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 9/13/07

- September 13th, 2007
Peaceful Local Heroes
Local heroes Tom & Darlene Shea are embarking on a cross country adventure. They’re relocating.
Please show your support by wishing them well and offering to continue their good work here in Traverse City.
The Sheas are leaders in the peace & social justice movement. Tom was a facilitator for the TC TALUS group, which stands for Traverse City Transportation and Land Use Study. Tom’s experience with using consensus, conflict resolution, and mediation was vital in helping the group succeed.
The Sheas are heroes for many reasons...these two have given selflessly, they give more than they take.
Support the Sheas by keeping the movement strong. Please continue on with the Peace Group meetings at Mabel’s and the Free Speech Soapbox outside the Chamber of Commerce. Peace.

Tom Mair • TC

Sidewalks, Not Segwalks
Picture this: a typical fine day in downtown Traverse City (or any other town), sidewalks filled with residents and tourists alike - young children, strollers with babies, elderly people, an occasional dog on a leash - all leisurely enjoying not only downtown, but adjoining neighborhoods. Pedestrians, if you will.
Sidewalks are defined as: a paved path beside a street for use by pedestrians.
Pedestrians are defined as: a person who is walking.
Now add a few motorized vehicles called Segways to those sidewalks, maybe 2-3 abreast, all traveling 12.5 mph (3-4 times faster than the speed of a pedestrian). As with all motorized vehicles, a race to the next intersection is a given, even more so after stopping off at a local “watering hole.”
However one wishes to rationalize it, Segways are mechanical motorized vehicles, just like motorcycles, snowmobiles, and golf carts. Luxuries, not necessities. And they DON’T belong on pedestrian sidewalks!

Thomas M. Paradis • TC

Labor Day, Inc.
Labor Day, instituted in 1882 by the American labor movement to focus on the efforts of men and women to build this nation and be productive, is quaint.
We the people have done and are doing magnificent work - longer hours and more productivity. Yet we are going backward. The reasons are many. We are told that corporations are people and have the rights of people, but they don‘t have our rules. A separate tax code insures that many pay no taxes. Many executives make 200 to 1,000 times what we make, and pay less taxes. Laws are passed giving corporations tax incentives to move jobs off shore. We are told that competition is good, yet corporations promote mergers and acquisitions and eliminate competition.
The American labor movement was founded to give us a voice in our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The investment class and its cabal sees this as a threat to their power. They are doing all they can to focus our attention on issues of their choice. They are doing all they can to make Labor Day quaint.

Arnold Stieber • Grass Lake

Alcohol Integrity
Your article refers to the following
“To learn more about educating your kids on alcohol, or for schools looking
for research material on alcohol educational programs, visit Dr. Hanson’s site at www2.potsdam.edu/hansondj.“
FYI, it is well known that David
Hanson is an established alcoholic beverage industry flack, whose website was funded by liquor companies. McCardell‘s association with him is not surprising, given the vested interest of alcohol producers and purveyors in the underage market. But at the very least that conflict of inteterest ought to be disclosed, lest readers presume Hanson‘s views reflect an unbiased “expert“ opinion.
You can find a list of alcoholic-beverage industry funded researchers on our
Integrity in Science website at: http://www.cspinet.org/cgi-bin/integrity.cgi

Kim Crump
Manager of Federal Relations
Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) • Washington, DC

Dr. Hanson on his site posts that some funding came from a grant by The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, Inc. and states “the author of the site does not necessarily agree with the views or opinions of any of the authors whose work is posted on it. The goal of the site is to stimulate thought and discussion about alcohol issues.” Dr. McCardell’s site choosresponsibility.org is not funded by any alcohol industry dollars and is funded by the respected Robertson Foundation www.robertsonfoundation.org -- editor

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