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 2/25/08

- February 25th, 2008
Cry for Help
I commend the Northern Express for its article and interview regarding the tragic death of Craig Carlson.
Craig was someone to many people. He was a son, grandson, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. On Nov. 10, a Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s sniper decided that Craig’s life would end. I find it appalling that up to 60 officers were involved with this tragedy, which lasted approximately 12 hours, and nobody was successful in assisting Craig with his cry for help!
Twelve hours to talk him down... to find someone that Craig loved and trusted to help... to find a trained professional to assist.
It’s unacceptable that Craig had to die this way. With all of the sketchy details surrounding Craig’s shooting, many questions are being raised that need to be answered. We, as a society, should not “accept” the fact that it is okay for law enforcement to shoot and kill a suicidal person.
I am hopeful that justice will be served for Craig, his family and his friends.

Christie Niesen • Bear Lake

License to kill
Police actions in Craig Carlson’s case give them a license to kill at will without being held accountable. All they need to say is that he was a threat, or lie to have things in the cops‘ favor.
This is why I would never call a cop for any reason, for they always make a bad situation even worse with their lies, bullying, stealing, torture, and now even murder.
You may think I just have a few bad mishaps with police or that there are just a few bad apples, but I am qualified to say that I have experienced all these abuses personally, and some more than once. I never have any need for police for any reason and consider them far worse than any criminal.
I once was trustful enough to give cops money as charity, support their mission, and believe the constant propaganda on TV.
I now know better than to ever ask for any assistance, protection, or help, for I will be the one going to jail, paying a fine, or getting harassed for asking. This has happened more than once. Even going to the police to ‘police‘ themselves brought about no action in my favor -- instead it brought more harm my way. Yes, they have ruined my life, my faith in American justice, and any reason to trust in this fascist illegal government.

Brad Hargett • via email

Online Obama
I am writing to let you know that there is a new web site available: Elk Rapids 4 Obama (http://elkrapids4obama.spaces.live.com).
Initially I got so frustrated by having to respond frequently to the statement, “Obama is a Muslim,” that I launched the site. After debunking all the urban legends I know about Obama, I now post articles, photos, sound clips, videos as well as my own commentaries.
I’m intrigued with the man, his movement and his innovative grassroots campaign that uses the latest Internet technology.
We are the change that we seek!

Terry Miller • Elk Rapids

Iraq Contraption
Conducting a war that began with faulty intelligence, and lack of real intelligence, is similar to rebuilding an engine with improper specification manuals, and no actual mechanical knowledge.
Your wife knows you got no business pouring your household funds into the nightmare in the garage, and everybody else thinks you’re nuts. Your kids will eventually pay for the damn thing with the lack of attention you’ve given to their lives, and won’t be able to even drive it when they’re old enough. Because by the time you get it running, they’ll already have their own wars. I mean cars.

Sam Zachary • TC

Iraq & the Economy
I am curious when I see that most Americans consider the economy to be the top concern. I wonder why people are not seeing the connection of the money we are sending to Iraq every day to the current state of our economy?
Can it be that simple, that our economy would be doing good if we would end this war? I hope we think about this as we select our next president.

Barbara McIntyre • TC
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