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 3, 2013

'A Perverse Potluck'

When it comes time to serve up meth, everyone usually brings something

Features Patrick Sullivan

The group of young friends decided to spend one day in February trying to mix up a batch of homemade methamphetamine.

Four of them -- Sierra Marie Clark, 19, Leland Allan MacQuarrie Jr., 21, and siblings Michael Wayne Bousquette, 22 and Michele Lynn Bousquette, 20 -- failed in their first attempt to brew some one-pot meth.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Hot Dates

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 26, 2013

The Fireworks over Fireworks

Lots of noise, but little trouble thanks to a patchwork of local ordinances

Features Patrick Sullivan Instead, despite a patchwork of local laws that make the discharge of exploding or flying fireworks okay one place but against a local ordinance elsewhere, fireworks have generated noise complaints, but apparently not a lot of other trouble in Northern Michihan.
Monday, January 6, 2014

A Year of Wrenching Crime

Tough first year for a young prosecutor

Features Patrick Sullivan Swanson and investigators depended on witnesses who were criminals or the associates of criminals to sort out what happened and bring charges. The case would eventually end in a no-contest plea and the defendant is scheduled to be sentenced later this month.
Monday, January 6, 2014

Public Safety


Features Patrick Sullivan When Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the tenant, Anthony Vernon Bucco, 29, they learned his girlfriend had become suspicious on the day of the burglary when Bucco appeared with four or fi ve hundred-dollar bills “and began to make it rain on her.
Monday, May 5, 2014

History Jumps Off the Page in Emmet County

Dry history facts have been reimagined in glossy magazine form.

Features Kristi Kates At one of the group’s meetings, Eckerle suggested that they put together an historical series of publications – not just a timeline or dry “history lesson,” but a bright, glossy magazine that would really tell the stories of those who shaped the Emmet County area.
Monday, June 9, 2014

Letters 06-09-2014

Letters Benishek No Vet

During the Memorial Day Parade in Petoskey, I noticed that Congressman Dan Benishek was walking with local veterans...

Letters to Jail

A big thank you to Sheriff Ted Schendel of Benzie County for rescinding the “Postcard Only” policy on May 23. This policy was initiated by the sheriff on April 27th. At the urging of Benzie citizens, Schendel reviewed the policy and then made a compassionate and legal decision...

In Defense of Our Climate

So what’s going on in Washington? On May 22, the US House of Representatives passed the McKinley Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (the military budget), which would forbid the Department of Defense to spend any money to implement the recommendations of the National Climate Assessment, the most recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and two other climate reports when considering the national security impacts of climate change...

Littering Never Okay

God made this world. He was here first and is still watching. He loaned the world to us...

Monday, July 21, 2014

Dates 07-21-2014

Dates Jamie Kauffold Headlining The Dunesville Music Festival in Lake Ann this Friday through Sunday, July 25-27 is worldwide known blues powerhouse Larry McCray! Just a handful of other musicians performing at this festival include the Standing Hamptons, New Third Coast, Biomassive, Kung Fu Rodeo, Magdalen Fossum, & Big Dudee Roo.
Monday, September 29, 2014

No Bus at the Station

Emmet County fights for its own public transportation

Features Patrick Sullivan “I have heard of that in the past, but never really investigated because it didn’t seem like there was that much of a service,” said Michael Mann, a buyer at the Grain Train Natural Foods Market who has lived without a car since he moved to Petoskey from Ann Arbor.
Monday, January 26, 2015

Just Elope!

Features Jodee Taylor “Something meaningful to us,” said Sarah, 35. So the Leelanau County couple eloped to the Marquette County courthouse on the 2011 winter solstice. One friend served as a witness, another as a photographer, and a judge they’d never met before pronounced them husband and wife.