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, November 23, 2009

No home? New housing developement offers refuge/Suiting up/Operatics

Region Watch Danielle Horvath No Home? New housing development offers refuge
By Danielle Horvath
Being homeless can happen to anyone, even for former NBA players like David Vaughn who blew through $22 million and ended up sleeping in his Chevy Impala. Or, it can be a single mom with two kids who escapes an abusive relationship and is living in a campground with winter coming and who still has no job. At least 1.35 million children in the U.S. are homeless during the year -- over 200,000 on any given day.
Monday, August 24, 2009

Mead: Tha ale of wine

Dining Danielle Horvath Mead: The “Ale of Wine”
combines honey & cherries

By Danielle Horvath 8/24/09

Mead -- made from local honey and cherries and formulated with green tea, hops and spices -- is making its debut at several area establishments. Hand-crafted in Lake Ann, it is like a wine cooler, but not as sweet or artificial tasting, and packs more punch.
Bruce Grossman, Acoustic Brewing Company owner, musician and zymurgist (one who takes care of fermentation), landed on the product after years of brewing beer and decided to experiment with mead, or honey-wine. Grossman began with small batches over the past several years. He has a small circle of friends and family that tried it and understood what he was going for.
The end result is Acoustic Cherry Draft Mead, a honey-cherry wine that is fermented and flavored with natural fruit and spices, carbonated and served chilled. “I wanted something quaffable like a beer but made out of wine. It’s the closest I could come to making beer under a wine license. I call it ‘the ale of wine.’”
Grossman originally was going to pursue opening a small microbrewery but along the way saw the advantage of a wine maker’s license as opposed to a brewery. He purchased brewing equipment a few years ago and went about converting his garage into a home-based business.
Monday, July 27, 2009

The Cabbage Shed

Dining Danielle Horvath The Cabbage Shed
New concert series & menu upgrade an Elberta tradition

By Danielle Horvath 7/27/09

A summer tradition for visitors and affectionately known as “the Shed” by
the locals, the Cabbage Shed in Elberta has hosted some of the best in
Northern Michigan entertainment during its 26-year history. Over the
years, owner Jim Clapp has offered just about every kind of live music,
from rock & roll to blues and country to swing and Cajun.
Monday, July 6, 2009

Betsie Bay Inn

Dining Danielle Horvath Betsie Bay Inn Offers
Your Heart’s Desire in Frankfort

By Danielle Horvath 7/6/09

If you wish to linger over a freshly-prepared, globally-inspired dinner, stay for a weekend in a real Northern Michigan inn just blocks from the Big Lake; or are in need of a memorable place to hold that special event, the Betsie Bay Inn has it all.
Three years ago, Leslie and Geoff Perkins took on the daunting task of renovating the historic inn that had been a landmark in downtown Frankfort since 1867. It burned down in 1925, was rebuilt during the Depression, and renamed a few times over its long history.
Monday, June 15, 2009

Water World

Features Danielle Horvath Water World:
Cruise the Dunes in the New Miner’s Castle

By Danielle Horvath 6/15/09

Almost everyone who lives or visits Northern Michigan makes a visit to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and many make the trek up the popular Dune Climb to take in the expansive views at the top. But not many have had the chance to see the “front door” of the massive shoreline. Beginning this summer, they will get that chance with a new boat cruise that will offer twice-daily trips along the coast from Frankfort to Empire, aboard the “Miner’s Castle,” a twin-diesel passenger vessel.
Monday, March 16, 2009

Lumberjack‘s Bar & Grill

Dining Danielle Horvath So what do you do in this economic downturn in the automotive industry if you are a former auto salesman? If you are Paul Schell and Rich Lewis, you buy a shuttered bar/restaurant in Benzie County and bring it back to life. Thus, the former Sleepy Bear Lounge on US 31 in Honor has been reinvented as Lumberjack’s Bar & Grill.
The bar/restaurant has been an Honor institution for decades. The original building was the town hotel for years and was rebuilt after having endured three fires in 20 years, the last in 1984.
Schell and Lewis, along with their wives, Mindy and Tina, met 10 years ago. Between their friendship, business experience and desire to get involved in the community, they have remodeled, refurbished and opened for business on February 27. They picked Lumberjack’s as a reflection of the lumbering history of the area.
Monday, December 15, 2008

B. Jenkins busts out

Music Danielle Horvath Rhyme-master B. Jenkins beat out 12 other artists to win his third Self-Inflicted 8 competition for a coveted spot to open for Paul Wall when he performs at Streeters Ground Zero this Tuesday, Dec. 16.
“It’s a great opportunity as an independent artist to be exposed to a new audience and I’m also very grateful to Streeters who gave me my first chances to perform a few years ago,” he says.
When most other 15-year-olds were playing video games or hanging out with their friends, Brandon Jenkins was writing song verses and turning them into raps. At 16, he was spending every weekend and vacations at the recording studio of Saginaw-based rapper/producer Astray, whom he impressed with an original rap when he met him at a local mall.
“It was a lot of time away, and my parents made it clear I had to keep up with school if I wanted to pursue this dream,” Jenkins said. “They got a lot of negativity at first from people who thought rap was a bad environment for me to be in so young, but I became more determined than ever to keep at it.”
Monday, September 15, 2008


Features Danielle Horvath While everyone’s complaining about the high gas prices, people like Bruce Leach are doing something about it. Leach has spent the past two-and-a-half years and several thousand dollars to convert a 1983 Mercedes 300 turbo diesel to run on filtered vegetable oil.
A retired systems analyst who admits to “getting ideas and having to know if they work or not,” Leach began the process by researching the idea on the Internet. “I looked into bio-diesel at first, but didn’t want to mess with the chemicals that are needed in the process,” he says. “This is a pure vegetable oil alternative and the oil is waste that can be recycled.”
In his research, Leach learned that converter kits were available for most diesel cars, so he decided to look for a reasonably-priced used Mercedes in good condition. It took more of a search than he expected.
It is recommended that you convert a car that is in good running condition, he says. “They’re hard to find in this area. We ended up buying one off eBay and going to Maryland to pick it up.”
Monday, July 21, 2008

Garden Theater

Features Danielle Horvath Since 1924, the Garden Theater in downtown Frankfort has been an entertainment spot for local families, seasonal residents and tourists by offering first-run movies, live concerts, plays, recitals and even hosting town hall meetings and community gatherings. As of July of this year, a group of investors and community members are breathing new life into the old venue, which had fallen into disrepair and had been open summers only for the past five years.
The community effort is being led by Rick and Gennie Schmidt and Marci Brooks, who are both raising families in Frankfort and wanted to invest in the future of the area.
Monday, July 14, 2008

Myers Granary

Features Danielle Horvath Looking for a piece of Great Lakes memorabilia or an authentic signed Fred Bear hunting bow? Or maybe you’re a comic book collector in search of that one special issue? Chances are you can find all that and more at Myers Granary & Antique Market in downtown Beulah.
A “must stop” for many collectors on the Northern Michigan antiques trail, the building is as interesting as its contents. The massive wooden structure, just a block off downtown and Crystal Lake, was built in 1907. At one time it included a feed and grain mill with a milk house and artesian well “cooler” in the front portion. It housed coal that was brought in by rail from the 1920s to ‘40s, and in its later years it was a farmers cooperative. In the 1970’s the building operated as the Beulah Lumber Company.
Thursday, December 13, 2007

Lighting up a village

Features Danielle Horvath Can you picture the holidays with-out twinkling lights gracing the streets of your town? Well, Benzonia hasn’t had that treat for quite awhile. But thanks to the efforts of Marley Demers-Jablonski last year, the village of Benzonia put up holiday decorations for the first time in 20 years.
Thursday, August 30, 2007

Great Lakes Odyessy

Features Danielle Horvath College student Brenin Wertz-Roth followed his passion this summer, sailing Lake Michigan by himself to spread awareness about the lakes and their fragile eco-systems.
Piloting a 25-foot Catalina named “Friendship,” Brenin, 22, stopped in on communities along the way around Lake Michigan to speak to community and civic groups at state parks, maritime museums and anywhere people are concerned about the health of the Great Lakes. A student at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, he has created a website for those interested in keeping up with his travels, at greatlakesodyssey.com.
Thursday, August 16, 2007

Marlin‘s House of Brews

Dining Danielle Horvath Can a coffee shop survive in a small tourist town in Northern Michigan? That was the question Cortney Miller-Lamb and her family asked themselves and anyone who would listen when they were thinking about opening one. That was four years ago; fast-forward to now and she would give you a resounding “Yes!”
Thursday, August 9, 2007

Port City Smokehouse

Dining Danielle Horvath Mike Elwell is a happy man. He has managed to combine two of his loves - fishing and smoked fish - into a business. Elwell and his brothers took an old car wash/gas station in Frankfort and after extensive renovations turned it into the Port City Smokehouse, which they opened on the main drag heading into town in June.
”Smoked fish and Frankfort are like fudge and Mackinaw City -- they go hand in hand. It’s part of the Up North experience,” Elwell says.
Thursday, August 9, 2007

Down at the worm ranch

Features Danielle Horvath From shredded paper from Munson to apple mash from Cherry Growers, a new Benzie county business is using red worms to recycle 300 tons of organic waste each year that would have otherwise gone to a landfill.Benzie Organic Solutions and Benzie Bait are in their third year of raising worms for fishing bait and turning out some of the best organic fertilizer available.
The business began when owners Tim Quick and Howard Kennedy answered an ad to grow red worms for waste reduction. When that turned out to be a scam, they decided to pursue the idea anyway and began raising European red worms,
which are excellent for bait and for pro-ducing compost.