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 2/21/05

Various - February 21st, 2005
Women in Black
Thank you for your excellent coverage of WOMEN OF PEACE (Jan. 31-Feb 6). There are now hundreds of groups throughouth the United States and the world like those in your story. The Women in Black demonstrations that began in Jerusalem, Israel in 1988 against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza had its ups and downs over the years, but has now grown to a grass-roots movement of women (and men) who know that violence only begets more violence and the only hope for peace is justice. I trust the Friday demonstrations will grow as terror worsens.
Thank you also for the article about Randy Bond during the previous week. I was with Randy and Kay Bond in 1995 in Hebron a few month after the beginning of the Christian Peace Maker Teams were invited by the mayor to provide a peace presence there, the only city in the West Bank where Israeli settlers were permitted inside the city limits, claiming the city was theirs. The residents have suffered much from the occupation and are eager for some real signs of peace.

Margaret Purchase • Pleasant Hill, TN

The buzz on hemp
In response to the ill-informed Stephen Poma (1-31), hemp is marijuana. They are both classified as Cannabis Sativa; marijuana is mostly the flower, bud or “tops“ of the hemp plant. Another strain is Cannabis Indica or Indian Hemp.
This is exactly what I stated in my earlier letter to the Northern Express about believing the lies and misinformation from our government.
Up until the early 20th century hemp was legal in America and had many uses, oil, food, fuel, paper, cloth, chemical, plastic stock, medicine, and a good buzz once in a while. Then Shell Oil, Dupont, and Hearst Publications wanted to monopolize the oil, chemical, and paper industries. So they shoveled lots of money to bribe Congress to ban hemp. They found it impossible to ban hemp because of it‘s widespread use, so they banned the growth and use of hemp tops or marijuana.
This is the truth Big Brother has been hiding for 70 years and it‘s found in the Library of Congress, but I still prefer Jack Herer‘s “The Emperor Wears No Clothes“ for the wealth of authoritative information you won‘t find in Big Bro‘s filing cabinet.
Jack offers a $50,000 prize to anyone who can prove him wrong; in 22 years no one has claimed the prize, including ?OUR? government which could surely misuse another $50,000 for their highly profitable war on the plant that this country grew up on.
So trash talk all you want, speak like the brainwashed puppet you are, believe the socialistic Big Bro propaganda excrement, and watch history repeat itself as Big Bro purports more lies while trying to remove his head from his posterior.
The truth is out there, this book is only one of many, KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!
Read Jack Herer‘s “The Emperor Wears No Clothes“ and join the ranks of the informed.

David Guillen • Fife Lake

Legalize hemp
First, I agree with Stephen Poma (1-31) about legalizing hemp. Hemp soap (Dr. Bronner‘s Magic Soap) is amazing and environmentally friendly. And John Spiegal‘s letter in the same issue about animal cruelty was right on. Finally, a guy who stands up for animals. Usually, all people ever do here is shoot, hook and ignorantly eat animals. Cowardly stuff, and there‘s nothing macho about any of it!

Zella Wilde • Traverse City

Not quite as cruel
I am responding to two letters that appeared in your paper from Annie Patterson, “In defense of soy eggnog,“ ( Dec. 27) and one from John Spiegel, “Compassion for animals“ (Jan. 17).
Mr. Spiegel wrote in defense of his friend, Ms. Patterson. He said that whoever printed her letter made some “very big mistakes and turned her letter into somewhat of a joke.‘‘ I would like to know what the mistakes were, what part or parts of her letter were misquoted. I read her letter, and didn‘t look at it as a joke. I didn‘t see anything funny about it.
You then ended your letter saying that people should read the book “Slaughterhouse‘‘ by Gail A. Eisnitz. I do plan on reading the book at a future date. May I suggest some books for you to read. One is entitled “Animal Grace - Entering a Spiritual Relationship with our Fellow Creatures“ by Mary Lou Randour. The other is “Fast Food Nation“ by Eric Schlosser. “Animal Grace“ describes how calves are subjected to in the processing of veal. It reveals a slightly different picture than the one presented by Ms. Patterson in her letter. This is from the book “Animal Grace“: “Calves are taken away at birth with the females raised to produce milk and males for beef or veal. Newborn males who are placed in veal crates live in the harshest confinement, chained at the neck, in a stall with no bedding or straw (they might eat it), they can barely move. They spend their entire 14-16 week lives in total darkness, except when lights are turned on at feeding time.“
According to the letter from Ms. Patterson, “You think hard about that baby calf who was ripped away from his mother and you hear his cries of mercy because after 14 weeks of being deprived of food and water and dying slowly in a dark crate.“ Etc, Etc. According to Ms. Patterson they aren‘t fed. For 14-16 weeks!!! (Unless that is the part of your letter that was misquoted) No calf is going to live 14-16 weeks without food or water. 14-16 days, maybe, but not weeks! That is a calf almost 4 months old.
In the book “Fast Food Nation,“ the author visited a slaughterhouse, and nothing was mentioned of “boiling alive or skinning alive.“ In his book he mentions a “Knocker,“ the man who welcomes cattle to the building. Cattle walk down a narrow chute and pause in front of him -- he shoots them in the head with a captive bolt stunner -- a compressed air-gun attached to the ceiling by a long hose -- which fires a steel bolt that knocks the cattle unconscious.
I wanted Ms. Patterson to know that they do feed the calves; they are not starved for 14-16 weeks. And Mr Spiegel to know that the animals are not skinned alive. I would trust someone who visited a slaughterhouse, and saw it first-hand than a video, which could be doctored. I hope both of you are feeling a little better now knowing a little more of the truth.
I don‘t believe everything I read or hear, I have an open mind.
And I do thank both you for your letters, it really got me thinking and I hope my letter does the same for you.

Peggy Cassidy • Petoskey

(We too were mystified by John Spiegel‘s comments, since Annie Patterson‘s letter was all her own, although it was edited for length. -- ed.)
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