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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Help protect the bay

Andy Knott - December 27th, 2007
Dear Friends of Grand Traverse Bay,
We know that you are busy during this holiday season, but we are asking you to take five minutes to send a note to the US EPA to ask that agency to take the most appropriate action to prevent a ground water contamination plume from harming Grand Traverse Bay.
The Watershed Center recently learned that ground water contamination from a Superfund site in Greilickville has reached Grand Traverse Bay. This was discussed at a US EPA public meeting on November 29 where various cleanup options were presented for the former Grand Traverse Overall Supply (GTOS) company, an industrial dry-cleaning facility located on Cherry Bend Road. We have since been communicating with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in order to get a better sense of DEQ’s water quality monitoring results at the site.
DEQ has detected low levels, below the drinking water standard, of cis 1,2 dichloroethylene entering the Bay down gradient from the site. According to EPA, long-term human exposure to high levels of cis 1,2 dichloroethylene, above the drinking water standard, can cause damage to the liver, and to the circulatory and nervous system. DEQ has also been monitoring for other chemicals that are part of, or suspected to be part of, the ground water plume including tetrachloroethylene, trichloroethylene, vinyl chloride and trans 1,2 dichloroethylene. These have not yet been detected entering the Bay.
The fact that even low levels of contamination have reached the Bay is a significant concern. Between the mid-1950s and 1977, the operators of GTOS discharged wastewater from laundering and dry cleaning operations into a dry well and lagoons on the site. This indicates the potential for 20+ years’ worth of contamination in the groundwater and we are likely just now seeing the beginning of that plume reach the Bay.
EPA is seeking public comment on the most appropriate method to clean up the site and comments are due by December 31. EPA’s recommended cleanup method is groundwater extraction and treatment and The Watershed Center supports this recommendation. However, EPA staff must take this recommendation to a Superfund panel within EPA that must approve this option and allocate funding ($1.8 million) to implement this option.
This is why public comment is so important! We must show EPA that there is significant public support for groundwater extraction and treatment so that the agency does the right thing.
Please send a letter or e-mail to US EPA.

Here are some key points to include in your comments:
Ask EPA to implement the groundwater extraction and treatment option at the Grand Traverse Overall Supply Superfund site in Greilickville, Michigan (labeled as Ground Water Cleanup Alternative 3 in EPA’s proposal for the site).
Ask EPA to design the cleanup to ensure that the entire volume of the contamination plume is treated and therefore the risks to ground water, Cedar Creek and Grand Traverse Bay are significantly reduced.
Ask EPA to enhance its monitoring activities on site to ensure that the cleanup is successful.
Ask EPA to discharge the treated ground water to the local public sewage treatment system, and not to Cedar Creek.

Personalize your comments, such as explaining why Grand Traverse Bay is important to you, and include your name and address. You can mail, e-mail or fax your comments. Send your comments by midnight on December 31 to:
Linda Martin,
Remedial Project Manager
US EPA Region V (SR-6J)
77 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604
Fax: 312-886-4071
Email: martin.lindab@epa.gov

More information about this issue, including links to EPA’s project website, may be found on The Watershed Center’s homepage at www.gtbay.org. Look under “Current Hot Topic.” Let’s give the gift of clean water to the Bay this holiday season. Please spread the word and ask your friends and family to also submit comments to EPA.

Andy Knott, executive director;
The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay

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