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 5/12/08

- May 12th, 2008
Double standard
Quite interesting, the North Carolina Republican Party is airing attack ads on two Democrats who are running for office because they support Barack Obama, who went to Reverend Wright‘s church. Apparently, Wright‘s sermons saying that God condemns America for its acts and punished America in the 9/11 attacks are very radical.
Does anyone recall the same outrage when Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition, talked about 9/11? He stated: “Americans have allowed rampant secularism, the occult, permitted abortions, and legislated prayer out of our schools. So God Almighty is lifting his protection from us.“ The acceptance of homosexuality, Robertson says, could result in hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, terrorist’s bombs, and possibly a meteor striking the earth.
Please remind me if the Republican Party made a similar outcry about Jerry Falwell. “I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians, ... the ACLU, People For the American Way - all of them who have tried to secularize America - I point the finger in their face and say ‘you helped this [terrorist attack] happen.‘“
Jerry Falwell also said that AIDS is the wrath of a just God against homosexuals.
In fairness to the above preachers, they based their points of view on an early prophetic worldview which explains suffering as punishment for sin. Since all three are using same prophetic world view, why is only Rev. Wright being attacked by the Republicans? Why hasn’t the media gone after Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell like it has about Reverend Wright?
Of course, we can explain the attack ads by the North Carolina Republican Party by the mastermind of wedge issues, Karl Rove, an agnostic, who has successfully used divisive issue to motivate the Christian conservatives to vote for their candidate. Perhaps the Republican Party uses a double standard!

Ronald Marshall • Petoskey

McCain is out of touch
What you should know about the “Straight Talk Express.” Senator McCain is more hawkish than President Bush on Iraq. McCain reflects the neo-conservative program of spreading democracy by force. McCain declared in 2000: “I’d institute a policy that I call ‘rogue state rollback.‘”
His reputation is built on his opposition to torture, but he voted against a bill to ban waterboarding.
Fellow Republican senators say he’s reckless, erratic, hotheaded, and loses his temper, and that is a concern if McCain is commander in chief.
McCain considers himself to be pro-environment, but scored zero from the League of Conservation Voters.
McCain talks a lot about taking on special interests, but his manager and top advisers are lobbyists. The watchdog group Public Citizen says that he has 59 lobbyists raising money for his campaign.
McCain’s attitude toward those families caught in the housing crisis is for people facing foreclosure to get a “second job” and skip their vacations. As one of the richest people in the Senate, and the owner of at least eight homes (Associated Press), we should not expect any relief from McCain on issues facing middle America.
The Children’s Defense Fund rated McCain as the worst senator in Congress for children: he voted against the childrens‘ health care bill.
Senator McCain advocates that the United States expel Russia for the G8 group of industrial nations, and continue to exclude China from the councils of power. His age reflects his “Cold War” policies.
Republicans, Democrats, and independents should consider the stakes if we continue with the same old Bush policies in Washington D.C.

Ronald D. Dykstra • Beulah

Built-in solutions
Random Thoughts, “The Two Child Solution,” was one of the most sinister articles I have ever read.
Its obvious that the sanctity of life is nowhere to be found in this article.
Also, haven’t you heard, global warming is a deception you’ve fallen for. Search out the evidence, it‘s there.
The earth has built-in solutions to provide for its inhabitants. Greed, that‘s what gets in our way.
Regarding the statement, “In medieval times, it made great sense to pump out more Catholics to have more believers to fill church coffers or pump-up the ranks of armies. More people meant more power.”
What did that statement do to add intelligent information to the article? To me it revealed the ignorance of the writer about the Catholic Church and added nothing of value to the article.
I would love to go paragraph by paragraph and counter your pronouncements, but space is limited.
Your information is deceptive and is not backed up with fact.

Donna Burket • Gaylord

Justice for all?
Kalkaska Prosecutor Brian Donnelly has an extreme, scorched-earth style of charging citizens with crimes. However, his mean justice applies to everyone except law enforcement personnel and their families.
Recently, a criminal conspiracy was discovered in the sheriff‘s department involving three law enforcement personnel and one‘s son. The crimes included destruction of evidence and conspiracy to destroy evidence, misconduct in office and conspiracy to do the same -- all serious felonies. Donnelly didn‘t refer this matter to another prosecutor; he simply exonerated them all.
This, coming soon after Donnelly‘s exoneration of the police sniper who killed the innocent Craig Carlson, who called 9-11 seeking help. Donnelly is thumbing his nose at all law-abiding citizens who are naive enough to expect honesty and integrity in law officers.
What can we do? Report him to the attorney general? No, he‘s another prosecutor. As a practical matter, you should avoid Kalkaska and do not call 9-11.

Robert J. Carey • Kalkaska

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