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 Sarah Palin

Stephen Tuttle - March 8th, 2010
Since it’s never too early to start a presidential race, let’s get
busy on the 2012 campaign before the 2010 mid-term elections overcome
Sarah Palin is everywhere. She speaks at conservative gatherings, she
speaks to Tea Party gatherings. She’s on “Oprah” and Jay Leno. She’s
about to race to Arizona to campaign for John McCain’s senatorial
re-election campaign, an irony since McCain is suddenly anathema to
Palin’s natural base. She has her own commentary spot on
Fox television. Her book, “Going Rogue”, was a best seller before
hitting the discount bins. She shows up on everybody’s list of likely
2012 candidates though she doesn’t win the straw polls at conservative
conventions. She’s omnipresent.
She is charismatic, attractive, bold and aggressive. At 47 she is
still very young by national political standards.
So, why not Sarah Palin?
Because until the 2008 presidential campaign she didn’t know why there
was a North and a South Korea. Nor did she know why we fought a war
there. Because she has never disavowed her husband’s seven-year
membership in an organization that advocated Alaska seceding from the
United States. Because she believed Saddam Hussein was in league with
al Qaida. Because she gives aid and comfort to both the “birthers”
(those, who despite concrete evidence to the contrary, believe
President Obama is not a citizen of this country) and the “truthers”
(those who still believe 9/11 was a plot hatched and carried out by
the United States government).
Because she once famously claimed she read “all the papers” but
couldn’t name even one, including her hometown Wasilla, Alaska, paper.
Because she appears to believe the federal government is a giant cabal
engaged in an endless conspiracy against “real
Americans”. Because she learns by rote but is completely absent of
any depth of understanding.
Because she is either unwilling or unable to tell us how she would
reduce the annual deficits and national debt. Because she has no
workable position on illegal immigration. Because she has not told us
how she would reform the medical/industrial complex or start to bring
healthcare costs under control. Because she has no position on ending
the wars in the Middle East nor has she shared her vision of how to
defeat global terrorism. Because she has no position on the future of
Israel nor do we know how she intends to interact with the rest of the
world. In fact, she’s not yet articulated an actual position on any
issue other than disliking and demeaning anything any Democrat has
ever proposed.
Because when a delusional anti-IRS
maniac flew his airplane into a federal building in Austin, Texas,
murdering a 68-year-old man working his last year before retirement, a
man who had honorably served two tours in Vietnam, she said nothing to
her loathsome supporters who sympathized with the murderer.
Because she does not understand that stem cell research is not
connected to abortions or that the embryonic collection of cells she
so wants to protect from research will simply be thrown away, anyway.
Because she wants to teach children creationism in our schools instead
of in our churches. Because she quit as governor of Alaska before the
job and her commitment to the people she represented were fulfilled.
Because she keeps talking about “returning to Constitutional
government” without ever telling us what that means or even if she has
any understanding or knowledge of the Founders or the Constitution.
Because telling us she would reduce the size of government and cut
taxes is meaningless until she tells us how she’s going to accomplish
either or both.
Sarah Palin is quite likely an honorable, decent human being. She was,
by all accounts, a pretty good mayor of a city of 8,000 people. It’s a
safe bet it would be great fun to sit down and enjoy a nice moose
steak, which I’m reliably told is quite delicious, and a cold beer
with her. It would be interesting to find out what she now thinks
about her 2008 campaign efforts and to get some sense of who she is
and what she believes once the cameras are turned off and the
microphones put away.
Unfortunately, Sarah Palin has become an odd sort of amalgam, a
celebritician who is more celebrity than politician. There’s nothing
wrong with that as long as you’re peddling books or concentrating on
the talk show circuit. But it doesn’t help develop policy or expand a
depth of knowledge or foster understanding of underlying issues that
must be solved.
It can be legitimately argued that we need fresh faces with fresh
ideas, that Washington is filled with musty, self-serving twits of
both political parties slowly driving us off a cliff. Sarah Palin was
a very fresh face in 2008 but there’s no evidence yet she has fresh
ideas. Or any workable ideas at all. That’s why not Sarah Palin.

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