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 07-23-2012

- July 23rd, 2012  

Email your letter to: info@northernexpress.com

Please keep your letter under 300 words (one page).

Only one letter per reader in a two month period will be accepted. may be edited for length or to correct factual errors. Letters must be signed to be considered for print and a phone number is required for verification. Faxed letters are not accepted.

'Get off my lawn'

After reading the Letters to the Editors in the July 16th issue I am very curious - how old are the readers of The Express?!

This publication has had an edge to it since its inception and has never been afraid to ask some very hard questions or to tip-toe the line between aggressive and conservative. I’ve read it for years (I’m 30) and so have my friends and perhaps I was assuming something untrue in that the readers tended to be under the age of 80.

The letters people have written take on this point of view of an old man sitting on his porch yelling at kids to get off of his lawn. It doesn’t fit!

For instance - the letter about fireworks is unreasonable. Really? Your neighbors were using expensive professional-grade fireworks? The kind the Cherry Fest can’t even afford to use?

Oh, and your poor dog! How dare the humans next door not have compassion for your dog who gets scared for an hour. Rearranging your life? It must be nice to have such few problems that fireworks cause you to change your habits for one day out 365.

Really? Your neighbors kids are scared awake because of fireworks? Fireworks are lit FOR kids. I can see your point about veterans (God Bless America for you folks) but then in the same breath talk about deer having miscarriages? What? Really? I wonder how often that happens. Anyone care to share some statistics on that one? And who has the time to study this? I’m calling BS.

Now on to the breathing disorders. You say you are in your house - you are not going to have any medical problems from breathing in the occasional breath of fireworks smoke—especially from INSIDE your house. And the noise pollution? Where do you live? I’m sorry but there is no way you suffer that bad and if you do I’m sorry you live a dull and boring life where kids with sparklers pose problems. The good news is that you are more than likely old and we will all outlive you.

(On another letter) Really? Someone upset about Mark Wahlberg flipping the bird? Why? It's not aimed at you and it is just a finger gesture. If people such as yourself didn’t put so much emphasis towards it this would become meaningless.

Plus, the last time I checked this publication was free -- don’t pick up a copy if you are easily offended (as you clearly are).

My last point is about the man crying because of a few sprays of Round Up near Boardman Lake. Listen old man -- he was not dumping gallons of this stuff into the lake. Such a small amount would have found its way into the water system that not much harm would be done. Yes he could have just plucked the weeds and spent hours doing so but he really wasn’t harming anyone.

Have you spent much time on Boardman Lake? I have. You let your kids swim in there? How dare you sir. Someone should lock you up for child endangerment. Put your bleeding heart back in your fanny pack, pull your socks back up to your knees, and get back on your hover-round. Life is going to be ok.

George Nemetz • TC

Send Congress packing

At his second inauguration, President Bush declared his re-election was a mandate by the people for his policies. In light of the 13% approval rating for our current Congress, re-electing incumbent members of Congress would be a travesty.

Again, it would allow our congressmen to declare a mandate for their current positions of maintaining partisan policies. Their positions include discouraging constructive dialogue on the health care crisis, ignoring the unfair tax code, unabated deficit spending, and not engaging in compromising remedies for unemployment and economic growth.

The pervasive sentiment that this government has become dysfunctional can only be remedied at the ballot box. ALL incumbent members of Congress should be voted out of office. The message would be clear -- we have had enough of their partisan politics and no compromising! Locally, we should commit to sending Rep. Benishek and Rep. Camp packing!

Klaus Lehrer • via email

Feeling the heat

It used to be we talked about the weather, but did nothing about it.

Today we have done something about the weather, but nobody wants to talk about it. Especially our politicians.

Randy Bond • Beulah

Support Stanton

In the race for probate judge we have an outstanding candidate, Melanie Stanton. Not only does she have 10 years experience as a registered nurse (1987- 1988), in her 20-plus years as an attorney in Leelanau and Grand Traverse counties she has had experience with family law, adoptions, paternity cases, estate planning, juvenile delinquency, mediator for domestic relations, guardianships/conservatorships, and attorney or guardian representing neglected children, the mentally ill, and developmentally disabled individuals.

I urge you to vote for the most qualified candidate in the field, Melanie Stanton. Her background and experience shows she cares!

Lynn Baumann • Cedar

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