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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In Defense of Sarah Palin

John C. Ahrens - October 6th, 2008
When you start up your car in the morning, you can always tell which of the random little knocks and tings are normal, and which are wheels-coming-off serious.
The clatter and screech coming out of the Obama Inevitability Juggernaut has, for months, been your typical, boring, cliche-ridden background noise of a campaign coasting to victory: “McCain is an old coot, he’s actually George Bush in drag,” etc, etc. But since August 29, when this supposed racked-up, dying, has-been cancer patient chose Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate, the Obama campaign has taken on the tenor of the wheels-coming-off variety.
I offer Exhibit A: In
Robert Downes’ never-so-aptly-titled “Random Thoughts” column in the Northern Express of September 8, we are treated to every sneering bit of condescending, pedantic contempt the left can muster about traditional America:
“If you’ve ever been to Wasilla, Alaska, rest assured, you wouldn’t want anyone from that dirt patch of a town of junk cars and snowmobile wrecks to rise above the post of dog
catcher. For starters, Wasilla has an unemployment rate of 11.2 percent, compared to the national average of 5.8 percent – It’s George Bush’s America.”
Oh, dear.
Speaking of junk cars, ol’ Bob hit all the high points with that little bit of journalistic drunk driving. What, exactly is his point? That George Bush has helped to create an economic dynamo where nearly everyone who wants a job can have one, except where there are old snowmobiles? I somehow doubt it. Or that the stump-toothed locals in Wasilla are clearly unable to clean up the dirt patches, except that one purty gal who escaped the squalor to somehow get elected Governor? Huh? I guess I am just not sophisticated enough to understand the nuanced, cosmopolitan humor. Evidently, Mr. Downes never travels through Cedar, or Kingsley, or Buckley, or Kalkaska on his way to his numerous peace marches in the debonair enclaves of Ann Arbor. Or, maybe he’s never been through Chicago’s south side, that Barak Obama once claimed as his home.
Granted, I’ve never been all that enamored of John McCain, either. Back in the spring, my e-mail was being spammed to death by the geniuses at the GOP who, I felt, had colluded with the geniuses in the Democrat party to so completely front-load their primaries that we would not only be treated to an endless campaign, but that this lack of yeast would result in exactly the wrong candidate. I finally wrote them a response to their money pleas with the following note on May 25, after it was all over:
“As a conservative-traditionalist, I will not vote for McCain under any circumstances, save one: He chooses an energetic, thorough-going, Movement-style conservative. Of course, I will vote “down-ballot,” but the worst governing coalition (at least in terms of preserving liberty) is a liberal Republican Executive, and a “veto-proof” liberal legislature. At 95 years of age (or whatever he is), McCain is at the end of his actuarial rope, and his successor is a crucial piece of the puzzle. Here’s my short list:
1) Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska,
2) Michael Steele, Former Lt. Governor of Maryland and Fox News contributor,
3) Duncan Hunter, US Rep. from
Maybe they took my advice.
In the apoplexy of liberal hysteria over Sarah Palin, they miss the central point that they have been missing for two generations, and that they will continue to cause them to lose elections: There is not supposed to be an aristocratic primogeniture in America. Downe’s allusions to “dirt-patch towns” and “Red-State” Americans that have been “getting married at 14 since God knows when” is a series of third-grade paeans to this insular, juvenile way of thinking. Liberals will be forever tarred as thin-skinned elites as long as their default position on conservatism is we are all extras from Deliverance who really enjoy a bunk-up with our sisters, and beat our wives while watching WWF Raw.
And, rather than have even a teaspoon of curiosity about traditional, religious, sober conservatives, they stick to their Wilsonian dementia, and keep coming to the same stereotypical conclusions about American traditionalists. They used to refer to such elite, dismissive, non-curious people as “aristocrats.”
People left old Europe in droves to get away from these governing aristocrats who looked down their noses at at the rabble of dirt farmers and religious zealots, and these elites-for-life wanted no part of a new, more enlightened (and to them dangerous) way of thinking. When Martin Luther nailed his eviction notice on the door of the Wittenburg Castle, he was telling not only the Pope to get lost, but, he was also telling every governing aristocrat to wake up, the folks were learning to read.
Behind the cloistered walls of their own mental Wittenburg Castle, liberal statists think America yearns to be governed by John Kennedy lounging about in his white cotton sweater and dock-siders, or, at the very least, by someone who’s been to his School of Government up at Harvard. And in the process of proving this bit of silly and self-destructive political science with their sharp-elbowed tactics, they manage to offend nearly everyone within shouting distance who has ever gone to a community college, driven a Chevrolet, and gone to church once or twice in the past year.
In the breathless attacks on Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, liberal statists like Robert Downes peel back the curtain of their own projected classist bigotry. In the grand Democrat party tradition of Adlai Stevenson, George McGovern, Walter Mondale, Michael Dukakis, Al Gore and John Kerry, Barack Obama is a thin-skinned, bigoted, elitist bore. Normal Americans sense this, and no amount of “Random” off-putting attacks on them will ever change their minds. Can’t imagine why.

John C. Arens of Cedar writes as the “Conservative Curmudgeon.”

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