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 5/24/07

- May 24th, 2007
Overdosed kids
Re: “Are Kids Being Overdosed?“ by Anne Stanton, May 17:
To answer these questions one must consider that all physicians go to medical school where they study (1) all things physically normal, (2) all things physically abnormal — diseases — and (3) how to examine, image and chemically test the patient to tell the difference.
All physicians (and this includes psychiatrists) know that in the specialty of psychiatry there are no actual physical abnormalities — diseases. Rather, abnormalities/diseases of the brain and nervous system are the province of the specialty of neurology -- things like strokes, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, brain tumors, etc,
Abnormalities of the brain can be found on physical/neurological examination, brain scans and chemical tests. Such is not the case in psychiatry, where we deal with troubled emotions and troublesome behaviors—all subjective—but never with demonstrable, objective physical or chemical abnormalities.
And no such thing as a “chemical imbalance” of the brain has ever been proven to exist in psychiatry. There is no justification to give “chemical balancers”—pills for psychiatry’s “chemical imbalances” of the brain. They do not exist. Could it be this is all done for profit?
It is for this reason that the first and only real abnormality/disease in any psychiatric patient is the intoxication/poisoning with the first psychiatric drug they are given to ingest or are injected with. This is why their second, fifth, seventh and tenth real diseases are their intoxications/poisonings with their second, fifth, seventh and tenth psychiatric drugs; not a single one of them targeting a predetermined physical abnormality/disease.
This is why no psychiatric drug “treatment” has a scientific basis. Throughout the rest of medicine every “medicine” targets an abnormality in a scientifically designed manner: chemotherapy drugs preferentially targeting faster growing cancer cells; X-ray therapy targeting the faster growing cancer cells. Insulin, in diabetes, the shortage of insulin and elevated blood sugar level, antibiotics, the chemical life-cycles of infecting bacteria, etc.
But not in psychiatry! What we start with in psychiatry is a physically normal individual, albeit one who is emotionally troubled, and perhaps, troublesome. What we do with psychiatric drugs is erase or obliterate their being troubled and troublesome and we invariably do so by giving them chemicals, all of which act by damaging the brain in diffuse, inexact ways. Like a machete, one science writer put it.
No less than your children and grandchildren, or mine, what these children need is love, a home, parents, being protected, cared about, and cared for.
Being a foster child is not a medical condition. And yet psychiatry has laid claim to between 60 and 90 percent of foster children nationwide, drugging them all, putting their final stamp on them—the conspicuous physical sequelae of their drugging/poisoning--things like the grotesque, uncontrollable movements of tardive dyskinesias, or of what looks for all the world like a typical case of advanced-age, Parkinson’s disease, but for the fact it is seen in a five-year old—the handiwork of psychiatry.
By rejecting the fact that these children need love, structure, discipline and an education, but instead, imposing a system that makes them profit-points and intoxicates and poisons them we will surely rue the day when, at 18 or 21, they age-out and spill out into society totally unloved, unprepared, full of the realization that this is what was done to them—this and only this. Their cost in terms of life-long disability will be but a fraction of the cost we will pay for having “pimped” them to the for-profit, psychiatry-big pharma cartel.
In 2003, pediatrician William Carey, of the Philadelphia Children’s Hospital testified to Congress that 17% of US school-age children (8.5 million) were on one or more psychiatric drugs. Nor is this epidemic finite, like those of real, objectively verifiable diseases.
Spending on all psychiatric drugs climbed from $7.9 billion in 1997 to $20 billion in 2004, an increase of more than 150 percent (The Washington Times, April 1, 2007). Nor does it stop. Nor does the victimization of normal, defenseless children stop. Nor is there anything in the least scientific, healing or ethical about it.
Ask Steven Sharfstein, president of the American Psychiatric Association for proof that even one psychiatric diagnosis is a real disease. On June 27, 2005, on the Today Show with Matt Lauer, he had no answer for ethical psychiatrist, Dr. Joseph Glenmullen, who had told the truth of the matter: that there were no such things as “chemical imbalances” of the brain—the sales pitch of every unethical medical practitioner who make this their justification for making “patients” (usually lifetime “patients”) of normal children and drugging them.

Fred A. Baughman, MD
El Cahon, CA

Dr. Baughman is author of “The ADHD Fraud--How Psychiatry Makes ‘Patients‘ of Normal Children.“ www.Trafford.com He was in the private practice of neurology and child neurology in Grand Rapids from 1964-1975 before relocating to San Diego, CA. He is a former director of the March of Dimes, Western Michigan Birth Defects Clinic and assistant professor of Neurology at the Michigan State University School of Human Medicine.

Teens & self-respect
Regarding your recent Random Thoughts, meaningful work for young people need not be an artifact of tribal groups, nor even of the 1950s (re: “Them Changes,“ 5/10).
There are schools today that incorporate the adolescent’s deep need to participate in the functioning of his society: authentic Montessori junior high schools blend practical work with academic study.
At The Greenspire School in Traverse City, students raise chickens and sell the eggs to a local restaurant; they tap trees and distill maple syrup for sale. They construct schedules for weekend chores and come gladly to school to tend to them, aware that others in the community depend on their work. They plan and prepare 10 meals a week for the school community; they provide weekly company to a group of elders living in a nursing care facility; and they are currently testing soil in preparation for planting outdoor gardens of herbs and greens. They keep books to track their revenues and expenses, and use their profits to fund field trips and future projects.
And the benefits are manifestly evident: they behave as responsible, respectful young adults (albeit with a lively sense of mischief and humor). They respect themselves.
Academic learning need not be an abstraction engaged in for grades to please parents or teachers, either.
From preschool onward, Montessori students explore the interconnected dependence of all Earth’s creatures; they know themselves to be integral parts of the web of life. As such, they pursue learning in order to become logically skilled, articulate, dependable citizens in their classrooms and in the world -- and because they are able to use all their senses to manipulate objects and construct their knowledge, because they move at their own pace and find their own success -- in short, because learning is their own.
Maria Montessori was a genius with a vision ahead of her time; as science continues to validate her insights, we continue to reap their benefits.

Bonnie Deigh • TC

Bad lawmaker reaction
As a parent and teacher, I’d like to thank the fourth graders from Benzie Central who took a stand in Lansing recently. Their silent protest of the looming cuts to our schools showed the legislature exactly who their decisions affect. What could be more American than making your voice heard on issues that directly affect your life and future?
The reactions of Michelle McManus and Dave Palsrok are unconscionable. Neither of our representatives would even meet with these kids. They hid in their offices and made angry phone calls about the “-$125” and “Save Our Schools” written on the students‘ shirts. Clearly, the message hit a little too close to home and it should have.
It’s our legislator’s ideological marriage to partisan politics that has put our schools in the crosshairs. Message to Lansing: we care about our schools and the future of this state. Since you’re supposed to be representing us, it’s time you stood up for what we believe in, whether it fits the agenda of your special-interest campaign donors or not.

Rick Gebhard • Manistee

Digs Down the Line
Read in your May 3 weekly about the Interlochen summer line-up. Thought it would be nice to read something about the opening band for Peter Frampton, which is Down The Line.
This band is based out of Chicago but has Michigan guys playing in it, and one (Levi Britton) is from Traverse City. This band has played at the Cherryfest for a few years now and is again playing this year on July 14.
Yes, I am a great fan of theirs, but I do think it might be worth reading about in
your paper.

Ken Coffman • via email

Unfair property tax
Perhaps someone in the readership of the Express can explain to me why the yearly property tax on mobile homes are still somewhere around $38 per year. If we are looking at roughly $7,000 per child for a year of public school, and given the desperate search for funding in Michigan, how can this continue? This may not be the salvation of our budget crisis, but it seems pretty crazy that a homeowner in a mobile home park, with a couple of kids in the local school, can expect plowed roads, libraries, schooling, etc. for this
bargain sum?
I’m not anti-mobile home, but just wondering why, with all the searching for funding here in the Big Mitten, our legislators aren’t trying to bring this imbalance a little closer to reality.

Tom Pixley • via email
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