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 9/8/08

- September 8th, 2008
A dangerous choice
In the midst of all the hype and make-believe over Sarah Palin, the idea of John McCain as decision maker shows with great clarity. His radical choice of VP has seriously dangerous possibilities. If she were to be required to step up to the task of president, the outcome would be horrendous at best.
This woman is under investigation and has ties with an anti-American group in Alaska. Who in their right mind would choose her as a running mate? Nobody.
I am sorry, but I can’t vote for a man solely because he was a war hero. He is no more so than any of the thousands of others who served in Vietnam many of whom gave much more than he did.
The Republicans have a long history of twisting and ignoring the truth without regard for the future of our country.America can’t stand four more years of Bush’s failed policies. Because I love America, I will vote against McCain.

Darrell Carlisle • TC

The pitbull in lipstick
If elected, John McCain and his VP “pitbull” in lipstick will swing our nation so far to the right, it’ll make Bush’s administration appear liberal in comparison.
A few journalist say: “He intends to deliver a new Republican Party to the people.” New? They’ll still be about the rich getting richer, making war against others for the good of Wall Street, robbing women of their rights, refusing proper healthcare for the under-privileged, securing a dominant foot-hold in the Middle East, and whatever ragged relationship we still have with Russia will be reduced to a block of ice. Voters should look beneath the skin and not be easily influenced by cleverly scripted campaign speeches delivered to McCain’s hand by one of Bush’s writers.

Wayne Erreca • TC

A feel-good moment
I was in Denver last week, in the stadium with 70,000 people, wearing my tri-colored hat, waving my flag, chanting “Yes we can,” clapping rhythmically, sharing hopes for the future.
Well, I wasn’t really there, but I was in the Antrim delegation (complete with tall signs designating our space) in the jam-packed State Theatre in Traverse City, watching the historic activity on the enormous screen, and it sure seemed that we were in Denver.
At first we hesitated about applauding people who couldn’t hear us or leaping up with our Obama signs, which only our audience in the theater could see. That hesitation was short-lived.
Michael Moore repeated that the State Theatre belongs to the community – for the viewing of the Metropolitan Opera, for high school football tournaments, for events like the final night of the 2008 Democratic Convention, and the final night of the Republican Convention.
On the way home, our carload of delegates identified our favorite moments. We all agreed that the Teamster from Detroit, the brow-striking woman from Ohio, the bubbly teacher from New Mexico, and the rest of that group of people just like us finished up on one giant high note of the evening. The plaid-shirted, life-long Republican Barney Smith from Indiana brought down both houses with his stern-faced comment: “I want a government that pays attention to Barney Smith, not Smith-Barney.”

Patti Fox • Bellaire

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