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 11/10/08

- November 10th, 2008
Racism in TC
I was saddened and dismayed to read about the feelings and actions of the employees of Hampel‘s Key and Lockshop. I was, however, happy to see that the news was recognized as important enough to be reported by the Record-Eagle.
We need to know who our neighbors are. It made me sick to my stomach to know that people with that kind of proud hatred are living in the same community with me.
I can only hope that people with such ignorant racist attitudes are still cognitively able to learn the errors of their thinking. I will place my hope and my heart in the idea that someday, Hampel‘s and their loyal customers will be given the capacity for increased knowledge, understanding, and respect.

Robin Tilwick • TC
Angry veterans
Just a comment and rebuttal to the decision of Hampel‘s gun and and key shop to fly the flag inverted last week. A coworker came in Friday telling me of his father‘s total disgust with the decision of flying the flag this way. He is a WW II vet and fought for peoples‘ rights, but not this blatant disrespect.
I too am a vet and so are my two brothers and my Dad. We served to protect the rights of people like this, but this isn’t a right that Hampel‘s has as stated in the code for the flying the flag.
It usually used as a distress signal or call for help. In this case, the owner is probably not pleased with the current state of affairs: the war, the economy, whatever.
The upside down U.S. flag is an official signal of distress. It is not meant to be, and is not officially recognized as any type of disrespect when so displayed for the right reasons.
If the employee of Hampel‘s would like to be considered a traitor to America, he can continue his actions, but otherwise stop and respect our flag. Your opinion is allowed, but don’t bring our great flag into this. Many men have died to keep that flag flying in the right manner.

Joe Deater • via email

Disrespect to the flag
(My email to Hampel‘s gun shop in TC:)
I am a 28-year U.S.Marine as well as a FORMER customer of yours. Why you may ask? You shouldn‘t! I am a hunter, a gun collector, and someone who loves his Right to Bear Arms. Your views, ethics, and morals as a company are very ignorant and uneducated.
It‘s one thing to make racial remarks, but to fly the same American flag that 10% of my tank company gave their lives to protect upside down is just plain UNAMERICAN!

Josh Kennard • via email

A bad mix...
We see many campaign lawn signs this time of year which is a great expression of democracy. However, seeing these (Vote no on Proposal 2) signs in front of the Traverse City Catholic churches and their two schools is another story.
Since churches are listed as 501C organizations with the IRS, by law they are not to able to participate in politics, nor officially protest.
I agreed with them on Prop 2 and understand that they feel strongly on this issue, however, they legally cannot claim a tax exemption and be politically active. As they say, you can’t have your cake and eat it, too.
Anahata Balance • TC

Absurd comparison
Regarding Rick Coates, I thoroughly enjoy his articles on various foods and beverages to be found in the Grand Traverse area.
However, his article addressing the current state of politics in the 10/20 issue of the Northern Express was absurd in suggesting that Rush Limbaugh and his vitriolic diatribes are in some manner related to Steven Colbert’s political satire. Mr. Colbert engages in the time-honored practice of satire, while Limbaugh engages in the not-so-honorable practices of deceit, manipulation and fear mongering.
The article left me wondering if the cup Coates was holding in the picture accompanying the article was holding something other than water or if he managed to score a few samples while researching the medical marijuana issue. Rick, do us all a favor and stick to the food and beverages gig.

Bruce Fisher • via email

A new outlook
I’m a white guy--of undisclosed age--who’s been around long enough to vote in a few elections, and until now hasn’t really cared.
This time was different -- I was excited to vote.
Obama represents to me a move in a positive direction for a country that is seeing the effects of money-chasing and war-mongering haters. This country to me is not about accumulating possessions and cash, It’s about a good life of freedom, happiness and knowing what that can be. He can symbolize this, and he can also show young people they aren’t victims, so quit that and pursue your dreams. Now I know we’re all brothers and sisters on the planet, and I look at people differently. Change is slow, but it comes, and the new president and his family represent this.

Mike Morey • TC

Hope for America
Bob Downes’ column “Hope For America” was brilliant. Never in my life have I held so much hope for the future, and never before have the stakes been this high. I believe the biggest thing to underscore here, though, is our participation in the new government under Obama. We the people have been sedentary and silent for much too long, allowing our constitution, our economy and our international reputation to all suffer greatly while on our watch.
Thank God a change appears to be imminent, but it is still our watch; to be part of the change is to be part of the process. Let’s not forget that after we open the curtain and exit the polls this year.
The job of rebuilding our America is just beginning. Let’s all pay attention this time and lend a hand.
We’ve seen what not doing so can do.

Peter Kehoe • Petoskey

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