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 9/6/2007

- September 6th, 2007
Where‘s the Beach?
A good question posed by residents and visitors alike in the small, picturesque Village of Lake Ann is “where’s the beach?” The answer is not so good. There is no public beach in the Village of Lake Ann. If the self-appointed “Concerned Citizens,” AKA “concerned lakefront property owners” have their way, there will NEVER be a public beach anywhere in Lake Ann.
According to a statement issued by the “Concerned Citizen,” property owners with direct frontage on Lake Ann pay a significant premium for that privilege. This (the beachfront park) would allow anyone access to Lake Ann “without regard to best interest.” In this case, “anyone” means the general public. This statement is elitism, no, it is more like discrimination. Whose best interest is this “Concerned Citizens” group concerned about?
Oh, this “Concerned” group says it is all for a public beach, but not at a location in the Village of Lake Ann - NIMBY (not in my back yard.) These “Concerned” want the public to just go away, say, across the lake to the state boat launch. What a fine mix this is: children vying for space with boats with motors, cars backing into the water to either launch or take out a boat.
There are folks who have lived their entire lives in Lake Ann and hve not been able or privileged to enjoy the view of Lake Ann from the shoreline. Folks who do not own property on Lake Ann have only their backyard and a garden hose.
The Village Council is attempting to provide an “Open Space” for the public. This “Open Space” is smack dab in the center of the village at 19511 Maple! This property, without question, is the best location on Lake Ann for this “Open Space Beach.” There will be no boat launch or boat dock. The park will be completely handicapped accessible.
The “Concerned citizens” tout the DNR boat launch across the lake as a beach site. This is just another way to say NIMBY. The “Concerned Citizens” want NO PUBLIC BEACH. The DNR has stated publically that a beach will not be considered. There is no Plan B. Michigan law states that it is unlawful to swim at a boat launch. In contrast, the village beach site is lawful and is only a couple of blocks from anywhere in the village, including the new senior housing center proposed by the Lake Ann United Methodist Church.
A balanced poll of only Lake Ann Village residents indicated 60% support for the village beach. A September 11, 2007 election will impact the future of Lake Ann. Voters will not be voting on a beach site. There is NO millage on the ballot. The issue is simply raw politics. The “Concerned Citizens” have a slate of candidates hoping to oust the current non-partisan elected officials of Lake Ann and kill the beach project.
It is the position of the Lake Ann Village Council that every person regardless of
station in life has the basic right to have access to THEIR public lands and to THEIR
public waters.

Daniel F. “Dutch” Herringa
Lake Ann

One Bag at a Time
Thanks to Noah for the eye-opening article on “Those Nasty Plastic Bags.”
After our own frustrations in seeking a re-usable alternative, with most tote bag styles that don’t stand up on their own, we discovered 1BagAtaTime.com. These well-designed foldable flat-bottom bags work just like paper bags but can be used over and over and are more eco-friendly.
People are always asking us, “Where did you get those?” so clearly a reusable bag concept makes sense and has the attention of the consumer – but if everyone took part, the people of Northern Michigan could soon be known as an example of one of the communities making a significant difference - 1 bag at a time?

Stosh & Janese Horton • TC

Calling On Truman?
President Truman believed that historians were one of our greatest natural assets. However, that belief could only be true if two conditions were met; there had to be world-class historians and powerful Washington politicians who were willing to be guided by their wise counsel.
Since President Truman‘s times, those two conditions have only come together to benefit the nation in the Johnson presidency.
In March of 1968, President Johnson sought the wise counsel of a group of older men, who could be considered informal world class historians. He asked them if the requested troop increase of 200,000 more men for his Vietnam War would guarantee success. That group said no.
As a result, President Johnson made two wise moves. He refused the request and removed the war commander making the request.
Relatedly, both Presidents Johnson and Bush chose to start their wars. And after several years of unsuccessful fighting, both presidents sought the wise counsel of older men. Now, though, President Bush has both rejected their wise counsel and removed the war commander opposing his new war escalation tactics.
However, President Truman‘s historical guidance idea is still good for wise future use.

Louis Burford • Petoskey

Sewer Stress
At last, the Northport real sewer story is told. The Northport/Leelanau Township sewer project from the start had the option, and still has the option, to be an environmentally sound, Smart Growth, affordable, EPA approved alternative system.
Determination of need, based on onsite testing of septics at a reasonable cost, is germane to the project. Failure to do the testing has resulted in a mega sewer encompassing functional permitted septics and, who knows why, possibly some impaired septics being excluded.
Even Judge Thomas Power, hearing the Leelanau Forum’s challenge to the gerrymandered Special Assessment District, questioned the exclusion and inclusion of properties.
Perhaps, most telling is Northport Village’s Board member, Ms. Barbara vonVoightlander’s quote to Anne Stanton. When queried why the village did not explore an optional, alternative system, as presented by Gourdie Fraser engineers, she responded ‘We had already picked an engineer”.
Reports by citizens in attendance at the presentation, have described the rudeness of the board towards the presenter. Von Voightlander acknowledged it was a rough meeting. Citizens called it a done deal. The board was not going to explore any design system, if it did not come from Fleis and Vandenbrink.
Kudos to Anne Stanton for researching and writing the real Northport Politics of Poop story. The politics are costly. About $146 a month per household. That is the real Northport sewer story.

Barbara Gilmore Weber

Correction: the web address listed in last week‘s Northern View column by Steve Morse was incorrect. The correct address is www.traversepeacealerts.org.

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