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 7/5/07

- July 5th, 2007
Disappearing wildlife
The birds in our yard totally disappeared when the intense, widespread spraying of pesticides began in 1999 after the first case of the West Nile Virus was discovered in New York. About three years after this particularly intense period of pesticide spraying, I started to see an occasional bird in our yard. This summer, after eight long years, I am now finally seeing a more normal number of birds around our home.
Prior to 1999, we had so many blue jays that I was beginning to consider them a nuisance. We had black-capped chickadees in our evergreens, nests of robins and cardinals, as well as bees and butterflies, but they
all disappeared -- our yard felt absolutely sterile.
The June 15 edition of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the: “Audubon Society calls for quick action after finding stunning declines in 16 once-common species over the past 40 years.” Our birds have been disappearing for a long time. Yes, loss of habitat is a problem, but I believe our use of pesticides is an even bigger problem. According to www.wikipedia.org, pesticide use has increased 50-fold since 1950. The slow decline in our bird population parallels our increased use of pesticides.
National news recently reported honeybees are disappearing, which is a direct threat to our food supply. I believe our prolific use of pesticides, and other chemicals we pour on our lawns and golf courses, is the major cause of our disappearing wildlife. The more we use poisons in our environment, the more wildlife disappears.
The black-capped chickadee has not
returned to our yard yet, but I have hope that it will return again some day. For further
research see: www.mercola.com/2002/aug/31/west_nile.htm.

Mary Anderson • via email

No nudes is good nudes
We read with some interest the “All Natural” article by Rick Coates in your June 14-20 issue. Since Mr. Coates failed to contact us for a statement, we are curious as to how he arrived at his conclusion that we won’t take a position on the issue. For the record, we are opposed to designating an official nude beach anywhere in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
Mr. Kerwin is in error when he claims that there is no law against public nudity. In fact, Michigan Penal Code 750.335a prohibits indecent exposure, which includes public nudity. The Lakeshore has received numerous complaints about nudity at Otter Creek/Esch Beach, often from families who were upset that their children were “exposed” to nude strangers who were not at all discreet about it. Law-abiding park visitors have even been harassed by nudists in this location. The National Park Service will not tolerate this sort of behavior. We ask everyone who comes to enjoy the park’s beaches to display mutual respect toward other visitors, and this includes keeping your clothes on.

Dusty Shultz • Superintendent
Sleeping Bear Dunes
National Lakeshore

Fourth food for thought
In addition to Fourth of July, fireworks, flag waving, family picnics, and other deserved fun making, why not add a reading of the entire Declaration of Independence? It totals 1,340 words. It takes about 10 minutes for a thoughtful reading out loud to friends and family.
Reflect on what you know of the times and challenges that inspired the authors’ principles and their list of grievances. Ask yourselves “How does any of this relate to today?”
If you need help see: www.ushistory.org/declaration/ or a good history book.

Tom Shea • TC

Drugs or therapy?
Re: Recent articles in the Northern Express: “Present the Other Side,” “Are Our Kids Being Overdosed?” etc...
The letter written by a clinical therapist, “Present the Other Side,” drums up the notion that the head bone connected to the backbone, is a complicated organ and that “disorder“ (synonymous with with chaos, disarray, confusion, mess, muddle, turmoil, anarchy, and mayhem) exists within this organ.
The disease, (synonymous with illness, sickness, ailment, bug, virus, syndrome, malady, and noncoincidentally, disorder) is the manipulation of words to explain the neurological connections required to release the serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine (formed in nerve endings), including substances released by an organ, to another organ, which are stimulants to function by means of its chemical activity (a hormone) in response to a neurological synapse.
The quote, “often encouraged to first work in therapy“ (her specialty), proves the point of pretension.
There is an equal encouragement towards medication, as the statewide ratio of psychiatrists to psychologists within the CMH system is nine to one, (dis)respectively.
Do not be fooled. Counseling is a great choice! Chiropractors are too; so is acupuncture, meditation and prayer.
There are numerous choices when faced with significant emotional events causing neurological reactions in the human body and all of its organs (including language and its purpose) and there is no lifesaving or relationship-saving chemical concoction (temporary or permanent).
There is one book on this subject, it‘s called a dictionary. In his May 24 letter on “Overdosed Kids,“ Fred Baughman, M.D., is 100% correct in defining the neurology of mental health as opposed to the two-faced psychotropic intoxication/poisoning pharma-cartel.
Psychotropic is defined as: “causing changes in behavior or the functioning of the mind.“
The mind is defined as: “human consciousness that originates in the brain and is manifested in thought, memory, perception, feeling, will, or imagination.“
Dr. Baughman and myself are not the only ones with enough backbone to realize the giant sucking sound of taxpayers dollars delved into mental health systems.

Duane Fox • TC

Taxes on oil
Re: “The Euphoria of Rising Gas Prices,“ 6/21 by George Foster.
I’m glad you have seen the light. Maybe we have a chance to survive if more people follow your example. Taxes must be added to oil because if oil is not more expensive than alternative fuels, then alternative fuels will never be used.

Richard R Riker • Mackinaw City
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