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, March 31, 2014

Come, Sit, Stay at the Dogg

Dining Ross Boissoneau In keeping with his parents’ unusual furniture and accessories store, the restaurant is a patchwork of textures and re-used materials. Old doors serve as walls or booths, the bar is made from a nunnery’s old floorboards, and antique (or at least well-used) tables dot the premises.
Monday, March 31, 2014

Edgy “Rain” Hits Studio Theatre

Features Ross Boissoneau The two come into conflict with one another and their superiors after they chase a pimp who shot into Denny’s house, injuring his son. Along the way they return a scared Vietnamese boy to his uncle, with tragic results. In relating the events the two confront scary truths about one another and themselves.
Monday, March 24, 2014

Culinary Tourism

HOT FOR 2014

Features Ross Boissoneau

If you feed them, they will come. Culinary tourism, the theme at this year’s Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism, had more than 1,000 tourism experts and entrepreneurs talking in early March. When it comes to maximizing tourism dollars spent in Michigan, food, agriculture, and locally produced beverages are what bring – and keep – money here.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Dinghy's New Lifeline: Families, Ribs

Dining Ross Boissoneau The nautical décor at Dinghy’s is prominent, from the record-setting brown trout caught in Betsie Bay displayed behind the bar, to paddles, a ship’s bell and other seafaring items. Car ferry signs hang from the ceiling, while old maritime maps and photos adorn the walls.
Monday, March 10, 2014

A TC Favorite

Dining Ross Boissoneau For Randy Waclawski and Patty Hickman, serving up food to hungry customers at The Dish Café in Traverse City is a labor of love. Though 50- to 70-hour workweeks have been the norm since purchasing the café eight years ago, their enthusiasm hasn’t waned.
Monday, March 3, 2014

Everybody's Jolly at the Pumpkin

Dining Ross Boissoneau Fried goat cheese instead of the standard mozzarella; crab (not potato) tater tots; pulled pork nachos; and the French fries are seasoned with truffle sea salt. Addictive amber ale mayo accompanies both fries and the Pumpkin’s signature kettle-fried curried chips.
Monday, March 3, 2014

The new Church Music

Features Ross Boissoneau Church praise bands hardly seem to be the most controversial topic in a world grappling with global warming and gay rights. But for centuries, parishioners have fought for – and against – everything from an innocent 18th century organ to the ‘70sera “demon drums.”
Monday, January 27, 2014


Dining Ross Boissoneau Owner Michael Peterson and his wife and business partner Rebecca transformed the property in 2007. Now an airy restaurant and lounge, Siren Hall features poured concrete floors and bar top made from a single plank of Douglas fir reclaimed from the Puget Sound.
Monday, January 13, 2014


Dining Ross Boissoneau In charge of the kitchen and menu is Anie Driscoll, who began working in food five years ago, first moving up the ladder at the Resort from the coffee shop to the kitchens, then as executive chef at Stony Point Pub in Suttons Bay. She returned to Grand Traverse Resort last April as Aerie sous chef.
Monday, January 6, 2014


Dining Ross Boissoneau Boothroyd decided to back away from the gym years hours of 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. to keep a lifestyle where he could still be a family man. With hours now set at 10:30 to 4 (6 in the summer), Boothroyd and his staff focus on the lunchtime trade.
Friday, January 3, 2014


Dining Ross Boissoneau They moved from New Mexico and Mason, John’s hometown, to the area to start the Empire Coffee Company. Only problem was they discovered they weren’t alone. “We found there were 12 or 13 Empire Coffee Companies in the country,” said John with a laugh..
Monday, December 9, 2013


Dining Ross Boissoneau The Empire bar and grill has been in business since 1945. Frank and Mary Lerchen bought it in 2006, and they are only the fourth owners. “Mike Wiesen owned it, and before that it was the Meads and the Deerings,” said Frank following a morning breakfast rush.
Monday, December 9, 2013

Ski Season blends slopes with entertainment

Features Ross Boissoneau While Northern Michigan’s ski resorts always pin their biggest hopes on cooperation from Mother Nature, they also put their best foot forward with entertainment, lodging, dining and other activities. From Cadillac to Harbor Springs, skiers and snowboarders can find a host of slopes and plenty to do after a strenuous day outside.
Monday, November 11, 2013


Dining Ross Boissoneau When it first opened, the Blue Heron only served pastries and coffee in the morning, but like its namesake in Cadillac, it has since begun serving full breakfasts: omelettes, breakfast bowls, wraps and sandwiches. Williams expects, or at least hopes, that the first meal will soon become as popular.
Monday, October 28, 2013


Dining Ross Boissoneau After a few months of working at Mico’s (which was eventually sold and became Firefly), he returned to the warmer climes of southern California. But he returned to the area in more temperate weather, and eventually decided it was time to move here and open his own restaurant.