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...

Home · Articles · News · Other Opinions · Baby citizens and...
. . . .

Baby citizens and overweight kids

Stephen Tuttle - March 7th, 2011
Baby Citizens & Overweight Kids
It’s time to once again visit the issue of illegal immigration. Sigh.
The latest foolishness on this front is attempts by 14 states to undo
parts of the 14th Amendment. Get it? Fourteen states, 14th Amendment? Very
clever. Efforts are also underway in Congress to amend the amendment.
Their concern is directed at the first line of Section 1 of the 14th
Amendment which reads: “All persons born or naturalized in the United
States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the
United States and of the states wherein they reside.”
Pretty straightforward stuff – if you’re born here you’re a citizen here.
The target of this is, of course, the babies of illegal immigrants. The
advocates of a new amendment would have us believe illegal immigrants are
flooding across the border specifically to “drop their anchor babies” so
they can immediately receive some kind of government handout and then
bring the rest of their slovenly family to the country to live off the
hard work of the rest of us.
They’ve even decided that illegal immigrants are not subject to the
jurisdiction of our laws. Never mind that they have to abide by, and are
subject to all of our laws, including immigration laws. No, the amend the
amendment crowd says, those who wrote it actually meant “loyalty” when
they said “jurisdiction.”
Unfortunately for the Happy Amenders, there are records of those initial
discussions so we actually know pretty much what the authors were thinking
at the time.
In 1856, the United States Supreme Court handed down the Dred Scott
decision in which they found that no one of African descent was, or could
ever be, a citizen of the United States. I’m not kidding. So wretched
was this decision it helped precipitate the Civil War and took the
Emancipation Proclamation and parts of three separate Constitutional
amendments (the 13th, 14th and 15th) to finally undo it.
The 14th Amendment, passed in 1868, was a fairly direct response to both
Dred Scott and onerous laws enacted in the recently defeated South
attempting to deprive former slaves of any and all citizenship rights. In
addition to the citizenship section it also includes the incredibly
important equal protection clause.
During the debate, much of which is part of the historical record, we know
the question of the status of children born here to non-citizen parents
was discussed. It was agreed, without a dissenting voice, that those
children would be citizens.
Now, nearly 150 years later, there are those trying to put words in the
mouths of the authors that were never spoken and peculiar nuances that
were never intended.
The only folks excluded from the 14th, except the children of diplomats,
were Native Americans, who were believed to be under the jurisdiction of
tribal leaders and not the laws of the United States. In fact, Native
Americans born within our borders did not automatically become citizens
until 1924.
Yes, times have changed but the facts are not on the side of those wishing
to make another kind of change. There is little evidence that pregnant
illegal immigrant women are flocking to the United States simply to have
According to the Pew Hispanic Center, part of the extremely independent
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, more than 60% of
parents here illegally have been here at least five years before they
have a child. More than 90% are here at least a year.
Additionally, the notion that these new baby citizens somehow anchor
the rest of the family into a fast-track for citizenship is nonsense.
Our laws require those baby citizens wait until they are at least 21
years old before sponsoring any family members for even a green card.
That just starts the process which might take even more years. Hardly
a fast-track to anything.
We still have a fractured immigration system that needs fixing at the
federal level. If we’re going to honestly and seriously address
illegal immigration perhaps we shouldn’t start by trying to change the
Constitution. A debate that includes at least some of the facts, from
both sides, might be a better option than putting a citizenship
bulls-eye on newborn babies.


Meanwhile, First Lady Michelle Obama is under attack from the New Right.
She has made the apparently inexcusable mistake of suggesting our children
should eat healthier and exercise more.
She has not made any demands or requested legislation or petitioned the
Food and Drug Administration for tougher rules on food. In fact, she has
insisted on nothing at all. Ms. Obama has merely become an advocate for
healthier eating and more exercise.
The New Right has responded by claiming she’s just another advocate of the
“nanny state,” a Socialist, a Marxist or someone interfering with parental
rights. Leading the charge to protect our families from Ms. Obama’s
interference are Rush Limbaugh, an overweight drug addict with a criminal
record, and former governor Sarah Palin, who seems perfectly happy letting
others raise her toddler. One assumes they believe things will be much
better if our children remain sedentary lumps gorging on lard and sugar.
We now have hospitals ordering ever wider wheel chairs, auto manufacturers
being forced to move seats farther and farther away from steering wheels,
furniture importers requiring more support in oversized chairs and couches
and airlines requiring some passengers to purchase two seats. All because
we can no longer fit our fat butts and bulging bellies into much of
A third of our children are now considered obese. Not overweight by a
couple of pounds but obese. Childhood diabetes is epidemic and high blood
pressure and heart issues are sure to follow. That will put more stress
on an already overburdened healthcare system we can no longer afford.
Michelle Obama would like our children, and the rest of us, to eat
healthier and become more physically active, ideas supported by virtually
every healthcare professional on the planet. For this she is ridiculed by
an overweight prescription drug junkie and a stay-away-from-home mom.
It’s enough to make you sick.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5