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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Say goodbye to the Bobbie Layne curse

George Foster - September 13th, 2010
Say goodbye to the Bobby Layne curse
If you have been a die-hard Detroit
Lions football fan over the last 50 years (unbelievably, there are a
few of us), don’t bother reading this column.
As for the rest of the football fans out there, I do understand your
skepticism over any mention that the Lions team will be good in our
lifetime – but you are wrong. Beware: if you read further you risk
joining those of us who see bluer skies ahead for Detroit Lions
football – Honolulu blue.
The reasons outlined below are irrefutable evidence that the Lions and
their fans have finally escaped the futility experienced since
Detroit’s last NFL championship in 1957. Expect the Lions to finish
8-8 in 2010 at worst, followed by a run in the playoffs for the Super
Bowl in 2011 season.
First of all, Detroit finally has an intelligent and hard-working
management team in place. Coach Jim Schwartz has a proven track record
as a defensive coordinator and is considered one of the bright young
coaches in the game. General manager Martin Mayhew has bucked the
dismal pattern of his predecessors after engineering two excellent
drafts in a row, while pulling off several shrewd trades and
free-agent acquisitions to upgrade the Lions’ talent. Good teams start
at the top and, until lately, the Lions’ front office has been a joke
around the rest of the league.
Another reason to be optimistic is that the infamous Bobby Layne curse
is officially over. When the Lions traded their Hall-of-Fame
quarterback Layne in 1958, he reportedly muttered that the team would
“not win for 50 years.” Since then, Detroit has compiled the worst
winning percentage of any NFL franchise. The 50th year of the curse
ended in 2008 with the ultimate humiliation as the Lions became the
first team in pro football history to lose every game in that season.
Injuries are part of the game, but the tragic fate of so many Lions
over the years is downright eerie. Offensive lineman Mike Utley was
paralyzed during a home game in 1991. The following year, another
Lions offensive lineman, Eric Andolsek, was killed by a runaway
semi-truck while working in his front yard. Defensive
tackle Corey Smith was lost at sea in a Gulf of Mexico storm a couple
of years ago. Most telling of all, Detroit is the only team in NFL
history to have a player actually die on the field during a game when
Chuck Hughes suffered a heart attack in 1971 against the Chicago Bears
while trotting back to the huddle.
This is only a partial list of mayhem suffered by
Detroit players during the cursed seasons. Now that the dreaded hex is
over, the
Lions are long overdue for some good luck. They got it when Matthew
Stafford left college early and was drafted last year by Lions as
their quarterback of the future.
The Lions’ new signal-caller should be a great QB well into the next
decade. It is amazing (or cursed?) that Detroit has not had even a
decent QB in the last 50 years. Matthew Stafford is blessed with a
strong arm, smarts, and leadership qualities that have been lacking
since, well... Bobby Layne.
The Lions are back and the curse of Bobby Layne is over. If you are
superstitious and need further proof, I’ll leave you with a final,
curse-busting fact; Matthew Stafford attended the same high school as
Bobby Layne in Highland Park, Texas and was drafted by Detroit 51
years after Bobby Layne put his 50-year-hex on the Lions.

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