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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Why not Geena?

Robert Downes - September 8th, 2008
Choosing Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate for vice president was a brilliant idea -- if you were trying to write a comedy skit for Mad TV or the Conan O’Brien Show, that is.
John McCain has a lot of wear on his tires. Five years in a Vietnamese prison camp played hell with his health, and he’s also battled skin cancer three times. If he takes office at the age of 72, McCain will be two years away from the average life expectancy of the American male.
So, it’s nice to know that he picked someone younger “just in case.”
But Sarah Palin? She’s been governor of one of the least-populated states in the country for just two years. Prior to that, she was mayor of Wasilla, a town of 7,000 people.
If you’ve ever been to the eyesore of Wasilla, Alaska, rest assured, you wouldn’t want anyone from that dirt patch town of junk cars and snowmobile wrecks to rise above the post of a dog catcher. For starters, Wasilla has an unemployment rate of 11.2 percent, compared to the national average of 5.8 -- it‘s George Bush’s America.
Yet this is the person we want with her finger on the nuclear button if John McCain kicks the day after the election?
The odds of this happening are fairly high: Eight American presidents out of 43 have died in office -- that’s a little over a one-in-five possibility. President James Garfield was shot four months after he took office in 1881 and died that September. William McKinley was elected in 1900, and assassinated the following year.
But McCain could more likely go the way of William Harrison, who was elected in 1840. Harrison gave the longest inauguration speech in history -- one hour and 45 minutes -- in a pounding rainstorm with no hat or overcoat. He got sick, caught pneumonia, and died 31 days after taking office.
Ah, but Sarah Palin has already shown what kind of horse-sense she’s got. She doesn’t believe in sex education for kids, preferring the “abstinence only” teachings that have served her 17-year-old daughter Bristol so well.
And did anyone remind this lady that she‘s got five kids -- including a newborn -- and that being vice president of the United States might sort of get in the way of the “mom” thing?
Speaking of her mom credentials, to cap it all off, she has actually given her blessing to her daughter marrying an 18-year-old who’s still a kid himself. On his MySpace page, prospective husband Levi Johnston says he’s a “redneck” who likes to snowboard, go fishing, ride dirt bikes, go camping and “hang out with the boys.” He warns that you mess with him, “I’ll kick (your) ass.”
Okay, fair enough -- that’s the whiskey talkin’ -- but this manchild also states on his webpage that, “I don’t want kids.”
Well, so what? Folks have been getting married in the Red states at the age of 14 since God knows when, often at the end of a shotgun barrel, and that’s what got staged for Bristol & Levi last week at the Republican Convention. Sounds like he’s got a promising future with Taco Bell.
But these days, most parents wouldn’t dream of letting their 17-year-old marry an 18-year-old self-professed redneck. Can you imagine what the Republicans would make of this if this was Joe Biden‘s daughter?
It makes you wonder: why didn’t John McCain pick his pal Joe Lieberman to be his running mate like he wanted in the first place?
Answer: Joe looks like hell in a dress.
Here’s a better idea: offer Sarah Palin a speaking part in the upcoming film, Idiocracy II, and ditch her for a gal who’s already got on-the-job experience: Geena Davis.
Geena Davis served as president from 2005-2006 for 19 episodes of the Commander in Chief television show. This was following the unexpected death of President Teddy Bridges.
Geena is a trained actress and will be able to recite lines such as “George Bush wasn’t so bad” with a straight face. Plus, she’s got credentials as a warrior fit to lead our nation: Check out 1995’s “Cutthroat Island” where Geena played a swashbuckling lady pirate -- it’s better than the last Pirates of the Caribbean. And she didn’t take any guff in Thelma & Louise either -- play that one for Vladimir Putin.
Plus, she’s got a closet full of ball gowns and knows how to walk a red carpet -- perfect for affairs of state. Wouldn’t we all feel safer with Golden Globe winner Geena Davis behind John McCain on Inauguration Day? If Dan Quayle could be VP, then so can Geena.
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