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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- August 30th, 2010
Beer Sacks idea
John R. Joslyn has missed the point in his Aug. 16 letter. The GearBox article about the Wine Rack, featuring a young woman displaying the gag gift — and a lot more, is offensive.
The function of the gag gift is irrelevant.
Wine Rack is another dose of lowbrow sexist entertainment. The photograph of the busty young woman wearing the ridiculous contraption belongs in a men’s magazine.
And our culture feels like men’s magazine.
These images are blasted at us 24/7: from pole dancing kits for 10 year olds, to sexualizing female athletes — including minors, to beer ads, or pornified Reebok ads. Wine Rack joins ranks.
Let’s do a gender switch on the gag gift, Wine Rack.
The gag gift for men is called Beer Sacks, and it wraps around a man’s testicles and penis. It allows him to have alcoholic beverages —like his favorite IPA —anytime, anywhere. No fussy laws are going to keep him from getting buzzed.
Northern Express hires a very young, handsome male model. The photo will focus on the giggling man’s testicles that are peeking out of his short-shorts with a sexy shot of his bulge. He’ll be taking a long, yummy sip of his favorite beer, sneakily concealed you know where, and give the photographer that coy, bad-boy smile that only a naughty man can give.
Warning! Wearing Beer Sacks may increase the size of your bulge — a pro or a con— depending on your point of view.
Can you imagine?
No, of course not.
Northern Express: Please respect your readership. The Wine Rack is in very bad taste.

Brigita Gumsey • Cedar

No to the mosque
This letter is to respond to Stephen Tuttle’s recent editorial on the Ground Zero mosque.
Perhaps Mr. Tuttle should go to Dearborn and live there for a week or so before he makes statements about Muslims and why he thinks the mosque should be built at the proposed site. I have not lived among Muslims, but people close to me have, and I know that to say their intentions have merit is misguided.
The war on Christianity by Islam is so enormous in scope that it is impossible to explain here without trivializing it. Some will say that it is the radical Muslims, not the moderate Muslims, that are the problem. Not so. Moderate Muslims are dangerous to a free society because, out of fear, they accept everything their extremist counterparts and imams say. Moderate Muslims are dangerous to a free society because they reject anyone or any faith that are not Muslim. Moderate Muslims are dangerous to a free society because they are devoted to Islam first and everyone else second - they would die for Islam before they would die for America. Moderate Muslims are dangerous to a free society because they only accept Islam in their lives and nothing else. They reject our customs and laws and exist in America to establish Sharia law. Period.
They will not stop until Islam is the dominant religion on earth. Good luck.
Why, then, if Islam doesn’t conform to our American way of life, should we allow them to build an Islamic mosque and cultural center in the shadow of the greatest act of terror ever perpetrated on our homeland? Indeed, the fact that they, as supposedly responsible Americans, have not respected our wishes to not build it there, speaks volumes. This is not about “rights” or “freedom of religion.” It is about American pride and integrity and respect for our country and those who died there.
The mosque cannot be built at the proposed site.

Bob Jones • Glen Arbor

Truancy problems
Educating our young is important for the future of our community and for Michigan. Truancy is a problem for all of us. It isn’t just a school problem.
Abraham Lincoln once said:
“Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people can be engaged in. That every man may receive at least, a moderate education, and thereby be enabled to read the histories of his own and other countries, by which he may duly appreciate the value of our free institutions, appears to be an object of vital importance....” March 9, 1832.
Often students with attendance problems are from at-risk families. They bring their family problems to school. Truancy may be a sign of other problems on the horizon for a child.
Students who become truant and later drop out put themselves at a long-term disadvantage. High-school dropouts are 2.5 times more likely to be on welfare than high school graduates. High-school dropouts who are employed earn much lower salaries. Too often, students who become truant and eventually drop out of high school set themselves up for a life of struggle. (U.S. Department of Education).
In Michigan, school is mandatory for all kids ages 6 to 16. For kids who turn 11 after December 1, 2009, or who entered the 6th grade in 2009, or later, school is mandatory until age 18.
Failure to comply with mandatory schooling can subject a parent or guardian to criminal prosecution, and if convicted, to punishment by a minimum of two days and up to 90 days in jail or a fine, or both.
Recently, in People v Topous (85th District Court for Benzie County No. 10-081-SM), my office charged a mother with truancy for failing to send her son to school. She was convicted by a jury, sentenced by the court to seven days in jail, and ordered to pay $1,303.
So, let’s encourage parents and guardians to get their kids to school this coming school year.

John Daugherty
Benzie County Prosecuting Attorney

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