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, November 7, 2015

Re Entry

Features Ross Boissoneau Playwrights Emily Ackerman and KJ Sanchez boiled down the interviews into a stage play featuring the stories of U.S. Marines and members of their families. The docudrama explores the challenges of re-entering family, community and country with honesty and occasional humor.
Saturday, October 24, 2015

Dogs Get Their Day, Sometimes More Than One a Week

Features Ross Boissoneau For many people, their dogs are part of their family, but doggie daycare takes that sentiment to a whole new level. For some, it’s a way to make sure their dog is taken care of while they’re working, but others take their dog just so Rover can have some fun with pals.
Saturday, October 24, 2015

Choosing the Right Pet

Features Ross Boissoneau “Most people don’t spend enough time researching what the breed was bred for. They’ve seen a picture and have a mental image they’re attracted to,” he said. “Having a hunting dog in an apartment, in a crate for eight hours a day while you’re at work, is not a good situation.
Friday, October 2, 2015

Grape Harvest Down Again, But Still Plenty of Wine

Features Ross Boissoneau Harsh winters, late frosts, significant summer storms — if it’s not one thing, it’s another in the world of agriculture, and the world of wine is no exception. The result is a grape harvest over most of the region — and the state — that will be significantly below average this year.
Friday, October 2, 2015

Recapturing Our Heritage, One Apple at a Time

Features Ross Boissoneau That’s not a relative, but an antique nevertheless. So-called antique apples date back 50, 100, 150 years ago. Favored varieties such as Macintosh, Paula Red, Granny Smith, and especially Red Delicious took over shelf space, while Sunset, Grimes Golden, Hawkeye Greening and, yes, Aunt Lucy, became all but unknown.
Saturday, September 19, 2015

Cherry Capital Foods

Features Ross Boissoneau Our region has become an undeniable beacon for food connoisseurs. From casual cafés to fine dining establishments, eateries have adopted the farm-to-table mantra and upped the ante with innovative ingredients and unexpected preparations.
Friday, September 11, 2015

Forty Years of Kiss in Cadillac

Anniversary brings tribute concert and events to site of 1975 history-making show

Features Ross Boissoneau When your high school football team is wound too tight to meet expectations, there’s only one thing to do: invite the baddest band on the planet to town and hope they can loosen things up. Forty years later, Cadillac is reliving the epic day Kiss visited their city.
Monday, May 11, 2015

Restaurant Roundup

Features Ross Boissoneau Over the past few months, we’ve profiled 10 area eateries from Elberta to Harbor Springs. As part of our RestauranTour issue, here’s a recap of those stories:
Monday, May 4, 2015

Round’s serves hometown from scratch

Dining Ross Boissoneau As it turns out, the name is more than just a comment on the architecture. The diner on Eighth Street just west of Garfield started out as Jeff ’s Grill in 1947, then it became the Circle Inn. When Bill Round bought it in 1957, he renamed it Round’s Circle Inn.
Monday, April 27, 2015

Endless Flavors and Horizons at Blu

Dining Ross Boissoneau Typically, there are six to eight entrée selections, a like number of appetizers, and several salads. If you don’t see something on the menu that appeals to you, or you’d like to mix and match ingredients from different dishes, the Chamberlains and their staff are happy to accommodate you.
Monday, April 27, 2015

Divine Intervention

Features Ross Boissoneau When selling a home, the first thing most people do is stick a sign in the yard declaring it FOR SALE, but some sellers put a little something extra in the ground for some additional help: a statue of St. Joseph. According to legend, burying the patron saint of the home and family will help a home sell quickly.
Monday, April 20, 2015

Blue Caribou Set for Second Summer

Dining Ross Boissoneau THE MENU The Chorleys note that, when people are vacationing, they often wake up later, but they still want breakfast. So, no matter the time of day, customers can choose from the entire menu.
Monday, April 20, 2015

Gardeners of All Stripes

Features Ross Boissoneau HOBBY GONE WILD Chris Hoos and Jill Yaple, Maple City Years gardening: 20 plus years each Favorite flowers/vegetables to grow: Chris – frying peppers and fava beans Jill – peas and peppers, sunflowers and zinnias Sources for plants/seeds: We buy a few seeds in stores as we see them, but mostly we order seeds from catalogs, e.
Monday, April 20, 2015

How to Get Started

Features Ross Boissoneau Shuker says the easiest plants to grow are the ones that require the least amount of water and maintenance, and that will grow in soil conditions that are not ideal. Some examples are succulents, sedums, lavender and ornamental grasses. All prefer hot, dry conditions and need little attention or deadheading.
Monday, April 20, 2015

Where to Turn

Features Ross Boissoneau First, there is a plethora of gardening stores. From Crystal Gardens in Frankfort to Garden Goods in Traverse City to Elk Rapids Floral and Greenhouses to the grocery stores and big box stores that stock seeds, plants and tools, you can find most everything you need and advice on what and how to plant.