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 3, 2016

The Old Guard

Features Kristi Kates Streisand may have been singing about a faded love. But memories of northern Michigan’s early music scene are the ones we want to know about. Much like Streisand herself, our local musical celebs have been making music for decades, but they still have an ageless quality about them.
Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Next Wave: Local Artists to Watch

Features Kristi Kates in equal measure, then you’ll be glad to hear Biomassive, because this group combines both genres so smoothly you’ll never find the seam. They’ve actually been knocking around the scene since 2012, but with a brand new self-produced album and aims outside the state, they’re headed for bigger things.
Saturday, September 3, 2016

Was a Sexual Predator Employed at a Strip Club?

Features Patrick Sullivan Ten days passed before the exotic dancer told police she’d been violently raped on the men’s room floor inside Fantasy’s strip club. The lawyer for Christopher Kingsland, the man accused of the sexual assault, wanted to know why she waited so long to contact police.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Fraud Of Voter Fraud

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Donald Trump says if he loses in Ohio or Pennsylvania, both of which voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, it will be because of “rigged” voting. That makes him the first presidential candidate in memory, and maybe ever, making excuses for a loss months before the election takes place.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Power And Arrogance

Other Opinions Thomas Kachadurian In 2006 the developer of Cambria Suites in Traverse City requested a zoning variance to allow them to build beyond the established setbacks. The project and variance included the razing of an apartment building that we would now call “workforce housing.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Crossed: A Local Pastor and a Local Atheist Debate Moral Authority – The Word of God or Legal Statute?

Other Opinions Rev. Dr. William C. Myers, Gary Singer The traditionalist reserves the lifeboat for women and children first (a thought that would chafe my daughter). The evolutionist chooses the strongest. Survival of the fittest! The pragmatist searches for flotsam for the odd person out. The egalitarian has everyone take a turn swimming beside the boat.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Dates 08-27-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold With Two Tickets to Paradise, singer-songwriter Eddie Money plays Odawa Casino, Petoskey on Friday, September 2 at 8pm. Other 80’s hits include “Take Me Home Tonight” & “Can’t Hold Back.” Tickets start at $20. odawacasino.com.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Five to Watch

Sports Al Parker The high school football season is upon us, and teams and coaches across northern Michigan are gearing up for the season. Some already have held their season openers.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Norte! Hits A High Gear

Sports Ross Boissoneau Instead, there were long lines of cars snaking in and out of the parking lot at Eastern Elementary as parents drove their children to school, then headed off to work or back home. A school survey detailed things: 15 percent of students took the bus, 12 percent rode their bikes, and six percent walked.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Letters 08-29-2016


Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Unemployed and Under Attack

Features Patrick Sullivan Martin was later exonerated. Her attorney, Mark Risk of Traverse City, said Martin was snared by an out-of-control computerized fraud-detection system developed by the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) in 2012 that automated determinations of fraud and sought to collect penalties without legal findings of guilt.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Wonderful Waterfalls!

Features Kristi Kates There are over 200 named waterfalls in Michigan, each as unique as their name. Our state’s waterfalls glisten and glimmer as they tumble through rocks and cliffs, burble past stands of trees, and add a little extra something special to Michigan’s scenery.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

An Auto Race For Everyone

Features Kristi Kates VOLUNTEER SPIRIT Today, the drag races run a little differently, although the spirit behind them is still the same.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Local Transgender Community Strives For Understanding And Acceptance

Features Clark Miller

Even within the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community, one subgroup is arguably the least understood and most marginalized: transgender folks.

There have been clear steps forward for many members of the non-straight world in many ways — same sex marriage, health benefits, and other protections. But understanding, accepting — let alone embracing — trans-specific issues seems to lag behind.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

New Orleans, Represent!

Music Kristi Kates Shorty will share the brewfest limelight with a buzz band Rolling Stone called one of the Ten New Artists You Need To Know for 2016: The Revivalists, another New Orleans act that lean more toward horn-sprinkled alt-rock along the lines of Alabama Shakes or Galactic, thanks in part to the bellowing vocals of frontman David Shaw.