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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Friday, October 2, 2015

Grape Harvest Down Again, But Still Plenty of Wine

Features Ross Boissoneau Harsh winters, late frosts, significant summer storms — if it’s not one thing, it’s another in the world of agriculture, and the world of wine is no exception. The result is a grape harvest over most of the region — and the state — that will be significantly below average this year.
Friday, October 2, 2015

A Red Wine Odyssey

Features Patrick Sullivan Marty Lagina is on a lifelong treasure hunt. He made a fortune discovering natural gas in the ’90s, turned wind into electricity with large-scale turbine development, and his search for actual buried treasure on Canada’s Oak Island is the subject of a History Channel television show.
Friday, October 2, 2015

Recapturing Our Heritage, One Apple at a Time

Features Ross Boissoneau That’s not a relative, but an antique nevertheless. So-called antique apples date back 50, 100, 150 years ago. Favored varieties such as Macintosh, Paula Red, Granny Smith, and especially Red Delicious took over shelf space, while Sunset, Grimes Golden, Hawkeye Greening and, yes, Aunt Lucy, became all but unknown.
Saturday, September 26, 2015

Get Wild at Wilderness State Park

Features Kristi Kates One of the most incredible nature destinations in Emmet County may also be one of the most overlooked. Unlike its cousin, the popular Petoskey State Park, its location isn’t obvious. It’s also not as showy as its other relation, historical Fort Michilimackinac State Park.
Saturday, September 26, 2015

Northern Michigan’s Woodstock

Two Decades After The Party’s End, Nostalgia for Castle Farms’ Wild Years Still Grows

Features Patrick Sullivan It’s been 20 years since armies of halter top- and mullet-clad heavy metal kids took over Charlevoix on summer weekends, jamming up roads and leaving beer cans, whiskey bottles and cigarette butts in their wake. For most locals, the era was a bad dream they hope will never return. For the revelers, it was a beautiful time; thousands of people follow a Facebook page dedicated to those long-gone days.
Saturday, September 26, 2015

Reclaiming a Classic in Harbor Springs

Features Kristi Kates Of all the spots in downtown Harbor Springs, the one that’s been the subject of the most querying eyes is Juilleret’s. The former restaurant was in business for 112 years as a classic soda fountain and well-known summer destination. It closed in 2007 when its owners retired and has been sitting empty ever since.
Saturday, September 26, 2015

Who Was Robert Emmet?

Features Kristi Kates

Sometimes, a person is honored who had absolutely nothing to do with the place like Ypsilanti, named after Demetrios Ypsilantis, a hero in the Greek War of Independence of the 1800s.

The same is true of Emmet County, named for Robert Emmet, the leader of an Irish uprising. Ed Karmann, 2015 chairman of the Robert Emmet Society of Petoskey, has the scoop on Robert Emmet and how he became an intrinsic part of the northwesternmost county of Michigan’s lower peninsula – although he never even set foot there.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

New Casino Proposed in Mackinaw City

Features Kristi Kates A Nicolet Street property in Mackinaw City has been owned by the tribe for several years; their intent was always to eventually develop the land. The site formerly hosted a motel and then a water park, which was in operation until 2012.
Saturday, September 26, 2015

Lyric Theater To Return

Features Kristi Kates Now, the two entities are set to meet, as summer resident Roger W. Blaser, president of the Harbor Springs Lyric Theater, is working to revive the Lyric in a new location, again showing movies right downtown and giving 275 East Main a new lease on life.
Saturday, September 19, 2015

What To Do With All That Squash

Features She often uses squash in things like soups or a rich Moroccan stew, and local vegetables are often included as accompaniments to both her starters and entrees, but she finds that it takes more than a little effort to shape squash into something more complex or exotic.
Saturday, September 19, 2015

Have Food, Will Travel

Catering Industry Thrives in Northern Michigan’s Destination Wedding and Event Boom

Features Patrick Sullivan Labor Day used to mean the return of a more relaxed pace for almost every business in northern Michigan, but this is no longer the case in many of our region’s industries – especially when it comes to food...
Saturday, September 19, 2015

Restaurant Openings

Features Beth Milligan Details: Owner-chef Anthony Craig has already incubated one successful restaurant in the tiny 350 square-foot space on East Front Street in Traverse City. After moving his Latin-Asian fusion eatery Georgina’s to bigger digs down the street, Craig is now turning his attention to the upcoming launch of breakfast/lunch café Elsie’s.
Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Foods That Say "Michigan!"

Features Kristi Kates While Faygo started with just three varieties – grape, strawberry and fruit punch – today you can find 53 (if you include diet versions), from their legendary Red Pop and Citrus Twist to Pineapple Watermelon, Candy Apple and Michigan favorite, Black Cherry.
Saturday, September 19, 2015

Cherry Capital Foods

Features Ross Boissoneau Our region has become an undeniable beacon for food connoisseurs. From casual cafés to fine dining establishments, eateries have adopted the farm-to-table mantra and upped the ante with innovative ingredients and unexpected preparations.
Saturday, September 19, 2015

Changing it Up at Taste of Harbor Springs

Features Kristi Kates The premise of Taste of Harbor Springs has remained the same throughout its 22 years, a testament to Hughes’ careful research and planning in the early days, but as new restaurants and chefs find their way to the city and carve out their own...