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: winter
Monday, February 17, 2014

“W” Stands for Winter at Petoskey’s Latest Fest

Features Kristi Kates Not wanting to disappoint the public, Goodman and her team decided to be straightforward about it. So today, it’s simply the Petoskey Winter Festival, although the goal of cheering up the winter doldrums is the same. “Only the name has changed,” Goodman said.
Monday, February 17, 2014

Hit the Water This Winter

A wintertime float down a frigid river is a far cry from the familiar, lazy July excursion.

Features Mike Terrell “We see a lot of repeat business,” said Harper, who has run trips for 20 years with his wife Kay through Jordan Valley Outfitters. “Many come back with friends. Once they make the trip, they discover winter is a special time. The beauty and peace and quiet this time of year are extra special.
Monday, September 22, 2014

Shaggy’s Copper Country Skis

A Boyne City Business SUCCESS STORY

Features Mike Terrell

Like most kids, Jeff and Jonathon Thompson loved taking things apart and putting them back together. But they never thought that inquisitiveness would lead to a successful family business. In 2005, having cut apart a pair of Dynastar skis the winter before to make a ski bike, they decided to try building a pair of skis. It wasn’t a very successful start.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Kite On The Bay Or Throw A Stone

Features Beth Milligan Farran is part of a group of roughly 30 regular snowkiters who can be seen gliding across icy fields and frozen bodies of waters in Grand Traverse and Leelanau county every winter on skis or snowboards under colorful kites. Like the summer version of the sport, kite snowboarding involves harnessing the wind to gain.
Monday, December 8, 2014

Sled Mania!

Features Mike Terrell Snowmobilers from all around the Great Lakes come to ride thousands of miles of groomed trails crisscrossing the Wolverine State, and in turn support many small businesses that depend on that infusion of cash during the slower winter months to survive.
Monday, December 8, 2014

Cary Adgate’s Top Ten Picks for Up North Winter Fun

Features Kristi Kates Cary Adgate is an inductee of the U.S. National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, a former U.S. Ski Team member, U.S. National Ski Champion and two-time Olympian, having spent 18 years on top of the world-class ski competition circuit.
Monday, December 8, 2014

Mountaintop And Sleigh Ride Dinners

Features Beth Milligan While mountaintop and sleigh ride dining have long been popular activities at western ski resorts, northern Michigan is now embracing the tradition with signature style. Offering exquisite cuisine, breathtaking views and a truly unique experience to savor long after the weather warms, there are many options from which to choose.
Monday, January 5, 2015

Dates 01-05-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold The Earthwork Music Collective Winter Tour encourages original music in MI & beyond. Catch Earthwork artists Red Tail Ring, Seth Bernard, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys, Joshua Davis, Dede and the Dreamers, Micah Ling, Max Lockwood, Gifts or Creatures, Joe Reilly, and Sam Cooper this Friday, January 9 at 8pm at the InsideOut Gallery, TC.
Monday, February 2, 2015

Dates 02-02-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold MI’s longest & oldest point-to-point cross country ski race, the White Pine Stampede, stretches over the hills & through the woods of Antrim County while raising funds for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan on Sat., Feb. 7. Choose from 10K, 20K & 50K. The race starts at Mancelona High School at 7:30am.
Monday, February 9, 2015

Dates 02-09-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Jeremy Kittel Band & The Wilson Brothers: 2014 Grammy nominee, MI native & world-class fiddler Jeremy Kittel brings his acoustic trio, featuring Joshua Pinkham & Quinn Bachand to The Bay Theatre, Suttons Bay at 7:30pm. Enjoy a blend of Celtic, jazz, bluegrass & classical tunes with musical roots spanning the globe.