Letters 10-17-2016

Here’s The Truth The group Save our Downtown (SOD), which put Proposal 3 on the ballot, is ignoring the negative consequences that would result if the proposal passes. Despite the group’s name, the proposal impacts the entire city, not just downtown. Munson Medical Center, NMC, and the Grand Traverse Commons are also zoned for buildings over 60’ tall...

Keep TC As-Is In response to Lynda Prior’s letter, no one is asking the people to vote every time someone wants to build a building; Prop. 3 asks that people vote if a building is to be built over 60 feet. Traverse City will not die but will grow at a pace that keeps it the city people want to visit and/or reside; a place to raise a family. It seems people in high-density cities with tall buildings are the ones who flock to TC...

A Right To Vote I cannot understand how people living in a democracy would willingly give up the right to vote on an impactful and important issue. But that is exactly what the people who oppose Proposal 3 are advocating. They call the right to vote a “burden.” Really? Since when does voting on an important issue become a “burden?” The heart of any democracy is the right of the people to have their voice heard...

Reasons For NoI have great respect for the Prop. 3 proponents and consider them friends but in this case they’re wrong. A “yes” vote on Prop. 3 is really a “no” vote on..

Republican Observations When the Republican party sends its presidential candidates, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people with a lot of problems. They’re sending criminals, they’re sending deviate rapists. They’re sending drug addicts. They’re sending mentally ill. And some, I assume, are good people...

Stormy Vote Florida Governor Scott warns people on his coast to evacuate because “this storm will kill you! But in response to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that Florida’s voter registration deadline be extended because a massive evacuation could compromise voter registration and turnout, Republican Governor Scott’s response was that this storm does not necessitate any such extension...

Third Party Benefits It has been proven over and over again that electing Democrat or Republican presidents and representatives only guarantees that dysfunction, corruption and greed will prevail throughout our government. It also I believe that a fair and democratic electoral process, a simple and fair tax structure, quality health care, good education, good paying jobs, adequate affordable housing, an abundance of healthy affordable food, a solid, well maintained infrastructure, a secure social, civil and public service system, an ecologically sustainable outlook for the future and much more is obtainable for all of us...

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Religion of Peace

Other Opinions Thomas Kachadurian The following are facts related to Islam; make of them what you will.
Saturday, November 21, 2015


Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Here in Traverse City we should be thankful for the Dennos Museum, the State Theatre, the National Writer’s Series, the Traverse City Film Festival, the National Cherry Festival, the Old Towne Playhouse, the City Opera House, the Comedy Festival,...
Saturday, November 14, 2015

A Home for Hemingway

Other Opinions Carlin Smith Perhaps you’ve heard about our issue. A generous donor came forward earlier this year and offered to commission a statue of Ernest Hemingway to be placed in the City of Petoskey. Hemingway spent the first 22 summers of his life in the Petoskey area living in a family cottage on Walloon Lake.
Saturday, November 14, 2015

Blame the Media

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle There was a fairly long modern period during which the media pretty much stayed out of the private lives of our presidents and presidential candidates. That Franklin Roosevelt couldn’t walk was rarely mentioned. Harry Truman’s colorful language was not quoted.
Saturday, November 14, 2015

A Local Pastor and a Local Atheist Debate Kim Davis – Conscientious Objector or Homophobe?

Other Opinions Rev. Dr. William C. Myers, Gary Singer “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature...
Saturday, November 7, 2015

Why Would Anyone Run for Public Office?

Other Opinions Christie Minervini While having lunch with Traverse City mayoral candidate Jeanine Easterday last month, an acquaintance approached our table. “One more week until the election,” she said. And without indicating whether or not she supported Ms. Easterday, she added, “I think you're really brave.
Saturday, November 7, 2015


Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle We started producing veterans and trying to find a way to care for them, before we were even a country. In 1636, Plymouth Colony agreed to provide assistance to those wounded during their skirmishes with the Pequot Indians. It was the first known benefit for veterans in the New World.
Saturday, October 31, 2015

“... One Supreme Court...”

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Any time members of Congress start discussing the constitutionality of something, as they have endlessly with President Obama’s executive orders and as they did again during the ninth investigation into the events that unfolded in Benghazi, the notion of “original intent” crops up.
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Our Afghan Insanity

Other Opinions Jack Segal America has been at war in Afghanistan for 14 years. Yet on October 15, President Obama informed us that he has decided to keep 9,800 American troops in the country for yet another year. He also decided to pass this failed mission onto his successor by keeping more than 5,600 troops there through 2017.
Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Politics of Growth

Other Opinions Scott Hardy As a preface to this column I should note that I am a lifelong resident of Traverse City who grew up inside the city limits of the town I love.
Saturday, October 24, 2015

Lanes and Docks and Lawsuits

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Perhaps they’re right, but they might have at least pretended to appreciate public input and the study. Dismissing both out of hand was unusually bad form. And we could have used a bit more information.
Saturday, October 17, 2015


A Local Pastor and a Local Atheist Debate “Spiritual, but not Religious” — Conviction or Cop-out?

Other Opinions Rev. Dr. William C. Myers, Gary Singer Nothing in life prepared me for this moment. Though early in my ministry, I was no stranger to death and dying. This was different. Cutting into the body and maneuvering the suction wand, I saw, like never before…Apart from the Spirit of Life, we are no more than carcasses.
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Interesting Times

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Soon-to-be former Speaker of the House John Boehner has stepped down from what has become one of the worst jobs in American politics. An old-fashioned dealmaker in the better sense of that phrase, Boehner found himself marooned between an uncooperative White House and an intransigent insurgency in his own party.
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Government by the Numbers: How About 1364.02 ?

Other Opinions Grant Parsons It might be time to review City government’s effectiveness. Traverse City has experienced a series of gaffs and catastrophes: 1) A $360,000 splash pad sprays sewage on kids; 2) A remodeled city marina electrocutes a swimmer; 3) A multimillion dollar...
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Nostalgists vs. Newbies

Other Opinions Christie Minervini Horizon Books and industrial waste on the property of the former Iron Works. The Grand Traverse Commons Redevelopment Corporation was considering bids to tear down historic Building 50, and the Warehouse District was a collection of run-down buildings sitting on contaminated land.