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, December 23, 2013

A Cold Blast From the Past

December, so far, has looked more like an old fashioned winter

Features Patrick Sullivan Extraordinarily cold, in fact. “This cold, this early and this long -- I’d have to say is a pretty big story,” said Scott Rozanski, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Gaylord. “It’s pretty cold. ... Had you moved up here five years ago and you’d lived up here for the last five years, you’d say, ‘I’ve never seen it like this.
Monday, March 30, 2015

8 Steps to Turn Your Home Into A Spa

Features word spa conjures images of ultimate relaxation, cleansing and renewal. Whether part of a fulllength vacation or just a day off, spas offer ways to detach from our stress-filled daily routines. However, a full spa experience can be expensive, making it difficult to incorporate if you’ve chosen a budgetfriendly staycation.
Monday, May 18, 2015

Make it a Memorable Memorial Day

Features Kristi Kates 1. LIVE A LITTLE HISTORY Historic Greenfield Village is a great place to visit even without the excuse of a three-day weekend.
Saturday, May 30, 2015

Get Out for the Paint Out!

Features Kristi Kates All artwork must be brought back to CTAC between 3pm and 4pm. After the day’s painting has concluded, the second part of the Paint Out event begins. CTAC offers juried prizes in a range of categories from Best Landscape and Best Waterscape to Best Portrait and Best Cityscape.
Friday, June 19, 2015

High-Flying Fun at Balloonfest

Features Kristi Kates More than 50 brightly colored, massive hot air balloons will fill the sky above Howell, Michigan for the annual Michigan Challenge Balloonfest, which began in 1984. Watched by more than 100,000 spectators, the pilots at this event are competing for the state championship in hot air ballooning, including a trophy, cash and prizes.
Saturday, June 27, 2015

Celebration in the Skies

Features Bridgette Steele The Cherry Blossom Festival emerged in 1925, later to become the National Cherry Festival. Almost ninety years later, this celebration recorded more than half a million visitors, many of whom arrived early for a thrilling display of aerobatic prowess by the renowned U.S. Navy Blue Angels.
Saturday, November 7, 2015

Traverse City’s Unsung World War II Hero

Features Nick Beadleston Citizens of Traverse City often point to the region’s history as a source of local pride. However, many are completely unaware that one of northern Michigan’s own sons received the United States’ highest military honor during one of the nation’s most trying times.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Up Up and Away!

Features Kristi Kates Looking to take to the quiet skies in a hot air or gas balloon just like Phileas Fogg in the film version of Around the World in Eighty Days, French aeronaut Jean-Pierre Blanchard, or modern day gadabout Richard Branson? Two places in northern Michigan offer balloon flights to the public, complete with expansive and amazing aerial views.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

What's Happening

Features Kristi Kates Cherry Festival is so big, one parade simply isn’t enough. Enjoy three separate parades, each one stuffed with floats, marching bands, flags, and music, and each with their own unique parade personality: the return of the local favorite Heritage...