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 7/3/03

Various - July 3rd, 2003
Tax cut hazards

Re: the tax cut debate in a letter by Steven Yenshaw in the June 19 - 25 issue. I disagree, mostly with the last paragraph. More money in the hands
of taxpayers has not always worked, and many times it has been
detrimental. Kennedy‘s tax cut contributed to the increase in inflation
during the ‘70s and Reagan‘s tax cut increased the deficit, way out of
proportion because he didn‘t veto the spending bills. It also
contributed to the the stock market crash of 2000. There are many more
Too much money in the hands of the wrong people at the wrong time can
create problems in the future. Economically, the lower third of the population tend to cause CPI inflation;
the middle third, real estate inflation; and the top third, capital
The current tax cut will not improve the job situation because it
gives the money to the wrong people. Wealthy people don‘t spend extra
money, they invest it. Investment does not create demand. Put money in
the hands of the poor, they spend it, creating demand and then
eventually jobs.
Also, the tax cut increases the imbalance in who pays the taxes; the
wealthy pay a smaller percentage of their income in taxes because many
taxes are not based on income or are capped, such as property taxes,
sales taxes, FICA, medicare, etc.
If you only look at part of the picture it will be distorted.

Richard R Riker • Mackinaw City

Disliking Hillary

George Foster is convinced that Hillary Rodham Clinton is disliked because
she is a woman (“Random Thoughts“, June 19). Millions of us dislike Hillary not because she is a woman, Mr. Foster, but rather because she is a socialist.
Her approach to life is to take hard-won money - by the force of government
-- from the producers, the creative, the motivated, the skilled, the educated, the risk-takers, and the investors to give it to those who, in her opinion, “need“ it more. This is not fair, just, or sonstitutional.
It is ironic that she is a woman, since -- if she had her way -- she would be
Big Brother.

Michael LeButt • Cheboygan

Women problems

“Hats off to Hillary and Martha“? Not a chance.
The problem(s) our culture has had and is having (from a male‘s perspective) with woman ascending into power is multi-faceted, but at the root psychological level, it is all about adults integrating and reconciling the effect of parental authority in their lives.
Who among you reading this letter regardless of age does not inwardly cringe and attempt to flee the moral battlefield when your mother, living or dead, begins to chastize you for one of your misdeeds?
Even if “her“ admonishments were justified, the resentment nevertheless still boils and steams steadily until the personal embarrassment has been molified. Complicate the “classic“ reruns of childhood memories of the seemingly omniscient and omnipresent mother spanking and/or scolding you with a failed marriage or two and a tyrannical and/or incompetent female boss and you have been poured a potent psychological drink with which not to spill as you navigate your way back through the crowded room to your table.
Consequently, George Foster; Hillary Clinton and Martha Stewart are not disliked by men and women simply because they are women with considerable power. They are disliked because as symbols of womanhood and motherhood, their corruptioin and hypocrisy is seen as a betrayal. A betrayal that reaches into the deepest and tenderest parts of our hearts.

Steve A. Redder • Petoskey

Dictatorial powers

The President addressed Congress and citing Iraq‘s attempt to purchase nuclear material from an African nation, received funding for a war. The evidence cited was a forgery.
The Attorney General appears before a Congressional Committee to ask for revisions of the “Patriot Act.“ He testifies that because of police surveillances on public libraries and customers, Ted “Unabomber“ Kaczynski was captured. Oh? No, he was captured when his brother read the Unabomber‘s “Manifesto“ in a newspaper, realized who wrote it, and called the FBI.
My point is: What is trustable? The proposed revisions of the current Patriot Act will give the offices of the President and Attorney General near dictatorial powers that will almost nullify our Constitution, leaving the accused without due process protection or arrest notice to family or friend!
These types of powers are foreign to American democracy. Ben Franklin said: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.“
For over 225 years Americans of every ethnic background have selflessly shed their blood during wartime in order to protect the Constitution for themselves and succeeding generations. We need to let our government officials know that‘s still the American way!

Scott Zorc • Buford, Ga

Who got the concert dough

Thanks to the great coverage from the Northern Express the Northern Michigan Nurses Appreciation Night concert in Petoskey May 31 featuring Greg Brown and Robin Lee Berry was indeed a huge success.
Error, Error, Error!!!! though in stating that the proceeds went to support the striking nurses. This was not a fundraiser for the striking nurses.
The issues surrounding the nursing strike are more complicated than this request for correction can cover but the strike relief fund is being supplied by other sources and the striking nurses as a group chose NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY WAY in presenting this concert.
The concert was the brainchild of David Trautman, an EMT from the Harbor Springs
area and it must be stated that ALL the proceeds beyond expenses went to
Northwest Michigan Habitat for Humanity and to a Breast Cancer Support
Group in Petoskey called “Just For Us.“
The community was and is so divided about the details surrounding the strike and, though those of us who put together the concert fully support the decision to strike and praise the courage born of necessity required to maintain this strike, our effort was to bring a community into the same room for an evening to remember what if feels like to be with neighbors enjoying something together. We wanted to thank all nurses for choosing one of the most honorable and difficult careers known to
Thank you for otherwise great coverage on this issue.

Robin Lee Berry • Boyne City
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