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Letters 12-05-2016

Trump going back on promises I’m beginning to suspect that we’ve been conned by our new president. He’s backpedaling on nearly every campaign promise he made to us...

This Christmas, think before you speak Now that Trump has won the election, a lot of folks who call themselves Christians seem to believe they have a mandate to force their beliefs on the rest of us. Think about doing this before you start yelling about people saying “happy holidays,” whining about Starbucks coffee cup image(s), complaining about other’s lifestyles…

First Amendment protects prayer (Re: Atheist Gary Singer’s contribution to the Crossed column titled “What will it take to make America great again?” in the Nov. 21 edition of Northern Express.) Mr. Singer, the First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”

Evidence of global warming Two basic facts underlay climate science: first, carbon dioxide was known to be a heat-trapping gas as early as 1850; and second, humans are significantly increasing the amount of CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels and other activities. We are in fact well on our way to doubling the CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere...

Other community backpack programs I just read your article in the Nov. 28 issue titled “Beneficial backpacks: Two local programs help children.” It is a good article, but there are at least two other such programs in the Traverse City area that I am aware of...

A ‘fox’ in the schoolhouse Trump’s proposed secretary of education, Betsy DeVos (“the fox” in Dutch), is a right-wing billionaire; relentless promoter of unlimited, unregulated charter schools and vouchers; and enemy of public schooling...

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Dates 10-29-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold Evening in a Japanese Garden is a Gala Fundraiser for the Northwest Michigan Ballet Theatre that will be held at the Gilbert Lodge at Twin Lakes, TC on Sat., Nov. 5 at 6pm. The theme reflects the ballet company’s main production of The Princess Peony, scheduled for Feb.
 
Saturday, October 29, 2016

Letters 10-31-2016

Letters

No-Show Bergman I know candidates are very busy, getting pulled in many directions by town hall meetings, forums, candidate campaign committees, etc. However, Jack Bergman, 1st District Congressional candidate, has disappointed five different organizing committees of public forums. After committing to attend, Bergman has been a no-show, to the dismay of all those who expected to see a discussion of the issues...

Grow Yet Maintain I love the many changes that have taken place in TC in my lifetime including the Open Space, the Hagerty Center, the renewal of the State Hospital and the State Theater, North Peak, 101 North Park, Centre Place, The Franklin and Morsels. In my 69 years, Traverse City has grown magnificently! These changes have complemented the architectural environment and enhanced adjoining property values while preserving the character of our town...

High Wages, Not Buildings An argument for passage of Prop 3 has been left unsaid. Low-cost housing for multi-use, high-rise buildings have yet to occur in TC (I wonder if the buildings will be designed with two entrances: one for luxury condo owners and one for apartments of minimum wage earners working downtown)...

Please Vote When Donald Trump agonizes over the prospects of a rigged election due to voter fraud, his emphasis is always on the voting of ineligible persons. But a far greater threat to a legitimate election is voter suppression, which targets specific groups. This suppression can be accomplished through a myriad of techniques, including...

Democracy for Sale The current local area legislative elections are a prime example of dirty politics and I believe it is the direct result of dark money that has flooded the Republican coffers. The results are falsehoods, innuendos, and outright lies about the Democratic candidates...

Yes Means Rights Voting “yes” on Prop. 3 means you have a right to have your voice heard. A right to vote on any tall buildings development over 60 feet high. A right to say what the character of Traverse City should be. A right to vote on how your tax dollars will be spent...

Sample Ballot? Your 10 October issue entitled, “VOTE” raised my expectations that your fine publication would be jam-packed with complete coverage of our upcoming election. I was disappointed to find only a lengthy article about the 1st District congressional seat included...

No Abortions, Yes Trump How can any party, candidate, woman or man support such an evil as partial birth abortion? It is undeniably the taking of a life of a baby often just prior to the actual birth. 12,000 occurred last year alone within the United States. What occurs is beyond true horror; look it up yourself. What lies in the heart of such a person as Hillary Clinton, who claims to be for the children? Has our country lost its soul..

America’s Best Chance The following are against Trump: establishment politicos, illegal immigrants, Muslims, the United Nations, the European Union, Black Lives Matter, and hateful liberals. Trump supporters are tired of political correctness, illegal immigration, uncontrolled federal spending, an excessive national debt, gun confiscation threats, cop killers, boys in girls’ bathrooms, a failing education system, and “holiday trees.” No Democrat wants to address these issues...

Stand Fast, Democrats! Widespread media denunciation of Donald Trump may persuade you to believe that he has little or no chance of clinching the presidency. But it is crucially important to keep in mind that he continues to wield the support of an impassioned, sizable electorate...

Don’t Circumvent a Just Process What Proposal 3 proposes is at best arbitrary and at worst discriminatory. It seeks to create de facto zoning of private property void of standards and due process --guarantees we all value with our own property. Consider if a vote of the people was required to remodel your garage. The hypothetical sounds ridiculous, because we expect zoning to provide certainty and fairness. You meet the requirements and you’re approved...

I’m Disenfranchised The Oct. 3 edition carried an opinion column by Jack Segal, “Judging the Candidates,” in which Mr. Segal suggested that “one good way to assess the candidates is to do some homework.” Didn’t I feel clever that, last summer, I had done just what the esteemed Mr. Segal had suggested? Unfortunately, I found none of the declared candidates qualified to earn my vote. Further research led me to an undeclared candidate, but logically, by Michigan law, such a person cannot be written in on the ballot...

Facts Do Not Matter How well informed is Donald Trump about the issues? He initially believed climate change was a hoax, but later changed it to being caused by natural causes. The natural causes for climate are the following; volcano eruptions, changes in earth orbit and tilt not expected for another 5,000 years, and solar energy which is decreasing as the global temperatures increase...

 
Saturday, October 29, 2016

In the Air

Features Kristi Kates Dozens of NMC Aviation grads are working across the globe. Here’s just a sample of where some have landed. Art Helig: Captain, Steelcase Corp..
 
Saturday, October 29, 2016

The Sky’s The Limit!

Features Kristi Kates While becoming a traditional commercial pilot is one option, there are plenty of other careers to pursue with an aviation degree, including:
 
Saturday, October 29, 2016

Celebrating 50 Years Of Excellence: Nmc Aviation

Features Kristi Kates

In 1967, a few Cessnas and a couple of small single-plane T-hangars at the Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City gave Northwestern Michigan College’s aviation program its start. Today, the program is one of the bestregarded aviation schools in the country.


 
Saturday, October 29, 2016

Skeets and Clays

Features Al Parker Belfour first came to the club on a once-ina-while basis more than 40 years ago to shoot trap. “I started spending more time here when they started the sporting clay course in the early ’90s,” he recalled. “We have hunters and some don’t hunt at all. Some of the guys come out and practice for hunting season or sight-in their deer rifles.
 
Saturday, October 29, 2016

The Cadillac Kid

Features Patrick Sullivan “Wolgast said, ‘I’m not from Grand Rapids. I’m from Cadillac, and I’m proud of it,’ and he punched the announcer in the face,” said Richard Kraemer, docent at the Wexford County Historical Society. “From then on, everyone in boxing knew that he punched out an announcer for saying the wrong town.
 
Saturday, October 29, 2016

Downstate Destination: The Gerald R. Ford Museum

Features Kristi Kates Born in Nebraska and raised in Grand Rapids, Mich., America’s 38th president, Gerald R. Ford, became president after Richard Nixon resigned following the Watergate Scandal. Ford is the only president in history to hail from Michigan. The Gerald R.
 
Saturday, October 29, 2016

It’s Fat Bike Season!

What’s New and Cool

Features Kristi Kates

Fat biking is a sport that seems tailor-made for northern Michigan’s long winters and sloppy springs. With oversized tires designed to easily tackle soft, unstable terrain like snow or mud, fat bikes are built around special frames and offer a smooth ride over tough, lumpy topography, no matter the conditions.


 
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Spooky Sounds

Music Kristi Kates Both of these storylines will play out on October 29 as the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra (GLCO) celebrates Halloween with a special concert featuring the 1800s symphonic poem Danse Macabre (Dance of Death) by Camille Saint-Saëns, and The Composer...
 
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Ballot Questions To Question

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle If you live in Traverse City, or outside the city but in Grand Traverse County, you will be making choices beyond candidates on November 8. There are three ballot proposals for the voters inside the city limits and an additional two millage questions for all county residents.
 
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Crossed

A Local Pastor and a Local Atheist Debate Faith vs. Action – Does One Minimize the Other?

Other Opinions Rev. Dr. William C. Myers, Gary Singer

“Why won’t they mention his faith?,” I wondered, reading over a dozen stories about the “Santa of Syria,” Rami Adham.

The stories tell of his extraordinary humanitarian work with the people of Syria, bringing toys and medicine to the children of Aleppo. They tell of the danger he faces from government and rebel forces, Russian airstrikes, as well as ISIL and Shia militias. But the stories don’t mention his faith.


One of my many issues with organized religions today is how little they resemble what we perceive to be their origins. Although Christianity is supposedly based upon the life of Jesus, that belief system today is a far cry from the customs and practices of the Middle East 2,000 years ago.

Times change and if organized religion expects to survive, it had better learn to adapt.

 
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Time To Step-Up And Do The Right Thing

Other Opinions Scott Hardy Let’s put this in perspective. We all heard our Republican presidential candidate claim he was going to build a wall along the Mexican border with a big door, and that Mexico was going to pay for it. That should have been a non-starter for a presidential campaign but here he is, still saying it, and still in the running.
 
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Dates 10-22-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold Join TART Trails & about 1,500 gals, guys & ghouls at the eighth annual Zombie Run 5K on Saturday, October 29. The race starts at 9am at Right Brain Brewery, TC. info: tczombierun.com Photo by Allen/Kent Photography.
 
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Letters 10-24-2016

Letters

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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