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 4, 2013

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Dates Erin Crowell poverty a chance to develop support networks and make connections for the resources they need, at Bayview Wesleyan Church, TC, 9am-3pm. Free. For info, TraverseBayPRI.org. National Writers Series:.
Monday, November 4, 2013

Moving On

Love’s call leads to a new life in Chicago

Features Erin Crowell I’m not sure why, either. Maybe because it’s easier to get down what you know and deal with the theatrical introduction later. Not that I have one, but I guess it’s a big deal for me since this will be my last article – at least as a feature writer and listings editor for Northern Express.
Monday, October 28, 2013

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Dates Erin Crowell It's the last weekend of thrills and chills at haunts happening throughout the area. At "Scream in Wolverine," brave souls get the chance to experience three different haunts: Kurt & Burt's House of Horror, The Swamp of Terror and The Crazed Clown Convention.
Monday, October 28, 2013

Return of the Dogman

Filmmaker revisits a local legend

Features Erin Crowell She discovers one of her puppies is dead. That’s when the coyotes start to circle… It’s another night of filming for Rich Brauer and his team. The Traverse City filmmaker— whose directing credits include “Deadrise,” “Frozen Stupid” and “Mr.
Monday, October 21, 2013

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Dates Erin Crowell The Undead (both furry and "human") are invited to drag their limbs in the 5th Annual Zombie Run, a 5K walk/run course that starts and ends at Right Brain Brewery in TC, on Oct. 26. Proceeds benefit TART Trails with awards going to top finishers and best costumes.
Monday, October 21, 2013

When a Pet has Cancer...

Bay Area Pet Hospital offers chemotherapy

Features Erin Crowell “We want owners to recognize that through chemo, we are trying to increase their pets’ quality, as well as quantity of life,” Navidonski explained. “The chances of cancer completely going away is low, but we can increase both quality and quantity of life.
Monday, October 14, 2013

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Dates Erin Crowell Local stylists, designers, clothiers and models will rock the runway at the annual Global Hair & Fashion Show, Oct. 19, at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. The New York style fashion show includes a cash bar and appetizers. Tickets start at $35, which benefit the Women's Resource Center.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

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Dates Erin Crowell Get ready for some cruising and bruising when the Kalkaska Small Town Outlaws host the Mitten Kitten Mash-Up North Roller Derby Tournament, Oct. 12 & 13, at the Kalkaska Kaliseum. The annual championship features the top teams in the state, which will include the Outlaws and Traverse City's Toxic Cheries.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

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Dates Erin Crowell The Annual Remembrance Run raises money locally for the Women's Cancer Fund. Held Saturday, October 5, at Timber Ridge Resort in Traverse City, the 5K & 1 mile walk/ run courses include information booths, refreshments and raffle, starting at 8 a.m..
Thursday, September 12, 2013

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Dates Erin Crowell Join the 'Camunity' to help six-year-old, Cam Deering--who was diagnosed with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis at the age of 10 months--with a fundraiser at Moomer's Ice Cream on Sunday, Sept. 15 from 1-6 p.m.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Not Your Grandma’s 5k

Local race directors take on growing trend of obstacle course races

Features Erin Crowell Obstacle course races are surging in popularity across the country. Events ranging from three to a dozen miles take participants through mud, over barriers, under log beams and across the finish line with a sense of completing something more than just a running race.
Monday, August 26, 2013

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Dates Erin Crowell Pond Hill Farm in Harbor Springs says farewell to the season with a North Country Kids Summer Festival on Saturday, Aug. 31. Free entry includes access to the bounce house, cotton candy, games, dunk tank, farm animals and pig races, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The day also includes Zucchini Bowling and a 50/50 raffle.
Monday, August 26, 2013

Take Two!

Suttons Bay Floatilla attempts Guinness World Record…again

Features Erin Crowell “We have a great group of kids in our school, but we aren’t the affluent school you think we would be for this type of area. The money is in second homes and that population. Our school just isn’t big enough to have that money on-hand for these types of activities,” said Kate Thornton, who returns as Floatilla’s organizer.
Monday, August 19, 2013

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Dates Erin Crowell ...the men of Parallel 45 Theatre, that is. The Northern Michigan company brings actors from across the country with local ties for annual performances. First up this season is Shakespeare's "R&J," an all-male adaptation of William Shakespeare's play set in a parallel universe where the Bard is banned.
Monday, August 19, 2013


53-year-old Craig Webb captures race titles by wheel, water & road

Features Erin Crowell When it comes to endurance sports, it’s all about the individual. Runners, cyclists and triathletes train and compete against other individuals looking to push their physical limits. Of course, many athletes compete and train on endurance teams.