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, June 17, 2013

Hot Dates Gather Round Stone Circle

Dates Erin Crowell Stone Circle will be commemorating its 30th Anniversary this summer with two special evenings of celebrations on August 10 and 17. The festivities will be free on those nights and open to the public. Regular gatherings will begin on June 22, and continue every Saturday through Labor Day weekend.
Monday, August 26, 2013

Hot Dates

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, November 11, 2013

Hot Dates

Dates at Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. Participants will learn about the Watershed Council’s volunteer lake, stream, and avian botulism monitoring programs. 7pm, Independence Village of Petoskey..
Monday, January 19, 2015

Clip N' Keep

Features Kristi Kates Get your motor runnin’, head out on the highway — and point your GPS to one of northern Michigan’s great car shows! Spring, summer and fall all welcome gatherings of motorists to locations across the region, so here’s your guide to some of the most popular car events on the way for the 2015 season.
Monday, February 2, 2015

Out There Tech

Features Kristi Kates the Consumer Electronics Show proves anything each year, it’s that human innovation seems to have no limits. A dazzling array of gear, gadgets and new technologies share space at the show, offering everything from music players to cameras, smartphone gear to wearables, many with features you’ve never seen — or even thought of — before.
Monday, May 18, 2015

Dates 05-17-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Ride of Silence: Bicyclists from the Boyne area will gather on Weds., May 20 to ride & remember those fellow bicyclists injured or killed on the road. Riders will gather at 6:30pm for orientation near the pavilion in Veterans Park, Boyne City. The group will leave at 7pm & cover about 10 mi.
Saturday, May 30, 2015

Dates 06-01-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold TC Youth Triathlon: Held at the GT Civic Center on Sat., June 6, starting with the first age group at 8am, kids will swim in a lap pool, followed by a bike ride & run on a path. There will be different distances for different ages. Registration: $30 at packet pick up or $40 on race day.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Your Guide To The Food Trucks

Features Kristi Kates THE LANDING CRAFT A spinoff of Charlevoix’s popular restaurant, The Landing, The Landing Craft offers up a mixed menu from their custom-designed “mobile kitchen” that features summer favorites, plus selections from the restaurant’s main menu. Two to try: The Beach Fries with Old Bay seasoning and fry sauce; chicken salad sliders.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Dates 06-18-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold Choose from more than 100 wines at the 8th Annual Traverse City Wine & Art Festival on Sat., June 25 from 4-9pm at The Village at GT Commons, TC. In addition will be fresh fare with local ingredients hosted by Taste the Local Difference, a fine art show featuring Stephanie Schlatter’s Project 24, live music & more.