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 6/26/03

Various - June 26th, 2003
Our soiled flag in Charlevoix

Who knows why, but Charlevoix, an otherwise pleasantly laid-back waterside village has lately bloomed into a belligerently nationalistic town, its main street bristling with American flags. Moreover, lest there be any doubt of the village‘s seething chauvinism, nearly all businesses are festooned with one and often two additional flags, their hems embroidered with the slogan, “Proud to be American.“
But wait! There‘s more! The local market features bags of potatoes featuring Old Glory and advising patriotic customers that therein are potatoes, GROWN IN AMERICA, by golly! Never mind that our country‘s flag is being soiled by sacks full of potato dust and dirt.
Yessiree! When the spirit of chauvinism gripped this villlage, the tidal wave of excessive and unreasonable patriotism washed away any respect for the living soul of our county, our stars and bars. In one supermarket, they even stacked layers of paper American flags among the flotsam of the check-out counters. So help me, I saw a beer-bellied citizen in the same market sporting a t-shirt with our country‘s flag on the front, the white stripes that symbolize purity, now sticking out soiled on his distended gut.
God Bless America?

John R. Alberts • Charlevoix

Casting the first stone

Your column regarding the stoning of Amina Lawal mentioned some repressive Michigan Statutes. Here‘s a little known statute that remains Michigan Law. MCL 750.32 states:
“COHABITATION BY DIVORCED PARTIES -- If any persons after being divorced from the bonds of matrimony for any cause whatever, shall cohabit together, they shall be liable to all the penalties provided by law against adultery.“
That is a felony punishable by up to four years in prison. So is the crime of abortion.

Bruce Laidlaw • via email

‘Appalled‘ by gay people

On June 12th, the California Assembly passed a Father‘s Day pro-homosexual resolution by a vote of 42-24. Twenty-four Republicans voted against this resolution. It praised fatherhood, but also supported “families headed by two fathers.“ The resolution was offered by lesbian San Diego Assemblywoman Christine Kehoe.
This resolution is clearly designed to promote the homosexual agenda -- and to be used by homosexual activists as a way of redefining the family. A family in both law and history consists of a mother, father, and children (either by birth or adoption). This resolution is wrong and must be condemned.
Rev. Louis P. Sheldon, head of Traditional Values Coalition (TVC) and TVC lobbyist Ben Lopez have sent out a press release protesting this blatant misuse of Father‘s Day to promote the normalization of homosexuality in California. In the release, Rev. Sheldon said, “I am appalled that these
Democrats in the legislature claim that their actions are not part of a concerted homosexual agenda.“ Lopez correctly observed: “Californians need to realize that anything proposed by any of the openly-homosexual members of the Assembly, like Kehoe, is part of a larger agenda to equate their sexual lifestyle with that of marriage and to redefine the very term family.“
This is a shameful action on the part of Democrats in the Assembly and should be condemned by their constituents.

Scott A. Labash • Bear Lake

The statistics of murder

I am responding to a letter that appeared in your paper in the May 29 issue entitled “Liberate our citizens“ by Todd M Jordan. He stated that there were “15,517 citizens murdered in the year 2000, compared to 9,110 in the ‘60s. That is an increase in crime my friend.“
My first reaction when I read that was that it might even be a decrease in the percentage of murders. We‘re talking a period of time of 30-40 years from the ‘60s to the year 2000, and the population today is much greater.
The July 1 census for 1960 was 180,671,158 and the July 1, 1999 census was 272,690,813, an increase of a little over 92 million people! So, of course you‘re going to see a greater number of murders in 2000 than in the ‘60s.
Since the letter said there were 9,110 murders in the ‘60s, I assume it meant that approximately 9,000+ people were murdered every year. I rounded all the numbers off to make it easier. I calculated that one in every 21,555 people were murdered in 1965 compared to one in 18,133 murdered in 1999. I thought Mr. Jordan and Express readers would like to know.
P. Cassidy • Petoskey

Last week‘s article about singer/songwriter Don Swan had the wrong phone number. The correct number is 933-5206.

An article about summer theater in the Super Summer Guide had a problem with improperly juxtaposed copy. The play “Footloose“ will be performed at the Milliken Auditorium, ph. 231-995-1553. “Anton in Show Business“ will be performed at Interlochen.
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