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 1-23-2012

- January 23rd, 2012  

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Move to Amend

If you weren’t at the Milliken Auditorium on January 11, you won’t believe it. If you were there, you probably still can’t believe it! More than 500 people - to include folks from the UP to the north and Manistee and beyond to the south - crammed into Milliken to hear a riveting presentation by David Cobb, founder and spokesman for the national Move to Amend movement (www. movetoamend.org).

One thing making this evening so incredible was that 500 Northern Michiganders came out, not so much for a speaker most had never heard of, but because we know that corporations are not people. We know that legislators too often are accountable to the huge moneyed interests that get and keep them elected, not to us. We know that WE the people are what make democracy work. And we also know that our democracy isn’t working for 99% of the people in this country – and we aren't going to take it anymore!

Kudos to LIWDA for hosting this event, to the political parties and organizations that have signed on to the movement, and to the Northern Michiganders joining the fight to restore democracy to we the people.

Betsy Johnson • Empire

Why I Occupy

The American dream is back out in the street. I’m a retired American who works full-time to make ends meet. I have to, now that democracy has succumbed to an epidemic of foreclosures, financial bailouts, Supreme Court decisions, and savage relentless termination in the workplace.

I’m also a retired, naturalized Canadian who during all those years up north never felt obliged to protest anything. These days

I spend every Saturday out on Front Street and every Sunday in front of the library on Woodmere exercising my first amendment rights of freedom of speech and assembly.

Hey stupid, it ain’t the economy. It’s the one percenters barely lifting a finger and making out like bandits. Seems the only folks who care about the American dream are out in the street, the ninety-nine percenters, the teachers, students, retirees, and workers.

When you drive by and give me the finger you’re just showing your ignorance. When you drive by and yell “Get a job,” you’re missing the point.

When you drive by me and my friends standing in the street in front of Horizon Books, waving, smiling, holding up signs, and you don’t honk or give us a thumbs up or even look up as you continue on down the street you should know something is happening. But you don’t know what it is.

David Zaiss • Interlochen

Fracking beneficial

To learn more about fracking and other oil/gas items of interest may I suggest visiting pagaslease.com. It’s a site about Pennsylvania, but also has a Michigan board. Lots of info from everyday people. Free to join, or just be a guest visitor.

I suport the safe development of our oil and gas industry and reducing foreign oil and gas imports. Many jobs have been created for our local people because of the recent activity, which we really needed. Seems for every gallon of import oil we pay for it with a gallon of American solider’s blood. To those anti-fracking people, I hope you never run out of money to heat or cool your homes.

Cheap natural gas would go a long way to helping out those with limited resources. Vehicles that run on natural gas are a nice alterntive to $3.60 gallon gas. One of the topics of interest on the pagaslease site was about a “Green” fracking solution.

I don’t want to go back to those good “ole” days when my parents sat huddled around a wood stove for warmth and I am tired of having to work an hour of each of my work shifts, just to pay for the gas needed to get to work. Lets work together to help put the USA back to the strong, proud country it was once and I believe shale gas/

oil development will contribute to that.

Jane Marie Rowell • Kalkaska

Sewage Mist Info

You may have seen a recent article in the Express about The Homestead Resort’s sewage disposal system, which sprays partially-treated sewage on land surrounded by Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Some of the spray turns to mist and illegally and unsafely blows across the surrounding public park lands.

Of course, The Homestead’s owner, Robert Kuras, was given a chance to present his view of things—as he should have been. Unfortunately, some of the information and ideas presented might have confused you if you’re not quite familiar with the situation. The “Drifters United” citizens group has posted the text of the article, along with clarifying information and comments, at HomesteadSewage.org.

There you’ll also find other information about the matter, videos, etc. The site includes information provided by The Homestead, the National Park Service, and the DEQ, as well as material prepared by the Drifters.

You, too, can submit any additional information, comments, or opinions that you may care to contribute. It’s a forum open to all, in the hope that through complete, free discussion, the correct facts will become clear and a solution may be found to this problem within our community.

Tom Van Zoeren • Maple City

Conservatives offbase I have been wondering for some time now as to why it seems that the “Conservative View and Opinions” is the only thing that seems to count in politics, the media and this country? To me this arrangement is anti American.

Not only is it one-sided, but a repeat of history as in Russia in the 1920s and Germany in the 1930s when Communism and Nazism where the only way to go, goose step with me or else. As an independent and moderate, I feel that we are treading on the wrong path for this country which was built on Christian values and the freedom of choice.

I see no choice with the conservatives and the Republican Party as they have eroded our freedoms in the name of terrorism, and the Democrats have done little to rectify our losses. With many in Congress devoting a large part of their time to raising campaign funds and have mega back-up organization spending millions on negative ads in the media, I feel we have lost our sensibilities and what we are really standing for as a country.

There are some issues I can side with the conservative view and some I cannot. Their claim to be the only real Americans because they are God-fearing, gun-toting, flag-waving patriots is biased. Many of us who are not conservatives also hold these values and a lot more.

If asked, most will not know the meaning of the word patriot, which also gives a person the right to disagree with the direction this country is going in and stating so. No one group is perfect or has all of the answers but until we come together as a people united once more nothing good will be accomplished.

James C. Williams • Kalkaska

No pot prescription Mr. Tuttle’s article of Jan 2nd was well written and mostly correct. However one small error should be corrected: He stated that “it would require a prescription from a licensed doctor.” In truth, doctors do not prescribe marijuana. They “recommend” to the state that paitents might benefit from marijuana use.

Ron Ippolito • Cheboygan

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