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 05-07-2012

- May 7th, 2012  

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Citizens vs. PACs

I believe American citizens, not superpacs and billionaires, have the constitutional right to elect our President, Congress, and Judges. The Citizens United vs. FEC ruling by the Supreme Court gives corporations including multinationals, foreign entities, and unions the constitutional right to spend unlimited funds to oppose or support a candidate without disclosing who is giving, how much, and to whom.

Because Citizens United says money is the same as speech, superpacs allow individuals to do the same. Those who donate the most money win the votes of the politicians. This is destroying our democracy!

Average citizens across Northern Michigan trying to voice their concerns to their legislators can be overwhelmed by the corrupting influence of outside billionaires and corporations who donate unlimited amounts of money.

As a citizen of this country that I love, as a mother and grandmother, I believe we have a right and a responsibility to elect the best legislators who will safeguard and advocate for our family, community and country.

If you believe the votes of our legislators are not for sale, if you believe legislators are accountable to the people who live and work in their district, if you are frustrated that your legislator is spending more time getting re-elected than solving this nation’s complex issues, then we need you.

The best way to get the money out of politics and restore democracy to the people is through a constitutional amendment. Go to movetoamend.org to sign the petition, read about this nationwide, grassroots, nonpartisan movement.

Join the local affiliate Move to Amend Northern Michigan, which meets Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of Horizon Books in Traverse City. Our website is movetoamendnorthernmichigan.org.

Come join with thousands of communities signing on to Move to Amend. Be pro-active and make a difference.

Beverly “BJ” Christensen • Cedar

Government waste

I write this on behalf of the countless women and men whose lives have been devastated by abortion, who have suffered in the real “War Against Women.”

We were lied to. We were told our babies were globs of tissue. But we knew they were not globs of tissue when we were sent home to deliver shriveled up, burned up, dead babies.

We were told that abortion was a simple procedure and that we could put all this behind us, get on with our lives. But we found out this was a lie because for decades we suffered from depression, suicidal tendencies, anxiety, repeated nightmares, flashbacks, intense grief, physical and emotional problems.

We were told we could have other children but that was a lie to those of us so injured and scarred that we could not. What a lie.

We were pressured by boyfriends, husbands, parents, the culture and, God forbid, Planned Parenthood, if we went there for “help.” And where was the government or Planned Parenthood when we needed help to recover from the damage abortion had on our lives?

But we are here, those of us who found healing, and we are raising our voices against this injustice. We know first-hand the lies and we know the truth. We have lived it.

We will be deceived no longer. Abortion is not kind to women. Abortion is not caring and abortion is certainly not “healthcare.”

We stand strong, uniting our voices against the persistent, invasive abortion agenda by this president and his administration.

The real “War Against Women” has been waged for almost 40 years and there are many casualties.

Who has the ears to hear us? Who has the eyes to see us? When will those who so flippantly speak of choice, charity and goodwill toward women see the pain?

Nancy Menzies-Kreuzer • Glen Ellyn, IL

Fair tax

How do you feel about paying your income a few weeks ago? Do you feel like (1) you are participating in a fair taxation system, (2) you are only paying your fair share and (3) everyone else is paying their fair share too?

The Fair Tax is superior to the Income Tax. If adopted The Fair Tax would annihilate the IRS with all its shortcomings and be a huge boon for American businesses.

The Fair Tax is essentially a national sales tax. Among its advantages: absolutely everyone pays (including illegal immigrants and tourists) and American businesses will be on a more level playing field with their international competitors. American made products will be cheaper for both Americans consumers and export. Those living below the poverty level are protected.

The Fair Tax was introduced into congress in 1999 and has been buried in congressional committees even since; it’s never been voted on. If your congressional representative is unable to give you an acceptable explanation of why he/she has not been a supporter of the Fair Tax, you need a new representative!

Defeat your congressperson in the primary if possible; even if that requires voting across party lines. There’s always November.

Glen Terrell • Arlington, TX

Nugent unwelcome

If Turtle Creek Casino had Ted Nugent perform BEFORE all this current political hotbed hoopla, the crowd would have been just a bunch of rockers. But now that Ted Nugent is a political hot potato, chances are good the crowd at Turtle Creek will be politically-charged and not necessarily in a positive way.

I urged the GT Band Tribal Council to cancel Ted Nugent's upcoming concert at Turtle Creek Casino with the following: Message to Grand Traverse Band Tribal Council: I urge you to please consider canceling the upcoming Ted Nugent venue at Turtle Creek Casino, Williamsburg, Michigan.

Ted Nugent’s ideology insults the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. It is my personal opinion that GTB should be embarrassed by their decision to support Ted Nugent. Having Ted Nugent at Turtle Creek Casino seems shameful and disrespectful to Tribal tradition.

GT Band can and should do much better than Ted Nugent as choice for entertainment at Turtle Creek Casino. Revenue is guaranteed, chances are you will make profit whenever you offer entertainment, no matter your choice of entertainer.

So, money shouldn’t be the issue in your having chosen Ted Nugent. What is the type of crowd GT Band hopes to attract with Ted Nugent? If that question hasn’t crossed your minds, it should. I have great respect for Tribal Council and think it should strive to present itself and GT Band at highest level - stay away from political hot potatoes.

Seven Generations expect you to always stay on the high road, do not stoop low. Do not lower yourselves and GTB to lowest common denominator of Ted Nugent’s provocative lack of class.

Kathleen Borey • Elk Rapids

Pay loan back

Holders of real estate loans are supposed to repay them. Many of our residents are unable to pay their mortgage and are losing their homes because of foreclosure.

This is not true for Traverse City developer David Schostak, who lost an attempt to avoid paying his loan for the Cherryland Shopping Center in a Michigan Court of Appeals judgment.

He next turned to the Michigan State Legislature where our Representative Ray Franz voted for a bill, Public Act 67, which will enable Mr. Schostak to overturn this Court ruling to pay $2.1 million in debt plus $260,000 in legal fees to the Wells Fargo Bank. Interesting is the fact that Mr. Schostak’s brother is not only his business partner, but also the Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party.

Well, it must be nice to be forgiven loans. It appears that double standards are alive and well in Michigan where your Republican connections can design and pass a law which overrides judicial disapproval and gets you out of repaying your loan.

Peter Wolcott • Northport

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