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 9/15/08
. . . .

Letters 9/15/08

- September 15th, 2008
Palin: more of the same
Who is Sarah Palin? Her nomination came like a sniper shot from nowhere, and Republican assurances that their private “due diligence” constitutes investigation is laughable.
The vetting process is crucial when the primary candidate is 72 years old. Their cavalier attitude may be emblematic of another “bums‘ rush” for the White House as conceived by Karl Rove.
Aside from the age and gender differences, I see few moderating distinctions between the Bush administration and this Republican proposal. We know that McCain voted with Bush 90% of the time during the past eight years, an indication of his presidency, but what if Palin outlives him?
President Palin would oppose abortion even in the case of rape or incest; believes that creationism should be taught in schools; does not believe humans affect global warming; actually sued the Bush administration for calling Polar Bears an endangered species; supported right-wing extremist Pat Buchanan for president in 2000; believes in a “Big Oil First” energy policy; supports the war; and she even received praise from Rush Limbaugh. This is not change.
It’s odd when a candidate touts their religiosity on a platform of “change.” Frankly, I don’t think anything new has come from religion since the Bronze Age. Change is not accepted within the evangelical realm unless it is to “change” someone else back to a 3,000-year-old sense of morality. A world where scientific inquiry was met with torture, where most sexual sins were punished by death, and when children were sold into slavery. A horrific return to the superstitious world where human sacrifice is rationalized into an “expression of love” for the purpose of placating an angry God is recidivism. It is not change.
Will the Alaskan Governor‘s foreign policy simply be big oil‘s wish list? It was. And, this is change?

Tim Wiley • TC

Gossip mongering
Your recent editorial on Sarah Palin was out of line. I didn’t expect to read such gossip mongering from you. I hope your comment about Idiocracy II was intended to be humorous. Even then, a bit too close to the edge of decency for my tastes. Let’s hope the Express isn’t slipping into a leftist version of the National Enquirer.
Specifically, regarding Sarah Palin. To see a woman rise to this level, without the “traditional” Washington pedigree should be refreshing for all Americans. In many respects she could be compared to Maggie Thatcher. As a shopkeeper’s daughter, she had no significant experience to qualify her to lead the traditionally male, semi-aristocratic Conservative party in the United Kingdom at age 49. Love her or despise her, she was the most important European leader since WWII.
Yes, when I think of all the talented people in this country who could lead our nation, these four would not make my list for a variety of reasons. Looking at this optimistically though, I’m delighted that both parties have nominated candidates that are not of the status quo – either by today’s political standards or historical political standards.
Americans are getting a fantastic opportunity to make a real choice when they go to the polls this November. Having choices is what has made America a great nation, albeit not a perfect nation.

John Murray • via email

Bad outlook on Palin
I am writing to you as a successful business woman and mom. You even featured me years ago as a woman in a man’s profession. Imagine my surprise by your barefoot and pregnant outlook on successful women.
I understand if you disagree with Sarah Palin politically, but to imply that she can not balance career and family the way that men can. I thought you were more enlightened than that. I am so thankful to live in America where as a woman I can have a career and a family.

Sally Erickson Bornschein • TC

Good work
I want to compliment you on some good articles that you have put out lately. “Unholy Childhood,” and the week before that, “Body of War,” were fantastic! The kind of stuff worth reading -- serious and honest in nature.
Keep up the good work. Investigate, get peoples‘ opinions, quotes/stories, don’t be afraid of any truth, no matter where it leads, and don’t let anybody try and censor your work! In a world full of lies, the truth is a revolutionary idea!

Don Forbes • via email

France‘s experiment
See, France is still here after a successful run of CERN’s particle collider.
(Critics feared last week‘s experiment by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) could create a world-ending black hole -- ed.)
I’m responding not to the findings of the world’s largest particle physics laboratory, but to the comments people are writing in about what a big waste of funding the $6 billion has been.
I want to remind people that we’re spending significantly more in Iraq, and this technology has and will continue to spawn innovative technology that will likely be of great benefit to the future of mankind. You’ve all heard of the World Wide Web. It was created by Tim Berners-Lee, inspired by his earlier closed-system project at CERN called ENQUIRE. The first public website ever built was at CERN and provided information on the how-to/how-why of the World Wide Web.
CERN made important advancements in communication that offered tremendous benefit to people today. And yeah, a lot of money had to go into the process, but for the average consumer, the benefit is affordable and easily integrative. How often does that happen?

Samantha Tengelitsch • TC

Push pin pickin‘
It seems that The Push Pin Man has not done any research on his materials, claiming that he and his wife must spend hours sorting and spray painting pins.
Eric Daigh claims that push pins only come in a few colors and that they don’t come in black. Push pins are not only available in black, but also in gemstone tones, pastels, day-glow, even steel and aluminum for gray tones, and so on. They also come pre-sorted in quantities of 20 and 100. A simple google search brought these resources on the first page alone.
This project is very gimmicky and mimics the craft projects from childhood that we all used to do with paint-by-numbers or Light Brite. It does not take “specialized software” to break an image down to so few colors; it only takes a couple of clicks in Photoshop, Illustrator, or other current and popular imaging software programs. You can also custom select any tones from the palette, not just primary colors.
The gimmicky nature of the project along with his self-imposed limitations and submission to The Guinness Book of World Records begs the question, is The Push Pin Man interested in artistic expression or just attention?

Sarah Atkinson • via email

The pig thing
Anyone who knows the heartland of America understands the saying, “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.”
It essentially means you cannot cover up the truth. So this is just one more example of McCain/Palin being out of touch with our country. Ha, they think it’s an attack on Palin. These two are so absurd and out of touch, they don’t deserve our attention.

Barbara McIntyre • TC

Apologies to actress Geena Davis, whose name was misspelled in last week‘s column: “What About Gena?“
Also, this season‘s concerts at the Milliken Auditorium are at 8 p.m., rather than 3 p.m. as stated. Sophie Milman’s concert is March 21, not March 2, and Adam Solomon’s concert is Feb, 6, not Feb. 7.

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