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  

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Express offends Catholics

Several weeks ago, my husband and I had dinner at a local restaurant. On the way out, I picked up a copy of Northern Express dated Feb. 20-26. I thought it would be entertaining to see what was going on in the area and see pictures of people I might know. However, much to my surprise, I was totally shocked and deeply offended.

Come on boys, this is America, not Nazi Germany. I know that we have freedom of speech and of the press, but we also have freedom of religion. Our religious freedoms are being challenged and your paper certainly doesn’t help matters.

For some of us that take our religion seriously, the cartoons in your paper both saddened and infuritated me. You couldn’t have hurt me more if you tried to stab me in the back. My faith guides my life and your paper viciously attacked my religion.

My children are all grown up now, but I certainly would not want my grandchildren to be exposed to this Howard Sterns like comedy. If I had a cat, it would line the bottom of its litter box. Your attempt at humor is graphic, disgusting and over the top.

It is much safer to make fun of the Catholics than Muslims because it appears that some in society feel it is safer that way.

I’m sure some of your loyal readers think these cartoons are hilarious. And on the other hand, I’m certain that some of your advertisers would be embarrassed to know what they are financially supporting. Believe it or not, Catholic people are their customers, so why would they want to offend them?

I hope you enjoy yourselves making a living by offending Catholic people. I for one (and I know you don’t care) will never be offended by your paper again because I don’t have a cat.

Mary Jo Parker • Petoskey

War on Women

On behalf of women who do not want to lose any of our hard-fought gains in freedom and control over our own bodies, I suggest to all, tell lawmakers: STOP IT RIGHT NOW!

First, the so-called “abortion” pill IS NOT an abortion pill at all. Don’t take my word for it. Doctor and Congressman Ron Paul stated so at the last GOP debates. As a doctor, Ron Paul felt compelled to educate viewers. He stated the morning-after pill works on the same principle as the birth control pill.

How dare Rep. Darryl Issa exclude female voices from a hearing on contraception? We do not need an American version of Taliban men dictating how we women will live our lives.

They cannot tell us whether contraception is okay or not. They cannot dictate how we behave. By the way, contraception prevents possibly millions of abortions. This is a good thing. Duh! One more thing, the “pill” is often taken for medical reasons other than contraception.

I’m sick and tired of seeing extremist/ Evangelical/Republican officials attempting to control women’s health. All matters pertaining to birth control and abortion should be between a woman and her doctor, period. The Taliban-like guys can just stay out of the picture.

We cannot return to a time when poor women, for lack of contraception, had little means of preventing unwanted pregnancies. By the way, we do have a global population crisis with dwindling resources to feed and water those already born.

The hypocrisy of Republicans is amazing. They want to bring “personhood” to zygotes, yet upon moment of birth, an infant is on his or her own, totally forsaken by Republicans.

These zygote-loving Republicans are against Head Start, W.I.C., food and cash assistance, Medicaid, quality-affordable educational opportunities, etc.

Ladies speak up and protect your rights!

Karen Martin • Cheboygan

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