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 08-12-13

- August 12th, 2013  

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The bully on the beach

His yelling got my attention in the beach parking lot. “Where have you been?! We’ve been waiting an hour!” He was yelling at a teenage girl who had wandered off at the beach. He grabbed her by the hair and shook her, then dealt a forceful, open-handed hit across her head.

My husband approached the man. “That was abusive! That’s not okay. You don’t do that.”

“Mind your own business! I’m disciplining my kid!” The bully thought he had the right to assault his child and couldn’t care less who saw and heard him in this public place.

“So call the cops then,” the bully challenged. “I will. I’m calling 911 right now,” my husband said. And he did.

I don’t know the outcome but I know how shocked we were by the violence. No matter your views on parental discipline, when violence enters the picture that is the time to put your foot down and stand firm.

Child abuse is an epidemic and we have to speak up and make it clear: What that man did to his daughter was not okay. Violence toward a child is not okay. It will never be okay. Call 911.

Felicia Seeburger • TC

Threat from GMOs

There’s a terrific battle taking place between the biotech industry and their supporters and consumers who would like the opportunity to choose whether or not they want geneticallymodified foods (GMOs).

A labeling law was narrowly defeated in California, with Monsanto and the biotechs spending $77 million on a campaign to defeat labeling laws.

Now, there’s a ballot initiative in the state of Washington to require labeling and, given the defeat in California, this election may shift odds of having labeling laws passed elsewhere, like here. So, according to the Organic Consumers Association, Monsanto and their ilk are “pulling out the big guns.”

I’m appalled that I haven’t seen much about what I consider to be a really important issue (we have so many in our country/world these days, don’t we?).

Some countries ban the production or import of genetically-modified or transgenic foods (sometimes dubbed by food-labeling and food-quality proponents as “frankenfood”), while others restrict them. GMO is relatively new and controversial not just because it’s new; there’s a question of unintended consequences, be they biologic, economic or otherwise.

Shouldn’t we be able to choose whether or not we buy these foods? The only way we can choose is if we know they’re modified and that comes through labeling. For me, I’d just ban them, but they’re already a huge part of our food supply (bought any corn chips lately? Potatoes?)

Anne Kantola • Charlevoix

Bicycle uproar

Wow. As I read Susan V. Ruoff’s letter, all I kept thinking, was wow. I have never seen such ignorant, blatant disrespect for our law officers. YOU broke the law! At a stoplight, you stop, and wait for a green light. You do not proceed after you stop. SAME ROAD SAME RULES. The officer was enforcing our laws.

Recently, I had a cyclist perform the same type of “stop” that she performed and I almost hit the cyclist. I suppose that would of been my fault as well.

I didn’t realize that we had to “guess” what laws a cyclist will obey. The laws are designed for all of our safety. Suppose a driver of a vehicle went through a red light and hit another driver, maybe her; how would she feel about that silly law then?

Melissa Cutting • Suttons Bay

This is in response to the letter, “Cyclists Beware.” Do you really think that you are above the law? Do you really believe that the police target cyclists instead of busting meth labs? It's about time the police ticketed bike riders who disregard the law. And that donut remark, what was that? Girl I hope you never have to call the police to your salon for any reason.

Butch Faux • via email

It’s about time police start ticketing bicycles on the road. Last week's letter to the editor showed exactly how much disregard people have for their safety while on bicycles.

It's time for all bikes to be registered and insured on any state road. If you want to ride on our roads then pay up! I'm tired of bikes that think they own the roads when we do. Ride on the other side of the white line or take a chance you might get hit (hope it never happens though).

Ryan Cook • via email

Wrong state

Correction for Stephen Tuttle: I have lived in North Carolina for 33 years and have not always been proud of our elected officials. However, Mark Sanford was the governor of SOUTH Carolina when he had his affair and said he was on the Appalachian trail.

Thank you for making that correction.

Maxine Cleveland • via email

SodaStream fizzle...

The “Gear Box” column in your August 5-11 issue pushed the product SodaStream. Some of your readers may want to know that this product and the company that produces it are part of a consumer boycott of companies, goods, and services involved in Israeli policies that violate Palestinian human rights and international law.

SodaStream’s main production site is in Mishor Edomim, an Israeli settlement industrial park located in the West Bank. The land where the SodaStream factory is located was illegally confiscated by the Israeli military occupation authorities from Palestinian owners. These confiscations—although decried by the world community and even by the U.S.—continue and are an ongoing impediment to peace and a violation of international law.

Companies should not profit from products that are made on stolen property or that perpetuate the Israeli occupation of the West Bank.

More information on this boycott can be found at the Interfaith Boycott Coalition’s website http://sodastreamboycott.org/.

Mary Heffron • Cedar

Un-natural gas

Gas from 15,000 psi fracking wells that use unknown toxic chemicals and millions of gallons of water per well is certainly not natural!

Consequently, I suggest we simply differentiate UN-NATURAL gas produced by the new horizontal fracking wells from the gas acquired from traditional vertical wells. Then we should also ban that dreadful industrial process from Michigan‘s beautiful lakes, rivers, forests and farmland forever.

Please sign the Michigan anti-fracking petition for our grandchildren and their grandchildren.

Dick Landback • Pierport, MI

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