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, May 12, 2014

Letters 05-12-2014

Letters Thanks for Reconstruction

We would like to thank several local heroes for putting Michigan Artists Gallery back together again after being closed for 45 days with flood damage...

Monday, May 19, 2014

Bring on Comic-Con!

When it comes to characters, comic book conventions definitely reel ‘em in.

Features Kristi Kates FREE SNEAK PEEK Also on the schedule for the 2014 C4 event are Marvel Comics artists Ryan Stegman and Dennis Hopeless, DC Comics’ Freddie Williams, illustrator Bob LeFevre, comic book colorist Megan Wilson, and Detroit cartoonist Joe Cooper, among others.
Monday, August 25, 2014

They've Got Moxie

Think you know folk music? Familiar with traditional instruments?

Music Kristi Kates The songs that they play may have a foundation in the traditional, but they run them all through their own unique filter, a process that started almost 10 years ago when Ladio and Lynn met at the Michigan American String Teachers Association camp in Howell, Mich.
Monday, January 12, 2015

Nutrition Is Key Weapon in Battling Cancer

Dining Ross Boissoneau When it comes to the best foods to help you avoid cancer, it’s no surprise that the list includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains. The list is similar for people who already have cancer, but with one important consideration. Sometimes people need to eat anything that’s appealing and doesn’t make them sick.
Monday, February 23, 2015

Tools in New Light at The Dennos

Art Kristi Kates In the 1980s, Hechinger bought a building to serve as the new company headquarters for his then-growing, now defunct, chain of Hechinger home improvement stores. The empty space inspired him to start a collection of tool-inspired art from the 20th century, as explained in the exhibit’s materials:.
Saturday, August 22, 2015

Invasion of the '80s

Features Kristi Kates

One is a San Francisco glam-punk band whose stage presence includes flashing sunglasses, platform shoes, wild stage antics and questionable lyrics. The other is an alternative power-rock outfit from New Jersey who favors black T-shirts and got its name from a Yosemite Sam catchphrase.

Opposite coasts, and most definitely contradictory approaches to being a band, but you’ll hear similar sounds because they both crafted some of the most familiar songs of ’80s rock radio, which is probably why they’ve hit the road together for their 2015 Rock of the ’80s Tour. They’re making a stop at the Little River Casino Resort this weekend.

Friday, September 4, 2015

B. May’s Career is in the Bag

Features Kristi Kates She started with pillows and has found her way to bags, leveraging her fine arts degree into a new life as a designer of fine leather goods. Originally from Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Barbara May is now firmly entrenched in Petoskey, where she’s headquartered her B.
Friday, September 4, 2015

Sleder’s Updates Their Sound with Concert Series

Music Kristi Kates Sleder’s Tavern, the self-proclaimed “oldest restaurant in Michigan,” may stick to its vintage guns on many things, including its eclectic décor and a few of its menu items, but they’re definitely showing their progressive side via their On the Porch concert series.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Organic Beauty Products: For Better or Worse?

Features Kristi Kates HEY, FDA Organic beauty products, in the simplest of terms, are supposed to derive their ingredients from natural sources (living matter), with no synthetic compounds, chemicals or pesticides included, but the U.S.
Saturday, April 16, 2016

2016 Spring, Summer And Fall Races

Features Here’s a look at upcoming races in the Northern Express readership area through October. We hope it encompasses most public races, but please forgive us if we’ve missed a few!.