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: park
Monday, July 28, 2014

Surviving Lollapalooza

Music Kristi Kates

Lollapalooza, the modern age’s answer to Woodstock, took Chicago by storm 14 years ago. Now, 160,000 music fans descend on Grant Park the first weekend in August to see headliners like Kings of Leon, Skrillex, and OutKast.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Dates 07-28-14

Dates Jamie Kauffold Maureen Abood will be giving a lecture on “A Taste of the Lebanese Table.” She cooks, writes, and photographs her award-winning food blog, “Rose Water & Orange Blossoms”, in Harbor Springs.
Monday, August 4, 2014

Dates 08-04-2014

Dates Jamie Kauffold Thank you... thank you very much. Elvis tribute artist Jake Slater will rock the Alanson Riverfest entertainment tent this Sunday, August 10 from 1-5pm. Known as the King of Saginaw, Slater has won multiple awards in the Elvis tribute contest circuit. The Alanson Riverfest takes place this Wednesday through Sunday, August 6-10 in downtown Alanson.
Monday, August 11, 2014

2014 Lollapalooza Report

A Nothern Michigander checks in

Music Kristi Kates A walk across the park got us to the far south stage in time for Interpol and a dose of ‘80s goodness, as the band cranked through an energetic setlist of their old hits, plus enthusiastic previews of tracks like “All the Rage…” from their upcoming new album.
Monday, August 11, 2014

Dates 08-11-2014

Dates Jamie Kauffold Fairgrounds, TC. With 70’s hits like “Baby Hold On” & “Two Tickets to Paradise,” Eddie Money has also been featured on television shows like “The King of Queens” & “The Drew Carey Show.” 80’s rock band Night Ranger has sold more than 17 million albums worldwide, & is known for hits such as “Sister Christian” & “(You Can Still) Rock in America.
Monday, August 18, 2014

Dates 08-18-2014

Dates Jamie Kauffold Lace up your running shoes for a 15K or 5K in the BIG Little Trail Races to benefit the kids of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest MI this Sat., Aug. 23. This event takes place at 8088 Palomino Drive in Buckley, beginning at 9am, & registration is $40.
Monday, September 15, 2014

Day Trip: Lansing and East Lansing

Features Jodee Taylor It’s 180-220 miles from Northern Michigan to Lansing. You’ll likely spend $40-$60 on gas for a round trip. The best route from here is to take M-115 south of Cadillac to U.S. 10 until just past Clare, where U.S. 127 splits off towards Mount Pleasant.
Monday, October 6, 2014

Dates 10-06-2014

Dates Jamie Kauffold Choose from more than 30 types of apples at the 36th ANNUAL CHARLEVOIX APPLE FEST! Held this Friday through Sunday, October 10-12, activities include pumpkin painting, face painting, a petting farm, the Apple Fest Family Run, a holiday art & craft show, & much more! For more info visit: business.
Monday, November 10, 2014

Build Your Own Snow Shoes

Art Kristi Kates

Invented nearly 6,000 years ago in central Asia, snowshoes are as much a part of the modern winter fabric of northern Michigan as parkas, snow shovels and winter weather advisories.

While there are a plethora of storebought snowshoe options to choose from, sometimes it’s just cooler to make your own; that’s where Alan Wernette, park interpreter for Ludington State Park, comes in.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Want To Become A Campground Host?

Features Mike Terrell Each year, hundreds of people volunteer as campground hosts, spending a month or more camping for free. The only catch is that they must spend 30 hours per week directing visitors to campsites, planning campground activities, answering questions about the park and surrounding area, and performing light park maintenance.