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, September 17, 2016

Speaking Of Speech And Forgetting The Unforgettable

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Colin Kaepernick, the back-up quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers National Football League (NFL) team, has created a bit of a brushfire by refusing to stand when the national anthem is played prior to games. He says he’s protesting police violence against minorities. Several NFL players and other athletes have joined him.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Dates 09-17-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold A survivor of Rob Hall’s May 1996 Mount Everest expedition, Lou Kasischke will speak about how this was the worst tragedy in the mountain’s history, during a Harbor History Talk on Thurs., Sept. 22 at 5:30pm on the second floor of the Harbor Springs History Museum.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Sharpen Your Knives!

Dining Kristi Kates Some chefs learn by inheritance, perhaps working their way up from dishwasher or prep cook, eventually apprenticing with a more experienced chef.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Ridge


Dining Janice Binkert The breathtaking view of West Grand Traverse Bay from the buffet venue Eagle’s Ridge used to be the property’s main attraction, said George Weir, executive chef of the site’s latest incarnation, The Ridge. But Weir and his staff are determined to turn that perception around.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Letters 09-19-2026


81 Concerns The “81 on East Bay” proposed development on Peninsula Township is primitive and outdated in not having central water and sewage systems that a modern and updated zoning code would call for. The streets in the development, being in a snowbelt area, will probably be dedicated to the county. The school system will feel an impact as will police and fire services...

Common Core Truths I just read an article from the Associated Press regarding both presidential candidates and their stances on education. The author was under the impression that Common Core was developed by the states and adopted; not so. Governors did not get together to create national standards and nor should they. The folks who wrote these national “standards” were test company employees, none of whom ever taught K-12...

Disruption Ahead I would like to respond to the comments from W.D. Bushey in the September 12 issue regarding his hypothetical bee sting scenario. While I do not disagree with the premise, I would like to let you know there is hope for an alternative Epinephrine very soon. Pending approval by the FDA there may very soon be an inhalable form at a much lower cost...

Solutions For Old Mission In a recent article, Peninsula Township Supervisor Manigold responded to complaints that proposed developments are priced out of reach for working families with the retort that the township can’t do much about that. But the township’s zoning has a big role in shaping the type of new housing on OMP, while current zoning, which favors single-family homes on large lots, is partly to blame for consistently highpriced new homes...

Real World Voting This letter is in response to A.J. Fasel from Traverse City, who wrote that since there are many things that require identification, such as fishing, opening a bank account, etc., being able to vote should require identification as well. The problem with this viewpoint is that being able to vote is a right. It’s a right guaranteed by our Constitution. It’s more important that buying alcohol or cigarettes, more important than over-the-counter-medications or any of the other things he mentioned...

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Get Microbrew Fever In Cadillac!

Features Kristi Kates Last year the Cadillac Craft Beer Festival sold out at 1,200 tickets. This year it’s upping the available tickets to 1,500 but expecting to sell out again. If you’re a fan of sampling new and unique microbrews from around Michigan, those numbers are all the more reason to get your tickets early for this popular Cadillac gathering.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Not Your Granddad’s Rehab

Features Patrick Sullivan In the years since, the spectrum of services offered by ATS has broadened as much as the variety of clients it serves. It’s spread across nine properties throughout Traverse City. And in recent years it’s attracted national attention as an innovative treatment provider.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Fantastic Food Trends

Features Kristi Kates 2015 was all about cold brew coffee, avocado toast, fried chicken sandwiches, and poke (the marinated raw fish dish popular in Hawaii). So what are the latest foods and beverages to taste before 2017 arrives? Here’s a sample:.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Ralph Humes Chef To The Stars

Features Ross Boissoneau

One would think the chance to hobnob with the likes of Sting, Peter Gabriel and Garth Brooks would be great fun. Maybe, but for Ralph Humes, it’s just another day at work.

Humes is a familiar face to area restaurantgoers. He’s owned Soul Hole; Mana, in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons; and Sweet Mama’s Kitchen, in Elk Rapids. He’s also spent time at Traverse City’s Centre Street Cafe and Harvest eateries, and Black Star Farms. These days, however, his kitchens are in concert halls, cooking up a storm for artists, bands and crews from coast to coast for Concert Kitchens.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Shrine of the Pines

Art Kristi Kates Mirror and window frames made of twisted branches worthy of an Edward Gorey tale. A wooden rocking chair so carefully crafted it rocks for minutes from a single push. A 300-pound door made of pine logs that pivots on a wooden ball. And a 700-pound handmade table carved from a single tree root.
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Rising Tides

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle That sea levels are rising does not seem to be in dispute. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), we’ve experienced an 8- to 10-inch sea-level rise in the last century, but the rate of rise is now increasing rapidly..
Saturday, September 10, 2016

What Your Political Lawn Sign Says About You

Other Opinions Mark Pontoni In many ways, yard signs are the only honest weapons candidates have during their campaigns. If you see a yard sign, three things happen. First, you now know a name that will be on the ballot (which comes in handy when you show up the voting booth with no idea for whom to vote.
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Dates 09-10-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold Choose from routes of 20, 40, 65 or 100 miles during the Leelanau Harvest Tour on Saturday, September 17. Enjoy seeing fall colors in the beautiful Leelanau countryside. 7:30am-4:30pm. Starts at Suttons Bay High School. $30/individual or $90/family. traversetrails.
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Letters 09-12-2016


WRC: A Culture of Change 
Per the recent article and the letter to the editor, I am concerned about the negativity being spewed about the Women’s Resource Center. Whenever there is a culture of change, there is a negative reaction from people who prefer to remain at the status quo. In this agency, like many other nonprofits, controversy abounds whether the changes are positive or negative...

Yay Profit…Forget Regulation On an August Saturday in 2015 my wife and I hiked Clay Cliffs. Returning to the car my wife veered off the path to photograph wildflowers. This proved to be a very bad idea as she was swarmed by bees, suffering several stings. Arriving at the car she was getting weak and disoriented. It was 2:30; Urgent Care and Hometown Pharmacy in Suttons Bay closed at 3:00. Both stayed with us 1.5 hours past closing time to help. Very grateful to Dr. Lemak, his staff, and Pharmacist Ned for patiently dealing with the insurance company. If you are wondering where this is going, be patient, and when hiking trails, stay on the path...

Internet Connectivity In Leelanau County My husband and I have been thrilled with our decision to return to northern Michigan, but we have been frustrated with the lack of available high speed internet service in the area. Earlier this year when I learned of the formation of the Leelanau Peninsula Economic Foundation( LPEF) Technology Committee I jumped at the chance to get involved in helping to develop a broadband plan for our county. I was astonished at hearing stories about students sitting in library parking lots after library hours to finish school assignments because internet was not available at home...

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Bike Share North

Features Kristi Kates WHEEL FUN “It was something I had been thinking about for a long time after seeing these programs at other places,” Rick-Biddick said. “I actually left WATCH in order to exclusively work on the bike share program with the city of Charlevoix. I love fitness, and I especially love cycling!” Three years ago, she launched the program.