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 01-28-2013

- January 28th, 2013  

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Reagan, Bush & guns

Why the hysteria over President Obama recommending the ban of assault weapons since Reagan and G.W. Bush did the SAME thing?

The answer is that the right wing has been whipped into a frenzy over this because it now serves the interests of the Republican party to find ANY reason to marginalize Obama. The problem with picking this fight is that the majority of America realizes the lunacy of this position, even the past leadership of the right. This has nothing to do with the constitution and everything to do with Obama.

Terry Frysinger • via email

Guns & young men

Over the past decade, some reoccurring community concerns and thoughts that have come to mind. To me, it seems like we need to have some community reevaluation, rethinking, and changes. What say you?

Gun violence. Guns that can shoot more than 10 bullets at a time need to be locked up at home or kept locked away from home. If such guns are used by anyone, for illegal, massive destruction purposes, from an unlocked, negligent situation, the owner is charged and legally tried for a significant crime - 10 years in prison. We live in the United States of America, we should have the freedom to own such guns, however, such ownership carries mighty responsibility.

Our young men. The law enforcement and legal system in Grand Traverse County is deleterious to the health of our young men. We are losing a whole generation of good men to financial ruin and emotional flattening. Men between the ages of 18 and 32 are being unfairly followed, monitored, and stalked by the police. Every possible ploy and excuse to stop and catch a young man with alcohol or drugs on board is occurring every day.

I would like to see statistics reflecting the numbers and age range of vehicular stops. Utilizing the same rationale for stopping young men, the same can and should apply to the middle-aged and the elderly. Let’s take a deep breath and think about what we are doing in this community. I think we can get the results we want with a better approach.

Jill Rahrig • via email

Guns & the media

I agreed with your Random Thoughts column, re: violence in USA and gun control. Our perceptions are so ingrained about how safe we are here and how dangerous it is in foreign countries. I also agree that our entertainment contains far too much violence, but is unlikely to change.

Carrie L. Baic • TC

Slamming MLK Day

It’s too bad that Traverse City’s homosexual community continues their attempt to ride on the coat tails of black history. The majority of the black community do not support homosexuality or gay marriage, and are sick and tired of the sham that the gays and their allies continue to perpetrate on our citizens. Every year the Traverse City Human Rights Commission spends taxpayers’ money to celebrate a so-called holiday that no one in Northern Michigan observes.

This year the HRC requested the city manager to approve spending $2,000 to import a black gospel group to perform in Traverse City, when we have many excellent groups locally, not to mention the talent that the Interlochen Center for the Performing Arts would provide at no cost.

Martin Luther King Day does nothing to further the cause of blacks, and is nothing more then waste of time and money, and due to the fact that it has been hijacked by the gay community has lost most of its credibility with the general public.

Paul J Nepote • TC

Snyder’s lack of jobs

Will Governor Snyder run again?

Total Michigan employment declined by 11,000 in December; however, the number of unemployed was little changed, edging upward by 1,000. The net impact was a 10,000 worker reduction in the state’s labor force over the month. The Michigan jobless rate in December 2012 was four-tenths of a point below the state’s December 2011 rate of 9.3 percent. The national jobless rate decreased by seven-tenths of a point.

So much for Snyder’s first two years of unfettered growth and prosperity.

“I’m not fully up to speed, but I’m still learning on the job,” Snyder said. “I think I communicate much better.”

His State of the State speech reflected sharply increased police protection. And he’s talking about increasing the State Police force even more as he continues to vilify, disenfranchise and shrink the rest of the state’s public employees and school teachers, except, of course, for his two new $100,000 a year RTW executives and their staff (wonder what their benefits looks like). And don’t forget the changes coming up in your state income tax or the $1.2 billion he’s looking to raise in transportation taxes.

Yes, Snyder should run . . . right back home to Ann Arbor.

Bill Brown • TC

A better supreme court

We ask Governor Snyder to give serious consideration to the recommendation of the state’s bipartisan commission on Michigan Supreme Court elections.

Their recommendation is to establish a panel of respected lawyers and lay people to select a list of prospective nominees to the Supreme Court through a public vetting process. This would establish a precedent for any future governors, some certainly to be Democrats, to make appointments in a non-partisan manner to this most important third branch of government. He campaigned on a promise of transparency and accountability in governing and this action would demonstrate his commitment to that pledge.

Kristine Busk, Chair • Executive Committee Charlevoix County Democratic Party

Rigging the vote

Gerrymandering is the redrawing of congressional district lines to give one party advantage over the other in elections. Even though Democratic congressional candidates won the popular vote by over a million votes in the 2012 election, it was the Republicans who won the US House and both houses of our Michigan legislature due in large part to gerrymandering. Republicans engaged in voter purging, voter caging, and voter suppression such as intimidating billboards and long lines to discourage certain groups of people from voting in some state. I believe every citizen’s vote should count equally.

Now Republicans in Michigan and other states are trying to change the rules by dividing electoral votes. Currently the popular vote determines who wins all the state’s electoral votes. Republicans want the electoral votes to be divided by the number of districts won (which they decided in 2010) even though the districts are not equal in population or demographics.

The votes of some people would count more than the votes of others. That is unethical, that is discrimination, that is unconstitutional. President Obama said, “We as citizens have a responsibility to shape the debate.” Call your senators and representatives today. Check your phone directory.

BeeJay Christensen • via email

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