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 10th, 2011
Reaching out to farmers
Kudos to Anne Stanton for the recent features on farming. It was nice to
read both sides of the CAFO (confined animal feeding operation) debate.
Consumers can support what they believe in with their purchasing dollars.
Without easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables at every roadside
stand, it gets too easy to just go to the mega-grocery stores for
everything this time of year. But great local products are available at
many stores, the indoor farmers markets and directly from the farmers.
Our website, www.MichiganFamilyFarm.com is working to help connect farmers
and consumers. Thank you for keeping this great movement in front of your

Jena Van Wagner • Executive Director, Michigan Family Farms

Trouble Town
There’s trouble right here in Traverse City.
In 2001 Traverse City had the unenviable distinction of receiving national
attention with the visit of the Reverend Fred Phelps of Kansas, a virulent
anti-gay activist. Yes, this is the same man who protests at the funerals
of dead American servicemen and women because he claims “god is punishing
America for tolerating homosexuals.”
Well Traverse City, it appears as though his disciples may be here and
working to defeat the recently passed anti-discrimination ordinance. An
over-the-top accusation? I do not think so. Their leader, Paul Nepote,
whom I did not know from Adam, actually accosted me in a drug store and
said despicable and vile things about the 19-year-old, gay army private
first-class who gave his life for his country in Vietnam, which was the
story I related at the public hearing on the ordinance.
Rev. Phelps would have been proud!
Mr. Nepote’s followers claim that this ordinance is unnecessary and will
burden local businesses. Yet, the business community has been essentially
stone silent on the issue!
Many other Michigan cities have adopted this ordinance with no problems.
Remember that song from the Music Man “There’s Trouble in River City”?
Well my friends:
We have trouble
Right here in Traverse City
With a capital T
And that rhymes with E
And that stands for Evil!

Nick LaRose • TC

Giving thanks
It’s 2011 and the staff and volunteers of the Women’s Resource Center of
Northern Michigan (WRC) are looking ahead to a new year filled with
possibilities. We give thanks to the community in which we live and the
generous individuals and businesses who have helped us provide critical
services and programs to the women, children and families in Antrim,
Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet and Otsego counties.
We thank those who donated nonperishable food items, household supplies
and personal care items and those who made financial contributions during
our Harvest Food and Supply Drive, which will be used by survivors of
domestic violence and their children staying at our Safe Home.
We thank the 112 men who contributed to the 100 Men campaign and who,
more importantly, agreed to take a public stand to end violence against
We thank our new and longtime donors who help us continue to provide
the myriad of programs and services on which this community has come to
We thank our board members and volunteers who work countless hours to help
us improve the lives of women, children and families.

Jan Mancinelli
Executive Director • WRC

A recent article on songwriter Emma Cook cited the wrong radio station
as the sponsor of the Battle on the Boardman contest which she won. The
contest was sponsored by Real Rock 105.1 and 95.5 & Classic Rock The
Bear 98.1, 93.9, 107.1, 94.5.

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