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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Alternative Energy Tech Conference

Express Staff - October 14th, 2004
Conference Call
New ideas for restoring the earth and alternative energy are the focus of two conferences in Traverse City this week:
The Alternative Energy Technology Conference takes place Thursday, Oct. 14 at the Great Lakes Campus of NMC. A forum on renewable energy is open to the public in the morning. The conference will discuss green building and energy efficiency for your home, and alternative energy entrepreneurship among other topics. For info, call 1-800-748-0566, ext. 1700.
The popular Third Annual Great Lakes Bioneers Conference has its most ambitious program yet at NMC, presenting visionary ideas for using nature to heal nature. The conference includes a live telecast from sessions of the national Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, California, as well as many local programs and speakers.
Keynote speakers will include Josè Perez Vazquez, a representative of 30 communities of Tzotzil Mayan peoples in Chiapas, Mexico, who are seeking social justice; Lee Sprague, chief of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians; and Grace Lee Boggs, an activist and writer who brings 60 years of involvement in U.S. social movements.
Numerous workshops will focus on such subjects as:
• Building Local Food Systems
• Greening the City: One Roof at a Time
• Home Energy Audits
• Fair-trade Coffee & Indigenous Rights
• Media as a Tool for Social Change
• Ancient Wisdom and Modern Medicine
• Women, Water and Poverty
• Protecting Waters of the Great Lakes
• Energy Independence
• Business Ethics
• Community Gardens
• Eco-Forestry for the Great Lakes
• Worm Composting
• Local Currency
• Indoor Air Quality
• Green Medicine Cabinet
• Yoga and meditation for all abilities
• Buddhist Economics
Other highlights for this year’s conference include a Thursday night banquet featuring fresh ingredients available in Northwest Michigan during October and a dance on Saturday with the Steppin‘ In It band at Mt. Holiday Ski Resort Lodge.
To take part, contact sponsors at the Neahtawanta Center or SEEDS at 1-800-220-1415, www.nrec.org/glbioneers, or register at the conference.

DIRTY UNDERWEAR? It sounds like a News of the Weird item, but Michigan‘s Republican Party claims it‘s serious about seeking criminal charges against rabble-rouser Michael Moore for bribing students to vote by offering them Haynes underwear and Ramen noodles.
Last week, Moore spoke at Michigan State University to a crowd of more than 3,500. As part of his tour, he tossed out packets of the low-priced instant noodles and 12-packs of Haynes briefs to students who promised that they would vote Nov. 2
The Michigan GOP reportedly sent letters to prosecutors in four counties, Antrim, Ingham, Isabella and Wayne, requesting criminal charges against Moore. It‘s a misdemeanor to offer or receive items in exchange for votes, punishable by a fine up to $500 or 90 days in jail.
Moore is currently on the Slacker Uprising Tour, speaking to huge crowds at 60 campuses across the country prior to the election.

DRAFT DEFEATED Republicans are crowing over the overwhelming rejection of a bill to revive the draft which was presented in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Charles Rangel, Democrat of New York. Rangel‘s bill would have required all young persons in the United States to perform a period of military or civilian service for national defense and homeland security.
“This should put the rumors to rest once and for all,” said Congressman Dave Camp. “The draft is not coming back. Our all volunteer army is doing a superb job and new recruits and reenlistments are meeting our military needs.”
Rep. Rangel has noted on various talk shows, however, that he never expected his bill to pass; it‘s largely a symbolic measure to point out that the volunteer army is comprised to a large degree by young people from low income backgrounds with few job opportunities. Rangel claims that a draft involving children of middle class and wealthy parents would prompt more caution on America‘s war plans.
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