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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- March 26th, 2012  

• 10 Curious ways to enjoy winter
• A feature on the good work of county administrator, Dennis Aloia
• A green issue to promote contractors trying to create positive change
• A piece called “remember when” for all of the peeps who grew up here
• A story on how socialism has never worked
• Sakura Bonsai Society of Northern Michigan
• Anything about organic beauty
• Baby boomers - who they are and what are they up to
• Bad tattoos
• Behind the scenes bakeries
• Belly dancing at Crystal Bindi - the jewel jigglers
• Benzie county’s healing arts studio “the center” in beulah
• Boating lifestyle
• Brent James and the Contraband
• Businesses whose start-up has a personal story/inspiration behind it
• Businesses that give back to the community!
• Cancer awareness/survivor stories
• Carly Lewis memorial fundraiser/grand opening of carly’s playground
• Celtic dancers at Fitch’s School of Dance (exceptional)
• Dem and Repub presidential candidate interviews prior to Nov 2012 election
• Editorial on Adam Osiecki
• Excessive use of plastic and styrofoam in restaurants (and everywhere)
• Feature the up-and-coming band the naughty neighbors
• Focus on the men and women we lost in the Iraq & Afghanistan wars
• Follow around a single mom of three kids for a week
• Girls hockey in Northern Michigan
• Golfi ng in January
• Hardship of the local cherry farmers that do not get paid,and all the people that move here do not have a clue how hard it is to be a small time farmer
• Health care accessibiltiy
• History of skiing
• Homebirths are safe
• Hospital mergers
• How Traverse City was built
• Why people should do more to help the homeless
• In-depth look on government fi nances and what departments spend their budgets on
• Interview high schoolers or college kids see what their future is
• Interviews of anonymous medical marijuana users and current
• Is Lake Michigan really having its water taken
• Lalone miniature cattle
• Lil Bo Pub & Grille’s 80th year in business
• Local historical societies
• Making a difference stories
• Micro brew fest
• More features on small businesses of the area
• More focus to make it easier to bring tourist north-rails w/city type vendors to entertain.
• More on Trout Unlimited and what conservation issues the state is working on
• More stories further north
• More stories of salon nouveau vous
• Morel mushroom festival
• Munson’s new cancer center
• Northern michigan...The next Milwaukee? (Beer)
• Northwestern Michigan College honors students
• Occupy Northern Michigan
• Old Mission multigrain bakery and cafe
• One about all the new businesses on S. Airport Rd.
• Park Place hotel pool closing to the community against the agreement made with the city when first built
• Pedophiles working in community places
• People back in college after loosing their jobs
• People that have worked in their jobs a long time
• High school graduate success stories
• Pick different stores / restaurants and profile them
• Police brutality
• Population growth or decline in the past 20 years
• Powerlifting/underground sports
• Quality of life for non-wealthy working class
• Recall Snyder efforts re-starting this spring
• Recording studios
• Small business owners working from home
• Steven Tuttle for president!
• Story about underground hip-hop
• Surfing in northern michigan
• Teachers who make a difference in the classroom
• The negative impact of vegetation control on lakes of Northern Michigan
• Northwestern Michigan Fair/then & now 
• Positive impact of the performing arts in the region
• Top bar & nightclubs in the area
• Traverse city’s progress on a dog park.
• What business would benefit our town the most?
• Why the arts are important to our children!
• How does wind power work, pros and cons.
• Winter snow removal along the tart trail

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