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..


Taking On The Big Dog

Patrick Sullivan

Dr. Randy Wysong, a part-time Traverse City resident, has been trying to make healthier pet foods for 35 years by carefully studying which ingredients should be included and which should not. Now his company, the Midland-based Wysong Corporation, is taking on six companies that he contends use misleading packaging on dog and cat food.


Life In This Dog’s Army

Kristi Kates

Merrill, who started working in the finance industry right out of high school, was attending college in pursuit of an MBA in finance when a simple addition to her family took her life down an entirely new path: She adopted a German Shepherd, Zuri.


Healthy Food for Healthy Pets At Pets Naturally

Kristi Kates

When Kathy Hyland’s Boston terrier, Lucy, became ill with intestinal and skin problems, Hyland began researching foods to help her ailing pet. That cause, close to her heart, would become the catalyst for opening Pets Naturally, a shop focused on feeding and caring for the “whole pet.


Creepy Clown Production Coming to Cheboygan

Patrick Sullivan

When artist Eddie Renner and aspiring filmmaker Haynze Whitmore met at a Cheboygan restaurant to discus their latest project, a film centered around a creepy clown, they had no idea they had just tapped into what would become a zeitgeist; today,...


Halloween Happenings!

Kristi Kates

Oct. 29 A trio of Mackinaw-area venues combine for three times the fun this Halloween. From 9am to 1 1pm, the McGulpin Point Light-house, decorated for Halloween this year in a Wizard of Oz theme, will offer special lighthouse events and eerie surprises.

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A Local Pastor and a Local Atheist Debate Faith vs. Action – Does One Minimize the Other?

Rev. Dr. William C. Myers, Gary Singer

“Why won’t they mention his faith?,” I wondered, reading over a dozen stories about the “Santa of Syria,” Rami Adham.

The stories tell of his extraordinary humanitarian work with the people of Syria, bringing toys and medicine to the children of Aleppo. They tell of the danger he faces from government and rebel forces, Russian airstrikes, as well as ISIL and Shia militias. But the stories don’t mention his faith.

One of my many issues with organized religions today is how little they resemble what we perceive to be their origins. Although Christianity is supposedly based upon the life of Jesus, that belief system today is a far cry from the customs and practices of the Middle East 2,000 years ago.

Times change and if organized religion expects to survive, it had better learn to adapt.

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Ballot Questions To Question

Stephen Tuttle

If you live in Traverse City, or outside the city but in Grand Traverse County, you will be making choices beyond candidates on November 8. There are three ballot proposals for the voters inside the city limits and an additional two millage questions for all county residents.

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Time To Step-Up And Do The Right Thing

Scott Hardy

Let’s put this in perspective. We all heard our Republican presidential candidate claim he was going to build a wall along the Mexican border with a big door, and that Mexico was going to pay for it. That should have been a non-starter for a presidential campaign but here he is, still saying it, and still in the running.


Spooky Sounds

Both of these storylines will play out on October 29 as the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra (GLCO) celebrates Halloween with a special concert featuring the 1800s symphonic poem Danse Macabre (Dance of Death) by Camille Saint-Saëns, and The Composer...
Saturday 22, 2016 | Comments 0

Three Legendary Women Authors Take to the National Writers Series Stage

Three legendary women writers will visit the National Writers Series in Traverse City this month. Margaret Atwood, Ann Patchett and Jodi Picoult will talk about their work and lives on October 20, 22 and 23, respectively. Atwood’s appearance marks the 100th interview in the popular series.
Saturday 15, 2016 | Comments 0

Mission Table

has it that the stately structure housing Mission Table, which in the early 1900s served as a wealthy Chicago lumber baron’s summer home, is haunted by the ghost of his jealous wife, Genevive. But what’s legendary about the restaurant these days is the food being conjured up in the kitchen by Chef and General Manager Paul Olson and his crew.
Saturday 15, 2016 | Comments 0

A Conversation With 2015 ArtPrize Winner Ann Loveless

In 2015, in an unprecedented accomplishment, Loveless won again, snagging the grand prize honor and another $200,000 for her co-entry, a 5-foot-tall, 25-foot-long “photo fiber” work called Northwood Awakening.
Saturday 8, 2016 | Comments 0