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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Protesters head for Washington

Express Staff - December 19th, 2002
Protesters head for Washington

Citizens opposed to the pending war in Iraq will voice their opinions at a massive rally in Washington, D.C., on January 18, with a bus scheduled to make the round-trip from Traverse City.
Sponsored by the local Mideast: Just Peace organization, the 54 seat charter bus leaves Traverse City on Friday, January 17 for Washington D.C. returning mid-day on Sunday, January 19. Up to 500,000 people are expected at the demonstration.
Local marchers plan to take a banner to Washington proclaiming: “We the People of Traverse City Michigan Say NO TO WAR ON IRAQ.“ The banner will include the signatures of hundreds of local residents.
Seats are still available on the bus, at a fee of $77. For information, email Carol at as866@tcnet.org, or check out www.nrec.org.
Locally, antiwar marches are still underway every Saturday at 11 a.m. in Traverse City at the canoe sculpture on the Boardman River at the corner of Cass and Grandview Parkway. Weekly marches have been underway in Traverse City for nearly three months.
On Dec. 7, over 150 antiwar activists from across Michigan traveled to Wayne State University in Detroit to organize statewide resistance to the war. The group included five organizers from Northern Michigan.

Congressional hearing possible

Tony Hefner, the Rapid City author of “Between the Fences,“ who was profiled in the Dec. 5 issue of the Express for his efforts to expose corruption at an Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) camp on the Mexican border, may get the congressional hearing he‘s been seeking.
Rep. Bart Stupak has requested a hearing with the House Committee on the Judiciary on Hefner‘s behalf. If a hearing can be arranged in the next session of Congress, Hefner hopes to share his information on sexual harassment and other abuses at the INS camp.

Star shines for Leelanau Conservancy

Amy Smart, who starred in the films “Rat Race,“ “Road Trip“ and Varsity Blues,“ will be shooting a public service announcement on behalf of the Leelanau Conservancy in a show of concern for her support of environmental and clean water issues.
Smart, who was featured last year in “Vanity Fair“ as one of Hollywood‘s most promising actresses, vacations in Northern Michigan with her parents. In her home state of California, she is an advocate for clean water issues. Currently, she is also working on a film called “Blind Horizon“ with Val Kilmer and Sam Sheppherd.
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