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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Letters 11/21/2011

- November 21st, 2011  

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Buy ‘Made in USA’

I love buying products made in the U.S.A. In a second-hand store the other day, I realized my generation missed out on the good feeling of holding something of great quality, turning it over, and seeing, “Made in U.S.A.”

But there is a brilliant and bold loophole, second-hand stores. They are proliferating here in Traverse City! Brilliant because it is more cost effective to buy quality used products. Bold because buying something made 50 years ago in the U.S.A., that still works better than something made at present, in country X, or shall I just say it, China, is a bold statement in itself.

I eat food from local farms and sit on a chair made in Tennessee in 1923. My plate rests on a table made in Wisconsin of REAL wood.

The other day I found a power drill made in Illinois, which had a sticker on it that said “Still Works!” I was like, hurray! I found myself crouched over it along with a sturdy green tool box made in the same town, feeling awe and gratitude.

These products came this far due to the care and craftsmanship of our good neighbors in Illinois. Growing up in a time where things are built to fade, and produced in countries thousands of gallons of oil away, it is refreshing to unearth these old pieces of our culture, still boldly drilling away.

And most of these products cost one tenth of what it would to buy new, poorly crafted items from the China stores: Walmart, Meijer, Target, Big Lots, etc.

Why not buy something less expensive, of better quality, and keep the money circulating here? Not only are you supporting Americanmade products, but also recycling.

Landfills in Michigan are becoming the highest elevation around. So here’s to Illinois drills!

Joe Warner • TC

Attention IPR

During your fund drives you indicate that you and your listners are very satisfied with current national and local programing.

You also share, and I to find it suprising, that only “10% to 15% of listeners in this mkt contribute.”

As one who would like to see NPR continue to add to listner diversity and local news, I can't help but wonder what efforts you and NPR could make to understand what these noncontributing listners might suggest to improve this approval rating?

Adrian DenHaan • Beulah

Thanks for the support

Over one year ago our family set out to become energy self-sufficient and in our own little way promote renewable, sustainable energy production at our farm Leelanau Lavender Breezes by installing a residential wind turbine. To prove the old axiom that no good deed goes unpunished we were subsequently sued for the alleged “nuisance” that we created.

At this writing we don’t yet know the outcome of our trial, but we wanted to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt thanks to all of those who offered their support in all manner of ways. That list is too long to thank individually, but you know who you are!

It was truly humbling. One couple incurred ramifications that we can’t undo and for that we are very sorry. Tom Gallery was invaluable as our local expert engineer who spent countless hours on our behalf, but with the greater good at heart.

We were placed in the unenviable position of trying to protect our rights and investment. We continue to struggle to understand the logic of a legal system that “forces” us to spend exorbitant amounts of money to prove that we have done nothing wrong. We pray that the trial that we have endured will soon be over so we can return our attention to raising our three children with the time and energy they deserve in this truly special community we call home.

Shandy and Penny Spencer • Cedar

The 99 Percent is who?

We are the 99%, you are the 99%. This chant has echoed up and down Front Street for the past two weeks, though many of our populace has no idea what it means.

We are talking of the continuing wealth gap in America; the richest families in America keep getting richer while the middle class and other working Americans and floundering.

The average American CEO makes 343 times what the average American worker makes. What makes this most troubling, aside from the fact any wealth gap this large is unsustainable and ultimately bad for the economy, is that with our corporate structure and new campaign finance laws money equals power.

Last year in a controversial 5-4 decision the United States Supreme Court said that corporations were now allowed to give contributions without limit.

Our congressmen are now being pandered to and pandering different lobbying associations and worrying in the long run only about serving the interests that pay their way through the legislative process.

This has far reaching consequences into just about every facet of our life; without a fair and unbiased government we cannot have logical nationwide conservations on the wrongs that ail us as a country, such as global climate change. Without money our elected officials are no longer listening to us.

The system as it is set up now will only serve to perpetuate the wealth machine of the richest Americans at the cost of our hard work and the natural environment; this is not the American dream.

If you have any questions, concerns, would like to join, or partake in some friendly debate please do so. Information can be found at Facebook.com/occupytc and Occupytraversecity.org.

Matt Tomlinson • Grawn


The MyStyle feature in last week's Express with Melissa Smith should have referred to her as the host of TV 7&4 News Today.

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