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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Letters 4/11/02

Various - April 11th, 2002
Stop the sprawl

The Express deserves praise for a recent flow of articles and letters concerning sprawl, threats to the region‘s natural resources, and the changing face of Northern Michigan.
There can be little doubt that all of the counties, townships, and villages along the Lake Michigan shoreline are faced with the same problems of growth and how to manage it. This story has been on-going for the last 20 years and it appears will go on for many more years. It is the top story in our region and deserves continuous coverage by the Express, Record-Eagle, and all other local media.
Each of the counties, townships, and villages has updated master plans that involved extensive surveys of public opinion. They all indicate the top priority of area residents is protecting the natural resources and existing character of the region, yet our wetlands are still being filled, farmland divided into subdivisions, thousands of trees cut, condominiums built along fragile shoreline areas and small villages faced with doubling of current populations. The rate of change is accelerating rapidly and there seems to be no end in sight as proposed beltways, bypasses, oversized resorts, and any number of other development projects threaten to open new corridors of sprawl. In some cases, the courts wil be thrust into action to determine if and how all this growth will proceed.
In the meantime, conservancies, watershed councils, land use institutes, lake associations, coalitions for sensible growth, and an ever-growing number of other concerned groups and individuals are growing in number and popularity. Their efforts to protect the region‘s valuable natural resources and rural character mandated in all of the region‘s governmental master plans is crucial. The big question is why our elected and appointed officials at the state, county and local levels are not representing this mandate.
The Express is serving a valuable role by presenting this on-going story in an intelligent and in-depth way that will not only inform readers, but urge them to get involved. Keep up the good work and remember, good journalism promotes thought and action.

Greg Reisig • Elk Rapids

Go Yob

Chuck Yob has faithfully served the Republican Party for over 30 years and
should not resign from his position as Michigan Republican National
Committeeman and it was ridiculous for Lt. Gov. Dick Posthumus to ask. The
grassroots have spoken and they do not want to lose Chuck Yob.
Chuck has solid record of working hard to recruit women not only to run for
office but to also stay active in the Party. I am such an example as Chuck
has inspired me to stay active in Republican politics.
The elections are coming up fast and we, as Republicans, need to get back on
track. Now more than ever we need a unified front working to get all our
candidates elected, not just Posthumus for Governor but Rocky for Senate,
Mike Cox for Attorney General, and Terri Land for Secretary of State!
Let‘s support Chuck Yob. Period. Exclamation Point.

Jill Coleman • Swartz Creek

Church cover-up

The cover-up of scandals in the USA, and elsewhere, is present within many churches,
and not just the Catholic Church, and affects all who claim to be “Christian,“ thereby
influencing religions throughout the whole world.
There are many who say they love God, but in reality, they are spiritually lukewarm, for they do not truly practice their faith.
Our country needs more than “flag waving“ to restore it to it‘s former greatness - it needs a “spiritual awaking“ so that people of all faiths will again come to realize the needs of their fellow countrymen, and offer their time and talents to help the less fortunate, not only in the
USA, but in other countries as well. Only then will we have true peace within ourselves,
and also contribute to bringing a just peace to our troubled world.

Vincent Bemowski • Menasha, WI

Arctic drilling

As countless businesses both large and small found out in California a year
ago, an energy crunch can be devastating. Now think of the consequences if
the entire country faced an energy shortage.
That‘s why the U.S. Senate should follow the U.S. House‘s lead when it
returns from its Spring recess and pass President Bush‘s energy plan -
particularly the part that would authorize exploration for new oil in the
remote ANWR region in northern Alaska.
The reality is, America‘s dependence on foreign oil is growing dramatically.
In the 1970‘s, this country only imported a only a third of its oil. Today,
almost 60% of our oil comes from foreign sources. And about 10% of those
imports come from Iraq alone.
It only takes a sliver of common sense to recognize that with uncertainty in
the Middle East, this country needs the option of producing more energy here
at home.
Exploring ANWR makes great sense. ANWR is projected to produce over a
million barrels of oil a day - about 20 percent of domestic oil supplies.
It could replace all of the oil we now import from Iraq for the next 50
And ANWR has another advantage: the 2000 acres needed for oil production
(about the size of a regional airport) is in about the most remote and
desolate place in the entire country. In fact, even the roads in ANWR will
be made of ice. As other areas of oil production in Alaska have
demonstrated, this about the most environmentally safe place in this country
to drill for oil.

Darrell McKigney
President, Small Business Survival Committee
Washington, D.C.

Turn off the tube
I am writing on behalf of National TV-Turnoff Week, to be held April 22-28. I am hoping that your publication will consider publicizing this nationwide event along with any local activities that ean provide an alternative to watching TV during that week.
Each year millions of children and adults across the country take those seven days to explore life without TV. In schools, churches, libraries, community organizations, and homes across the nation, folks will take the time to read, exercise, explore the outdoors, talk with friends and family, finish lingering projects and try new hobbies.

Sharron May, TV-Turnoff Coordinator
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