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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Webs of Blather

Stephen Tuttle - July 19th, 2010
Webs of Blather
We’re now barely two weeks away from the gubernatorial primary
election. So, let’s review.
The Republican race is down to three, maybe four, legitimate
candidates. As this is being written, Attorney General Mike Cox and
Congressman Peter Hoekstra are in what amounts to a statistical dead
heat. Businessman Rick Snyder is a very close third and Oakland
County Sheriff Mike Bouchard trails.
On the Democrat side, Speaker of the House Andy Dillon leads Lansing
Mayor Virg Bernero by double digits but a staggering 4 out of 10
Democratic voters are still undecided.
Cox has been bombarding the local airwaves. As you might have heard,
he’s tough enough to lead Michigan. Snyder, who you might have heard
is one tough nerd, can also be seen with some frequency displacing the
usual barrage of furniture store ads. Hoekstra has just started
advertising up here but he has plenty of money so we should be seeing
plenty of his 30 second black and white lectures. Bouchard’s
commercials have just started appearing on local television.
The Republican candidates have a certain sameness about them. Cox is
going to cut taxes, shrink government and grow jobs. Hoekstra is
going to cut taxes, shrink government and grow jobs. Snyder is going
to cut taxes, shrink government and grow jobs. Bouchard is going to
cut taxes, shrink government and grow jobs.
Cox’s latest commercial blitz, which includes enough quick cuts to
induce seizures, makes the bold claim that he will cut spending by $4
billion. Snyder says he’s going to run the state like a business.
Hoekstra... well, he likes to point his finger and tell us to write
down what he says.
Dillon and Bernero are concentrating most of their efforts in
Democratic vote-rich southeastern Michigan though somebody is now
running pro-Bernero anti-Dillon spots on the local airwaves. Bernero
continues to be the most compelling of all candidates because he seems
perpetually on the verge of some kind of explosion. That would be
fun.
There is no way to tell what the hell these guys are talking about
from their paid media spots. There never is. So I took a bold step
and went to their web sites. And actually read them. Much as I’d
like to suggest we all become better informed about every candidate at
every level I can’t, in good conscience, recommend reading these web
sites. They are ponderously long and full of the kind of rhetoric
that will make you woozy and then give you a headache.
Cox’s site is especially disappointing, full of punctuation, grammar
and syntax errors of the sort that would require any self-respecting
teacher to demand a parent-teacher conference had a student made
similar mistakes. State employees will discover, much to their
chagrin, that Cox might or might not be tough enough to lead Michigan
but he is definitely tough on them. Much of his budget-cutting plans
fall on the backs of state workers (he wants fewer of them), including
teachers. He’d also like to cut their salaries, reduce their benefits
and turn their pensions into a 401K crap shoot. Presumably, there are
Republican voters among state workers and teachers who will not be
amused.
Hoeskstra’s site makes all kinds of claims about how he will turn
Michigan around as governor. Not surprisingly, it does not mention he
was unable to do that at the national level as a member of Congress,
including when the Republicans held a majority. Oh, well.
Rick Snyder is certainly the most interesting of the Republicans.
A successful businessman, his rhetoric lacks much of the usual BS
career politicians are so good at. His site, refreshingly, ignores
the social issues usually important but divisive to Republican voters.
His notion of running Michigan like a business is appealing until one
realizes government is not a business and cannot be run like one. His
site does not mention if he’ll attempt to eventually sell Michigan to
Taiwan-based computer giant Acer, as he did Gateway.
Alas, the Democrats’ sites are no more interesting or encouraging.
Andy Dillon’s is interminably long; literally a book. His philosophy
seems to be there is no issue that isn’t worth talking to death.
Criminals would be discouraged from committing additional offenses if
they knew part of their sentence was going to be to read this thing.
Did I mention it’s long?
Virg Bernero is mercifully brief by comparison but the tone is
generally the same. There will be some budget cutting, some
consolidating, some eliminating waste, some of the always popular job
growing and some improving education.
Here’s the problem: none of them have the power to do much of
anything they claim they can do. The governor can establish a mood
and set some goals but they don’t write or pass legislation and they
can’t enact their favored programs by executive fiat.
For all the bluster there isn’t much to choose from on either side.
We’ve got plenty of cutting and shrinking and toughness, but very
little smartness. What we need is someone capable of making the
legislature work together, get something accomplished and instill some
much needed confidence in the people. And clearly understand that
this is our government and our future they’re talking about.

 
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