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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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Best/Worst Michigan Athlete

Best of NM 2012 None Megatron earned a blizzard of national attention by posting the best statistical season of his NFL career in 2011. He posted a career high 1,681 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns. In week four against the Dallas Cowboys, Johnson helped rally the Lions from a 24-point deficit to a 34-30 victory by snagging two 4th quarter touchdown passes.
Monday, March 26, 2012

Best TV Show

Best of NM 2012 • 2 Broke Girls • 30 Rock • American Horror • America’s Talent • Antiques roadshow • ANYTHING ON HGTV • The Bachelor • Bar Rescue • Beavis and Butthead • Boardwalk Empire • Breaking Bad • Californication • Castle • CBS Sunday Morning • Curb Your Enthusiasm • Daily Show- John Stewart • Deadliest Catch • Dexter • Don’t have TV.
Monday, March 26, 2012

Most Eclectic Gift Shop

Get gifty at Nifty!

Best of NM 2012 It’s the moment when your palms begin to sweat, your eyes become crossed and every clock is screaming at you. You glance at the greeting card isle at the grocery store and think/hope, a card will suffice. Then, a cheap, stuffed animal at the gas station catches your eye.
Monday, March 26, 2012

Best Athletic Gear Shop & Store Staff

Good sports turn to Jay’s

Best of NM 2012 And they carry a wide variety of familiar brand names, not knockoffs or private label items. Look along their shelves and racks and you’ll see familiar outdoor names like Carhartt, Woolrich, Bear Archery, Browning, Buck Knives, Coleman, Leatherman Tool, Minnkota, Remington, Shimano Under Armour and Winchester.
Monday, March 26, 2012

Best Barista

Master Barista at Roast & Toast

Best of NM 2012 “I grew up in Alanson, but always hung out in Petoskey, and one day I walked into Roast & Toast and felt at home,” said Thompson. “The staff was really friendly, all the other people in the place seemed cool and the coffee drinks were delicious, so it became my hangout.
Monday, March 26, 2012

Story you’d like us to do?

Best of NM 2012 • 10 Curious ways to enjoy winter • A feature on the good work of county administrator, Dennis Aloia • A green issue to promote contractors trying to create positive change • A piece called “remember when” for all of the peeps who grew up here • A...
Monday, March 26, 2012

Best of Cadillac/Manistee

Best of NM 2012 and that smalltown feel greet visitors heading north on highways US-31 and US-131. Cadillac and Manistee serve as the gateways to Northern Michigan, welcoming “flatlanders” to all we have to offer. Express readers voted for the businesses that help make these anchor counties home to both locals and visitors alike.
Monday, March 26, 2012


Best of NM 2012 in Michigan where you’ll see elk wandering the woods or a town decorated like the Alpine villages of Switzerland...except in Gaylord. Here are a few places to stock up on sporting goods, kick back for a brew and take in the ambiance of what makes Gaylord, well, Gaylord.
Monday, March 26, 2012

Best of Benzie/Interlochen

Best of NM 2012 The top picks for Benzie County span the map, from the northeast shoulder of Interlochen to the southwest elbow of Elberta and everything in between. While the drive may be far, our readers believe these hot spots are worth the visit. So save a day and check out what makes Benzie County a diversified destination.
Monday, March 26, 2012

Best Desserts

Water Street Cafe

Best of NM 2012 Sometimes, she laughs, it’s difficult to get people to try new things, because the first thing they try becomes their favorite, and they don’t want to branch out after that. She and Larry even have menu items they look forward to a little more than others.
Monday, March 26, 2012

Best of Mackinac & Cheboygan

Best of NM 2012 serve as the corridor to the north. Surrounded by water, woods and chocked full of history, it’s the last stop before folks say ‘Ya’ to da U.P. But this region is more than a pit stop for visitors, it’s home to eclectic shops, cool hangouts, good food and plenty of spirits.
Monday, March 26, 2012

Best of Antrim/Kalkaska

Best of NM 2012 This region may appear sleepy to the unknowing passerby, but Antrim/ Kalkaska is full of local fun; and with powerhouse businesses like Shorts making waves across the food and beverage industry, this region is anything but hidden. Want to explore more? Check out these top picks:.
Monday, March 26, 2012

You know you’re a Northern Michigander when... ?

Best of NM 2012 • “A good day” means you shoveled your car out of the snow in less than 15 minutes • 20 degrees is a heat wave • 50 degrees is shorts and tshirt weather • 8 inches of snow doesn’t stop you from driving • A few inches of snow is just a ‘dusting’ a...
Monday, March 26, 2012

Best Idea for Bringing Jobs to Northern Michigan?

Best of NM 2012 • Build a brewery • Finally build the Meijer store in Acme • Elect a new governor • Affordable housing in town • Expand Agritourism and farming • Artisan foods and beverages • Ask companies to come here because it is a great place to be • Better 3g...
Monday, March 26, 2012

Best Heroes!

Best of NM 2012 “Ive had a lot of things keeping me busy so I havnt been able to post much on here. I WILL be back to patroling and doing what I can to help in Aprill. It seems that I will not be alone iether....” Petoskey Batman wrote on Feb. 10..