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 4/15/05

Various - April 15th, 2004
No way out

I read the paper the other day and noticed two letters about Clinch Park Zoo. One for the zoo to stay open, and one to shut it down.
We live in a selfish, greedy world, where people must be entertained, even at the cost, of the life of other sentient beings. Some of the animals at the zoo, may be injured. Who knows how they were injured. But Clinch Park is no place for injured or noninjured animals.
Some of your readers think that a zoo is the only chance to see a wild animal. And I say to that “get over it.“ All people think of is themselves. See it through the animals‘ eyes for once because they‘re the ones who have to put up with the noise, pollution, and gawking noisy people. And the worst part is there is no way out.
I remember when the circus came to town a couple years ago, and videotaping the elephants shackled to the truck. And there was a little boy standing next to me . And I‘ll never forget what he said. “But why are they all chained up?“ His mom didn‘t give him a good answer back. But I looked down, and could see he felt sorry for them. He knew it was wrong, just like Clinch Park Zoo is wrong.
We need to come together as a community (schools, colleges, human rights, animal rights, green party, peace groups etc.) and force the city commission to listen to the majority of us who want this place shut down for good. There are some good-hearted people working on a plan for the better. This is an urgent message. Get involved. Make a difference.

Julie Patterson • TC

Abstinence issue

We agree, teaching abstinence to teens is important. Teens need to understand that abstaining from sex is the only foolproof way to protect themselves from an unplanned pregnancy or a sexually transmitted infection. It is also true that many youth in our communities need additional medically accurate sexuality information to protect them during their teen years. Current Michigan sex education laws require schools that teach sexuality courses include abstinence information. These laws appear to be working, Michigan’s teen pregnancy rates have been dropping and the number of students remaining abstinent throughout high school has risen. Why is it then that our state legislators are currently pushing new sex education bills through that will undermine the good that has been done?
Two bills are currently being pushed through the Michigan Legislature, Senate Bills 943/944 and House Bills 5477/5478. This proposed legislation will take control away from local school districts partially because there are 13 additional requirements being proposed. Local school boards will no longer be able to decide what curriculum best meets the needs of all their students. The time and resources required of schools through this proposed legislation is unreasonable. While sexuality education is important, it is less than 2% of student’s overall education. Some districts may decide to stop teaching this important health topic if the burden becomes too great and then our youth will really suffer. Parents are the primary sexuality educators of their children but the majority still look to the schools for assistance.
Please, contact your State Senator and Representative to tell them that Senate Bills 943/944 and House Bills 5477/5478 are unnecessary. Tell them you support medically accurate, age appropriate sexuality education that will meet the needs of all students in our districts.

Lori O’Neill, Asst. Education Director
Planned Parenthood Northern Michigan

Medical enigma

An article appeared in the Detroit News, March 19, which said...“Cancer research pioneer fired by Bush team...“ Elizabeth Blackburn, a leading cancer scientist advocating therapeutic stem cell research, was dismissed from the President‘s Council on Bioethics. Note that the article appears to label anyone in a nanotechnology relating to research on the human body as “left leaning.“
It seems President Bush prefers to continue down the medical path of “cut, burn and poison“ for cancer therapy, which has been tried with only a moderate degree of success for the past 75 years. (And on over 400 neurological diseases for which there are only palliative treatments and a few cures.)
If a loved-one, a relative or friend has cancer or died of cancer, how could anyone with an ounce of wit possibly justify voting for President Bush? He is a “riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.“

Harold D. Adams • West Bloomfield
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