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, February 16, 2015

Health Matters in Michigan

Features Ross Boissoneau he Mitten State is exporting health -- supplements, technology, and ideas -- and as such has emerged as a leader. Michigan ranks in the top 10 states for manufacturing medical devices, and its leading companies stretch from Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids to northern Michigan.
Monday, February 9, 2015

Tap Room Replaces Union Cantina

Dining Ross Boissoneau The restaurant group is a partnership between brothers Matt and Mark Davies and their wives Patty and Jenny. The four decided to close their Mexican-themed Union Cantina in downtown Traverse City and reopen it as Union Tap & Grill, which Matt Davies says better fits both the area and the company’s other holdings.
Monday, February 2, 2015

Hot Jazz For a Cold Night

Music Ross Boissoneau During one of these geek out sessions, a friend of a friend stopped by with a delivery. Enthralled by the sounds, Eddy Francisco started tap dancing along with the music. Before long, “Fast Eddy” was part of the band’s percussion section.
Monday, January 26, 2015

Maddy’s 31 Sets the Table

Dining Ross Boissoneau Their location along the main route from Traverse City to Interlochen, Honor and beyond is a definite plus, but Maddy’s 31 has much more to recommend it than its spot on US 31 just east of Interlochen corners.
Monday, January 26, 2015

Live Band or DJ?

Features Ross Boissoneau Ames lived in Charlevoix for more than 20 years before moving to Savannah, Georgia. His business partner Steve Rodriguez is a saxophonist and Soul Street’s musical director. These days, Rodriguez is based in Saginaw, but both men frequently return to northern Michigan for gigs.
Monday, January 19, 2015

A New Tradition at McGee's

Dining Ross Boissoneau marinated wings and risotto tater tots. Among the entrees are items from the waters —ahi tuna tacos with mango avocado relish, beer battered cod and pan-seared salmon — and from the pasture there’s veal meatloaf, bistro filet, New York strip, and bangers and mash with veal sausage and white cheddar mashed potatoes.
Monday, January 12, 2015

Nutrition Is Key Weapon in Battling Cancer

Dining Ross Boissoneau When it comes to the best foods to help you avoid cancer, it’s no surprise that the list includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains. The list is similar for people who already have cancer, but with one important consideration. Sometimes people need to eat anything that’s appealing and doesn’t make them sick.
Monday, January 12, 2015

Groups and meetings a support backbone for many

Features Ross Boissoneau Amy Juneau is a clinical oncology social worker in Petoskey. She works with McLaren Cancer Institute/Karmanos Cancer Institute to assist those dealing with cancer. She breaks down the disease’s effects into what she calls five dimensions of survivorship:.
Monday, January 12, 2015

Cancer Survivors

Features Ross Boissoneau “He asked me if there was anything else I wanted to talk about,” said Lanham. Rather than discuss her sadness at the loss of her husband, “I said, ‘the only thing is I’m still having shortness of breath.’ He said, ‘You know, we might want to do a pulmonary study.
Monday, January 5, 2015

Crystal Café Tackles the Off-Season

Dining Ross Boissoneau Breakfasts include eggs, potatoes and breakfast meats. Specialties include the Bob, an egg, cheese and bacon sandwich on a biscuit; the Charlie, an egg scramble with cheese, bacon and sausage on a potato roll; and the Belli Cakes, pancakes with dried cherries and a scoop of ice cream.
Sunday, December 28, 2014

Big Papa Makes His Mark

Dining Ross Boissoneau THE SCENE The building on US 31 just north of Chum’s Corners has gone by a variety of names over the years: Club 31, The Gin Mill, Spike’s Peak, Northern Lights. Whatever the name, Hisem says its reputation stayed pretty much the same. “It was a shot and a beer and a fight place,” he says.
Monday, December 22, 2014

Leland Lodge Welcomes Winter

Dining Ross Boissoneau When the snow flew, the Leland Lodge used to shut its doors for the season, but not anymore. Now, the lodge and restaurant (Bogey’s) at the top of Pearl Street are embracing the off-season, which is great news for those seeking a quick lunch or delicious dinner.
Sunday, December 14, 2014

Georgina’s Makes Its Move

Dining Ross Boissoneau For months, fans of Chef Tony Craig’s creative cuisine have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to enjoy his signature fare once again. After closing the original Latin/Asian taqueria, renovations of the new space took longer than expected.
Monday, December 8, 2014

Pearl’s, Queen of Creole

Dining Ross Boissoneau THE SCENE Though wildly successful today, Pearl’s was far from a sure thing. As the restaurant’s website says, “We can still recall the sincere concern of all those who went out of their way at the time to ask us, ‘What are you, nuts?’” Moore...
Monday, December 1, 2014

Opa! Still Going Strong

Dining Ross Boissoneau Among the pitas, the gyros may be the most popular, but the vegetarian options are also enticing: the Mediterranean includes falafel and hummus; the European has grilled mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and roasted red peppers; and the Pesto Perfect Pita features basil pesto, roasted peppers, tomatoes and melted Kasseri cheese.