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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Playoff madness heats up

George Foster - March 15th, 2010
Playoff Madness Heats Up
As we reach the home stretch of the college basketball season,
Michigan State’s team is even more of an enigma than usual. Recent
disciplinary actions taken against several
Spartans’ players and an ankle injury to star guard Kalin Lucas have
left MSU fans wondering how good this team COULD have been.
Will they get knocked off early in the NCAA tournament or surprise
their detractors with another run to the championship?
Heading into the Big Ten Tournament, the team has been playing better
defense of late and senior Raymar Morgan is finally playing up to his
abilities. My gut tells me Coach Izzo can will this talented squad to
play well when it really counts: the NCAA tournament. My crystal ball
shows Sparty making another run to the Final Four – just barely. The
team has too many question marks to win it all.
Coach Beilein of Michigan is under increased criticism for his team’s
performance this season. Expected to be a top 15 team, the Wolverines
have imploded at the end of a losing 2010 season without even a whiff
of a NCAA tournament bid to come.
Beilein is a good coach with the X’s and O’s of strategy, but hasn’t
recruited any elite players in his few years at the U-M helm (Sims and
Harris enrolled under the previous coach). Ominously, so far
Michigan’s basketball program has only one recruit from the nations
Top 150 high school seniors for next season. Beilein is a class act,
but if he doesn’t attract a couple of elite players – and soon – he
might be saddled with more pressure to go back to West Virginia than
even Rich Rod.
For all of their injuries this season, the
Detroit Red Wings are now fighting for their hockey lives to make the
Stanley Cup playoffs. If the season ended today, they would fall just
I hereby and forthwith guarantee this team will qualify for the
playoffs. When they do it, we hockey fans should all pay tribute to
the resilience of the Red Wings and Coach Mike Babcock. Detroit’s
experience in recent playoffs will make them a frightening matchup for
any of the top-seeded teams.
Unfortunately, though, the Stanley Cup will not reside in Detroit at
season’s end. The team isn’t as deep in quality players as in recent
years. Their frequent collapses at the end of games are indicative of
thinned-out talent. Prediction: Detroit will lose its first playoff
series against San Jose in seven games.
What can you say about the 2010 Detroit Pistons? It will be the first
season since general manager Joe Dumars’ first season running the
Pistons (2000-2001) that his team has not been in the playoffs. Joe’s
magic in Detroit has vanished – poof. Injuries have wrecked the
team’s season and high-priced, underperforming free agents Ben Gorden
and Charlie Villanuevea don’t brighten the future at all. When young
stud Rodney Stuckey recently passed out during a game, his long-term
status in the NBA and the prospects of Pistons success dimmed even
Because the Detroit Pistons franchise will be sold soon and the team
is destined to experience losing seasons for the foreseeable future, I
believe Dumars will be gone by the end of the 2010-2011 season. It is
the end of another triumphant era for pro basketball in Detroit - we
all need to get used to it.
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