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 22, 2016

Halloween Happenings!

Features Kristi Kates Oct. 29 A trio of Mackinaw-area venues combine for three times the fun this Halloween. From 9am to 1 1pm, the McGulpin Point Light-house, decorated for Halloween this year in a Wizard of Oz theme, will offer special lighthouse events and eerie surprises.
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Healthy Food for Healthy Pets At Pets Naturally

Features Kristi Kates When Kathy Hyland’s Boston terrier, Lucy, became ill with intestinal and skin problems, Hyland began researching foods to help her ailing pet. That cause, close to her heart, would become the catalyst for opening Pets Naturally, a shop focused on feeding and caring for the “whole pet.
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Creepy Clown Production Coming to Cheboygan

Features Patrick Sullivan When artist Eddie Renner and aspiring filmmaker Haynze Whitmore met at a Cheboygan restaurant to discus their latest project, a film centered around a creepy clown, they had no idea they had just tapped into what would become a zeitgeist; today,...
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Life In This Dog’s Army

Features Kristi Kates Merrill, who started working in the finance industry right out of high school, was attending college in pursuit of an MBA in finance when a simple addition to her family took her life down an entirely new path: She adopted a German Shepherd, Zuri.
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Taking On The Big Dog

Features Patrick Sullivan Dr. Randy Wysong, a part-time Traverse City resident, has been trying to make healthier pet foods for 35 years by carefully studying which ingredients should be included and which should not. Now his company, the Midland-based Wysong Corporation, is taking on six companies that he contends use misleading packaging on dog and cat food.
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Struggles of a Blind Man

Features Patrick Sullivan Now he’s got a job, and he hopes to soon have his own apartment..
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Feel Fabulous This Fall

Features Beth Milligan From cutting-edge skincare treatments and new hair and makeup services to rejuvenating massage therapies and luxurious spa getaways, here’s your guide to getting — and feeling —gorgeous in northern Michigan this fall..
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Up North Instagrams!

Features Kristi Kates Spending half of the year in Grand Rapids, where she teaches, and the other half on the Leelanau Peninsula, Alt finds she appreciates northern Michigan’s beauty even more when she’s been away for a while.
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Microscopic Masterpieces

Features Kristi Kates You might have glimpsed the surface of this world before, if your eye doctor had a certain kind of imaging camera, or if you’ve ever broken a bone and viewed your own X-ray. But a group of professors, scientists and students at the University of Michigan are taking the photography of what’s inside our bodies to a whole new artistic level.
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Fall/Winter Races 2016/17

Features SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2016 Orchards at Sunset 5K & Fun Run 3672 N. Stowe Rd., Suttons Bay https://www.eventbrite.com/e/orchards-at-sunset-fun-run-and-5kregistration-25516309970.
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

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.