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 1/6/05

Various - January 6th, 2005
Cat Stevens is no terrorist
Re: your quote in the 12/30 issue: “‘Wild For You‘ covers pop gems by the likes of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and noted terrorist Cat Stevens.“
I suppose Ross Boissoneau considered that referring to Cat Stevens as a noted peace activist wouldn’t have the same effect of grabbing the readers attention. Well, it worked! You got my attention Ross! Unfortunately, what you may not have considered is that you might get the attention of Stevens’ legal counsel as well. Because, even if the comment was written in jest, I think Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam (not Youssouf Islam as was the spelling of the name on the no-fly list that prompted Homeland Security to remove the former pop-star from the Washington-bound flight in the first place), might consider it libelous. At least two British papers (The Sun and The Sunday Times) have printed apologies and retractions for reports alleging that Islam was involved with and/or supported terrorist activities.
For the record, on the Larry King show, when asked about the possibility that funds from his charity may have gotten into the hands of terrorist organizations, Islam said: “We’re looking for support. So those kind of things we’re very careful about. What happens sometimes -- even the Red Cross, UNICEF, the World Bank, must have been party to something illicit, but it never knew about it. It’s impossible for certain things, I suppose, not to happen, but that’s when you’re in the business of giving charity you can’t let that be a hindrance to making sure -- trying to make sure that the people who do need it get it.” (quote taken from the official Larry King Live CNN.com transcript Oct 7, 2004)
Islam was awarded the Man for Peace Award by the Gorbachev Foundation in November for his “dedication to promoting peace and condemning terrorism” and for the work of his charity “Small Kindness” which provides emergency aid and humanitarian relief in countries including Bosnia, Kosova, Albania and Iraq that have been or continue to be affected by war, poverty and natural disasters.
Need I mention he donated the royalties of his four CD boxed set release to the 9/11 Fund? His efforts to educate Muslim children, especially girls? That he opened a medical centre in Johannesburg, South Africa for AIDS patients? Or that the royalties from his current release in the UK (a cover of his ‘70s song “Father and Son,“ recorded by Ronan Keating and featuring Islam) are going to charity as well.
Noted terrorist? You may want to prepare a retraction.

S. Boyd • Hamilton, Ontario Canada

Adjust your attitude
Wow, what a letter (re: Dear President Bush, political ad, 12/23). The first thought that came to mind was that a very sore loser must have written this letter; I just shook my head in disbelief.
Who are these self-appointed guardians from northern Michigan who will be “watching” the president? This “watching” appears to be nothing but a threat, a threat from people who supposedly are caring individuals concerned about important issues. It is time to put away the condescending attitude of self-righteousness and come together to address these important issues.

James Press • via email

How You Can Help
Donations are desperately needed for the millions of people affected by last week’s tsunami in Asia. Following are a few reputable relief agencies. For a more complete list, check out the USAID site at www.usaid.gov.

(Salvation Army World Service Office)
South Asia Relief Fund
615 Slaters Lane
Alexandria, VA, 22313

Oxfam America
Asian Earthquake Fund
PO Box 1211
Albert Lea, MN

US Fund for UNICEF
General Emergency Fund
333 E. 38th Street
New York, NY 10016

World Vision
P.O. Box 70288
Tacoma, WA

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