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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- January 24th, 2011
Under attack
My friends, family, and every Traverse City resident who are
respectfully requesting their “right to vote” are paying a terrible
price while asking for one of our country‘s most valued gifts, a vote.
In response to our opposition, we are called haters, homophobes, and
worst of all; we are being associated with Fred Phelps Jr., one of the
most despised human beings in the country.
Traverse City citizens are not paid elected officials, we simply pay
the bills. I think it is time for those in government who know your
fellow citizens are no threat to our public officials (and) are not
haters. They should realize by now that we have a constitutional right
to disagree with a city ordinance without being attacked by the very
people we elected to protect us.

Paul James Nepote • TC

Back on the beat
Concerning the reinstatement of Grand Traverse County deputies Mark
Noffke and Robert Sillers, let’s move on to other issues. This is not
the 19th century when there were such antiquated concepts as honor,
morality and ethics. This is the 21st century.

Thomas Massey • TC

Expects more from radio
What is the role of a community college?
While the current definition of a college remains as an infrastructure
of learning, the end result of any degree program is still based upon
the masterful completion of the thesis: a position or proposition that
a person (as a candidate for scholastic honors) advances and offers to
maintain by argument.
Let’s imagine for a moment that a community college actually plays
host for argument. Should not the college‘s radio station, maintain
the same exchange of ideas, consistent with the community as a whole?
Not so much with WNMC, especially on Friday mornings.
Friday morning showcases “an astronomer‘s guide” to the U.S and world
economy, U.S. politics, religion, U.S. agriculture, energy, global
warming, and most recently man-made disasters.
No doubt the astronomer is a smart guy but his passion gives way to
inaccuracies (welcome to the human family); most recent was his
statement that the “Deepwater Horizon was the worst oil spill in
No so according to Forbes.com but his dissertation was used as a not
so brilliant parlay to blame the previous administration.
To make a short story long here, WNMC provides no mechanism for
argument, rebuttal, or opposing expert opinion.
As a former student, I expect more from my college radio station to
represent me as part of the community.

Robert William Hanchett
via email

The disgruntled left
Is the Northern Express alternative media or mainstream press?
Despite the obvious imitation, it ain’t no Metro Times and Stephen
Tuttle ain’t no Jack Lessenberry.
Tuttle contends that Obama is being forced to move toward the middle
without indicating who is forcing him. (Furthermore, I would say that
Obama is moving from the center toward the center-right.) This
apparently is the region of the political spectrum Tuttle finds most
comfortable and from which he derogates others. He refers to the
“delusional left” (by which he apparently means progressive liberals)
and equates them with the right-wing because they are greatly troubled
by the President’s lack of strong progressive stands. These
progressives are important because they were among Obama’s most
adamant and active supporters - his base. To call them delusional is
not only insulting, it’s absurd.
Tuttle could not have been referring to the actual left since they,
for the most part, have long since resigned themselves to the fact
that the Democratic Party is essentially a centerist party answering
to large corporate interests. They have come to expect that both
parties are answerable to the corporate oligarchy and plutocracy that
runs the country. Those on the real left were skeptical of Obama’s
campaign rhetoric from the outset.
Tuttle chooses to blame Obama’s lack of progressive policy on
Congress, but in fact both houses had Democratic majorities and the
House of Representatives majority was often more progressive than the
Tuttle might also have noted that the civil liberties groups are quite
unhappy with the president and his attorney general, as are many in
the “black community” as well as many of the unemployed who expected
greater effort from government to stimulate and create jobs.
Something more akin to the New Deal.

Terence M. Collins • Warren


How to turn your hobbies into a career, by Frank Hyman, a sculptor,
stonemason, gardener, writer and city councilman, in the 1/9/2011 New
York Times:

“... be aware of the ‘90 percent rule.‘ That means that for
‘glamourous‘ professions like sports, art, entertainment and, yes,
writing, about 90 percent of the people who try to make a living that
way never make a red cent. About 9 percent might make some money in
their field, and 1 percent or less are able to make some kind of
living, and probably not a glamourous one.
I couldn‘t -- and given my temperment, probably wouldn‘t want to --
make a living from only one of my callings...“

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