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 9/27/07

- September 27th, 2007
Keep Space For Peace
I’m writing this letter to make people aware that October 4-13, 2007 is the international Keep Space For Peace Week. We need to educate ourselves about a deadly program our government has been involved in ever since the Reagan years - namely, Star Wars. The Bush administration sells this Star Wars mission as “defensive.“ But this is only a way to get public support for the deployment of offensive systems in space. Our government is spending billions of dollars so they can attack anywhere on earth. These weapons in space will most likely be nuclear powered. NASA is planning for nuclear powered bases on the moon and sending nuclear powered rockets to Mars. It will only take one nuclear accident in space to contaminate the entire planet.
Peggy Fry • TC

A Fool And His...
Fool me once - shame on you. Fool me twice - shame on me. We were to believe Colin Powell and now we are to believe General Petraeus.
Never mind about the funny math. I can do the math myself and it doesn’t compute.
Margaret Forgione • TC

Where‘s Everyone Goin‘?
Two more neighbors announced they were leaving the state today. On the news is coverage of the UAW negotiations. In my Email inbox I find 2 more letters telling stories of the illegal immigrant problem in America.
These seemingly unrelated stories all speak to the same issue and I ask myself “What has become of this country?” There is no decent work for the soiled working class anymore.
The auto companies ask for concessions because sales of American cars are falling. Are they really surprised that no one can afford a car any longer? My father retired from Ford Motor after 30 years, he lived to see a thriving single provider family turn into a struggling 2 income home. Still the Auto companies want more concessions.
The theory is that, after they have gutted the working class, the working class needs to help keep them solvent. Who did they think was going to buy their cars after they took all the decent semi-skilled jobs overseas? I am all for developing markets overseas, but to do so means paying foreign workers enough so that they might become consumers of your product (refer to Henry Ford for originating this business model).
Migrant workers have helped build this country since its beginning; they have kept food costs down and done work that the more skilled American workers were not interested in doing. Now that all the decent jobs have left the country we are being told we need to clamp down on the immigration issue. After all, we need those jobs we used to give gladly to migrants. (See paragraph 3 for reasons there are no jobs.) The lack of labor jobs in this country was to be offset by new “higher value” work such as is available in the tech sector. These jobs unfortunately are also being sent overseas... Not that it matters, with a failing educational system, we can not muster the talent to do the jobs anyway.
So as I say goodbye to two more neighbors, joining countless others, who are leaving in hopes of greener pastures elsewhere (say...Alaska??) as I worry about the future prospects for my children.
As I consider the possibility of selling my home and moving elsewhere. As I watch stories of recalled Chinese toys. As I bristle at yet another attack on the powerless migrant workers. As I wonder if I will soon be forced into the fields with my family to pick this seasons crops.
I wonder if Henry Ford is turning over in his grave, and I ask myself,
What has become of this country?

James Grant • Mesick
The Wild Bunch
I‘m sorry that Mike Morey hasn‘t witnessed wildlife while kayaking beween the 8th and Cass St. Bridges; I guess you have to live here.
We own a condo on the north side and have seen (besides the mallards and their cousins) geese, gulls, swans, comorants, falcons, turtles, and muskrats in and along the river. On shore, we‘ve watched squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, possums, and a multitude of small birds (some rest here and others are on fly-through.) I‘ve smelled skunk, and two deer have wandered through; as a matter of fact, the only wildlife I have expected to see, but have not, is a fox.
But then, you should see us senior citizens. Now, there‘s a wild bunch!
Barbara Thompson • TC
Michigan Wine Is Fine
First and foremost, we would like to thank Mr. Coates for the kind and complimentary comments with regards to the Water Lily Restaurant in our luxurious Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort. The Food and Beverage Department takes a great deal of pride, not only in our flagship restaurant of the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, but in all aspects of guest service. My personal goal is to ensure that every encounter with my team will exceed the expectations of each and every guest and associate. As your publication is not readily distributed in our area, I will make sure to share this glowing review with all of the principles involved in making the Water Lily such a success.
Please also allow me this opportunity, however, to apologize for the erroneous information you seem to have been given by a member of our staff. Please note that I enthusiastically promote and enjoy Michigan Wines and I do not know where this staff person may have gotten the notion to express the contrary. We evaluate our wine lists based on how it meets our guests’ needs and wants as well as how well it pairs with the wide variety of menu items we have available. The list is an expression of the tastes of a team of individuals, both from the Culinary Team and the Front of the House Team and we are constantly tasting new products and looking for that ‘perfect’ mix of wines to reflect the diversity of our menus. To indicate any wine is or is not represented on the list as a result of one personal opinion is not accurate.
Michigan has a long and celebrated history of producing exquisite wines; we recognize the quality Michigan Vintners have to offer our community and appreciate the long list of fantastic Michigan wines available. Historically, Michigan wines have always been well represented on the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort wine lists in the Water Lily and the Siniikaung Steak and Chop House.
To that end, we currently are working with the talented Wine Makers of Chateau Grand Traverse and the Water Lily team for a Wine Makers Dinner in October to celebrate their Michigan wines and the exquisite cuisine of the Water Lily. It would be our pleasure to add anyone interested in experiencing this collaborative effort to the reservation list.
Thank you, in advance, for your time and attention in allowing me to provide correct information, as the quote in the article would lead a reader to believe information that is not accurate.

Marc Forrest, Food and Beverage Dept. Director of Soaring Eagle
Casino and Resort • Mt. Pleasant

Margaret Forgione • TC

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