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 1/112/09

- January 12th, 2009
Time to rebuild
It’s time to repower, rebuild, and refuel America! To revitalize our faltering economy we must transform the ways Michigan and the rest of the world produces and uses energy. We need to get our economy moving by building a clean energy future.
We must start cutting global warming pollution now. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, we have a reasonable chance of meeting this objective if developed countries as a whole cut emissions 25-40 percent from 1990 levels by 2020 and at least 80 percent by 2050.
We call on members of Congress to support policies that:

• Move to 100 percent electricity from clean sources such as wind and solar. We need an aggressive national renewable electricity standard, national energy efficiency standard, strong building codes, and strong energy efficiency standards.
• Cut our dependence on oil. We need to significantly increase the fuel efficiency of our cars and trucks, create new incentives for plug-in electric vehicles, and adopt a federal low-carbon fuel standard that will bolster rural economies and cut global warming emissions.
• Create five million new clean energy jobs. We need to make major new investments in infrastructure and technology to jumpstart our economy and put Americans back to work.
• Reduce global warming pollution by at least 80 percent.
• Safeguard America’s wildlife and natural resources.
You can sign our petition at:

Brenda Archambo • National Wildlife Federation • Cheboygan

Offensive to nurses
I have been reading the Northern Express since it first became available in the Petoskey area. I learn much about our area and its people through your reporting. I may not always agree with the subject matter being presented, but I am better informed as a result.
I am sure that you have the ability to censor the content of articles presented, as well as a letter to the editor in response to that content. What I am not understanding is your inability to censor the content of the advertising you accept.
I am referring to the ad on page 3 for Streeters in the December 29 edition. The depiction of a “bimbo nurse” is derogatory, degrading and stereotyping for all nurses - male and female.
We nurses have worked very hard to become the professionals we are. To see this type of ad in a well-respected newspaper in the 21st century makes me angry. I believe we nurses are owed an apology.

Susan Hoshield, RNC, MSN, CPNP • Petoskey

Holocaust parallel
The outrage in Gaza by the Israeli military has me wondering, where is the U.S. Jewish response? Do they care that hundreds of innocent civilians are being massacred by Israel? Or is it only when Jews are being killed that it’s an atrocity?
Having been to Palestine a number of times and getting to know many of them personally, I can say with certainty that the Palestinians will not go quietly to the gas chambers.

Randy Bond • Beulah

Worthy cause
A group of us are putting together a fund raiser for Jeff (a Britten Banners co-worker) and Missy Smith’s daughter, Bernie. If you’ve watched the news or read the paper I’m sure you’ve heard the story of Bernie and her multiple heart surgeries. She has spent most of her first year of life at hospitals in Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor.
Bernie has been home for the last couple of months getting acquainted with her three older sisters, Izzy, Lucy and Sadie.
A group of guys here at Britten Banners dabble in music (Rick Daigh and Mark Sanders) have decided to put on a show at the InsideOut Gallery to collect some funds for Ms. Bernie’s never-ending medical bills and the equipment she needs.
The Berniepalooza event is from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18, with a donation of $10 adults and free for kids under 12. Everyone and anyone is invited - kids are welcome!
To learn more about Bernie and her struggles check out her web site: http://www.healthebern.com.

Karla Shiels • TC

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