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, October 15, 2016

Feel Fabulous This Fall

Features Beth Milligan From cutting-edge skincare treatments and new hair and makeup services to rejuvenating massage therapies and luxurious spa getaways, here’s your guide to getting — and feeling —gorgeous in northern Michigan this fall..
Saturday, July 16, 2016

2016 Traverse City Film Festival

Features Beth Milligan With over 200 films screening at this year’s Traverse City Film Festival, there’s something for every type of moviegoer attending the event.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

New Housing Projects Dot Northern Michigan

Features Beth Milligan Expect to see a lot of cranes in the air this summer as developers scramble to meet northern Michigan’s skyrocketing housing demand. Construction is particularly intense in Traverse City, but several other communities also have notable residential projects underway.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Buoyancy of Boyne City

Features Beth Milligan In the last 10 years, something has shifted in this community of just less than 4,000 residents. Visitors still flock to the resorts, but now they’re also likely to be strolling Boyne City’s downtown streets in the summer, taking in winter concerts...
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Northern Michigan Brewers On The Move

Features Beth Milligan Just one month after announcing plans to distribute outside the state of Michigan for the first time, Short’s Brewing Company has finalized deals to sell its beer in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio by the end of March.
Saturday, March 5, 2016

5 Northern Michiganders Redefining Retirement

Features Beth Milligan In 2014, Traverse City resident Susie Janis helped launched a new program at the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation. Janis recruited a group of donors who each made a three-year commitment to contribute $25,000 annually to the newlynamed Get It Done Fund.
Saturday, February 13, 2016

The New Face Of Magnum Hospitality

Features Beth Milligan the last 17 years, Fred Moore, Mary Palmer and Jim Cartwright have been the owners and faces of Magnum Hospitality, the popular northern Michigan restaurant group that includes Pearl’s New Orleans Kitchen in Elk Rapids, Red Mesa Grill in Traverse City and Boyne City, and Cafe Sante in Boyne City.
Saturday, January 9, 2016

In Pursuit Of A Cure: Cancer Research In Northern Michigan

Features Beth Milligan For most, the term “cancer research” conjures up images of university laboratories, scientific institutes and metropolitan medical centers. Yet local community hospitals across northern Michigan are also playing a crucial part in the search to find a cure.
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Raise a Glass to 2016

Features Beth Milligan Nothing says New Year’s Eve like champagne. But picking up a few bottles of high-end bubbly can quickly add up. Beverage Manager and Sommelier Travis Tache of Petoskey’s Seventeen says several brands in the $30-$40 range “knock out” their more expensive counterparts in both quality and taste.
Saturday, November 21, 2015

5 Nonprofit Giving Tips

Features Beth Milligan “One easy first step is for people to identify what they’re interested in and what’s important to them,” said Program Director Joe Liszewski of NorthSky Nonprofit Network. “From there, people can look locally, statewide or nationally for organizations that fit those criteria.
Saturday, October 31, 2015

First Responders: Northern Michigan Women on the Front Lines

Features Beth Milligan Every day across northern Michigan, women in life-saving positions — including firefighters, EMTs, 911 dispatchers and other first responders — respond to the call of duty to provide aid and assistance to fellow citizens in need. The Northern Express profiles four women serving their communities on the front lines.
Saturday, September 19, 2015

Restaurant Openings

Features Beth Milligan Details: Owner-chef Anthony Craig has already incubated one successful restaurant in the tiny 350 square-foot space on East Front Street in Traverse City. After moving his Latin-Asian fusion eatery Georgina’s to bigger digs down the street, Craig is now turning his attention to the upcoming launch of breakfast/lunch café Elsie’s.
Friday, August 14, 2015

Saved In the Line of Duty

A Healing Bond Between Officers And One Northern Michigan Company

Features Beth Milligan The morning of Aug. 5, 2012, Lt. Brian Murphy responded to a disturbance at a local Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. As he approached the complex, working what he’d anticipated would be a quiet Sunday shift, Murphy had no idea his life was about to be upended.
Friday, July 31, 2015

A New Twist on Home-Cooked Meals

Features Beth Milligan Wish you could eat healthier, but aren’t sure where to start? Crave a homemade dinner, but don’t have the time or energy to cook from scratch every night? Meet three companies who are taking over the shopping, prepping and cooking — all so you don’t have to.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

TCFF’s Special Guests: Inspire, Entertain, Educate

Features Beth Milligan This week’s Traverse City Film Festival (July 28-August 2) brings a constellation of directors, writers, producers and characters – both fictional and real – to northern Michigan.