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..

Home · Articles · News · Letters · Letters 02-20-2012
. . . .

Letters 02-20-2012

- February 20th, 2012  

Email your letter to: info@northernexpress.com

Please keep your letter under 300 words (one page).

Only one letter per reader in a two month period will be accepted. may be edited for length or to correct factual errors. Letters must be signed to be considered for print and a phone number is required for verification. Faxed letters are not accepted.

World Spay Day

According to the Humane Society of the United States, 50 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats that enter a shelter will not make it out. One homeless pet is euthanized every two seconds. Often these animals are the offspring of cherished family pets, even purebreds. Maybe someone’s cat or dog got out just one time, or maybe the litter was intentional, but efforts to find enough good permanent homes failed. The result is that homeless animals have to be euthanized. Spaying and neutering saves lives.

The 18 th annual World Spay Day takes place Feb. 28. Humane organizations and rescue groups, veterinary clinics and individuals all across the U.S. are organizing reduced cost spay/neuter clinics, hosting fundraisers and bringing awareness to the importance of spaying and neutering. Locally, we have 11 veterinary hospitals participating. The participants will match every spay/neuter appointment made that day with a free spay or neuter for a shelter or rescue animal.

Michele Fortuna Kalkaska

Northwoods Animal Coalition

More truth please

Northern Express fell short of its duty to the truth when it presented the issue on “Organic Farming”. The cover subtitle, “A Hit in the Abstract, but Tough to Make it as a Business” and the title of the feature article, “From Farm, to Table, … to Poor House” leaves little to the imagination when divining the intention of the editors.

If you had asked folks involved with farmers markets, then you would have found out about the likes of the Boyne City Farmers Market, and heard about its thirty years of providing a market for healthy, local food to the community. If you had asked folks who have farmed and sold food in our community, then you would have found out about the likes of Mike Everts and Blackbird Gardens, and heard about his more than 20 years as a successful truck farmer, educator, mentor, and caterer.

If you had asked folks who have processed and retailed locally grown food, then you would have found out about the likes of Pleasanton Breads, and heard about their use of Michigan grown grains, fruits, and vegetables since firing up their baking oven in 1993. If you had asked folks in the local field to plate restaurant business, then you would have found out about the likes of Eric and Jennifer at the Cooks’ House, and heard about them beginning their fifth year sourcing most of their menu from farmers, growers, and artisans who call Northern Michigan their home.

Instead, you asked a fellow recently transplanted from Arizona, with no experience in the local food industry, except as an entrepreneur beginning to farm here in Northern Michigan. A little dedication to the truth would have revealed a vibrant, expanding culture of eating healthy food grown and processed by our neighbors.

John McClorey • Boyne City

Fuss over nothing

This fuss over contraceptive coverage is just that, a fuss over nothing. If we allow employers to pick and choose, based on their personal beliefs what they will or will not cover for their employees, chaos will rule, and history and bigotry will reassert its drumbeat again.

If I am a Jehovah’s Witness, and I don’t believe in blood transfusions, shall I be allowed to exclude that coverage from my employees? If I am an Kosher Jew , and believe pigs are unclean, shall I void my employees coverage for needing a new pig valve? And if I am a Seventh Day Adventist, and believe eating animals is wrong, do I void prescribed medications tested on animals, or containing animal byproducts, for my employees?

And on and on it would go ... God help us and protect us from such enforced ignorance.

Patrick Begg • TC

Robo Fracking Letters

It seems like the “anti fracking” propaganda gets distributed on a regular basis similar to the Robo politico calls we will most certainly have to endure this coming fall. The message is more or less the same but the names are changed so the letters are not interrupted.

And like Robo calls after you heard the first one well you get the picture. There is no “opinion” just negative propaganda begged from what one can glean from the internet and like-minded blogs or in the name of saving the environment.

At what point can we have a meaningful discussion when it comes to energy. The advent of recovering vast volumes of natural gas and oil from shale using technology that has been evolving for decades can not only be important to our economy but for many economies around the world. Generating more of our electricity, heating more homes and powering more of our vehicles on natural gas will significantly reduce our use of coal and foreign oil while adding needed career jobs.

Natural gas emits merely 20% of nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxides, 40% less CO2, 1% of the mercury and 1% of the sulfur dioxide of coal. We have over a 100 year supply which no doubt will increase. This cleaner fuel source can possibly bridge the gap that we are looking for to a more permanent energy solution.

Renewable energy such as solar and wind now accounts for about 2% of our current energy requirement. These will help but it will take decades before they provide a noticeable amount of our energy.

Let’s stop the Robo letters and let’s begin the discussion of what needs to be done to save our economy, our children’s future and yes, the environment.

Jim Peters • East Jordan

Obamacare works?

I have a few problems with Ms. Hunter’s letter in your 2/6 issue. First, she claims nearly one in four Michigan children under the age of 19 have a pre-existing medical condition and were denied insurance. I’d like to know where she got that number. Ever heard of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan, they accept everyone who applies regardless of medical history.

Second, costs to insurance companies mandated through federal and/or state regulation are passed on to the consumer through higher premiums. Thirdly, whenever you hear the words “FREE” or “out of pocket savings” relating to Medicaid and Medicare you should be reminded these are taxpayer funded benefits.

Right now we borrow approximately 35 cents on the dollar to provide these benefits. So you can pay now through higher insurance premiums or simply dump the cost to pay off the debt on your children and grandchildren. Either way we need to get the government out of the healthcare business.

Get ready citizens, someday soon the government check will not be in the mail. Simply look to Greece, Italy and Portugal, we’re on the same path.

Tom Biggs • Manistee

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