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 08-06-2012

- August 6th, 2012  

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Fireworks out of control

In response to “Get off my Lawn” by George Nemetz (Letters 7/23). First, I assure you that I am well under the age of 80, if that even matters. Also, the Express is not solely read by your age group of 30 and under.

Michigan has lifted a ban on some of the higher grades of fireworks and you can now obtain a permit to use the more powerful grade.

I also had problems with my dogs climbing the walls when a neighbor was setting off professional grade fireworks for several nights in my neighborhood. These are not just bottle rockets and firecrackers, they are the ones that are shot high in the air and are so loud they shake your house. The police were called by many in my neighborhood about this.

With the fire danger being so high, I was very concerned about my home and my neighbors’ homes catching on fire.

If you choose to use these types of fireworks they should be used at least in an open area, not in a neighborhood.

How very inconsiderate of you to think only of families having fun and not caring about the neighbors that might have to work the next day and their pets that have very sensitive hearing. One of my dogs will not even go outside at night now because she is still scared.

Having fun should never be at the expense of disturbing your neighbors or their pets; it’s something called morals, which it seems you and the people who do this are lacking.

Melody Bajema • via email

Voter ID now required

To vote in the November 6 presidential election, register by October 9 with your city/ township/county clerk or Secretary of State.

On www.michigan.gov/vote you can check to see if you are registered, find clerk’s info, correct precinct, map, poll times, and sample ballot.

Voters are asked to show a current picture ID. Voters who do not have a picture ID can vote after signing an affidavit. Their ballot will count. Acceptable ID includes a driver’s license, State or Federal government-issued picture ID, US passport, military, tribal, high school or college student picture ID.

First-time voters must appear in person to vote in their first election except those over 60, disabled or overseas voters. If unable to “vote in person,” you can request an absentee ballot “in person” from the clerk where you are registered by the day preceding the election. Tell all college students about this procedure now. Make it count! Be informed, register and Vote!

Beverly “BJ” Christensen • Cedar

(See Stephen Tuttle's column on the voter ID controversy in this issue. -- ed.)

Setting things straight

Hello, I just wanted to reach out and ask a question about the recent ad I saw in Northern Express about natural gas. I’m not accusing anybody of anything (until I get the facts) but isn’t it the gas corporations who are all about fracking the hell out of our state? Again, I could be wrong and the people advertising in your rag could not be the ones wanting to frack our state up. Please set me straight!!! Tell me it isn’t so! That the Northern Express hasn’t sold out to big gas money. Until then I remain a faithful reader (and local journalist).

Bob Lovik • via email

(Thanks Bob, but as every journalist knows, the press operates under the princlple of “freedom of speech.” Certainly, Northern Express could censor opinions, ads and stories we don’t agree with, but that’s not journalism. -- ed.)

Anti tax gripe

It seems that those involved in the many layers of government have little regard for those who actually pay the taxes that they consume. I believe that many of them have the same attitude toward the taxpaying public that the bear has toward the honeybee. In devastating attacks on the honeybees’ home, the bear voraciously consumes and relishes the honey that the bees worked so hard to produce. Sure, the bear gets stung now and then but that’s nothing compared to the richness of the honey. I then realized that only some in government are like the bear, far more are like the beekeeper. The beekeeper uses a smoke screen to quiet and mislead the bees while stealing the honey from the bees’ home that the bees worked so hard to produce.

In Michigan, and especially Northern Michigan, the bears in government are simply after the money, giving no thought at all to what this devastating process actually does to the well-being of the taxpayers they feed on. While the beekeepers, on the other hand, use smoke screens of lies, misstatements, and misleading numbers to fool and quiet the taxpayers so they can pick the pockets of those who pay taxes to finance their foolish ideas and self enrichment. Hasn’t there been enough proof brought forward over the last few years to clearly show that this has been going on in most, if not all, aspects of Wexford County government?

If you want to stop this feeding frenzy on your taxes, you must personally intervene with your vote to cutoff the flow of the tax dollars to the beekeepers by voting no on all the millages this August. That will force those involved to present responsible financial plans that will bring a stop to the waste and misuse of your money.

Michael H. MacCready • Manton

No leadership

While I agree with Stephen Tuttle Spectator column this week (“Congress Has No Clothes”), he did not mention the two greatest problems: everyone in Washington has their own agenda and there is no leadership in our Congress, Senate or from the White House.

Sheri Worm • via email

A welcoming heart

In 1993 my family and I came to Traverse City as refugees from the Soviet Union.We had a hard time adjusting because we did not speak any English and people had a hard time understanding us.

In 1999 Linda Raetz and her family adopted us through the Salvation Army on Christmas to buy presents for us. We were very nervous to meet Linda and her family because we did not know how we would communicate, but we were surprised when Linda understood us and even served as a translator for her family.

Once, my father, who was 75, was talking with Linda and even though she could not understand him, she kept saying “Slava Bogu,” (meaning “Praise God” in Ukrainian). When we told my father that she did not understand him, he said “She may not understand my language, but she understands my heart.”

From then on we became good friends with Linda and her family. Linda’s heart is open for all sorts of people, and she truly understands their hearts. She takes people’s problems seriously and with understanding. She not only listens but wants to help as well. She is a very intelligent woman with a soft and goal oriented character.

In the Traverse City area, there is a Ukrainian community of about 50 families. Every family has 5-10 children. We’ve had many problems within our community and when we did not know what else we could do, we came to Linda. Linda would listen, and within the next few days, the problem was solved. Not only did she help with her skills, but also financially whenever she saw a family in need.

If she helped us with such care and kindness, then it is easy to see how hard and willingly she would try to help her own city. She would truly make a wonderful probate judge that would wholeheartedly work to help each and every family in need. God bless you Linda Raetz!

Nina Alekseyenko • via email

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