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 06-24-2013

- June 24th, 2013  

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Garage sale ripoffs

It is early in the garage sale season and we have already been at three sales where things have been stolen in the Torch Lake area.

A friend also said that someone pilfered all of his wife’s costume jewelry from their sale. It is pathetic. In one situation an elderly couple put a bunch of low-priced items on top of a bunch of antique fishing lures in a box and walked out with them right under the owner’s nose. Very brazen. Another guy said that he would have preferred giving his possessions away rather than getting ripped off.

Both of these gentlemen were sick at heart because they were victimized by thieves. That said, I just want to inform the local citizens who are planning to have a sale to be vigilant. I suggest keeping jewelry by the pay station and not let people put things in boxes. Also, check the pockets of clothing and purses, etc., where smaller items can be stashed.

Enlist friends and family to keep an eye on customers. Don’t be distracted by one person while their partner in crime robs you blind.

I am disheartened that I even am writing this letter, but that is the sorry state of our country. People are desperate but that does not give them the right to take something that doesn’t belong to them. Stealing is wrong and I hope that those people who are responsible see this and feel guilty.

Wendy Beal • Central Lake

Yahweh’s views on gays

This letter is in regards to Stephen Tuttle’s recent article on the Boy Scouts of America’s new pro-gay policy. I’m not here to attack Mr. Tuttle’s position, nor am I here to defend mine. I am however here to relay Yahweh God’s position from His Holy Word.

It does not matter that all of the other denominations have compromised their beliefs. Even if the lone Baptists compromised their position, it still would not change God’s position. (Hebrews 13:8).

If Tuttle has a problem with what the Bible clearly says about being gay, then he should take it up with God the author, not with the Boy Scouts, Baptists, or anyone else who does not agree with him. (Leviticus 18:22, 29, Deuteronomy 23:17, I Kings 14:24, 15:12, 22:46, II Kings 23:7, Romans 1:26, 27, 32, I Corinthians 5:11-13, 6:9, 10, I Timothy 1:10, Jude 7).

Tuttle wrote that some Christians have chosen a path of exclusion and intolerance. In reality, the so-called Christians that accept inclusion and tolerance of anyone are the real hypocrites. (Jeremiah 51:45, II Corinthians 6:17, Revelation 18:4) Hypocrites just like the leadership of the Boy Scouts of America.

The main reason that most Christian parents enrolled their children in the Boy Scouts is because they had Christian morals. The same can be said about the Christian churches that sponsored Scout troops. What’s truly ironic is trying to convince anyone with Biblical morals that a scout can be morally straight and gay at the same time. (Isaiah 55:8, 9). What would Jesus say or do about this new pro-gay policy? “Jesus wept.” (John 11:35).

Gordon Lee Dean, Troop 10 Benzonia

The ‘ethereal axman’

On a mid 19th century morning in Northern Michigan. A band of brothers opened their thickly calloused hands to clasp the sweat and blood stained hickey handles of their doublebit axes-swung them to their shoulders and marched into Michigan’s mist shrouded forest.

One hundred and sixty years later riding on the Northern Express. A different kind of axman has come to destroy the north. Unlike the double-bit ax wielding iron men of yesteryear this ethereal axman with exquisite precision wields the septic metaphysics of homosexualism by poising his soft hands above a keyboard and commanding his zealous fingers to strike blow after blow to the base of one of the great spiritual truths that sustains an integral part of the innermost being of a Christian boy.

Replete in the axman’s apologia is the systematic subversion of the textual meanings of (the Bible).

Furthermore, as the axman finessed the now all too familiar talking points of the homosexual lobby, he concomitantly affixes the Scarlet letter B (bigot) or I (Intolerant) to any person or organization that dares to contradict the dogma of the homosexual community.

Axman: I await your defense of a “JUST” society’s right to abnegate a Christian parent’s First Amendment Rights.

Steve Redder • Petoskey

Step in right direction

As an avid reader, I always seek out Stephen Tuttle’s weekly commentary. His column re: gays in the Boy Scouts of America (June 10 issue) was an interesting read.

I was raised in a family involved in both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts for decades, with my parents being troop leaders.

Due to our Scouting involvement, we travelled the country, visiting historic sites and meeting a wide variety of people. I am proud to be involved in Girl Scouts for over four decades, serving our Scouting council in multiple capacities, including president.

We are appalled the Boy Scouts feel obligated to discriminate against gay individuals, excluding openly gay adult leaders. Gay leaders have been involved since the organization’s inception.

To acknowledge and accept gay Scouts is a step in the right direction. To discriminate against these volunteer leaders is a step backwards.

With this prevalent negative environment regarding gays in leadership position, one questions the impact on these Scouts, and their evolving world view of tolerance, inclusivity and respect. Boy Scouts of America, you are so wrong and narrow minded on this issue. Time to embrace the 21st century!

Carol Tompkins-Parker • via email

GOP junk mail

One of my least favorite activities is to truck down to the bottom of our hill and sort through the junk mail. This time it was different. I received an official Republican Party document, registered in my name with a bar coded number, and instructions “do not destroy” in large, bold, red printing.

I had been selected to represent area voters by participating in the official Republican Party Platform Survey. My first inclination was to dispose of it, but my curiosity got the best of me and I opened it. I wondered why it was mailed to me, as I am not a party member. I decided to be cooperative and complete the survey with a sincere, truthful response.

Some of the comments in the enclosed letter from Reince Priebus set the tone of the platform questionnaire. “... Democrats callous disregard for the interests of American people,” “...implement radical left wing policies,” “... dependence on imported fuels,” “...increased spending and tax hikes,” yada, yada & yada .

On to the survey of loaded questions with a few examples following: “...Obama won by attacking Republicans and lying,” “... tax policies pushed by Obama,” “...decrease military spending,” “Obama ignores federal law,” etc, etc, & etc. One question asks “Do you believe our party makes an effort to address issues of concern to women?” I had to answer “no” to that one.

In the comment section I wrote “Republicans represent, in my opinion, the party of No, a party that is hijacked by the Tea Party, that is looking for scandals and not governing, that determines women’s issues by old white men and clerics, that believes in fundamentalism without reason, and embraces ignorance of science.” I was happy to participate in this survey.

W.D. Bushey • Elmwood Township

Corrections --

Last week’s article about home brewing incorrectly stated that there was nowhere to purchase beer-making supplies in the area until recently. Actually, Diversions in downtown TC has been offering beer and wine-making supplies for many years and has a large selection for making vintages, ales and beers.

-- DJ Sean Finster Finnegan of The BOB FM interviewed students from TC High School’s Black & Gold newspaper about a recent controversy and deserves credit for covering their concerns.

-- We screwed up and got Sixto Rodriguez’s name wrong. There’s no ‘q’ in Rodriguez.

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06.30.2013 at 11:08 Reply

I would like to ask Mr. Dean how many times Christ mentioned homosexuality in the Bible? I'd also ask him to read this article.