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 1/15/04

Various - January 15th, 2004
Cop cameras
I would like to exert my belief that the time has come in the Grand Traverse Region to advocate the use of police car video cameras. This is an effective tool which can be initiated for the safety and vindication of law enforcement personnel at a minimal cost.
Just as importantly, it can be vital in alleviating the unforeseen misuse of authority. As citizens of this community there are times when we might find ourselves at the mercy of trusted law enforcement officials for one reason or another. Regardless of age, gender, color or creed the playing field must remain equitable. Furthermore, it is unavailing to challenge a system when the authority and the magisterial powers are pre-disposed to the veracity of alleged infractions.
With the utilization of video cameras in squad cars, we not only uphold the integrity of the officers, but we preserve our constitutional rights, validate mutual respect, and deter the potential for physical dereliction.

Mark Waggener • TC

Dean‘s momentum
Does Dr. Howard Dean have the “big mo“ (that all-important momentum) going into the February caucus? Possibly. Consider that the Traverse City Meetup started with less than 10 people and in less than six months managed to splinter off into five, possibly six more groups just in this area!
The towns in our area that are hosting their own Dean For American Meetups are Cadillac, Big Rapids, Suttons Bay, Frankfort, Rapid City/Alden, Beulah and Traverse City. The phenomenal growth speaks volumes about Gov. Dean and his ability to motivate voters within and outside of his party.
Persons interested in attending a Meetup can go to www.meetup.com and find details for their area.

Deb Bull

Doomsday Democrats
To anyone who has been following the Democratic strategies and debates,
it‘s interesting to see how their campaigns have evolved. In the very
beginning, the popular theme was to be, of course, anti-President Bush.
Now all other major candidates are anti-Howard Dean. Joe Lieberman might
as well put that on his bumper stickers and yard signs.
In fact, as a whole the Democratic Party has yet to come up with a single idea that
isn‘t just anti-Bush. How do we fix the economy? Undo what Bush has done!
How do we protect the homeland? Undo what Bush has done! Face it,
progress is being made on all fronts under this President and still the
DNC can‘t come up with a better strategy than predicting doomsday. What
are these people going to do in their third or fourth year, when there‘s
no Republican plans to roll back and no country left to serve?

Eric Kephas • via email

Tax-free education
It‘s interesting to me that in all the candidate scraps about taxes, what slips under the radar of most reporters, commentators, and J.Q.Public is that it‘s possible to pay for education and health care for all without raising taxes. Congressman Kucinich‘s plan is to cut 10% from Pentagon corporate pork bloat instead. The win-win idea stems from the dividend we never got after the cold war ended (we‘re still building cold war weapons). There‘s info at ww.kucinich.us

Dr. John Hurd • via email

The Battle of John Mayer
A response to Sharron May‘s letter regarding the CD review of John Mayer (1/1).
It‘s good to know that there are still people out there who passionately support the musicians that they believe in! However, I‘m still sticking to my lukewarm opinion regarding the review of John Mayer‘s latest CD. Whereas artists like Sinatra and Sting (the two musicians that you chose to list as “one-trick voices“) have become an indelible and important part of the American pop music landscape, I‘m willing to bet that Mr. Mayer, in spite of his few good points, will be but a blip on the radar in less than five years.
If I‘m still writing for Express in five years, we‘ll have to compare notes! In the meantime, if you‘re looking for some great male singer-songwriters, you might want to check out Ryan Adams, Rufus Wainwright, Damien Rice, Ben Lee, Pete Yorn, John Wesley Harding, and the late great Jeff Buckley and Elliott Smith. And thanks for reading Modern Rock and 4Play!

Kristi Kates • via e-mail at expressmodernrock@hotmail.com

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