Letters 09-26-2016

Welcome To 1984 The Democrat Party, the government education complex, private corporations and foundations, the news media and the allpervasive sports and entertainment industry have incrementally repressed the foundational right of We the People to publicly debate open borders, forced immigration, sanctuary cities and the calamitous destruction of innate gender norms...

Grow Up, Kachadurian Apparently Tom Kachadurian has great words; too bad they make little sense. His Sept. 19 editorial highlights his prevalent beliefs that only Hillary and the Dems are engaged in namecalling and polarizing actions. Huh? What rock does he live under up on Old Mission...

Facts MatterThomas Kachadurian’s “In the Basket” opinion deliberately chooses to twist what Clinton said. He chooses to argue that her basket lumped all into the clearly despicable categories of the racist, sexist, homophobic , etc. segments of the alt right...

Turn Off Fox, Kachadurian I read Thomas Kachadurian’s opinion letter in last week’s issue. It seemed this opinion was the product of someone who offered nothing but what anyone could hear 24/7/365 on Fox News; a one-sided slime job that has been done better by Fox than this writer every day of the year...

Let’s Fix This Political Process Enough! We have been embroiled in the current election cycle for…well, over a year, or is it almost two? What is the benefit of this insanity? Exorbitant amounts of money are spent, candidates are under the microscope day and night, the media – now in action 24/7 – focuses on anything and everything anyone does, and then analyzes until the next event, and on it goes...

Can’t Cut Taxes 

We are in a different place today. The slogan, “Making America Great Again” begs the questions, “great for whom?” and “when was it great?” I have claimed my generation has lived in a bubble since WWII, which has offered a prosperity for a majority of the people. The bubble has burst over the last few decades. The jobs which provided a good living for people without a college degree are vanishing. Unions, which looked out for the welfare of employees, have been shrinking. Businesses have sought to produce goods where labor is not expensive...

Wrong About Clinton In response to Thomas Kachadurian’s column, I have to take issue with many of his points. First, his remarks about Ms. Clinton’s statement regarding Trump supporters was misleading. She was referring to a large segment of his supporters, not all. And the sad fact is that her statement was not a “smug notion.” Rather, it was the sad truth, as witnessed by the large turnout of new voters in the primaries and the ugly incidents at so many of his rallies...

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To be or not to be Governor

Stephen Tuttle - April 12th, 2010
To Be or Not to Be Governor
And they’re off. Sort of.
The state of Michigan is in deep economic doo-doo. Very deep.
Unemployment continues to hover around 15% and in some areas,
including Northern Michigan, it has reached 20% or more. The state
budget is $1.5 billion in the red and the legislature continues to
fiddle as the state slowly burns. Our public schools are at risk,
feverishly hacking away at budgets, increasing classroom size and
trying to find ways to chase off our most experienced and expensive
teachers. As a bonus, we’re also one of a handful of states leaking
population with accompanying consequences in federal funding and
representation in Washington, D.C. The Pew Research Center includes
Michigan on its list of the ten states in the worst economic shape.
Incumbent politicians would like us all to believe these nightmares
dropped out of the sky unexpectedly when the various economic bubbles
burst and the auto industry’s economic engine sputtered and died. The
truth is Michigan has been on a downward slide for well more than a
decade and our fearless leaders have done precious little to either
acknowledge that reality or do anything about it.
Into this environment comes the 2010 gubernatorial race. At some point
every politician with any name recognition beyond their own family
members has at least considered running. Many have decided they’d
rather do something more fun, like undergoing repeated root canals.
That list of “no thank you” decisions includes Lt. Governor John
Cherry, the putative favorite, leading in both the polls and
fundraising at the time of his departure. Mr. Cherry determined the
leaden albatross of Governor Jennifer Granholm super-glued around his
neck was too heavy a burden to bear.
As of this writing there are three announced Democrat candidates and
a whopping seven Republicans. That’s 10 folks eager to become captain
of the Titanic after it has already struck the ice berg.
On the more limited Democrat side we have Alma Wheeler Smith, a
veteran of the state legislature and a member of a prominent political
family who has yet to break out of single digits in the polls or
demonstrate the kind of fundraising capability she’ll need. Speaker of
the House Andy Dillon is a recent official entry and immediately
stepped to the head of the class. He has the contacts needed to raise
a bundle of cash and is leading in the early polls though his numbers
have recently declined. That may be because of the entrance of the
third announced candidate. Virg Bernero, the mayor of Lansing.
Bernero is by far the most interesting of the three Democrats, a man
once called the “angriest mayor in America” and, some think a ticking
time bomb awaiting the smallest spark required for a classic Bernero
explosion. In his announcement speech he warned us to “get out of the
way or get run over,” though he wasn’t clear as to exactly what might
flatten us. His early poll numbers have been on the upswing since his
The Republican side of the draw is like an old-fashioned land rush.
The thinking must be that since Governor Granholm has become
increasingly unpopular that all Democrats will be tainted and any and
every Republican has a chance to waltz into the governor’s seat. It
won’t be anywhere near that easy, of course, but hope springs eternal
within all politicians.
Congressman Peter Hoekstra is the current leader of the pack with
plenty of name recognition, decent fundraising and a lead in the early
polls. Also on the list of wannabes is Attorney General Mike Cox,
Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard and a slate of lesser lights.
One of those is venture capitalist Rick Snyder who has emerged as
Hoekstra’s chief challenger by way of a series of early, clever
television commercials touting him as “one tough nerd.”
Unfortunately, the spots also imply Snyder was a guiding force behind
Gateway Computers. In fact, Gateway was founded in 1985 and Snyder
didn’t come on board until 1991 and he was a chief executive for two
brief periods and was at the helm when Gateway was acquired by
Taiwan-based Acer in 2007. His role in “growing” Gateway is not that
clear despite his ads’ implications. Nevertheless, Snyder’s early
television buy has paid dividends and he has risen from a statistical
blip on the polling radar to a solid second behind Hoekstra and he’s
still rising.
One interesting aside in the Republican field was the departure of
Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land and her subsequent decision to run
for Lt. Governor as the running mate of Mike Bouchard. It is not the
normal course of things for a statewide office holder to decide to run
as second fiddle to a county sheriff but there you have it.
Waiting in the wings on the Republican side but still undecided is
rocker/hunter Ted Nugent who is apparently intent on taking a journey
to the center of his political mind.
This is an interesting and diverse group of folks who want to lead us.
One of the few things they have in common is their determination to
“grow jobs.” Listening to the field you’d think jobs grow like
asparagus. Despite their assurances that they will be excellent job
farmers none has offered much in the way of specifics as to how that
crop will flourish. But they certainly are spreading plenty of

Stephen Tuttle is a political consultant who formerly wrote for the
Arizona Republic.

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