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 10/30/03

Various - October 30th, 2003
Druggie Rush should face own medicine

Wheeeee. Am I relieved. After all of these years of listening to Rush Limbaugh‘s prattle, trying to understand how anyone can think as he does. We have an answer -- he is a druggie.
As a liberal I must congratulate him on his public admission of his problem and his attempt, hopefully successful, to seek rehabilitation. I would like to presume that his pursuit was a result of medical advice, not legal advice.
As a realist and a believer in our constitutional mandate of equal justice, I also would expect our criminal justice system to treat Rush the same as any other person with the same facts. If the reported purchases were accurate, any other person would be presumed to be a dealer.
Every convicted drug dealer sitting in prison, and his or her friends and family, are following this. The local authorities, and indeed Attorney General Ashcroft, must recognize this.
Rush, this is to you. Stand up like a man and accept responsibility for your actions.

Scotty Dawkins • Leland

Why are we there?

It is a no-brainer to say we need to finish the job we started in Iraq (re: Random Thoughts, 10/23). Leaving the country without setting up a valid/operational government would
be tantamount to inviting another Saddam or a Taliban type regime to take
control. What a waste of American lives and money that would be.
That said, we (the people of United States) cannot forget or forgive a
President that lied repeatedly to justify his invasion of this nation. It is
a political issue that we must address here in the U.S. come next election
day. Obviously, a move to impeach George Bush stands little chance of
success in the Republican Congress, so election time is when our voices
should be heard.
Unfortunately, our invasion of Iraq has taken away from the real goal of
dealing with Afghanistan and setting up a functional government structure
there. There is no doubt about the necessity of dealing with a terrorist
supporting network in that country. As well, we should perhaps be looking
at Saudi Arabia in an effort to quell the continued birth of more radical
Islamist from that nation. After all, the majority of the 9-11 members came
from there.
No, we cannot abandon Iraq now that we‘ve started the process, but we must
remember who got us there in the first place and why!

Richard M. Gielow • Traverse City

Get it together

Elected officials have one primary responsibility. Every township trustee, city council member and county commissioner is first and foremost responsible for the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of their respective township, city, or county.
There can be no question that the unpasse at Northern Michigan Hospital has had an adverse impact upon the greater Peloskey community. The health, safety, and welfare of Emmet County residents is at issue.
Any elected body within this county that does not publicly demand that the hospital and the nurses restart negotiations immediately, is shirking its primary responsibility.
This may not be immediately clear to all elected officials. lf one is not acquainted with or living with a striking or working nurse or an NMH board member, the issue may seem distant. This distance from the issue should not, however, keep an elected body from taking action to alleviate the problem that exists within the community. It is not unlike the dust control programs that many townships have developed that benefit only certain portions of the community. None ofthe elected officials may be affected by the dust, but the problem is addressed because it is an issue of health, safety and welfare.
After 11 months of silence, it is time for local units of government to pass resolutions demanding that Northern Michigan Hospital and the registered nurses restart negotiations immediately and bargain in good faith until an agreement is reached. Both parties have a perfect light to bargain and a perfect right to expect a reasonable solution gained through honest bargaining.

Dale S. Scott • Harbor Springs

Move the zoo

I agree that the zoo is too small and people are dismayed and disappointed with it (re: Letters 10/16). Once I heard a woman say the State Hospital grounds would be a great place for a zoo. Could this be done? Sounds good to me. There‘s a lot of room for it there.

Sylvia Bettley • via email

When doves cry

Here are 10 reasons why the cinzens of Michigan should oppose HB 5029 (Mourning
Dove Hunting and the Repeal of Legislative Authority).
1. Dove hunting has never been a tradition in Michigan. These songbirds have been
protected since l905.
2. Hunters only want to indulge in live target-practice. Doves control pest weeds, they
are not overpopulated and they do not harm other species, crops or humans.
3. They are not a viable food source -- only 20 oz. (or less) of “meat.“
4. Michigan hunters have more than enough other species available to hunt.
5. Mourning doves are significantly declining in the U.S., but stable in Michigan
because we don‘t allow them to be shot.
6. Millions of Americans spend billions of dollars on feeding song birds in Michigan.
Bird watchers outnumber and outspend ALL forms of hunting combined.
7. The dove is the only known species hunted during part of its nesting season.
8. Lead shot contaminates our environment (five-to-eight shots for each kill is the average).
9. Doves often perch on utility lines (power and phone) and hunters often use the lines
as favorite shooting sites, resulting in repair costs, safety problems, loss of service and
increased liability.
10. There is no valid need or credible reason to transfer or repeal legislative authority
from the legislature to an appointed committee (Natural Resources Commission - NRC) which
often acts as an extension of special interest groups who presume “first rights“ over the
“use“ of wildlife -- which means shooting them, of course.
In the mid-1980s the Michigan Humane Society was forced to sue the Michigan DNR/NRC because they illegally established a mourning dove hunting season. The court (in 1985) issued a permanent injunction stating that the DNR/NRC cannot promote the hunting of mourning doves in Michigan. But the DNR/NRC has since violated this injunction several times. To give them the power to determine which animal can be shot is indeed putting the foxes in charge of the henhouse.
Please write to your state senator, state representative and Governor Granholm now (before it‘s too late) to prevent us from losing our rights to have input on these matters through our elected legislators and to stop, once again, the DNR/NRC‘s attempt to shoot everything that moves.

E. J. Sullivan • Rapid City

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