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 10/9/03

Various - October 9th, 2003
The Worst?

I say “hurrah for Dubyu.“ (re: “The Worst?“ Random Thoughts, 10/2). He may be the worst president we have had ever, but he has surely woke the world to the horrors of corporate global imperialism.
If you read the chapter on Bill Clinton in Micheal Moore‘s book, “Stupid White Men,“ you will see a list just as long and just as complete as the one on Bush in “The Worst?“ In fact the point of Mike‘s chapter is to get people to think the list is about Bush. So where were the millions not in the streets during Clinton‘s eight years? The liberals were asleep and the conservatives were concerned with Bill‘s sex life.
The problem is not who is in the White House, but rather who or what is really in power? Who or what is calling the shots in the global economic and political system? Change will not come from the White House or even the Congress, but from those who put their lives on the line and get in the streets. They will change the system from the bottom up. They will create a true democratic system. We must strip money and corporate domination of power so that our votes will be the true power. So again thanks Dubyu for the wake up call.

Randy Bond • Beulah

Blue-print for disaster

The “Blue Ribbon Panel Report to the Governor“ has finally been released to the public.
The report consists of 36 pages of the same baseless allegations that the community has been subjected to, ad nauseam, for the past 300-plus days. A more mind-numbing compilation of tainted data has probably never been presented to the good citizens of northern Michigan and I include the reports produced during
recent periods of local unrest, e.g. the Save Our Schools controversy and the melee concerning the remodeling of St. Francis Church. The report ascends to new heights of arrogance as it recommends that NMH voluntarily concede sovereignty over its administrative and personnel records to a state-run bureaucracy staffed by personnel who are themselves members of organized labor. This would be a blueprint for disaster and should be resisted mightily.
In conclusion, I suggest that NMH continue to provide the best medical care possible for those of us in northern Michigan. Also, please continue to treat your loyal employees with the respect and admiration that they deserve; to do otherwise will allow the malcontents to take control of the hospital. If that were to happen the community will be witness to the policies of deterioration and divisiveness that inevitably accompany the arrival of an organization such as the one currently
attempting to destroy Northern Michigan Hospital.

Bill Mayer • Petoskey

Thanks are due

After reading Mr. Alberts comments on 9/11, I could not help but wonder wether we should buy him a plane ticket to Afghanistan (Letters 9/25). Perhaps we could dress him up like a woman and give him to the Taliban. Or better yet have him go to Iraq and help our soldiers sift through the mass graves and identify a few skulls. Maybe he could go to Palestine and sit down with Arafat and get the road to peace back on track. We have not had an attack on this soil since 9/11. I‘m sure this is due to the efforts of our government. Maybe a little thanks are due .

Scott McLaughlin • via email

Elections: a better way

Of course Marshall Raftery‘s “The Next President“ is correct but it will not come about without major changes in the way we elect our leaders (Letters 9/250. Although change will not happen until the people demand it as our founding fathers did, I do have some suggestions:
• Directly elect the President.
• Have a National Voting Weekend (Friday evening to Sunday at 6 p.m.); make
it easy to vote!
• Throw out all the fancy equipment and go back to paper ballots and ballot boxes with poll and count watchers of all parties. So what if it takes 12 hours to get the results; it‘s done like this all over the world... ask Jimmy Carter.
• Limit all campaigning to the last six weeks prior to election day and
limit the money parties can spend.
In short, make the candidates responsible to people, not special interest groups and lobbyist.

Micheal M. Cromley • Afton

Fair Coverage of Contraception

A recent contract between the UAW and General Motors should be noted by all of us. Hopefully it will pave the way for other contract negotiations in the future.
In the contract that was just ratified, UAW workers gained health plan coverage for contraception. At first glance this may seem like a minor victory. However, consider the facts:

• Prescription contraceptives are prescription drugs, and should be treated as such. More health plans cover Viagra than contraceptives.
• Contraceptives have a proven track record of enhancing the health of women and children, preventing unintended pregnancy, and reducing the need for abortion.
• Although contraception is part of basic health care for couples, far too many insurance policies exclude this vital coverage while covering all other prescription drugs.
• Women pay on average 68% more out of pocket for health care expenses than men, much of this due to the cost of contraception. On average, women can expect to pay nearly $8,000 over their lifetime just for coverage of basic contraception.

Even the Michigan Senate has recognized the lack of coverage for contraception to be a major problem. Senators Hammerstrom and Scott have introduced two bills- - SB 470 and 471 -- to address the issue. The bills are currently in committee and hopefully will be considered soon.
It‘s time for employers to follow in the footsteps of General Motors on this issue. Coverage of contraception is only fair!

Karen Christensen Walker • TC

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