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 12/13/07

- December 13th, 2007
Unhappy Trails
Have you heard the latest news from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources? They recently announced that they will not be grooming any of their cross-country ski trails this winter, and also that there are no plans to plow any of the parking lots! This includes such popular local trail systems like Muncie Lakes, Lake Ann Pathway, Lost Lake Pathway (Lake Dubonnet) and Sand Lakes Quiet Area. It also affects numerous trail systems throughout the state that are used for both cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
It was bad enough when they closed the toilets at the trailheads last summer, but now it will be almost impossible for any of us to use the trail systems themselves. They say that they will not allow others to plow the lots due to “insurance issues,” although in the past there were a few people who did it anyway.
At the present time, it seems like the DNR is solely interested in timber harvesting, because they certainly aren’t looking out for the recreation interests of the
citizens. This ruling affects not only those of us who live here, but also visitors to our area. Tourism will suffer once people show up and find that they can’t access the trail systems that they drove north to use. This ruling even has an effect on the health of our populace, since it will make it that much more difficult to get outdoors and enjoy the winter activities that keep us in shape in colder months.
It is not too late to do something. Feel free to send a note to anyone you think can help out. We have telephoned our legislators in Lansing, as well as Governor Jennifer Granholm. Perhaps people who are concerned with our well-being and health, or with the tourism industry, might like to exert some pressure too. It can’t hurt.

Lois Goldstein - Williamsburg

Dense Is As Dense Does?
How dense is the American population that our president thinks he can pull a repeat of the WMD scare? Today our President, when faced with the release of the facts re: Iran’s nuclear research, continued, as he had with Iraq, to try and drum up support with the pitch that IF Iran had the capability of an Atom Bomb, they would be dangerous to the world.
In the same vein, IF cows could fly, we’d all need to be under umbrellas. We can’t let him get away with this deceit and fearmongering again. We can’t allow another rush to action on a false premise by this Administration.
Speak out now or your objection may become moot. It is our right as well as our responsibility to let this Administration know that we are not going to be manipulated into another war due to his faulty reasoning and personal agenda.

Margaret Forgione - TC

Not This Time, Buddy
It was interesting to hear Rockefeller’s spin on when Bush must have had the information on Iran, since that would have meant he received the intel the same day as the Senate committee. How Bush can stand in front of the country and spew these transparent lies is beyond me.
This all sounds like a stuck record! This time around we will have no followers into the pit!

Krys Lyle - Beaver Island

Go Go Granholm
Kudos to the Gov. for trying to lead us into a economic and environmentally-friendly future in realizing that changes are needed in our thirst for energy. I am so sick of the broken Federal level still making proper uses of limited resources a political issue, and states should ignore our corrupt Federal losers who only support their fat cat lobbies who control the information and uses of energy. Many examples are available, just like “Kenny Boy” (Ken Ley), Bush’s highest contributer at Enron for his reelection; we all know where that led with relaxing government controls and leadership.
You who fall along party lines without realizing the fate of being the possible last generation of humans, should be ashamed of your destruction of life, liberty, and freedom by being blind followers of such a corrupt, controlling, and sinister liar as our President. Is obvious evidence as Iran enough for you? When will we realize the potential in what we can all do, like our Governor who embraces a good change?
Thank you, Ms. Granholm, for being a smart governor in a very corrupt world! All those blaming her for Michigan’s economy, please refrain now!

Bradford Krull - TC

Defending Inequality
Marriage has been a hot button topic in America. There are those who feel the need to defend it against “the insurgent forces of homosexuals”. The arguments that are usually bandied about have been that marriage has been and always should be defined by one cardinal rule: “One man and one woman.” Michigan has twice entered into its constitution clarifications to the institution of marriage; first in 1996 by passing the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and second in 2004 with the Marriage Amendment Act. In doing so, Michigan has also clarified that it is defending inequality. Marriage exists as a dual entity in the United States. There is the religious ceremony that most are familiar with. There is also the state and federally sanctioned unions, the paperwork side of marriage. One can be had without the other, as is required by law for separation of church and state. However, laws written to exclude certain groups from partaking in the benefits given to those who marry, sets the stage for state sanctioned inequality reinforced by religious dogma. It also reinforces majority rule. If over 76% of Americans claim to be of a Christian faith, then it is almost guaranteed that this issue has been “religiousized” (as opposed to politicized).
What we are seeing is the majority oppressing the minority because of the way they (the majority) feel about same-sex marriage. There have not been any conclusive studies that prove that same-sex marriage is detrimental to the participants, children (any), the family structure, the community, the institution of marriage, or the nation. It is someone’s right to disagree with lesbian and gay couples right to marry, or to exist as lesbians or gays for that matter. It is not their right to block their rights or their happiness under the guise of Christian compassion or the protection of families/family values. One of my teachers years ago told me “Your rights end where another person’s begins”. Her lesson was about how to interpret the Constitution. I often wonder where the Constitution is when discussing same-sex marriage. People do not seem concerned for the rights of others, only in protecting their own state of being at the expense of others.

Chad Vander Henst - Brethren

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