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 10, 2015

Petoskey Restaurant Week

Dining Kristi Kates Restaurant weeks are de rigueur in big cities, and since northern Michigan is becoming a food mecca, with an diverse assortment of dining destinations for every budget and palate, what better way to show off one of its city’s cafes, grills, fine dining establishments and sandwich stops than with a restaurant week of its own?.
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Taste of Home Brings Cooking Fun to Petoskey

Dining Kristi Kates Anyone responsible for the cooking in a Michigan household has likely heard of Taste of Home. The American magazine, owned by Reader’s Digest, has been around since 1993 and specializes in Midwestern foods and recipe exchanges for its 3.5 million subscribers.
Saturday, October 10, 2015

The War Room

Features Kristi Kates Onaway, Mich., native Wayne Berry moved to Traverse City in 1999 to open TC Paintball, a center for the faux-combat game where participants use air guns to shoot capsules of paint at each other, usually at complex outdoor terrain fields that help enhance the illusion of an actual battle.
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Videogame Ventures

Features Kristi Kates While California’s Silicon Valley is still the hub for most videogame developers, including Activision, Sega, Eidos Interactive, Capcom and Blizzard, other regions of the U.S. are beginning to develop games, too — from Oregon to New Jersey to Michigan.
Friday, October 2, 2015

Burn Halo's Heavy Rock War

Music Kristi Kates Orange County, Cal. — a strange little pocket of SoCal that’s spawned a long list of bands and solo acts ranging from No Doubt and Matchbox Twenty to The Offspring, Aloe Blacc, Cold War Kids…and Burn Halo, the hard rockers now on tour and making a stop in Kalkaska.
Friday, October 2, 2015

Wool by the Pound

Art Kristi Kates If you watched the 2014 Winter Olympics closing ceremonies, you saw one of the products of Stonehedge Fiber Mill. The East Jordan company produced nearly 3,000 pounds of yarn for Ralph Lauren in spring 2013 to be used for the sweaters the designer created for the games.
Friday, October 2, 2015

Climb a Tree With Bo

Features Kristi Kates Burke hosts climbs all year round and helps roughly 300 people climb trees every year. Each person is individually instructed and equipment is provided. If you have a specific tree you’d like to climb, Burke can even arrange to come to you in order to make that goal a reality.
Friday, October 2, 2015

All About Arborists

Features Kristi Kates Bo Burke is a certified consulting arborist and treeworker/climbing specialist from Cedar. Ben Veling is also a certified arborist and owner of Timberwolf Tree Care in Harbor Springs. As they’re both experts on this very topic, we got the scoop from them.
Saturday, September 26, 2015

The PigPen Theatre Co. Breaks All the Rules

Music Kristi Kates “They wanted actors that were also really a band,” Melia explained. “The funny thing is, we ended up being in the movie for only about 30 seconds, and they put other music over what we were doing, because what we played didn't work with the edit, but it was something we really wanted to do.
Saturday, September 26, 2015

Gopherwood Concerts’ Ramblin’ New Season

Music Kristi Kates “We’re really most proud of the Michiganbased performers,” Gopherwood’s Paul Brown said. “And we try to mix it up so that we’re alternating people who have played here before with new artists and other projects that our returning artists are taking part in.
Saturday, September 26, 2015

Petoskey Cheese Coming Soon!

Dining Kristi Kates Katie Potts graduated from Columbia College this past May with a degree in business and entrepreneurship. While other new grads might have their eyes on a corner office in the big city, Potts has her eye on only one thing: cheese.
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

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.