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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War protest planned

Staff Reports - March 18th, 2004
War protests planned

Northern Michigan‘s antiwar movement started with a bang over a year ago, with hundreds of people waving signs protesting the invasion of Iraq along major highways in Petoskey and Traverse City. But the marches gradually dwindled in size and volume after the U.S./British blitzkrieg swept through Iraq in a matter of days. By mid-year, protests attracted only a handful of marchers in the region.
On the March 20 anniversary of the invasion, however, the Traverse Area Peace and Justice Community organization hopes to rouse area citizens to vent against the war in concert with protests being held around the world, including marches in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Lansing and many other cities.
“Wage Peace, Not War“ is the theme of the event, with a demonstration to be held Saturday, March 20 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., beginning at the Grand Traverse County Government Center at 400 Boardman in Traverse City.
Organizers Marian Kromkowski and Louie Blouin say the event will be a “reality tour,“ with marchers circulating to five downtown locations where spokespersons will provide short presentations on the following issues:
-- Protect our Civil Liberties/Repeal the Patriot Act (Government Center);
-- The Domestic Costs of War (outside Rep. Dave Camp’s office);
-- End the Occupations of Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan (outside Sen. Carl Levin’s office);
-- Support the Troops/Bring the Troops Home (American Legion Park on Cass & Washington);
-- Water is Life/Celebration (Open Space).
While there are no plans for a similar demonstration in Petoskey, peaceniks from Emmet County and Charlevoix are planning to attend the TC event, with a ride pool leaving from the Petoskey Marina parking lot at 8:45 a.m. and stopping at Oleson‘s grocery parking lot in Charlevoix. See traversepeacealerts.org for details.

Learn the Anishinaabemowin language with new CD-ROM

Native American language expert and teacher Kenny Neganigwane Pheasant has released an interactive CD-ROM aimed at preserving and sharing the language of the Anishinaabe nation, Anishinaabemowin.
A resident of Traverse City, Kenny‘s user-friendly program offers beginning through advanced and conversational levels of instruction for all age levels.
Anishinaabemowin is one of the oldest and most historically important Native American languages in North America, but is in danger of becoming extinct if it is not taught to a new generation, he says.
“In earlier times, the language was passed on orally from a tribe’s elders to its younger members, but in more recent times, this practice has fallen victim to outside influences.“
The CD is part of a region-wide effort to keep Odawa and Ojibway dialects alive among Native Americans.
“At my son’s Head Start class, they do Odawa and Ojibway language four days a week for about 45 minutes each day. I was at a loss that he was not taking an interest in learning his native language,“ says Robert Memberto of the Little River Band. He notes that after purchasing the CD, his son‘s interest in the language took off. “In less than a week, his teachers contacted me from Head Start and talked about how excited Ryan was about the daily Odawa/Ojibway class. He was taking an active interest in the class and I was thrilled.“
The CD is also of interest to non-native speakers.
“This interactive program was a wonderful resource to accompany our third grade study of local Native American history,“ said Kim Ranger, a teacher at Mill Creek Elementary in Williamsburg. “The program gave us some history and background of the Anishinaabe culture and brought up some good dialog about the importance of the native language. Immediately the students were drawn to the program through the native music, the colorful graphics, and the friendly guide, Little Fox.“
Kenny Neganigwane Pheasant grew up on the Wikwemikong Reservation in South Bay, Ontario, Canada, speaking Anishinaabemowin. As an adult, his love of his native language intensified, and he has devoted his life to teaching it to others from the elementary to the college level.
A few years ago, he received a grant from the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) to fund equipment and programs that would allow him to share his expertise with a greater number of people. Among other things, the grant made it possible for him to produce this new, interactive Anishinaabe language CD-ROM.
Other people involved in the project included Native American flutist and composer Charlie Wayne Watson, whose music underscores the visual elements of the CD-ROM; artist Zoey Wood-Salomon, whose traditional woodland style painting graces the CD-ROM cover and elements of the program; Robert Hughes, an animator with credits that include work with Nickelodeon and Fox TV; and Jim Sundberg of the multimedia firm JS Interactive, who was in charge of design, programming and photography.
Titled simply “Anishinaabemowin,” the CD-ROM is priced at $39 US / $50 CAN. For more information or to order copies of the “Anishinaabemowin,” call (231) 933 - 4406 or (231) 398-9378, or e-mail Pheasant9@aol.com .
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