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 11/11/04

Various - November 11th, 2004
A Canadian friend of mine sent me his condolences the morning after our election. I think his words may summarize the feelings of a lot of people here and abroad:
“I was reminded of that Tom Waits song, ‘Step Right Up‘, in which the narrator hocks a mythical product that will do everything. Very funny.
Anyway he says it will “give you the erection that wins the election.” I kinda‘ think Bush got his hands on this product and you’re all about to reach down for the soap in the prison shower.”

Timothy Young, President/Chef
Food For Thought, Inc. • Honor

Jesus was conservative
I would hope that I would not be so grandiose as to assume that I knew the political bent of God or His Son Jesus, but, given the results of the election, it would appear that Jesus is a little more conservative than the woman that professed “Jesus was a liberal.” Fortunately, God still loves this country in spite of how we show it and nothing happens in His world by mistake.
Shawn Robinson • TC

Lower the voting age
With the elections drawing to a conclusion, me and my beloved friends must sit back and simply watch as our fates are decided for us. To my high school I am a 16-year-old pupil, a mind worthy of molding into something splendid. I am seen as a poet, an author, and so much more. But the past four years have stained American hands with Iraqi blood. My use has shifted from student to soldier, a weapon at the finger tips of political injustice. To them my mind will get in the way. Soon my country will request me to take a leave, to cross the sands of Iraq and “better them with a storm of bullets.”
This very election could decide “saint or soldier“ for me. The next four years will set the path of my life to come, yet I have no say.Why, because I’m not 18? If the results of this election will change the fates of those who are younger than 18, then I strongly suggest the age to vote be lowered. Let us decide what we will become. Is it so hard to let the young choose who they grow up to be?

Joseph Grace • Manistee

$5,000 raised by runners
Thank you so much for the wonderful coverage of our Women‘s Remembrance Run for 2004 in the Northern Express.
What a great article and many terrific photographs of our special event. Thanks for all your effort in helping to make this such a great success! We contributed approximately $5,000 to the Womens Cancer Fund on behalf of our run.
Marilyn Schulz • TC

Significance of Bush
Have you yet absorbed the magnitude and significance of the overwhelming re-election of President George W. Bush? This was not a “stolen election.” This was a mandate from the people of the United States as they gave the President the largest number of votes in history. This was the first time since 1988 (when his father did it) that a president gained more than 50% of the popular vote (something Clinton never did) and the first time since the 1940s that an incumbent president increased his party’s membership in both houses of Congress while gaining re-election.
The Republican Party won every state in the South. In all 11 states where the proposition was on the ballot, including Michigan, the people made it clear by overwhelming margins that they will not tolerate same sex marriages or unions. Two pro-life Republican senators were sent to Congress. Are you beginning to get the message? There is a strong, conservative, moral climate alive and growing in America. Ignore its thunder to your own detriment.
Tom Tomorrow is yesterday’s hamburger. So is Michael Moore, Sean Penn, Teddy Kennedy, and the incessant, vicious, vitriolic, ultra-liberal drumbeat of the Northern Express. The bankrupt liberal philosophy that now holds the Democratic party in its grip has been firmly rejected by the American people. If the party doesn’t let go and move to the center it will cease to exist as a viable force in American politics. If the Northern Express doesn’t let go, it will become a cartoonish forum for the hate-filled leftist blabberings of the Michael Moores of the world, at risk to fall off the left bank of the universe.
If your repeated pleas for a united America were more than just empty rhetoric, then put down your slings and arrows, take a good look at this popular president, and assist him in his quest to make the United States safer and stronger. Or will you stay “Moore-ized” with hate and continue to whimper and whine as you criticize everything the president does or says? We’ll soon see.

Frank Breen • Lake Leelanau

(Thanks Frank, but please remember, we also run hate-filled rightist blabberings here as well. -- ed.)

Worse than 1,000 Hitlers
I can hear them. Crying. Wailing. But a silent grief. 45 million of them now. How can we be a party to such horror? How can we ignore such brutality? Christianity teaches love. Unconditional. Pure. Forgiving. there is no room for a self-serving heretical Christian.
Our great country isn‘t really that great. Our great country is weak. Weak in the knees. Weak in the spine. Rich, but greedy. Compassionate, but indifferent. We scream when an injustice is done. But we are silent as millions of our own flesh and blood are drawn, kicking, torn limb from limb, thrown away, discarded. An inconvenience resolved.
When you see a baby in a store or on the street, think of the millions that didn‘t make it. Ask for forgiveness. Forgive me for my animonisty. Forgive me for not speaking what my heart feels. Forgive my country for condoning such mass murder. Death of the innocents more abhorrent than a thousand Hitlers.
Please carry a new conviction with you from this day forward. Please be merciful, and please let your heart and conscience speak out against this true sadness against God and against the human spirit.

Gene Meeuwenberg • TC

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