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..

Topic: best
Monday, March 26, 2012

Best Yoga Instructor

Mantra of the Mat

Best of NM 2012 If ever you wanted to increase flexibility, strengthen your core, find inner balance or just find an activity that doesn’t murder your joints, then yoga is probably the best go-to activity. While there are numerous teachers, clinics and businesses all over the region to help you with all of the above, two instructors stand out as among the best.
Monday, March 26, 2012

Best of Mackinac & Cheboygan

Best of NM 2012 serve as the corridor to the north. Surrounded by water, woods and chocked full of history, it’s the last stop before folks say ‘Ya’ to da U.P. But this region is more than a pit stop for visitors, it’s home to eclectic shops, cool hangouts, good food and plenty of spirits.
Monday, March 26, 2012

Best TV Show

Best of NM 2012 • 2 Broke Girls • 30 Rock • American Horror • America’s Talent • Antiques roadshow • ANYTHING ON HGTV • The Bachelor • Bar Rescue • Beavis and Butthead • Boardwalk Empire • Breaking Bad • Californication • Castle • CBS Sunday Morning • Curb Your Enthusiasm • Daily Show- John Stewart • Deadliest Catch • Dexter • Don’t have TV.
Monday, March 17, 2014

2014 Best of Northern Michigan

Features “We carefully curate quality pieces that our customers will love forever, not just for a season,” said Ella’s Breanne Russell. “Sharing our passion is not only fulfilling but rewarding – thank you to Express readers for keeping us in business and appreciating what we do!”.
Monday, June 2, 2014

Roast and Toast's Near Miss

Dining Ross Boissoneau Sandwiches include a grilled chicken gyro; veggie pita; peppered turkey with Swiss cheese, sundried tomato pesto mayo and roasted red peppers; an avocado BLT and many others that can be served on whole wheat, rye, sourdough, or vegetable bread. There are three wraps on the menu as well.
Monday, October 27, 2014

Monster Mix!

Music Kristi Kates You’ve played all of your Sound FX tracks on CD, streamed Pandora’s Spooky Symphonies channel for three hours and danced to the “Monster Mash.” Now you’re in dire need of some more modern music to entertain your Halloween guests. Never fear! Express is here with a monstrous mix of two dozen essential cuts for Halloween 2014.
Monday, December 22, 2014

Bringing The Second City to Traverse City

Art Kristi Kates You may have heard of a few of these people: Bill Murray, Bonnie Hunt, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Mike Myers, Tim Meadows and Tina Fey. They are just a few of the many Second City alumni who helped solidify the troupe’s legacy of cutting-edge funny.
Saturday, June 6, 2015

It’s a Dog’s show

Features Kristi Kates Dog shows — the 2000 Christopher Guest dog show parody movie “Best in Show” not withstanding — can run the gamut, from the highbrow canine royalty of the Westminster Dog Show to more casual summertime contests focusing on the town’s ugliest or most patriotic pet.
Saturday, November 21, 2015

5 Gifts for the Techie

Features Kristi Kates Media streaming is big as more and more people sever their connections to expensive cable TV packages and find their entertainment elsewhere; Chromecast is a great way to start that process.