturday, October 1, 2016

A Trump Presidency

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle He will round up and deport all 11 million illegal immigrants currently in the United States. Or he will round up and deport everybody but children. Or he will round up everybody but children and their law-abiding parents. Or he will identify, round up and deport all the criminal illegal immigrants.
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Judging The Candidates

Other Opinions Jack Segal The first Presidential debate is history and the pundits have declared a “winner.” Actually, more likely, both candidates “won,” depending on which news shows you watch.
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Dates 10-01-2016

Saturday, October 1, 2016

A Cidery Built For Two

Dining Kristi Kates So what brought this robust cider house here? “The main reason we moved to Michigan was that Nikki grew up here. She was born and raised in Kingsley,” Young said. Rothwell had been at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and met Young while he was co-owner of a local brewpub, where he’d spent 12 years utilizing his food-science background.
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Letters 10-03-2016


Truths And Minorities While I appreciate Stephen Tuttle’s mention of the Colin Kaepernick situation, I was disappointed he wrote only of his right not to stand for the national anthem but not his reason for doing so. Personally, I commend Mr. Kaepernick for his courageous attempt to bring issues of concern to the forefront. As a white male baby boomer, I sadly realize I am in a minority among my peers...

“Yes” Means Your Rights It has been brought to my attention that some people in Traverse City are being asked to put “no” on Proposal 3 signs in their yards, and are falsely being told this means they do not want tall buildings downtown. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you vote no, you will be giving up your right to vote on future projects involving buildings over 60 feet in height...

Shame On NMC, Nelson The Northwestern Michigan College board and President Tim Nelson should be ashamed of their bad faith negotiations with the faculty. The faculty have received no raise this year, even though all other college staff have received raises. Mr. Nelson is set to receive a $20,000 raise...

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Two For Brew!

Features Kristi Kates Cost: $15 admission includes a complimentary glass and drink ticket Don’t Miss: A side trip to the always gorgeous Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore next door is the perfect morning activity before you indulge in this microbrew extravaganza. More Information: www.
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Preserving Fall’s Bounty In Jars: Canning With Crosshatch

Features Kristi Kates On a sunny afternoon on the piazza at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons farmers market, a small but focused crowd gathered. They weren’t there to shop, nor to admire the grounds; they could be seen busily cutting vegetables, pouring liquid into jars, and carefully submerging the fruits of their labors into steaming hot water — all at a mobile kitchen that’s revolutionizing how locals are learning to preserve healthy food.
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Winemakers Looking at Strong Bounce-Back Year

Features Ross Boissoneau Lee Lutes wasn’t worried the lack of rainfall this past summer would threaten the wine grape harvest. The head winemaker at Blackstar Farms said the warm, dry weather in June and July was actually beneficial for the grapes, and if it held form, he said, “There will be a bunch of winemakers dancing a jig.
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Lost at Sea

Features Patrick Sullivan Murdick remembers that his father’s story especially resonated in 1975, when he saw the classic film Jaws at the movie theater in Charlevoix. One of the characters, Quint, portrayed by Robert Shaw, played an Indianapolis survivor who hauntingly described what had happened.