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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Monday, May 10, 2010

Anne Avery Miller

Features Anne Stanton Anne Avery-Miller’s Suicide: Friends and lawyer say jail hanging was totally preventable
 By Anne Stanton
The woman who once jokingly called herself the Britney Spears of
Northern Michigan is now dead, after hanging herself in an Antrim
County jail cell.
Monday, May 10, 2010

Ruffled Feathers

Features Anne Stanton Ruffled Feathers: Wings of Wonder fights Leelanau Road Commission plan to shoot down bird sanctuary
By Anne Stanton
Spirits soared like an eagle at the Wings of Wonder (WOW) bird
sanctuary last week, thanks to a forthcoming restraining order against
the Leelanau County Road Commission, whose actions threatened the
existence of the bird sanctuary and raptor hospital.
Monday, April 26, 2010

Pellston‘s Palace

Features Anne Stanton Pellston’s Palace
Locals love it, but is quiet airport a boon or a boondoggle?
By Anne Stanton
On a Yahoo website, a woman asked how to get from Mackinaw City to the
Pellston Regional Airport without having to pay taxi fare.
A man suggested she take the shuttle bus service, Wolverine Stages, to
Pellston airport. “By the way, when you get to Pellston, you’ll see just
what a $7.5 million log cabin can look like.”
Monday, April 19, 2010

Exvolution, pollution and boys

Features Anne Stanton Are you feeling peppy for no good reason these days? Chances are there’s
caffeine in your drinking water. Not to mention trace amounts of hormones,
acetaminophen (Tylenol), herbicides, anxiety medications and antibiotics
(to name a few) that are routinely flushed down the drain and end up
coming back out of your tap.
Monday, April 12, 2010

An evening with Mary Karr

Books Anne Stanton An Evening with Mary Karr? Author of The Liar’s Club talks about life,drinking, poetry, recovery and God
By Anne Stanton
I have a ritual when trying to find a book of cracking it open and
reading a random paragraph. If I find the writing amazing in at least
one of my openings, I check it out of the library. If the writing
soars on every random page, I buy it.
Monday, April 12, 2010


Features Anne Stanton BioDebate: A point/counterpoint on the biomass issue
By Anne Stanton
A decision on a proposed $30 million biomass gasification plant in
Traverse City will come to a head on April 20 when the Traverse City
Light and Power (TCL&P) board votes on whether to proceed. It’s part
of the utility’s plan to achieve a 30% renewable energy portfolio by
Monday, April 5, 2010

Kristy Beyer‘s training blog

Features Anne Stanton Kristy Beyer’s Training Blog: From couch potato to the Chicago marathon in six months
By Anne Stanton
When Kristy Beyer decided to run the Chicago marathon last year, she
was a bona fide couch potato. She couldn’t even walk on a treadmill
for five minutes without getting seriously winded.
Monday, April 5, 2010

100% Renewable Energy

Features Anne Stanton 100% Renewable Energy? Northport is the little town that thinks it can
By Anne Stanton
Northport Village, population 648 (or so), at the tip of Leelanau County is a perfect little test town for renewable energy with its cluster of homes, quaint stores, a school, an assisted living facility, a marina, and a waste treatment plant—all within a mile of each other. It doesn’t hurt that high winds routinely whip around the village, which sits on the picturesque shoreline of Lake Michigan.
That’s why a group of villagers believes they can achieve an ambitious goal for the town: 100% renewable energy in the future, beginning with two wind turbines that will hopefully go up by the end of this year. Their ultimate goal is to also power outlying Leelanau Township (population 2,139) with renewable energy.
Monday, March 29, 2010

Mind made up on Biomass?

Features Anne Stanton Mind made up on biomass?
By Anne Stanton
Traverse City Light and Power promised residents that it would fully
consider all alternatives before deciding on how to replace 30% of
its coal-powered energy with renewable energy by 2010.
But environmentalists say it looks like the utility has already made
up its mind to build a $30 million biomass plant based on a letter it
just sent out to customers. The head of the utility countered that no
decision’s been made, but added that biomass stands as the most
affordable option.
Monday, March 29, 2010

Best of the Idealists

Features Anne Stanton Best of The Idealists
Two guys plan to run 240 miles across Ethiopia
By Anne Stanton
Hans Voss and Chris Treter aren’t the fastest ultra marathoners in
Northern Michigan, but they certainly qualify as the craziest—and
most idealistic.
Monday, March 22, 2010

Snapshots of recovery

Features Anne Stanton Snapshots of RECOVERY
By Anne Stanton
Last week, Northern Express reported on those who found comfort and
refuge in methadone and other drugs, but were ultimately killed or
nearly destroyed by them. As the reporting went along, the Express
also came across stories of recovery and hope for drug addicts and
alcoholics. Here they are.
Monday, March 22, 2010

Sara Caldwell

Features Anne Stanton Sara Caldwell Pays It Forward The 30-year-old opens her home to deeply troubled teens
By Anne Stanton
While most single women in their 20s are playing the dating game and
exploring the night life, Sara Caldwell took a different route. She
welcomed her one-year-old cousin, Cory, into her home as a foster
child and kissed her social life good-bye.
Monday, March 15, 2010


Features Anne Stanton Methadone:the quiet killer
Daniel Pagel, at the age of 21, wasin a downward spiral of his short life. Formerly a fun-lovingsnowboarder, his deepening addiction to drugs wascrushing him.
Monday, March 8, 2010

The rush to Biomass

Features Anne Stanton The Rush to Biomass
Environmentalists plead: ‘Slow down!’
By Anne Stanton
Al Gore wrote recently that we can’t wish away climate change. “We are continuing to dump 90 million tons of global-warming pollution every 24 hours into the atmosphere—as if it were an open sewer,” he wrote in a New York Times editorial.
Environmentalists have long embraced Gore’s message. But the alternatives to coal? Not an easy answer. Arguments are flaring nationally because alternatives can also poison, upset, and degrade the environment.
Traverse City is no different. A proposal by Traverse City Light and Power (TCL&P) to build a biomass plant in town was largely opposed in two heavily attended public meetings held two weeks ago. If built, the $30 million plant would burn primarily wood chips culled from the forests in the Grand Traverse region. It would also compete with a number of other current or proposed biomass plants in the region for sources of wood -- a situation which opponents say would put too much stress on Northern Michigan’s forests.
Monday, March 1, 2010

Atkins is dead...pass the bread

Dining Anne Stanton “Atkins is dead… Pass the bread!”
By Anne Stanton
If you were in the area in 2003, perhaps you saw the bumper stickers printed up by my old friend, Bob Pisor, who founded and ran Stone House Bread in Traverse City.
Pisor, who has since sold the business, was peeved over the Dr. Atkins’ no-carb caveman diet, which has helped people peel off pounds fast. So he struck back with a bit of dark humor.
Despite the temporary hit to bread sales, the Atkins diet did play a vital educational role, said Gerard Grabowski, who with his wife, Jan Shireman, opened Pleasanton Brick Oven Bakery, the area’s first artisan bakery, in 1993.
The gregarious couple, who make their home in Pleasanton, north of Bear Lake, bake naturally leavened bread with organic flour, water and salt. But no yeast. The crusty, chewy loaves are distinctly different in taste and texture than the sugary, squishy, non-crusty bread you’ll find at the grocery store.