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..

Home · Articles · News · Letters · Letters 1/14/08
. . . .

Letters 1/14/08

- January 14th, 2008
Our Intrepid Traveler
I wonder how many readers have been as inspired as I have been by Managing Editor Robert Downes’ recent accounts of his “Downes and dirty” globe-circling prowls through the underbelly of the third world’s teeming cities. Maybe you have to have visited some of these places to appreciate that his sort of seat-of-the-pants travel, flopping in two-star hostelries and assorted caravanserai, dining on peasant fare and mixing it up with the locals, is a daunting experience even for twenty-somethings. And Downes has more than a few miles on him.
His column entitled “The Missing” (Northern Express, 12-17-07) is on target, if I may say so, regarding the “missing” American world travelers, once one gets beyond the “safe” destinations. There is a fascinating world out there, folks. The Western Europeans, Canadians, and Aussies don’t shy from it. Our mass media (but certainly not the Express) have traumatized us with exaggerated images of the dangers out there.
I’ll be off to Jerusalem and Israeli-occupied Palestine in a few weeks; my eighth time over there. Should I be afraid? Not at all. Will I watch where I go, and avoid trouble spots? Sure, but no more so than in any American city. And, yes, the attractions are irresistible.
Come on, fellow yankees. American travelers are great ambassadors of goodwill. As a group we are probably as friendly, egalitarian, and generous as any travelers in the world. People may resent the actions of our government, but they like the casual, curious, smiling and unpretentious Americans who do roam the globe. Hasn’t Downes whetted your appetite? Vamanos!
James R. McCormick • TC
On Boardman Pond
As I wake this morning I’m absolutely beside myself with joy. There could never be a better birthday present for me. My prayers have been answered. The water level on the pond has nearly reached the three foot (theatrical) draw-down level.
I don’t know if the DEQ and County have conceded after reviewing all of the evidence we have compiled, or if they just pushed the wrong buttons when attempting to control the Roller Gates, blocking the flow of water instead of letting it flow naturally as we were told.
The wildlife has now taken another shot to the head. Any life living in or around the pond after rebuilding their homes, burrows, or nests have now been caught in a death trap while hibernating.

Bruce Carpenter • TC

What‘s Up, Wolverine?
Citizens for Environmental Inquiry is reviewing the implications of a 600MW coal fired power plant that is proposed to be sited in the quarry at Rogers City by Wolverine. We would greatly appreciate the active support of your readers and friends in CEI’s effort.
According to reliable information about other coal fired power plants in the United States, similar but smaller than that planned by Wolverine, a 600MW plant as proposed for Rogers City would probably require about 14 million gallons of water and 300 tons of coal PER HOUR (that’s 5 tons per minute). The annual demand would be in the neighborhood of 122,640,000,000 gallons of water and 2,628,000 tons of coal. This is based upon figures for a 500MW power plant from a Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy’s Power Plant Water Management R&D Program Summary, July, 2005.
An April, 2005 “scoping document” for preparation of an environmental impact statement by the Montana DEQ for a 250MW plant, using circulating fluidized bed (CFB) technology, reveals it would receive its coal supply by rail...110 rail cars of coal, twice per week. Its total annual demand would be for 1,200,000 tons of coal, which computes to 137 tons per hour or nearly 2.3 tons per minute.
Wolverine has evidently been involved in a five-year deal supplying power to Canada, so why their sudden need for more capacity? Perhaps they just want to sell more to Canada?

William Lewis • Presque Isle

Illinois Pen Pals
The Fourth Grade at Aviston Elementary, located in southern Illinois, is learning about the United States and the different environments, climates, resources, and highlights found in each region. The kids in the class think it would be fun to receive postcards, souvenirs, resources, or any information about our great country from each of the 50 states.
We hope that people who read this letter will be interested in mailing our class items pertaining to their state.
Our address:
4th Grade @ Aviston Elementary
350 Hull Street
Aviston, Illinois 62216

A sincere “Thank You” to anyone who is able to contribute! We appreciate the excitement you will add to our learning experience.

Mrs. Niemyers‘ Fourth Grade Class • Aviston, IL

Taxpayers Due Change
The New Year brought good news from Lansing; we actually have a surplus in the state budget. After much political wrangling, a short shutdown, spending cuts and a 22 percent surcharge on businesses, we learn that everyone’s predictions were wrong. The state has collected $350 million more than it needed and Michigan taxpayers are looking for their change.
Emergency measures that were taken to close the budget gap have proven excessive. The Michigan Business Tax that has just taken effect should be adjusted to account for the additional funds that have flowed into state coffers. Lansing should also write a batch of checks and send back the money it didn’t need. And belt tightening should continue across the state.

Amy Hagerstrom,Americans for Prosperity, MI director • Lansing

No to ATVs on Benzie County roadways!!!
We are opposed to allowing ATVs (all terrain vehicles) to operate on Benzie County roadsides -- as proposed by the Benzie County Board of Commissioners in their upcoming ordinance. The Commission is having a public hearing to discuss this issue on January 31.
This proposal exposes the Benzie County residents and visitors to a significant traffic/safety hazard. It presents a law enforcement problem at a time when our policing agencies are short-funded and short-handed. Also, who is going to pay for the maintenance and damage to the “roadway” and the collateral damage to adjacent private (and public) property?
If you share our concerns, we urge you to do three things:
1. Contact members of the Benzie County Board of Commissioners.
2. Attend the Public Meeting of the Benzie County Board on January 31 at 7 p.m. at the Platte Valley Elementary School in Honor and voice your opposition.
3. Tell your friends.

Gary & Nancy Richter Thompsonville, MI

Correction: In Carina Hume’s Express December 31 article “Living Off Local Foods,” it was stated that Black Star Farms makes handmade cheese. In fact, it is Leelanau Cheese Company, which is (located at Black Star Farms) that makes the cheeses. They are very popular, especially across the Northern Michigan region. Express apologizes for the error.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5