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 05-20-2013

- May 20th, 2013  

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Public gets the bill

Re: “Helmets and Motorcycles,” Letters 5/13.

Six words to Matt Woodruff, who wrote:

“When a motorcyclist does not wear a helmet and sustains a fatal head injury, it will affect his family and others who depend on him, but the vast majority of people will be unscathed.”:

Taxpayers pay hospital if you can’t.

Janice Alexis Mekula • via email

The price of ‘liberty’

Mr. Woodruff omitted one potential outcome when a rider chooses not to wear a helmet (re: Letters 5/13).

If the rider survives an accident but with serious head injuries leading to lifelong disabilities that helmets have been shown to reduce or prevent, the rest of us must shoulder the costs in return for such “liberty.”

Jane Miller, RN • via email

Marijuana, the vulgar drug

Thousands of Americans die every year from Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That is why the federal government set up a bureau to regulate these products a century ago, but they still are legal to possess and use.

Thousands of Americans die every year from common pain medicines including the likes of aspirin, Tylenol and Motrin. These drugs are also regulated but they are legal to possess and use.

Thousands of Americans die every year from consumption of sugar and junk food. Thousands die from sporting activities, and thousands die from occupational hazards. There are some regulations on some things but they will always remain legal in a free society.

We can make lists of many mechanical, chemical and life-choices that are known to be harmful when used as intended and yet they are accepted and legal.

Now, compare the known risks of everything else we allow in America to the documented risks of marijuana use:

No one dies from marijuana use (even the “super potent” stuff grown today); No one gets addicted to marijuana; No one “progresses” to hard drugs from marijuana, (the drug experiences are different, and do not psychologically or physiologically connect).

The only true risk from using marijuana is a criminal arrest.

Why is that? Why is a benign and safe substance that can be grown almost anywhere, which can be safely enjoyed with very little health risk, and possible medicinal benefits outlawed?

Answer: Because it is a “vulgar” drug, just like some four-letter words are vulgar.

Check the historical definition of the word vulgar: “of, pertaining to, or constituting the ordinary people in society: the vulgar masses.” ... “the common people” Marijuana, like some words, is not acceptable to the elitist class of America. It is not acceptable to the “one-percent.” It is not acceptable to the ruling class because it is something the poor, the working class, the people of “We the People” can grow in a flower pot, enjoy, and not spend a lot of money to produce.

Legal marijuana won’t make anyone rich.

That is the only reason it is outlawed. Which makes me one of the vulgar masses, because I think our lawmakers are full of spit.

David Petrove • Interlochen

Kalkaska’s killjoys

Every time I use the Kalkaska public library I think, “Wow, this place is BUSY... and TINY!” Now, no thanks to Tom Backers and Citizens 4 Better Government (whoever you are), it looks like Kalkaska won’t be updating its inadequate, crumbling library.

Thanks, once again, to all of you who continue to rant about marginal tax increases that benefit the public good (taxes for roads, schools, LIBRARIES, etc.), while you continue to USE those same public works!

Do us all a favor – move down south to some redneck county, where they allow you to opt out of paying your taxes for things like... oh... say firefighting services. I’ll enjoy watching the YouTube video of your house burning down, while the firefighters stand by and watch (since you “opted out” of paying for their services – for real, this has happened).

Until then – why don’t you stop driving on our public roads, sending your kids to our public schools, and quit using our public library? If you won’t pay for public services, you shouldn’t be allowed to use them!

Scott Jones • Kalkaska

Found our rag...

I recently had the great luck to pick up the May 6 issue in Elberta. I was very impressed with the quality of the writing and the topics. That issue contained some important information about fracking, including the editorial, “Increasingly, Your Vote is Just a Joke in Lansing.”

My frustration is that my husband and I live in the UP, Cedarville area, and it seems the nearest place to pick up a copy would be in Mackinaw City. What part of the newspaper is included in the “Extra”?

Thank you for putting the paper on-line and in a searchable archive. Thanks for putting out such a great publication and I look forward to picking up an issue when and wherever I can.

Jan Reelitz • Cedarville

-- Thanks, Jan. The Extra is our new emailed newsletter that comes out every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It includes a weekend planner on Wednesdays and a selection of new videos each week. You can sign up for it at www. northernexpress.com. -- ed.

The tax on seniors

We people in the middle class sure are paying a very big price and will continue to pay as long as Gov. Snyder is in office.

He sure has hit the poor old folks hard.

Too bad he and the rest of his bunch don't have to foot their own bills. They take from the seniors and give to the CEOs.

He has torn up a lot of live in Michigan.

Might as well move out of this state.

George Christensen • Cheboygan

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