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, February 20, 2016

All Things Michigan

Features Kristi Kates

There are a lot of things that are interesting, accomplished, quirky, cool and just plain great about our state. Here are a few...

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Ruler Of The Republic



Bob Sutherland, founder and CEO of Glen Arbor–based Cherry Republic, knows a thing or two about the great state of Michigan. He and his retail company have been selling cherry-related products for almost thirty years.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Runway: Launching Designers In Lansing

Features Kristi Kates From Project Runway and NBC’s Fashion Star to Bravo’s The Fashion Show and Launch My Line, as well as Ovation TV’s The Fashion Fund, television has long had a fascination with aspiring fashion folk.
Saturday, February 20, 2016

Upscaling the Petoskey Stone

Features Kristi Kates It’s also a favorite souvenir of tourists and a familiar sight in homes across the region, usually in the form of a paperweight or decorative item. One local company is taking the Petoskey Stone to another level, infusing it into sleek and eclectic home decor elements that are turning the Petoskey Stone into an upscale accent.
Saturday, February 20, 2016

Wee Bee Lovin’ Preserves

Features Ross Boissoneau Simone Scarpace loved making her own preserves, haunting the local farms and farm markets for the best berries, cherries and peaches. When she and her family moved from the Detroit area to Manistee, she started making her favorites for others and Wee Bee Jammin’ was born.
Saturday, February 20, 2016

Just Good Chocolate to be reborn in Traverse City

Features Ross Boissoneau Along those lines, Warner is working with VASI (Amazonia Vision for an Integrated Sustainability), a project with a mission to provide legal and sustainable incomes for those in poor, rural areas of the Amazon. A major part of the VASI vision involves planting, harvesting and exporting organic, wild and heirloom varieties of cacao.
Saturday, February 13, 2016

From the Third World to Front Street

Features Patrick Sullivan Chef Anthony Craig has come a long way from Bluefields, Nicaragua, an isolated, tropical trading village where he began his life. In Bluefields, Craig lived on a dirt floor and watched his father load boats with ice for days-long fishing trips into the Atlantic.
Saturday, February 13, 2016

Supplying The Foodie Economy

Features Nick Beadleston Traverse City’s reputation as a foodie town continues to grow, and more businesses than just restaurants are benefiting from the boom. Ancillary food service businesses — from knife sharpeners to kitchen cleaning companies — are enjoying the related uptick in sales.
Saturday, February 13, 2016

A Showcase of Restaurants

Features Kristi Kates On the Menu: Both traditional buckwheat crepes and “Americanized” crepes, the former used primarily for savory, gluten-free dishes like the classic ham and cheese crepe, and the latter for sweet dessert selections filled with chocolate, homemade caramel, or apples.
Saturday, February 13, 2016

Restaurant Week: a Boon for Patrons, Eateries

Features Ross Boissoneau As Traverse City readies for its sixth Restaurant Week, it’s hard to determine the winner: patrons who can experience the best a restaurant has to offer with a $25 three-course meal or the restaurants themselves, which see some of the biggest crowds of the off season.
Saturday, February 13, 2016

Crack the Code of the Secret Menu!

Features Kristi Kates A great meal out is a wonderful thing, but some days you might not have the time or the budget to take advantage of northern Michigan’s fantastic lineup of restaurants, so you turn to fast food. That doesn’t mean you have to settle for the usual.
Saturday, February 13, 2016

The New Face Of Magnum Hospitality

Features Beth Milligan the last 17 years, Fred Moore, Mary Palmer and Jim Cartwright have been the owners and faces of Magnum Hospitality, the popular northern Michigan restaurant group that includes Pearl’s New Orleans Kitchen in Elk Rapids, Red Mesa Grill in Traverse City and Boyne City, and Cafe Sante in Boyne City.
Saturday, February 6, 2016

Boom Or Bust?

Features Patrick Sullivan In the 1990s, 1,000 new oil wells were drilled across the state of Michigan. In 2015, only 100 wells were drilled. Many of the people who drill and service those wells live and work in northern Michigan. This is the other side of the incredibly cheap gasoline seen in recent months.
Saturday, February 6, 2016

Unique Ideas For Your Valentine

Features Kristi Kates The restaurant, the flowers, the chocolates, the card are all safe and very nice bets, for sure, but, if you want to treat your Valentine to something a little different and a lot more memorable, here are a few ideas to add a unique sparkle to this year’s holiday.
Saturday, February 6, 2016

Lace Up Your Skates for Pond Hockey

Features Kristi Kates Ten years ago, the community of St. Ignace decided it was time to start a special events committee, to help make the most of the little town at the northern end of Michigan’s magnificent Mackinac Bridge. The summer season was a sure thing, given their location, so the challenge was to emphasize the St.