Letters 10-17-2016

Here’s The Truth The group Save our Downtown (SOD), which put Proposal 3 on the ballot, is ignoring the negative consequences that would result if the proposal passes. Despite the group’s name, the proposal impacts the entire city, not just downtown. Munson Medical Center, NMC, and the Grand Traverse Commons are also zoned for buildings over 60’ tall...

Keep TC As-Is In response to Lynda Prior’s letter, no one is asking the people to vote every time someone wants to build a building; Prop. 3 asks that people vote if a building is to be built over 60 feet. Traverse City will not die but will grow at a pace that keeps it the city people want to visit and/or reside; a place to raise a family. It seems people in high-density cities with tall buildings are the ones who flock to TC...

A Right To Vote I cannot understand how people living in a democracy would willingly give up the right to vote on an impactful and important issue. But that is exactly what the people who oppose Proposal 3 are advocating. They call the right to vote a “burden.” Really? Since when does voting on an important issue become a “burden?” The heart of any democracy is the right of the people to have their voice heard...

Reasons For NoI have great respect for the Prop. 3 proponents and consider them friends but in this case they’re wrong. A “yes” vote on Prop. 3 is really a “no” vote on..

Republican Observations When the Republican party sends its presidential candidates, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people with a lot of problems. They’re sending criminals, they’re sending deviate rapists. They’re sending drug addicts. They’re sending mentally ill. And some, I assume, are good people...

Stormy Vote Florida Governor Scott warns people on his coast to evacuate because “this storm will kill you! But in response to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that Florida’s voter registration deadline be extended because a massive evacuation could compromise voter registration and turnout, Republican Governor Scott’s response was that this storm does not necessitate any such extension...

Third Party Benefits It has been proven over and over again that electing Democrat or Republican presidents and representatives only guarantees that dysfunction, corruption and greed will prevail throughout our government. It also I believe that a fair and democratic electoral process, a simple and fair tax structure, quality health care, good education, good paying jobs, adequate affordable housing, an abundance of healthy affordable food, a solid, well maintained infrastructure, a secure social, civil and public service system, an ecologically sustainable outlook for the future and much more is obtainable for all of us...

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- May 21st, 2012  

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No politics needed

President Obama took a huge political risk when he authorized the successful removal of Osama bin Laden from this earth. Most Republicans have been strangely quiet about this until recently, when they now complain that the administration is attempting to politicize the killing of bin Laden.

Journey with me now to a fantasy land where Republicans would successfully resist the temptation to fully politicize the bin Laden mission had it failed.

Bob Ross • Pellston

Festivals tread lightly

I have read the news concerning the cancellation of two festivals that occur in late summer, the Schooner Festival and I believe the Epicurian classic.

It seems to me recently that most of our festivals seem more and more geared to the wine and food industry. First we lost the City Zoo. Next, the miniature steam train is uprooted and taken out. Lots of attractions that are excellent ways for the young and young at heart to enjoy. We are all not “Foodies” and “Wine Gourmets.”

I realize that for the Schooner Festival, there is a conflict of interest in that there is a celebration on Lake Erie for the War of 1812. However, I would like to caution the people who organize that festival, if and when it returns, they may have lost any ground that they enjoyed the past previous years as far as participation and attendance are concerned.

I know I won’t be holding my breath waiting for a new Schooner Festival in a couple of years, I may even be dead by then. They should ask themselves, “Did the National Cherry Festival enjoy record crowds every year?” I think not. They should press on regardless.

I think maybe it’s time for all festival organizers and promoters to look how expensive it is these days for a family on limited incomes, and the economy the way it is to participate in them. I can make french fries like Gibby’s much cheaper, and enjoy them just the same and not have to deal with the line to get to them. Gee, being Traverse City, maybe festivals are only meant to be enjoyed by the wealthy, and keep the blue collar riffraff out of the festival perimeters.

Max R. Garno • TC

Heed Tutu's words

I just repeated the reading of *This Time We Went Too Far: Truth and Consequences of the Gaza Invasion*, by Norman G. Finkelstein, and *The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering*, and am just as sickened by the words as I was the first time.

I went back to these books out of my dismay that the Methodist conference could ignore the words of Bishop Tutu. What had I missed in the first reading? The answer was nothing.

Now the House (Cantor of course) wants to increase the spending of $8 million PER DAY to Israel along with sending them special classified arms so that they can invade Iran as a side project to the subjugation and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people.

It is time that Americans do what the Methodists cringe from, divest and boycott all products from Israel and from companies that support Israel. It is time to accept responsibility that every Johnson and Johnson product, all HP, all Sara lee, etc. etc, leaves blood dripping from your pocket books.

Take a stand, pro-life for all people of all colors, of all faiths. Stop pretending to be a part of a nation with a conscience. Stop supporting ethnic cleansing and apartheid. Read the speech made by Bishop Tutu in the Tampa News.

Sarah Bernheim • Honor


Last week's story said the Towne Plaza restaurant is located at the intersection of State and Union. It is actually located on the SE corner of State and Cass.

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