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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Mid-summer sports roundup

George Foster - July 26th, 2010
Mid-summer sports roundup
Say good-bye to international soccer... again. We will check-in after
another four years, just before the next World Cup. Rats! Many of us
were so-hoping this would be the year Americans caught on to the sport
that the rest of the planet lives for every day.
Soccer has completely disappeared from the U.S. radar since the last
vuvuzela hummed during the Spanish win in the final a few weeks ago.
The U.S. team’s elimination from Cup play two tournaments in a row by
tiny Ghana may explain why the sport isn’t more popular here. We
Americans just aren’t crazy about games in which we can’t pummel the
rest of the world.
Interest in the Detroit Tigers has evaporated recently, almost as much
as the US Soccer team. When the team crash landed after the All-Star
break with a seven-game losing streak, we have already begun thinking
about football season. Like many predicted before the season, this
seems to be an average baseball team, at best.
Next year’s results will determine whether Dave Dombrowski deserves to
continue as general manager of the Detroit organization. As the
salaries of several over-paid players come off the books and many
promising youngsters get their rookie years behind them, the Tigers
should be retooled and much improved in 2011.
Don’t give up on the Detroit Pistons just yet. While this basketball
team is in a major transitional period, the potential is there to
contend in the Eastern Conference very soon. Like other NBA teams, GM
Joe Dumars has been waiting for the elite free agents like LaBron
James and Dwyane Wade to make their team decisions (what a fiasco that
was) before Detroit finalizes its 2010-2011 roster.
Last year’s poor record was not an accurate gauge of the talent on
this team. Massive amounts of games missed due to injuries and lack of
big men to pound the boards doomed the Pistons in most games. The
drafting of 6’11” Greg Monroe will help immediately and expect Richard
Hamilton and/or Tayshaun Prince to be traded for more inside beef.
Detroit will have a better record this season and expect a breakout
year from Rodney Stuckey.
The Detroit Lions must improve significantly this season or risk
rebuilding still again and becoming the laughingstock of football for
another 10 years. Many new pieces have been put in place. Drafted
number two overall, Ndamukong Suh (no one in sports ever needed a
nickname more) is expected to be a force on defense, beginning on day
one. The offense has also put more scoring threats in place to
complement Calvin Johnson.
The key to the Lions’ chances this season, though, is on the shoulders
of one guy, quarterback Mathew Stafford. The second-year signal-caller
showed flashes of greatness as a rookie last year at a position filled
with mediocrity in Detroit since the infamous trade of QB Bobby Layne
over 50 years ago.
It is no wonder that the team has only won one playoff game since the
1957 championship. Until now, the Lions have not had a decent
quarterback since then. If Mathew Stafford stays healthy in 2010...
well, we better see if the Bobby Layne jinx is finally over before we
make any rash predictions here.

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