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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You are what you think you are

Mark Waggener - March 8th, 2007
Have you ever questioned whether your thoughts actually have a physical effect on things? Can it be assumed that our mental health and physical condition go hand-in-hand, based on the way we think? If you nod in agreement, then you are likely to recognize that thoughts contain a type of energy which can manifest into a positive or negative form
of overall well being. How you apply this energy on a day-to-day basis can directly contribute to experiences you have throughout your entire life.

Universal Laws
The universe is a field of magnetic energy and puts out a particular frequency. In the same sense, our bodies are continually sending signals in the form of energy which are derived from our individual thought processes. It has been noted scientifically that a human thought transmits a frequency which can be measured through brain waves.
Through the use of Kirlian photography, scientific evidence has also suggested that there is a distinct magnetic field that mirrors each and every one of us. This electromagnetic field sends signals to the universe just as the universe sends signals to us. You can consider this type of energy a life force -- or an aura -- that represents physical and emotional functions.

Endless Thoughts
Throughout each day, most people generate approximately 50,000 thoughts, which result from chemical and electrical activity within the brain. Since the human brain can be considered our main source of electrical energy, it is therefore responsible for gathering information and sending out instructions to the body and mind. The majority of this activity in a healthy human brain is involuntary, but when it comes to the way we choose to think, this voluntary process is overtly manageable. Being “tuned in,” so to speak, can materialize in so many ways. The frequency or signal you decide to emit on a consistent basis will draw that likeness back to you in the form of some type of energy.

Although it is impossible to monitor all of our daily thoughts, it is conceivable to enhance the positive ones and dispel the negative ones. It is simply a matter of mental aerobics and re-programming your mind through continued awareness, repetition, and determination.
Subsequently, through emotions, we all have the power to distribute positive energy based solely on good thoughts. You don’t have to ask yourself, who talks to you more than anyone else in life; the answer is quite simple: you do. It’s the manner in which you choose to speak silently to yourself that can lay the groundwork for a self-fulfilling destiny.

Like attracts like
Whatever you have, or are, you attract more of. If someone is having a bad day at work, it can be quite apparent that they are sending out negative energy which most people can sense, and oftentimes prefer to avoid. The result of that energy heightens the negative situation and affects your immediate health and welfare. Regardless of what’s causing the negative vibes, it can be reversed in an instant by taking charge of those thoughts. It may be easier said than done, but the next time a negative notion enters your mind, send it to the recycle bin and replace it with an uplifting thought.

Fully Charged
In a harmonious equation, if someone is having a great day and exudes a smile and favorable mood, it can be just as apparent and creates an infectious field of good energy. A positive shift in energy affects everything around us and is beneficial in nourishing organs and cells within the body to support their vital functions. Like a rush of water, it can clear debris from our path so we can move forward. It is this type of charged energy that attracts like-minded people and positive situations, and generates a positive aura.

Magnetic Beings
If we think of ourselves as a magnet, we can attract or repel anything we choose. Dwelling on the things we don’t have or the situations we place ourselves in with dissenting thoughts can deter us from what we can achieve spiritually and emotionally.
Regardless of whether it is your health, your relationships, your financial situation, or your personal well-being, every thought and every emotion running through your mind has a profound effect on the outcome. Look around and take notice of the people who do exemplify a positive aura. Place your own order with the universe and attract what you want with spirited anticipation. By exerting an energetic mind and will, the potential to harness the automatic functions of our entire being can be realized.
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” -- Henry Ford
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