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 12/31/07

- December 31st, 2007
Gift of Giving
As Santa, I always like to say thank you for good deeds done with a happy heart. So first of all, thank you to Northern Express for your recent My Style that featured yours truly. I think it opened people‘s eyes to the ins and outs of Santa fashion. But I‘m really writing to say thank you to a young man named Alex who gave me a gift at my downtown Traverse City house. Imagine, a gift for Santa! It was unprecedented. I was so touched, it brought tears to my eyes. As I promised Alex, I waited for Christmas to open it and to my surprise, I found a “Wishlist Santa“ from Michigan State University, all dressed in Spartan green. Thank you so much for such a thoughtful gift, which I will keep on the mantle over my fireplace. Alex, you have realized the real gift of giving at Christmas. Maybe there‘s a future for you at the North Pole.
P.S. I hope you got the snowboard.

Santa (Al Lien)

Here’s an FYI for Democratic primary voters. Michigan’s primary will be held January 15, 2008. The Democratic ballot will have 6 choices: Hillary Clinton; Christopher Dodd, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich, Uncommitted, and Write-in.
Please notice that 4 names are missing from the list. Supporters of Joe Biden, John Edwards, Barack Obama and Bill Richardson are urged to vote “uncommitted” instead of writing in their candidates’ names because write-in votes for those candidates will not be counted under state law. A vote for “uncommitted” is a vote to send delegates to the Democratic National Convention who are not committed or pledged to any candidate. Those delegates can vote for any candidate they choose at the Convention.

Pearl Brown • Traverse City

Primary Issues
Cost of Michigan‘s Presidential primary January 15, 2008: $10,000,000+.
Influence of Michigan‘s primary: Down 75%. (We‘ve lost half our Republican delegates, and all our Democratic delegates.)
Private files on primary voters: Free for the Democratic and Republican party machines -- exclusively.
Voters‘ privacy: Priceless…which, to big-party fat cats, apparently equals worthless. (We the People must also show ID to prove we‘re the same people who registered -- or waste time, and more tax dollars, on paperwork.)
What you can do January 15: Pick a party that doesn‘t already drown you in junk mail. Vote for whichever of its candidates you like most -- or least… or an underdog or write-in. Then, whenever that party solicits you, it‘ll be delaying the next first-class postage-rate increase.
What you can do November 4: Vote for other parties and other candidates. If we elect them, the expressions on those fat cats‘ faces really will be priceless.

John Anthony La Pietra • Marshall

Animal Offenses
If the shoving of a tube down a throat that can bring a fish back up the wrong way to swell up it‘s liver bothers you. Then don‘t look into the commercial veal industry. Or any large poultry or egg production.
Turkeys breed so that they will look up in a rain storm and drown. This is the bird that Ben Franklin thought should be the bird that represented America.
There are far worse offenses done to animals out there than Goose liver. Don‘t believe in it, don‘t eat it. If you are true to your beliefs than you are a vegetarian and animal poop is a good thing. Unless it gets on your spinach.
And what was the name of that book about the Chicago Slaughter houses??

Michael H. MacCready • Manton
Sovereign Deed
As one who has been following the local coverage on Sovereign Deed‘s coming to Pellston, I was glad to see Anne Stanton‘s article in the Dec. 13 issue of Northern Express.
Hurricane Katrina certainly proved to us that we can‘t count on government to respond and meet basic human needs in catastrophic situations. It is certainly not surprising to see that those with means will find ways and opportunities to meet their emergency needs. It was also not surprising to hear that outfits like Blackwater were on site in New Orleans within hours, defending property and wealth.
What is significant about Stanton‘s report is the lack of background vetting that Emmet County officials have done on Sovereign Deed. The fact that officials in Illinois and Kenosha, Wisconsin were not in active conversations with Sovereign Deed to compete for its operation, indicates that their names were dropped to push local officials to act quickly and imprudently. Then the issue of Sovereign Deed ordering 2,000,000 respirator masks and being sued for lack of payment only pushes our alarm bells.
This venture is beginning to look like the big hole in downtown Petoskey. Perhaps Emmet County would be ahead to save money on infrastructure and trade the big hole to Sovereign Deed.

John Rohde • Petoskey
The My Style feature on Cora Hargis, (Northern Express, Dec. 27, 2008) should have said she attends Traverse City Senior High School, not Traverse City High School.

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