Letters 10-17-2016

Here’s The Truth The group Save our Downtown (SOD), which put Proposal 3 on the ballot, is ignoring the negative consequences that would result if the proposal passes. Despite the group’s name, the proposal impacts the entire city, not just downtown. Munson Medical Center, NMC, and the Grand Traverse Commons are also zoned for buildings over 60’ tall...

Keep TC As-Is In response to Lynda Prior’s letter, no one is asking the people to vote every time someone wants to build a building; Prop. 3 asks that people vote if a building is to be built over 60 feet. Traverse City will not die but will grow at a pace that keeps it the city people want to visit and/or reside; a place to raise a family. It seems people in high-density cities with tall buildings are the ones who flock to TC...

A Right To Vote I cannot understand how people living in a democracy would willingly give up the right to vote on an impactful and important issue. But that is exactly what the people who oppose Proposal 3 are advocating. They call the right to vote a “burden.” Really? Since when does voting on an important issue become a “burden?” The heart of any democracy is the right of the people to have their voice heard...

Reasons For NoI have great respect for the Prop. 3 proponents and consider them friends but in this case they’re wrong. A “yes” vote on Prop. 3 is really a “no” vote on..

Republican Observations When the Republican party sends its presidential candidates, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people with a lot of problems. They’re sending criminals, they’re sending deviate rapists. They’re sending drug addicts. They’re sending mentally ill. And some, I assume, are good people...

Stormy Vote Florida Governor Scott warns people on his coast to evacuate because “this storm will kill you! But in response to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that Florida’s voter registration deadline be extended because a massive evacuation could compromise voter registration and turnout, Republican Governor Scott’s response was that this storm does not necessitate any such extension...

Third Party Benefits It has been proven over and over again that electing Democrat or Republican presidents and representatives only guarantees that dysfunction, corruption and greed will prevail throughout our government. It also I believe that a fair and democratic electoral process, a simple and fair tax structure, quality health care, good education, good paying jobs, adequate affordable housing, an abundance of healthy affordable food, a solid, well maintained infrastructure, a secure social, civil and public service system, an ecologically sustainable outlook for the future and much more is obtainable for all of us...

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Letters 1/1/04

Various - January 1st, 2004

I agree with Keith Schneider and Kelly Thayer that we need an alternative to the Hartman Hammond bypass (re: “Just Say No,“ 12/18). However, the Cass Road bridge should not be one of the alternatives. It is a bad choice because it is in dire need of repair already. Widening it will not fix what is underneath.
Why couldn‘t the bridge on Keystone/Beitner be widened as well as the road? This alternative would not ruin the beautiful valley where the bridge is now proposed. Then you could either hook up with Hammond Road or possibly even use Potter Road over to 3 Mile or 4 Mile Raod as a by-pass. Why not keep the traffic where it is already flowing?
G.T. County, stop pushing and start looking at alternatives.

Tom Webster • Grawn

In praise of John Mayer

I can‘t resist picking on Kristi Kates a little bit for her review of John Mayer‘s new CD, “Heavier Things.“ She sounds like a jilted lover.
Hearing a John Mayer tune follow Bon Jovi on the radio is a godsend -- especially to a fellow musician who has to rely on subscriptions to Paste mag, Inradio, and hours at Borders to hear something inspiring. I can‘t speak for his first CD because somehow I missed it; but I picked up the second one for a simple reason: it instantly hooked me. When dissecting it, there might be a few cliched lyrics, but I was probably sidetracked by “I survive on the breath that you finish with.“ That and “one hand on the trigger of the telephone“ are tangible and transparent.
As a 49-year-old female, it‘s engaging to hear the “heavier things“ relative to the life and loves of a twenty-something-year old male. At least they seem “heavy“ when contrasted with the ironic musings on tunes such as “New Deep.“ I agree there are some production issues, but lets give him a break. I think the glass is more than half-full here.
I am not an expert like Kristi, but my ears hear a promising, thoughtful, striving young artist who surely has room to grow and mature (don‘t we all) and I‘ll be the optimistic one listening for it.
As for one-trick voices, look under ‘S‘ for Sinatra or Sting.

Sharron May • via email

Flags & fascism

My head plays funny games of wishful thinking at times. One wish of late has been to go to bed and miraculously, over night, all those silly U.S. flags being flown from cars and the bumper stickers with “God on our side“ sort of slogans could change to a swastika over night. Then in the morning all those silly people could see, or might see, how fast we approach the same dimensions that did the Third Reich in 1932.
Start with putting fear into your people; Then add an extreme case of patriotic nationalism; you soon are entering into the fascism that follows.
History repeats itself.

“Fascism should more properly be called corporatism, since it is the merger of state and corporate power.“ -- Benito Mussolini.“

Jim Porter • Lake Leelanau

Reject coal plant

The executive committee of the Traverse Group of the Sierra Club, on behalf of its members, most specifically including those living in Manistee County, but on behalf of the residents of Northern Michigan, its environment and its wildlife and their habitats as well, has passed a resolution officially opposing the proposed “Northern Lights“ coal burning plant in Manistee County.
The resolution lists only a few of our concerns regarding the proposed plant and its impacts on the environment and to the residents of Manistee County, as well as the residents of Northern Michigan and Canada. Other concerns, too numerous to mention, include the impact from noise and light pollution, the fact that the Tondu Corporation‘s application meets only minimum environmental standards, the unanswered questions regarding the actual brown field clean-up, and the issue of environmental justice, which is one of the Sierra Club‘s priority campaigns, as this plant is proposed for a low-income area of Manistee.
The promise of new jobs is a tactic that is both misleading and insulting, as the majority of the new jobs that the Tondu Corporation is promising will likely be given to those currently employed by the corporation and brought in from other locations.
The Traverse Group is committed to working with the people of Manistee County to ensure that the proposed plant is rejected. The resolution can be read on our website at: www.michigan.sierraclub.org/traverse

Monica Evans, Chair • Traverse Group of the Sierra Club

Sold out on Medicare
Medicare prescription drug bill that was rushed through Congress was prepared by the drug companies, the insurers, and the HMOs and it looks like nobody read the fine print before it was voted into law.
Now the Vanguard, the official newsletter of the Michigan Association of Retired
School Personnel reports “there is a provision in the (Medicare prescription drug) legislation which would allow an employer -- public or private -- to eliminate all health care benefits, not only prescription health care benefits for its retirees over age 65 who are eligible for Medicare.“
That means employers who promised retirees supplemental insurance can back out. My state retirement plan provides for prescription drug benefits that are better than what the new Medicare bill promises. We also get dental/visual and supplemental Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance, but the new law threatens to strip those benefits. We are howling with rage that our elected representatives could be so gullible and quick to sign on to a bill that will dismantle Medicare and hang us out to dry.
That AARP, an insurance provider, endorsed the bill is seen by many as a betrayal of the membership.
It is difficult to express the depth of our outrage and frustration at the failure of our government to represent the best interests of the people. We have been sold out.

Harley L. Sachs • Houghton

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