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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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Four shows to watch this fall

Features Jane Louise Boursaw There’s a good crop of new shows this fall, everything from high school kids to screwed up families. Here’s a sneak peek at four shows to watch:
Thursday, July 27, 2006

The Free Flicks at the Open Space

Features Jane Louise Boursaw JURASSIC PARK (PG-13, 1993) – Tues, 8/1

Gist: An eccentric billionaire (Richard Attenborough) with way too much money on his hands decides to play God and clone dinosaurs using prehistoric DNA. Not only that, he creates a high-tech theme park on an exotic island, inviting his grandkids, lawyer, and a few scientists in for a look. As is usually the case, there’s a greedy person in the mix. This time, it’s nerdy computer expert (Wayne Knight, aka “Newman”), who decides to disable the security system so he can escape with some stolen embryos. Well, it’s just one big party when the raptors figure out the juice is off on the electric fences.

Why We Love It: The folks over at Industrial Light and Magic really earned their paychecks on this one. We have no problem believing these dinos and this place really exists. When scientists Sam Neill and Laura Dern come over that hill and catch a first glimpse of the herd, they’re awestruck and so are we.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Seven shows to watch this summer

Art Jane Louise Boursaw In the good old days, summer TV was a wasteland of reruns and more reruns. We were better off playing outside than watching rehashed eps of “Leave it to Beaver.”
But TV has grown up and so have we. Now we can plant our butts firmly on the couch all summer, smug in the fact that we’re watching NEW shows. Here’s a peek at seven shows that’ll save you from the trauma of all those camping and kayaking trips.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

The Great Popcorn Explosion

Features Jane Louise Boursaw Big explosions, high-tech weapons, creepy terrorists...no, it‘s not the latest report from CNN. It‘s M:I3, the action-packed thriller that put Tom Cruise back in the good graces of his fans again. Studios are breaking out the big guns to get us into theaters, and with M:I3 pulling in $160 million so far, the summer movie season is off to a great start. Here‘s a sneak peek:

Thursday, February 2, 2006

The New Face of Horror

Features Jane Louise Boursaw Brutal killings, grisly beheadings, sadistic rapes... no, it’s not the 6 o’clock news, it’s what’s playing at the local cineplex. Or are they one and the same?
Gruesome horror movies are making a comeback, and teenagers are flocking to the theaters to see them, in spite of – or maybe because of – their R ratings. What’s the appeal? Could these movies be a reflection of the
cruel reality we see on CNN and Fox News every day?
Think about it. Over the past few years, the 24/7 news channels have brought us 9/11, the BTK Killer, Natalee Holloway, child kidnappings, brutal terrorists, suicide bombers, and gruesome beheadings in Iraq. And that’s just the tip of the terrifying iceberg. Perhaps filmmakers feel compelled to make movies that reflect what’s happening in the real world. But why do we feel compelled to see these ugly events again on the big screen?
Thursday, January 19, 2006

What‘s on the Tube this Winter

Features Jane Louise Boursaw You‘ve turned over the calendar, tossed all the junk food out (right?), and made friends with your treadmill. The only thing left to do is veg out on the couch with your favorite TV shows. Here’s a sample of what’s on the tube in the next few months.

IN JUSTICE (ABC–Fri/9pm): Dead men walking get a new lease on life in this politically charged series starring Kyle MacLachlan as a hotshot corporate lawyer who founds the National Justice Project. Jason O’Mara is the ex-cop who runs the operation, while Constance Zimmer and Daniel Cosgrove play the obligatory bickering investigators.

THE BOOK OF DANIEL (NBC–Fri/10 pm): This 7th Heaven-Everwood crossover stars Aidan Quinn as Daniel Webster, a husband, dad, Episcopalian minister, and...Vicodin addict who sees Jesus on a regular basis. But that’s just the tip of this dysfunctional iceberg, which also features a gay son and the embezzlement of church funds. Lord have mercy.

Thursday, September 1, 2005

Fall TV

Features Jane Louise Boursaw The Fall TV season is upon us, and it can be summed up in three categories: 1) I see dead people; 2) the aliens are among us; and 3) I’m a has-been celebrity in a new reality show. Nevertheless, if you’ve been dying to learn what’s inside “the hatch” on the Lost island, who the father of Gabrielle’s baby is, or how soccer moms can make big bucks selling pot, the time has come. Here’s a sample of what’s happening on the small screen this fall:
Thursday, November 18, 2004

So You Want to be a Freelance Writer... The Myths & the Bite of Reality Behind the Scribbling Life

Features Jane Louise Boursaw “Hey, I haven’t seen your byline in the local papers lately. What’s up?” I hear a lot of that these days, ever since I decided to try my luck with national newspapers and magazines a few years ago.
Things are going well, but being a freelance writer isn’t the free-and-easy life that most people think. So if you’re thinking about getting into the biz – and I know lots of you are, because people ask me about it all the time – I’m here to debunk a few of the more popular myths about the writing life:
Thursday, July 8, 2004

Battle‘s Over, the War Goes On: Hepatitis C Remains a Challenge, even with a Liver Transplant

Features Jane Louise Boursaw Last fall, I wrote a story for Northern Express about our experience with Hepatitis C and my husband’s resulting liver transplant. Many people continue to ask after Tim’s health, so I’m writing to let you know what’s happened since then and where we’re headed.
Thursday, December 11, 2003

There and Back Again: They Faced the Ultimate Medical Emergency

Features Jane Louise Boursaw My heart raced as I picked up the phone. “Hi, Jane. It‘s time,“ the voice said calmly, following with a series of instructions I hastily scribbled down. I mentally noted the time: 8:25 p.m., August 11, 2003.
Thursday, May 22, 2003

Bill Post Finds his Pop Tarts still Hot after 40 Years

Features Jane Louise Boursaw Pop-Tarts may be hitting the big 4-0 this year, but they‘re younger,
hipper, and even trendier today than they were in 1963. Everyone from
your kids to celebs Ashanti, Missy Elliot, and Randy Jackson love the
flat toaster pastries.
Thursday, April 17, 2003

The Art of Fashion: Leah Dziewit Offers Silk Creations and Recycled Chic

Features Jane Louise Boursaw Leah Dziewit gently fingers the silk in her basement studio in the rolling country west of Maple City. Soft swaths of the fabric are strewn about in various stages of production: rich persimmons, mangoes, limes, and a host of other colors. It‘s all part of Dziewit‘s custom clothing business, Leah Artware.
Thursday, March 6, 2003

Ron Jolly Takes Top Honors as Best DJ

Features Jane Louise Boursaw It‘s 7:10 a.m. and Ron Jolly is discussing the latest nor‘easter with meteorologist Greg McMaster. As the morning progresses, Jolly will run through the birthday list, hash over the news with Joel Franck, and discuss current events with callers from all parts of Northern Michigan.
Thursday, January 30, 2003

Great Gadgets for 2003: Some must-have items for Techno-buffs

Features Jane Louise Boursaw What‘s new on the technology front? Everything from watches with GPS tracking to MP3 players that can store over 4,000 songs. Experts predict that personal computers will get faster, wireless devices will become more common, and handheld devices will start doing our dishes... well, maybe not, but they‘ll continue to boast even more features. Here‘s a look at what‘s in store for us this year.
Thursday, January 16, 2003

Training the Terminatrix: How Sci-fi Star Kristanna Loken got in Shape for a Killer Role

Features Jane Louise Boursaw Kristanna Loken is lean, muscular, and cat-like. But the leggy blond who plays the Terminatrix in the upcoming movie “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines“ didn‘t get that way overnight. She trained an average of three hours a day for five months to buff out for the role of Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s nemesis.