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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...

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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 04-23-2012

- April 23rd, 2012  

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Can't handle the truth

The GOP cannot handle the truth. Here are the issues and facts that Republicans do not want you to know.

1. The Republicans are attempting to limit women’s access to health care, e.g. mammograms, cervical cancer screenings, and contraception.

2. Deep cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security in Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R) budget plan would be disproportionately harmful to women.

3. Ann Romney, who is suffering from multiple sclerosis, would not find free-market health care without Mitt’s millions; she would literally be unable to get health insurance in most states. and if she could she would pay an unbelievable price. What does that say about the remaining 99 percent?

4. The economy has added private sector jobs for 25 straight months.

5. The Republican budget enacts a drastic unspecified 19 percent cut in non-defense discretionary programs that help the middle class and help our economy grow.

6. Pete Hoekstra stated that the Ledbetter Equal Pay Act that ensures that women will get equal pay for equal work is a “nuisance” and would support its repeal IF ELECTED.

Ronald D. Dykstra • Beulah

Jesters insulted

As a peace-loving jester, I am insulted by Stephen Tuttle, who wrote, “Jesters have taken over the court.” For in the past, the jester was the only one who wouldn’t die if insulting the King about stupid wars, payoffs, corrupt policies, and poor leadership.

Today it is money that buys everyone off, even the courts, for judges and lawyers (our last resort) are needy too, and pass the buck to get in on being an elitist or rich. The rich now run everything and peasants can only dream of being an elitist/rich.

In my dealings in court, you are only judged in court on what you do, and how much money you have. This concept is accepted at all levels, along with prior scraps you might have not handled well, due to lack of knowledge or help (it only takes one time of not defending yourself like Jesus did to be a criminal forever).

Today the bullies run everything and accuse victims of all things making the truth sound funny. Just listen to the comedy channel, for all they do is repeat the lines our leaders give us! This is what a jester does, mock the current fools that lead us into more corruptions for that is the human naturecorruptions.

Please, Mr. Tuttle, do not derail us jesters by grouping us with these corrupt leaders that are on all levels in government, business, religions, media and popularity. I don’t find many who are good role models anymore that are rich.

We need more jesters to laugh off the silly policies, corruptions, and lies fed to us daily by our corrupt money system!

Bradford Krull • Glen Arbor

Republicans represent rich

It is my opinion that the Republican politicians solely and purely represent only business and billionaires. The last several months I have paid particular attention to these republican politicians, local, state, and national. Their blather about the economy and the cure sickens me.

It seems as of late they are almost hyperactive in their quest to push “business/ billionaire friendly” issues, while completely forgetting who they are truly supposed to represent: the citizens.

We used to have a “representative government” which represented “We the People.” Now it seems to me that the Republican Party represents only business and billionaires, at “We the People’s” expense.

True, business is important, but not so important that business requires massive welfare subsidies paid by citizens. The supposed “job creators” are not the businesses. Citizens are the true job creators when we pull out our wallets and purchase a product or service.

Starve us and we have noting in our wallet to create jobs. The republicans have it turned around, selling their “Field of Dreams” concept of the economy and many citizens are obviously fooled by this economic concept. We the People keep voting these Republicans/business represenatives into office. As a registered Republican and as a citizen who has held elected office as a Republican, I am ashamed of what this party has become.

Mark Greening • Kaleva

Conservatives for little guy

Stephen Tuttle cited two Supreme Court case results that he found objectionable in his column “Jesters on the Court.”

Since Mr. Tuttle has been writing for the Northern Express, I have found him to be generally an apologist for the liberal left. It is not surprising that he would show disdain for the Rehnquist court and the Roberts court.

However, readers may need to be reminded about who was in the majority of that outrageous 5-4 decision in 2005 that upheld the right of New London, Connecticut to confiscate private property to make way for another private development.

It was liberal justices Stevens, Souter, Breyer, and Bader Ginsburg, along with swing-voter Kennedy, who voted to strip private individuals in New London of their constitutional right to their property.

In their dissenting opinion, the conservative justices wrote: “Any property may now be taken for the benefit of another private party, but the fallout from this decision will not be random. The beneficiaries are likely to be those citizens with disproportionate influence and power in the political process, including large corporations and development firms.”

It was the conservatives who were for the “little guy.” It was the liberals who thought that government knew best how to use people’s private property.

Scott Roelofs • TC

Pertinent questions

1. How many nannies, housekeepers, cooks, gardeners, drivers, etc. did Mrs. Romney have to help when she was raising her five sons?

2. How many of those five sons have served in the military and what was Mitt doing during Vietnam?

3. How many foreign cars do the Romneys have at their seven homes?

4. If Mrs. Romney doesn’t feel rich, then maybe she should give her money to the poor...

David Petty • Charlevoix

No 'War on Women'

Let’s look at this so-called ‘War on Women’ honestly, and intellectually. Anyone who runs for any political office doesn’t do so just so they can lose, so what candidate in their right mind from any party would purposely insult or infuriate one sex or the other?

Right off the bat, they would likely lose a good percentage of that sex’s vote, as well as many of their spouses and friends who would support them. Wouldn’t such a move all but doom their candidacy? So why keep running after such a gaffe?

This all started when the moderator at one of the debates asked Romney if the states had the right to ban contraceptives. Up until that time no one was even talking about the subject, as it wasn’t a “hot button issue,” the economy was.

If anything, this administration is waging a war on women. Look at the unemployment numbers, and the number of foreclosures of households with women as the mortgage-holder, all on the rise. At the same time you might want to look a the White House staff wages where women make 18 percent LESS then their male counterparts, yet only the Democrats have women’s well-being in mind.

Kelly M. Croff • Alanson

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