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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Tigers or Pussycats at Comerica Stadium?

George Foster - April 26th, 2010
Tigers or Pussycats at Comerica Park?
For romantics, the rising temperatures and emerging flowers of spring can
mean only one thing – the return of our greatest love... baseball.
Unfortunately, the 2010 Detroit Tigers team can be boiled down to one
symbol: “?” -- a giant question mark at that.
In my 50 years of following the Tigers, a season does not come to mind
when Detroit had so many key players that are either rookies or coming off
of seasons of injuries and ineffectiveness. Any result is possible for
the 2010 team, ranging from World Series winner (admittedly a long-shot)
to cellar dweller. My best guess is Detroit will win about as many as they
lose this season.
Despite being clouded in uncertainty now, the Tigers have a bright future
beginning next season. They have a great core of young pitchers including
starters Justin Verlander and Rick Porcello. Hard-throwing Ryan Perry, who
will eventually be the team’s closer for the next decade, anchors the
relief pitching.
More good news - for the first time in ages, Detroit’s minor league teams
seem to be rich with talent, ready to send several good players to the big
leagues. The best pitching prospect is 18-year-old Jacob Turner, though
he may be a couple years away from producing. Several other everyday
players in the minors will be contributing with the Tigers next season at
the latest.
The 2010 team’s two rookie starters, center-fielder Austin Jackson and
second-baseman Scott Sizemore, will have growing pains this season but
eventually be excellent players. No less authority than Johnny Damon
thinks Jackson, in particular, is destined to be a super-star.
Another reason to be more optimistic about next season is that several bad
contracts with Tigers players on the decline will be concluded this year.
Magglio Ordonez, Jeremy Bonderman, and Dontrelle Willis are being paid a
combined $43 million in 2010 alone. All can be erased from the payroll
next year with the potential of signing new players that will contribute
much more. Say goodbye to these players and several more as the team
cleans house for the future except for a small, valued core of players.
The biggest cause for hope is invested in the biggest man on the team at
6’4” and 240 pounds – Miguel Cabrera. The Tigers first-baseman signed an
8-year contract a couple of years ago through the year 2016 for an
average of almost $20 million each season. By major league baseball’s
payroll standards, that whopping price could end up a bargain for
While the team’s makeup endures a major shakeup over the next couple of
years, it is scary to think of the team’s prospects without Cabrera in the
lineup. Overlooked by the national media, at this moment he may be the
most feared hitter in baseball. Cabrera is off to a blazing start –
leading the team in most offensive categories and accumulating a
league-best number of RBI (runs batted in).
Miguel Cabrera is the rare hitter that hits for a high average and
tremendous power. This year it seems every home run he crushes has been in
a pressure situation that has helped Detroit win or come close to winning
a close game.
After a highly publicized incident with alcohol at the end of last season,
he seems to have made amends and be a changed man this year. If Cabrera
stays off the sauce and keeps his body in shape, he should be finally
recognized as an All-Star and future Hall-of-Famer.

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