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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Northern View/Region Watch

- April 27th, 2006
On March 27th, I delivered a statement in the Senate reporting on my recent trip to Iraq and Afghanistan. The focus of the trip was to assess the situation in both counties. During my trip, I had the opportunity to meet with our troops, including many from Michigan; senior U.S. military and civilian officials; and Afghan and Iraqi leaders. I thought you might be interested in this  brief report.
Each time I have visited Iraq and Afghanistan, I have been deeply impressed by the very high morale, dedication and professionalism of our servicemen and women. During my trip, I conveyed to them the extraordinary support they have from Congress and from the American people, regardless of our debates and differences over
policy matters.
I was encouraged by the progress in the political and security situation in Afghanistan. While much work remains, President Karzai has led his nation with a firm and steady hand, and I am hopeful about the future of Afghanistan.
Sadly, the same cannot be said of Iraq. The political and security situation in Iraq is deeply troubling and threatens to grow worse. The recent increase in sectarian violence has become the number one security problem, and Iraq’s political leadership continues to struggle with the formation of a national unity government. 
During my trip, I told Iraqi political leaders, including Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari and representatives from the two main Sunni Arab parties, that the Iraqis and only the Iraqis can decide their fate.
I believe we need to be successful in Iraq because the outcome there will have a major effect on the region and on our own security. To achieve this success, I believe it is important that the U.S. make it clear to the Iraqis that if they are unable to come together and form  a government of national unity, we must reconsider our presence in Iraq and that all options will be on the table, including withdrawal of our forces. The Iraqis must understand that our willingness to bear the burden of providing security in Iraq has limits.
My complete statement on my trip to Afghanistan and Iraq can be found on my website at  [http://levin.senate.gov/newsroom/release.cfm?id=253153].

Sen. Levin was recently named one of America‘s Top 10 Senators by Time magazine.

LET THERE BE MUSIC:  Two Northern Michigan musical powerhouses have announced their summer line-ups.
The Blissfest, to be held July 7-9 in Cross Village will be headlined this year by ‘70s western acoustic rockers Poco.  It’s perhaps the most creative year ever for band names, with performers including Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem, Samite, Harry Manx, Eliza Gilkyson, Todd Snider, Robin Nolan Trio, Kevin Collins & the Kuungana dance Troup, The David Munnelly Band, Otis Taylor, Bio Ritmo Salsa Machine, Ritmo Flamenco, James Hill, Mustard’s Retreat, Seth & Daisy Mae, Breathe Owl Breathe, Nu-Tones, Horton Creek Bluegrass, Potato Moon, Vincent Hayes Project, Benzie Playboyz, Something Different in the Homemade Jam, Cold Water, Earthwork Project, Garbha-Grha, Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, Mudbugz, Petoskey Steel Drum Band, Satin Peaches, Rhythmic Adventures, Harmony & Grits & more.  Blissfest members can buy early bird tickets now, with general sales beginning May 15.
Interlochen debuted its season last week with heavy hitters including Cheap Trick (July 5), Willy Nelson (July 6), Lee Ann Womack (July 13), Ian Anderson w/Orchestra (July 19) The Irish Tenors (Aug. 8), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Aug. 15), B.B. King (Aug. 18) and The Beach Boys (Aug. 19).  Classical offerings and shows by the World Youth Symphony Orchestra fill in many of the remaining dates.  See the full schedule on page 24. Tickets are on sale now.

$3 GAS GOT YOU DOWN?   Congressman Bart Stupak (D-MI) is urging the  House of Representatives to consider legislation that would address price gouging by major oil companies. 
“Crude oil prices have exceeded the previous record set after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, reaching over $70 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange,” Stupak wrote.  “As prices climb, the potential for price gouging increases.” 
Stupak’s bill, the Federal Response to Energy Emergencies Act (H.R. 3936), would provide the Federal Trade Commission with the authority to investigate and punish those who artificially inflate the price of energy.  For the first time ever, the FTC would be required to develop a price gouging definition, taking into account consumer-friendly guidelines set forth in the bill.    

REMEMBERING ANNE:  A group of friends and family who appreciated the late Anne Melichar, the feisty TC city commissioner with a leftist bent, are privately collecting donations to plant a Living Memorial Tree in her honor.  The hope is to plant a long living Oak or Maple in late Spring that’s as tough and beautiful as Melichar, said Ann Rogers, who is collecting the donations. If enough funds are collected, a bench could be added to the memorial. 
“Please be a contributor to this living
memorial for Anne—it’s a  way to recognize all that she gave to Traverse City and its people, a city she loved and called home,”
Rogers said.
Rogers will make all the arrangements with the TC Park and Recreation Authority for the planting and care of the tree.
Send your contribution to: Ann Rogers,
1236 Peninsula Drive, Traverse City,
Michigan 49686.

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