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 11-12-2012

- November 12th, 2012  

Email your letter to: info@northernexpress.com

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

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#2 priority?

Now that the Republican Congress has failed at its number one priority, which was to make Barack Obama a one term president, we will finally have the opportunity to discover what their number two priority is. Lets hope that it has something to do with fixing the economy.

Bob Ross • Pellston

Buzz-kill robo calls

After receiving an unprecedented number of phone calls each day for over a month from automated messages representing themselves as the Republican Party, I would never vote for anybody on their party ticket. From 9 am to 9 pm I was interrupted by these phone calls. Just in one hour I got three calls from the National Republican Party. This is political torture. All it does for me is to swear I would never vote for anyone on the Republican ticket. It’s definitely not a way to win my vote.

Gail Glarum • via email

Tea party extremism

The degrading influence of tea party radicalism has robbed the Republican Party of the credibility it once enjoyed.

Its extreme positions on taxes and the budget, on women’s rights, on foreign policy, on global warming and the environment, on health care, Medicare and Social Security have made honest, balanced debate on these issues almost impossible.

Recent comments by Republicans on rape alone, were so ludicrous as to become a national joke.

The use of wholly discredited “evidence” in their denial of global warming is not only cynical but thwarts action on the threat that 99% of scientists in the field of climatology say is very real indeed.

The vacillation and slippery evasions of their presidential candidate on almost all of these issues augurs only more tea party control of the national debate.

In this election, independent-minded voters supported Democratic candidates who offered rational and sensible alternatives to the challenges we face.

Mary Easthope • Lake Leelanau

Didn’t like cover

Your cover on the Oct 22-28 edition was offensive to both principals running for President.

Surely it would have been possible to find portraits of the President and the Governor conveying the dignity and best features of the candidates instead of the exaggerated comic-book drawings on your cover.

It is difficult enough to measure the qualities of the two candidates without a publication like yours seemingly delighting in denigrating the President and the Governor with ugly drawings on your cover.

Ted Curran • Frankfort

Catholics & tax dollars

Is it really a violation of religious liberty when Catholic institutions, which take millions of taxpayer dollars, refuse to follow government policies?

Is the government denying these institutions their religious liberty by requiring them to treat all citizens, including their employees, equally?

Or, are these institutions denying their employees their civil rights?

If religious institutions take no money from government sources, then these institutions can limit their benefits package for employees however they want when they employ members of their faith. If they do take money from the government, however, then they are required to follow the stipulations that accompany that money.

The government must represent and respect the rights of all citizens and follow the rulings of our judicial system. If some of those rulings are considered unjust or immoral, appeals are available through our judicial system. Or, pass a new law.

The USA is not, and never was, a Christian nation. Our Constitution does not establish a Christian nation. In fact, the First Amendment distinctly and deliberately insists that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion...” Our founding fathers had enough of European “Christendom” and the marriage of Church and State. They wanted nothing to do with it.

In terms of contraceptive measures, there is no civil law against their use, and according to all polls, most people in the country use, have used, or will use some form of artificial contraceptive. The Church can condemn that usage, exhort its members not to use them, even reject users as members, but they can’t force or expect the government to enforce their beliefs.

The government must follow the Constitution and the laws of the land. If we don’t like a law, then we can try to persuade people to change it. But we cannot expect the government NOT to apply the law, or condemn them when they do enforce it.

John Chuchman • Bellaire


Last week’s story on domestic violence should have cited the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan in Petoskey, not Traverse City. They fielded over 1,000 calls for the fiscal 2011-12.


An unnamed chef who was mentioned in a story about Stony Point notes that he resigned his position at another restaurant and was not sacked as the article claimed.


A story entitled “Web Designing Women” incorrectly stated the ownership of the Common Angle IT firm in Petoskey. Actually, Des Moore bought Chesley Consulting and changed its name to Common Angle. Marcie Wolf and Cindy Dixon are employees of Common Angle.

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