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, July 28, 2014

Quay: Charlevoix’s New Dining Destination

Dining Ross Boissoneau On the third floor, the open-air bar features a great view. The view extends to the second floor as well, where the menu reflects what Hodgson calls New American cuisine. Steaks and fish are featured as is pork, chicken and lamb; with sandwiches, soups, salads, and wraps available for lunch.
Monday, August 11, 2014

Seriously Sweet Donuts Hit TC

Dining Ross Boissoneau The biggest flavor gamble is also a best seller: The shop’s Mackinaw Bacon Maple Long John is just exactly what it sounds like. The maple-flavored long john is indeed topped with a strip of bacon, melding smoky, sweet, and savory in each bite..
Monday, September 22, 2014

Restaurants Recently Reviewed


Since May, you’ve read (or missed!) eighteen profiles of area eateries. As part of our RestauranTour issue, here’s a recap:

Monday, September 22, 2014

A Mug and a Dream

Northport Brewing’s First Season Exceeds Expectations

Dining Ross Boissoneau Scott and Pamela Cain are taking Northport back in time by moving their business forward. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, most small towns boasted their own breweries. With the post-war boom of mass production techniques, these small breweries eventually closed due to large scale competitors, but over the past decade, tiny towns all across the country—and especially across Michigan—are once again embracing the idea. Now Northport is catching on to the microbrewery trend with the opening of Northport Brewing in late June 2014.
Monday, September 29, 2014

Peninsula Grill: an Old Mission Tradition

Dining Ross Boissoneau When two auto industry veterans decided to leap into the restaurant business, little did they realize it was the start of something that would one day include Traverse City and beyond. Jennifer and Mark Davies purchased Molly’s By Golly in the center of the Old Mission Peninsula, changing the name to the Peninsula Grill.
Monday, September 29, 2014

Charlatans HaveTheir Day at the Old Town Playhouse

Features Ross Boissoneau The mountebanks in question are Lawrence Jamieson and Freddy Benson, a pair of hustlers who prey on women, vying for their attention in order to bilk them out of their money and self-respect. Not to worry, though. They’re just characters from the upcoming production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Traverse City’s Old Town Playhouse.
Monday, September 29, 2014

Under the Sea

Cadillac Footliters Junior Players Mount Classic Disney Production

Features Ross Boissoneau The show boasts a cast of over 50 area youth ranging from elementary to high school ages. They are bringing Ariel, Sebastian, Flounder, Ursula the sea witch—and the many other characters that populate the underwater kingdom of King Triton—to life for a live audience.
Monday, October 6, 2014

Music of the Night

Features Ross Boissoneau “We decided to have a fundraiser at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center,” says Tabone. “I asked Tony to supply the wine.” The program was so successful, the pair wanted to try it again, and this time it moved north. “He [Tony] said, ‘This is so good, you’ve got to do it in Traverse City,’” says Tabone.
Monday, October 6, 2014

Galleries Host Tour During Color Season

Art Ross Boissoneau On Sunday, a closing reception is held at 3pm at Lake Street Studios in Glen Arbor. At that reception, those who have visited each of the participating shops are eligible for a drawing. Each gallery donates a piece of art, with as many winners as there are participating galleries.
Monday, October 6, 2014

Something for Everyone

Dining Ross Boissoneau “We bought a place in 2003 and moved from Chicago to Northport in 2010. During that time, there was a flight of businesses from Northport,” he says. “I knew if we lost our anchors, that would be the death knell. We needed some businesses year-round.”.