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 11/3/08

- November 3rd, 2008
Those awful liberals...
They would actually spend money helping people instead of killing people.
A pundit was predicting what would happen if the Democrats gained control of Congress and the White House. He said they would cut defense spending and increase spending on social programs.
Now, isn’t that the worst thing that could happen? Helping the average citizen and cut defense when the Martians are coming, the Martians are coming?

Richard R Riker • Mackinaw City

Letter to Obama
Let me be candid. After all the campaigning, I still don’t know you very well. You are still coming off as advocating intrusive and paternalistic national government with little faith in free enterprise or belief in personal responsibility and accountability.
I worry that your view of self reliance evolved out of your long-time membership in a Chicago church that embraced Black Liberation Theology which perpetuates a victim mentality long ago abandoned by most black Americans and other minority groups who are doing well. I worry about your belief that the role of government is to redistribute income through personal and corporate taxes.
You have not expressed much faith in or respect for the private sector as the real source of the nation’s wealth. The only incentive you have promised to encourage national corporations to locate or expand here is a threat of punitive tax policies. Read Thomas Friedman’s book The World Is Flat to understand we cannot unilaterally establish the level of competitive wages or total cost in a world market.
No matter how much you despise corporate America, companies always have choices of where to locate. You will not be able to build a wall around the country with artificial constraints to keep jobs in the U.S. We will only keep what we earn and deserve in a world of vicious competition.
Much of what you have said and not said, as well as what you have done and not done, undermines confidence in your being the president we need.

Dick Selvala • Cross Village

End suffering: vote yes
As an 18-year-old first-time voter and a Crohn’s disease patient of six years I am urging all Michigan residents to vote yes on proposals 1 and 2.
Proposal 1 is for legalizing marijuana for medical purposes and Proposal 2 is for lifting a Michigan constitutional ban on the research of stem cells or the use of stem cells in Michigan. Both of these proposals would offer relief to patients who have been suffering through diseases such as leukemia, Parkinson’s disease, and those affected by Crohn’s disease. Legalizing these methods of treatments would offer patients hope by giving them a new treatment when all other common medicines and treatments have failed them.
The people who want these proposals legalized are not immoral or “pot heads” -- they just want something to make their bodies healthy again so they can aspire to the same health standards of a person not having these diseases.
Michigan has a chance to help end the suffering of these patients by voting yes on proposals 1 and 2. Let‘s end the suffering and give them hope on November 4th.

Matt Tomlinson • Grawn

Do something drastic
Now that the American people are once again on the hook to bail out more of the Greedy Major Banking Corporations and with talk in the news to give more money to the smaller banks, don’t you think it is time for Congress to own up to its own mistakes?
I for one would not be surprised to see a great many incumbents being voted out this time around strictly for the way they voted on the bail-out.
Joe the Plumber and the rest of us see nothing coming to help, and the smiles, glad hands and vague promises aren’t cutting it. It is time for Congress to save face and do something drastic for the little people.
The quickest way to stimulate the economy and help the housing market is to do away with compound interest on mortgages and credit cards along with all of the surcharges that have been granted to businesses that strengthen their bottom line and are nothing more than a double charge for various operating expenses that they can already deduct on their income tax filings.
Banks and credit card companies will not like it but the country will benefit greatly and the American people will get the break we deserve. This should be implemented on all accounts, new and old within 30 days after the bill is passed after all everything is computerized. Let the CEOs and their golden parachutes take the fall.

James C. Williams • Kalkaska

Poison in Petoskey
Thank you for the clear description of what is happening in Petoskey at Bay Harbor (“Beauty and the Hidden Beast,“ 9/22). We’ve all heard and read parts of the story.
Anne Stanton‘s article presented a great overview to this huge environmental problem. It is in our best interest to contain it and clean it up to protect our beautiful Little Traverse Bay. And by all means we must not pollute yet another pristine site by moving the poisoning substances to the beautiful Jordan River Valley. We should find the means and ways to clean it up and contain it where it is.

Franny Bluhm • East Jordan
Congress unleashed
Rick Coates’ recent column on the bitterness of the presidential campaign was surprising, but accurate. The allocation of blame to include citizens and the media, along with media campaign managers, was equally accurate. It is also citizen/media unwillingness to address the essential deceit of both campaigns that degrades the level of campaign discourse.
Senator Obama is not the Antichrist; Senator McCain is not Doctor Strangelove. But neither could be elected if they told the truth about the looming deficit and national debt. We cannot afford our current Social Security system or our current Medicare program, let alone “improve” Social Security (Democrats) or Medicare (Republicans).
Since you seem sincere in trying to selected “the lesser of two evils” when voting, I have a pragmatic suggestion. It may be hard to believe, but Congress has an even lower approval rating than President Bush. The universal clichè that “our congressman is the exception,” is about as believable as Garrison Keilor having a hometown “where all the children are above normal.”
Electing Senator Obama would empower a Congress distrusted by 91 percent of the voters. The programs and policies of Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Dick Durbin, etc. would have no check or restraint. As one national commentator noted, the federal government would be like a car with two accelerators and no brake!

Michael Gillman • TC

Cautiously hopeful
The terms socialism and “redistribution of wealth“ sure get some people all excited! But bring up disarmament and conservation and some would consider you anti-American.
Many of us are more bothered by a society with homeless people and (multi) billionaires. We are tired of endless war and the fear-mongering profiteers who proliferate them. We recognize that an economy driven be consumption (at times gluttonous) is selfish and foolish and risks not only the health and security of future generations, but of the planet.
I am cautiously hopeful for the first time in years that things may change. We need not only a change of leadership, but a change of attitude. Be ready to change... to share, to sacrifice, to tolerate. One world, one people, one love... may peace prevail!

Richard Allen • Leland

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