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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- May 24th, 2010
Desperate moms have an option
The recent deaths of two newborn babies abandoned in the Traverse City
area has prompted an adoption agency to speak out on a state law passed
nine years ago to help out desperate mothers.
“This law provides an option for moms to leave their baby in a safe place,
and they can do so anonymously,” said Craig Bulstma, director of Bethany
Christian Services.
The Safe Delivery Act allows for the safe, legal and anonymous surrender
of an infant, from birth to 72 hours of age, to an identified employee
inside a police department, fire department, hospital or a 911 responder.
“We are a designated safe haven under the law. We’ve had no instances of
that occurring here, but we have our officers prepared to handle it,” said
Traverse City Police Chief Mike Warren.
For more information about the law call Sarah Lackie of Bethany Christian
Services at 995-0870 or go to the Department of
Human Services website.

Cyclists urged to support Streets bills

Things are really heating up on the campaign for Michigan Complete
Streets legislation, which will make TC’s Eighth Street bike lane
controversy a thing of the past.
So says Bob Otwell, executive director of TART Trails, a nonprofit
that has made trails in the Grand Traverse region a reality for
cyclists and pedestrians alike.
Otwell and cyclists in Traverse City were shocked earlier this year to
find that an $850,000 overhaul of Eighth Street, one of the few
east/west throughways through town, wouldn’t include a bike lane. Bike
lane supporters learned about the city engineer’s decision to leave out
a bike lane on the busy street too late in the game; revamping the
street design to include a lane would have meant losing hundreds of
thousands of dollars in stimulus funding.
The legislation would “require all Michigan road agencies to adopt
Complete Streets policies within two years as a condition for receiving
transportation dollars.”
According to the language in one bill: “Complete Street’ means a roadway
or network of transportation that accommodates all users of all ages and
That means the two bills pending in the state House would require
communities and road agencies to consider adding non-motorized and public
transit accommodations to transportation corridors in order to create more
walkable, bikeable places where children and families can be physically
Otwell is asking supporters to do any, or preferably all, of the following
to help ensure its passage:
• E-mail your support of House Bills 6151 and 6152 to the members of the
House Transportation Committee. Rep. Wayne Schmidt of Traverse City sits
on the committee: WayneSchmidt@house.mi.gov .
• Send a letter to your legislators in support of the bills.
• Consider testifying this Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the first House
Committee on Transportation Committee hearing in Room 521 of the House
Office Building.
Otwell also urged cyclists to attend the Lucinda Means 2010 Advocacy Day
this Wednesday, May 26. This event invites folks to gather on the state
Capitol steps in support of cycling rights and opportunities. TART Trails
is organizing a van to transport supporters, but space is limited (call
941-4300). To register for the Lucinda Means Advocacy Day, go to
“This will be one of the key steps in making our communities more vibrant
and prosperous, places in which the best and brightest want to live and
employers want to locate,” Otwell said.

Camp vows to
overturn healthcare
reform legislation

U.S. Rep. Dave Camp (R-Midland), who represents the Traverse City area,
has joined 74 other Republican members of Congress in a pledge to “repeal
and replace” the health reform legislation recently enacted by
In a news release from Camp’s office the pledge reads: “I hereby pledge to
the people of my district (4th MI) to sponsor and support legislation to
repeal any federal health care takeover passed in 2010, and replace it
with real reforms that lower health care costs without growing
Camp wrote the Republican alternative health reform bill, which he says
was “proven by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office to lower
health care costs for Americans.”
Camp’s bill was never seriously considered, however; according to
govtrack.us, the latest action on the bill was a referral to the
Subcommittee on Health, Employment,
Labor, and Pensions last December.

Paella anyone?

A new Paella in the Park festival is planned for Clinch Park in Traverse
City on August 6, featuring the seafood & rice dish that is a tradition in
Seven Old Mission wineries will participate, quenching the thirst of those
sampling seven varieties of paella from local restaurants. Tickets will
be $26 for food samples, with wine available by the glass.

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