Letters 10-17-2016

Here’s The Truth The group Save our Downtown (SOD), which put Proposal 3 on the ballot, is ignoring the negative consequences that would result if the proposal passes. Despite the group’s name, the proposal impacts the entire city, not just downtown. Munson Medical Center, NMC, and the Grand Traverse Commons are also zoned for buildings over 60’ tall...

Keep TC As-Is In response to Lynda Prior’s letter, no one is asking the people to vote every time someone wants to build a building; Prop. 3 asks that people vote if a building is to be built over 60 feet. Traverse City will not die but will grow at a pace that keeps it the city people want to visit and/or reside; a place to raise a family. It seems people in high-density cities with tall buildings are the ones who flock to TC...

A Right To Vote I cannot understand how people living in a democracy would willingly give up the right to vote on an impactful and important issue. But that is exactly what the people who oppose Proposal 3 are advocating. They call the right to vote a “burden.” Really? Since when does voting on an important issue become a “burden?” The heart of any democracy is the right of the people to have their voice heard...

Reasons For NoI have great respect for the Prop. 3 proponents and consider them friends but in this case they’re wrong. A “yes” vote on Prop. 3 is really a “no” vote on..

Republican Observations When the Republican party sends its presidential candidates, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people with a lot of problems. They’re sending criminals, they’re sending deviate rapists. They’re sending drug addicts. They’re sending mentally ill. And some, I assume, are good people...

Stormy Vote Florida Governor Scott warns people on his coast to evacuate because “this storm will kill you! But in response to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that Florida’s voter registration deadline be extended because a massive evacuation could compromise voter registration and turnout, Republican Governor Scott’s response was that this storm does not necessitate any such extension...

Third Party Benefits It has been proven over and over again that electing Democrat or Republican presidents and representatives only guarantees that dysfunction, corruption and greed will prevail throughout our government. It also I believe that a fair and democratic electoral process, a simple and fair tax structure, quality health care, good education, good paying jobs, adequate affordable housing, an abundance of healthy affordable food, a solid, well maintained infrastructure, a secure social, civil and public service system, an ecologically sustainable outlook for the future and much more is obtainable for all of us...

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- August 23rd, 2010
Living hell
I need to thank Anne Stanton for her
exceptional reporting of the case of Joni Holbrook (8/16). The article
is excellent, important journalism. Anne’s accurate, thorough
account detailing the living hell that Joni endured throughout her
entire marriage to Benzie cop Paul Holbrook is important for people to
There is a majority of people who know her actions were totally
justified, being her only escape from a life of torture at the hands
of a monster.
However, not surprising I guess, is the lack of support from his
fellow police who had to have had at least a clue as to the dark side
of this Jekyll and Hyde personality. Like, did they not question
Holbrook’s order to ‘check’ on her frequently? Further, I’m
incredulous at the comments and denial of Holbrook’s relatives; a
clear example of blame the victim. Denial is definitely a way of
protecting oneself from a horrible truth.
I wish peace and healing for all

Sally MacFarlane-Neal • via email

More kudos to Anne
Thank you for Anne Stanton’s excellent feature story on Joni Holbrook
(8/16). I was amazed at some of the details in the story and
therefore, read it twice. I also thought your feature about Ann
Avery-Miller was intriguing too. I am originally from Elk Rapids, so
some of the people mentioned in your story drew my attention.
Thank you for keeping the readers informed. And keep up the good work.

April Putman • Elk Rapids
A toast...
Thank you for publishing information about the Wine Rack (GearBox,
8/2). I never knew this existed and think it’s a great idea all
around! They could make PTA meetings far more interesting.

Vita K. Morse • TC

Peoples‘ university
Anne Stanton’s article “Happiness U” (8/9/10) hit the expensive high
points of applying to and entering college. She failed to mention an
invaluable state resource (one that has been on the chopping block
these past months) Michigan e Library, or MeL.org.
This collection of databases, net books, testing materials
and vetted websites is a free resource for anyone who lives in the
State of Michigan, either by IP verification from home or with a
driver’s license or state ID. All of these resources are also
available online and in print form at local libraries. For free.
Please do not discount a resource because it costs nothing for the
public to use it. Public libraries and the resources provided therein
are the people’s university.

Virginia Roberts, Director, Suttons Bay Bingham District Library

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