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 8/3/09

- August 3rd, 2009
Letters 8/3/09

TC‘s parking fine turn-off

We are all enjoying a week of downtown excitement and fun. Our out-of-town
visitors and plenty of locals are filling the shops, wineries, and
restaurants. Everyone is smiling, talking movies, food, and weather. The
towns and recreation areas that surround Traverse City are also seeing
increased business. The Mercato shops and grounds at the Grand Traverse
Commons are full of wandering guests. How wonderful to have a parking
All of this translates to dollars... even for the city. The deck often has
a “we are full” sign at the entrance and the bus loop has been working
well. Welcome to Traverse City! Our parking deck is full and our meters
only allow for two-hour parking.
Most movies last longer than two hours, so we are seeing lots of little
yellow envelopes on cars with $5 parking tickets; the violation department
gets a bonus week.
It’s a quick way to wipe off the smiles and make folks hurry away from the
shops after
a movie instead of lingering and spending dollars.

Marsha Minervini • TC

Manufacturing wake-up

A recent writer fell under the spell of General Electric’s CEO and
believed what she read.
GE’s Jeffrey Immelt was either being ludicrous or he expected his audience
to be obscenely uninformed if he truly said that manufacturing could save
the United States from its self-imposed state of unemployment. This
gentleman and his cohorts are strong proponents of offshore manufacturing.
CEO’s for the big box stores, manufacturing, and assembly depend upon
products from India, China, Pakistan, Mexico, etc. to meet their profit
GE as of two years ago, had only two “assembly” plants within U.S. borders
and those were closed and jobs sent to Mexico. Not for quality, but cost
-- as shown by the GE light bulbs I purchased which supposedly would last
two years and didn’t make it to six months before burning out.
Jobs sent to other countries will remain a reality because the profit
motive is king. Shoppers who prefer the marts and other box stores are
promoting offshore job movement, refusing to think twice about what their
purchases mean.
The workers in other countries have a right to jobs too, and I would not
be in favor of any restrictions that would limit those jobs. Any laws
passed must be geared to covering imports done by workers under poor
working conditions. If a Chinese company or a GE company in Mexico uses
underpaid workers, laws should constrain their exports to the U.S. Laws
governing safety should also be considered.
I will not purchase one particular brand of tooth paste because it is
“assembled-manufactured” in the U.S., but the chemicals for it come from
China and their safety record is blemished.
Westernized consumers would do well to remember a childhood game of
musical chairs. There are many jobs for the world-wide population, but far
too many people. The universe may or may not be expanding, but the planet
is not. It’s time to share on a world-wide basis and that includes jobs.

Barbara Young • Bear Lake

Support single-payer

Every day in most newspapers there is always a letter dealing with the
right of
the people for a single-payer system on healthcare.
Writing opinion letters to the papers is just blowing in the wind; what is
really necessary is for the people of this country to write, phone, email,
whatever to their representatives in Congress. After all, we the people
provide them with the best care our money can buy. Plus, they are bought
and paid for by the lobbyists for big pharma and the insurance companies
who have to make sure their investors are satisfied with the way they
deliver healthcare for the common man.
In the past three weeks or so on Bill Moyers Journal on PBS, there have
been different doctors and journalists speaking out on a single-payer
system. Wendell Potter, head of communications for Cigna, talked about
how the people of this country are being outgunned by the lobbyists to
make sure healthcare is delivered through the companies and not the
government. It is the insurance industry that makes the decisions for the
doctors and claims that government should stay out of the system.
Well folks, as long as you keep writing your comments to the letters to
the editor section, things will not change. I have emailed my
representatives and have sent comments to the President. Surely there is
more than one person who is doing the same; what about the rest of you?

Marilyn Prezkop • Williamsburg

Pot & profits

Your article about growing pot is nice, but even though the voters have
spoken, the real power is still in profits.
Elitist drug companies and others have worked to keep a simple wonder
plant illegal to their benefit. Where are the former arguments of “It
leads to harder drugs,” and “What about the children”? I can tell you it’s
now about “Not letting (medical marijuana) into the hands of leisure
I really doubt if I will ever be allowed to grow or use legally, for the
police make too much money along with their legal minions who have taken
almost everything away from me. When will I be able to have my own freedom
for my own body in a country that claims to be free?
My life has been permanently ruined by criminal law enforcement and I
don’t want to see others end up as I have in this hypocritical country,
where only money is important, with not even a care about how you got it.

Bradford Krull • via email

It‘s just a plant

Marijuana has been proven to be much less harmful than the already legal
drugs such as alcohol and tobacco, but also has scientifically-proven
beneficial effects.
Marijuana prohibition and the harsh penalties put on the non-violent users
are more harmful than the plant itself. It’s evident the marijuana culture
is not going to leave our society anytime soon, so why not embrace it? Why
not regulate it, set limitations, and fuel our economy, rather than the
pockets of underground dealers?
I’m not saying feed our kids pot for breakfast, or let them smoke a joint
on the playground after school; I’m saying set age limits on marijuana,
treat it like the legal drugs of our society, and see the statistics drop
in criminal activity, youth drug use, and amount of drug dealers on our
Not a single person in the history of mankind has overdosed on marijuana.
Why? Because it’s impossible, that’s why. How many legal drugs can you say
that about? None.
Marijuana users are not criminals, nor should they ever had been in the
first place. It’s just a plant, people. Stop being so afraid.

Marc Gee • Petoskey

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