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 07-30-2012

- July 30th, 2012  

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Penn State's punishment

“...the fundamental chapter of this horrific story should focus on the innocent children and the powerful people who let them down.”

-- Ed Ray, chairman of the NCAA’s executive committee

A months-long coma would have been the only way to have escaped hearing of the tragic events at Penn State. At first, the sickening realization that former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky sexually abused at least eight underage boys on or near university property. Then the deep disappointment in learning an investigation by former FBI director Louis Freeh found school officials, including the school president and vice president, head football coach Joe Paterno, and athletic director had known about the allegations of child abuse as early as 1998, but failed to disclose them.

Now the NCAA has handed down penalties that some say are close to a “death penalty” for the school’s football program, including a $60 million fine, four year bowl-ban, loss of some scholarships and withdrawal of wins dating back to 1998. The statue honoring Joe Paterno has been removed by the university. Sadly ironic, the statue’s inscription reads, “Educator, Coach, Humanitarian.”

These appalling events and revelations have shed light on behaviors most people would rather not examine. Yet it also creates awareness of deep-seated cultural attitudes and hopefully a willingness to learn more about ourselves, our society and what we value.

If we continue to value power over people, money over individual well-being and the celebrity associated with sports, politics and the entertainment industry, we will continue to fall victim to the reprehensible effects of power, privilege and entitlement.

Janet M. Mancinelli, Executive Director • Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan

Joe Sloan best for district

Grand Traverse County has finished growing up. We now comprise our very own state congressional district. And here, in 2012 we have a total of four candidates to represent our values and beliefs.

First is the incumbent, Wayne Schmidt. He brought us taxes on pensions, reduction in the value of our public schools, while committing millions and millions of dollars to for-profit education and PA 4, the let-Lansing-run-your-town law. Just to name a few.

Next we have the Republican challenger. Letting his local sometimes controversial activities aside, he brings with him outside forces whom we have no idea who funds their activities - - or why.

Getting to the Democrats, we have two progressives. The first is a fine young woman with deep roots in social activism.

But finally, and thank goodness, we have Joseph Sloan. Joe stepped up at the last moment and comes in as a proud, traditional party guy. He too has seen what Lansing has been doing over the past couple of years. He wants to go down there and remind them of who and how this state was built. He has no outside contracts, no insider obligations. he just has plain values and grand ideas, our ideas too.

Bill Brown •TC

Betsy Coffia for State Rep

Betsy Coffia’s talents, dedication, and new ideas are critically needed in Lansing to reform a state legislature that has become unresponsive to Grand Traverse County and all of Michigan’s residents.

Betsy is committed to the notion that government should serve its citizens, not rule over them. She fought hard to repeal the undemocratic Emergency Manager law, and believes that government can be a positive force for good when the right people are in office. She is one of the right people.

Please join me and my friends in supporting Betsy Coffia for the 104th District in the Michigan House.

Robert Atallo • TC

Stanton for probate judge

I encourage readers to support Melanie Stanton for Probate Judge of Grand Traverse County. In her 22 years as an attorney in Leelanau and Grand Traverse County, she has served as Misdemeanor Defense Counsel, Mental Health Court Defense Counsel, Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Leelanau County, Felony Defense Counsel, Domestic Relations Mediator, and Attorney or Guardian representing neglected children and the mentally ill.

I have known Melanie for 27 years; she is smart, understands the law, and is one of the most honest people I have ever met. I strongly urge you to vote for her August 7th.

Terry J. Baumann • via email

Keilitz best qualified

I've practiced law in this town for 16 years, and have known Kirsten Keilitz, candidate for Grand Traverse County Probate Judge, for most of them. Kirsten has had over 14 years of family law experience. For over two years she has served as the Domestic Relations Referee and Grand Traverse County Juvenile and Family Division Referee. No other probate judge candidate has this level of judicial experience in the courtroom.

This experience links the significant similarities between probate and family law: money, emotions and family. The Grand Traverse County Probate Court touches the lives of many county families in a very personal way. Kirsten upholds and enforces the law in an understanding and compassionate manner. There's no drama. She's professional, decisive and balanced.

Gracious and committed to this community, she's the right person to preside over a court that deals with people facing some of the most troubling situations of their lives.

Mardi Black • Suttons Bay

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