Letters 10-17-2016

Here’s The Truth The group Save our Downtown (SOD), which put Proposal 3 on the ballot, is ignoring the negative consequences that would result if the proposal passes. Despite the group’s name, the proposal impacts the entire city, not just downtown. Munson Medical Center, NMC, and the Grand Traverse Commons are also zoned for buildings over 60’ tall...

Keep TC As-Is In response to Lynda Prior’s letter, no one is asking the people to vote every time someone wants to build a building; Prop. 3 asks that people vote if a building is to be built over 60 feet. Traverse City will not die but will grow at a pace that keeps it the city people want to visit and/or reside; a place to raise a family. It seems people in high-density cities with tall buildings are the ones who flock to TC...

A Right To Vote I cannot understand how people living in a democracy would willingly give up the right to vote on an impactful and important issue. But that is exactly what the people who oppose Proposal 3 are advocating. They call the right to vote a “burden.” Really? Since when does voting on an important issue become a “burden?” The heart of any democracy is the right of the people to have their voice heard...

Reasons For NoI have great respect for the Prop. 3 proponents and consider them friends but in this case they’re wrong. A “yes” vote on Prop. 3 is really a “no” vote on..

Republican Observations When the Republican party sends its presidential candidates, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people with a lot of problems. They’re sending criminals, they’re sending deviate rapists. They’re sending drug addicts. They’re sending mentally ill. And some, I assume, are good people...

Stormy Vote Florida Governor Scott warns people on his coast to evacuate because “this storm will kill you! But in response to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that Florida’s voter registration deadline be extended because a massive evacuation could compromise voter registration and turnout, Republican Governor Scott’s response was that this storm does not necessitate any such extension...

Third Party Benefits It has been proven over and over again that electing Democrat or Republican presidents and representatives only guarantees that dysfunction, corruption and greed will prevail throughout our government. It also I believe that a fair and democratic electoral process, a simple and fair tax structure, quality health care, good education, good paying jobs, adequate affordable housing, an abundance of healthy affordable food, a solid, well maintained infrastructure, a secure social, civil and public service system, an ecologically sustainable outlook for the future and much more is obtainable for all of us...

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Letters 9/25/03

Various - September 25th, 2003
Are we better off now than at 9/11/01?

First I mark terrible loss of life on that day as all compassionate humans
do. Second I mark the terrible failure of American leadership that followed and
continues to this day.
Are we safer and more secure today, two years later?
1. Bush‘s go-it-alone club-waving foreign policy divided and weakened the
UN and turned important allies against us.
2. Now, with over 364 soldiers killed, Bush challenges, “Bring ‘em on!“
3. But turns to the UN he derided and asks for help.
4. Bush‘s Iraq adventure diverted funds from global anti-terrorist effort.
5. Bush‘s bungled post-war lack of planning caused hatred and caused chaos
and disorder.
6. Thanks to #5, Afghanistan‘s Taliban forces have grown and we are at war again there. Women are in their burquas; warlords range in the provinces.
7. Beating Saddam enhances the prospects for peace between Palestine and
Israel? The road to peace is GONE.
8. The other Bush-named axis of evil: North Korea? China now calls the Bush the
“main obstacle“ to peaceful settlement.
9. Bush‘s Homeland Security? Ports, chemical plants, emergency response
and bio-defense are waiting for attention and $$$.
10. Crying national security, Bush bullies aliens and wants to know what
you‘re reading at the library.
11. Bush‘s squandering of our $$$ on war costs have left the states,
(Michigan hurts) reeling and having to cut everywhere.
12. Since 2001, Bush stole jobs from 2.7 million would-be workers and the
average length of unemployment is now the highest it has been in TWENTY YEARS.
Real average wages, if you have a job, are dropping every day.
13. And now, God help us, he wants $87 billion more to send down the
rat hole he made.
We placed our trust in Bush to lead us after 9/11. He callously abused that
trust to mislead us into foolish wars and trampled on our liberties.
Shame on us all if we do not realize what Bush has led our beloved
country into and fail to oust Bush and take back our democracy.

John R. Alberts • Charlevoix

Thumbs down

Express is a great asset to this area of Michigan, but for the first time I‘ve seen a degrading ad and I feel compelled to tell you it may bring in big money but it repels the average reader. Playboy not only needs no advertising but the wording of the ad has many meanings -- none respectful. Our young adults do not need this type of advertising.

Lucille Harty

To your health

Re:your editorial on health insurance (Random Thoughts 9/18), have you checked out the Medical Savings Account? It was created by Congress for small business owners/self-employed & it seems pretty good. You earn interest on your payments & it‘s tax-deductible. I have it through Keith Wright in TC.
By the way, I never miss an issue of Northern Express, read it front to back. Thank God you are here to balance the R-E. You are always on the cutting edge.

Margaret Patchin • via email

The Next President

I really don‘t care if the next President is a man, women, black, white,
Protestant, Catholic, Jew, Islamic or follower of Ghandi. I want a
President that puts the interests of the common people before those of
any rich friends. I want a President that brings our troops out of
Afghanistan and Iraq and brings them home. I want a President that
declares an end to lying to support unprovoked attacks on smaller weaker
countries. I want a President that puts great effort in getting all
Americans good jobs, a great surplus, national health service, a secure
untouched Social Security, lower public school class size and one that
does not throw our money away on wars and then repairing countries he
ordered destroyed. I want a President that does not need his father‘s
friends to do his thinking.

Marshall Raftery • Brutus

Medical malpractice

In a speech to Congress, the President called medical malpractice lawsuits “junk“ lawsuits. He, of course, has the right to say what he pleases from his bully pulpit, callous though it may be. I, too, have the right to say what I must in response, using my bully pulpit, the press, to do so.
Unfortunately, the President latches onto a few pet phrases and seems to think that if he says them often enough they will have validity, even going so far as to make use of them in his State of the Union address. Simply repeating “weapons of mass destruction“ to the point of predicability did not make them appear. Making a mantra of “frivolous lawsuits“ does not change the fact that many serious lawsuits have been filed because the medical profession will not police its own ranks.
It is time for the President or perhaps someone on his staff to give some thought to the concept that life isn‘t one-dimensional, that language has power, thus mandating that words be chosen with care; that cause and effect is at work, resulting in valid lawsuits being filed when medical malpractice maims peoples‘ bodies, produces constant and debilitating pain, changes entirely the course of peoples‘ lives, and, far too often, causes death.

Jane Marshall • Clarksville, TN
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