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 12/8/08

- December 8th, 2008
Wine woes
I work for a wine retailer in Madison Heights. The vast majority of our business consists of us delivering wine directly to our clients.
The first week of December, the Michigan House of Representatives will likely vote on House bill 6644. This bill would make it illegal for my Michigan-licensed wine company, and other Michigan wine retailers, to deliver wine to our Michigan customers.
Advocates of this bill claim that this is the only way to stop minors from purchasing wine for delivery online, in spite of there not being one known instance of a minor successfully purchasing wine from an out of state retail wine shipper in any of the dozens of states that allow the deliveries. To penalize actual local retailers due to a phantom risk posed by out of state retailers seems foolhardy and misguided.
The practical ramifications of House Bill 6644 passing would be catastrophic for my company as well as hundreds of other wine retailers and catering companies. We would be forced to employ less delivery drivers, warehouse workers, and even customer service reps. During this particularly trying holiday season, the Michigan House of Representatives would be better served considering a bill that can create more jobs across Michigan, not one that is certain to take jobs away.

Rick Wolfe • Westland

Israel & injustice
It is hard to think that a sad event will bring a glimmer of hope. Today an email did just that.
My daughter serves as a volunteer each year in Palestine. The stories and information she brings back are heart-breaking. There seems to be a bottomless pit of injustice inflicted on a people who seem to have no options. The excuse is that there are terrorists that need to be controlled. But it isn’t terrorists who are suffering, and ordinary citizens have no influence on Hamas or Fahta.
With U.S.A. support, Israel commits constant human rights violations. They seize land with no recourse for the rightful land owner; they throw Palestinians into jail for something as simple as smiling. They cut off electricity, food, and water. They terrorize international peace volunteers and have kidnapped some from non-Israeli territory.
The email was about an Israeli soldier with his contingent firing bullets into the Palestinian fields where farmers were attempting to work. The soldier put his gun down, crossed the barrier, and joined the farmers in their planting. When he returned he likely disappeared into an Israeli prison. Reading of this selfless act, I cried for him and the people he was supposed to terrorize.
This holocaust could be stopped. Re-read They Dare to Speak Out by former congressman Paul Findley and the more recent The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy by Mearsheimer and Watt.
You can help. Replace the olive trees ripped out by the Israelis. The East Jerusalem YMCA has a campaign for this. (www.jai-pal.org ) The U.S.A funds Israel at $11 billion annually, no strings attached. To see what they’re buying, go to: www.freegaza.org. It isn’t as hopeless as it sometimes appears.

Barbara Young • Bear Lake

Correcting a correction
In regards to the letter to the editor from the Cleveland Browns fan, the original Cleveland Browns team is not the same one that is there now. That team became the Baltimore Ravens and won the Super Bowl in 2001. The current Cleveland Browns began as a new team in 1999 after four years with no football in Cleveland. Incidentally, the Browns were the team the Lions beat when they won their last championship in 1957.

Pat Ivory • TC

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