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 10-07-13

- October 7th, 2013  

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Picture this:

This is a political cartoon in words. In the background is a band: Karl Rove on drums, Grover Norquist on keyboard, the Koch brothers (not to be confused with the Allman Brothers) on guitars. They are all smiling, having a good time making music. They’re all corporate types, so I’ll put them in suits, but, just for fun, zoot suits. Look it up.

In the foreground there’s a couple trying to foxtrot/slowdance: John Boehner in drag (dressed up like a woman – high heels, a gaudy print dress, a blonde wig, lipstick, the whole nine yards) and a kind of heavyset guy –could be Benishek—with TEA PARTY on the back of his grey suit.

Boehner is NOT having a good time.

His partner is stepping on his foot, his wig is heading southeast, and it looks like he’s about to start crying.

Now we get to the good part. The balloons over both Boehner’s and his partner’s heads –you know, those spaces for the words or thoughts of the people in the cartoon --are empty, blank. This is an interactive cartoon! You get to put what you want in those balloons. Go for it!


Tea Party guy:

Ron Tschudy, Central Lake

Healthcare for fat cats

Our Michigan State Senators have feathered their own nests, garnering lifetime, full-family insurance coverage. The requirement is an astonishing minimal six years of service.

One would hope Republicans, Democrats and independents would take notice and hold each legislator that voted in favor of these benefits accountable come the next election.

Also, why is it our great Michigan think tanks haven't weighed in with their in-depth assessment of this use of tax dollars? This hypocritical acceptance of self-coverage while working overtime to limit that of others is glaring and troubling.

Bradley Prices • Northport

Tuttle & Obamacare

Stephen Tuttle’s editorial about “Obamacare” (“No Points Scored,” Sept. 30) may be a decent attempt at a balanced analysis. However, the article contained a couple critical and glaring factual errors about that law.

First, Tuttle said, “If you currently have health insurance”.... your “coverage can stay where it is.” That is reminiscent of the well-known video clip of Barrack Obama proclaiming, “ If you like your medical plan, you’ll be able to keep your plan.”

But, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan, through their customer service department, told me in August that ALL - 100% - of their current insurance plans are being terminated by March 31, 2014, as a sole result necessitated by Obamacare, and that any of their customers who wish to remain insured by them will ONLY be able to do so if they select one of the new plans now being “rolled out.” So much for the diametrically opposite and false claims that if we like our plan, we can keep it, and need do nothing.

Second, Tuttle stated, “individuals and households with very low incomes won’t pay anything at all.” That is wrong, too (fortunately for those of us who do pay). Because there is no such thing as a 100% subsidy under Obamacare; anyone who isn’t Medicaid-eligible will have to pay a percentage of the premium for any health insurance they subscribe to, no matter if they have any income or not. Those are the facts, contrary to what Tuttle wrote!

Tom North • Cheboygan

(Thanks Tom, but please note: “individuals and households with very low incomes won’t pay anything at all” does in fact, refer to those on Medicaid, the state health coverage for the poor, supported with federal funds. -- ed.)

Reckless behavior

Where’s the justice when a small band of zealots can wreck the economy and damage the paychecks of millions simply because they don’t wish to obey the law of the land -- a law that’s been upheld by the Supreme Court?

Despite the evident popularity of the health care exchanges on the opening day of Obamacare, our country is being held hostage by a handful of tea party extremists who oppose the principle of majority rule.

Why aren’t congressmen Dan Benishek and Dave Camp being held accountable for the poor behavior of their party?

Tens of thousands of visitors to our region flock to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, driving tourism in our region. Imagine how many of them have been disappointed by the park’s closing because of the reckless behavior of the Republican Congress.

Thomas Scribner • via email

MPA contest honors:

Northern Express Weekly took first place for Graphic Design in this year’s Michigan Press Association contest for class B weekly newspapers, with honors going to Colleen Zanotti and Kyra Poehlman. Investigative reporter Patrick Sullivan took first place in News Enterprise Reporting for his story, “Upland Forest or Forested Wetlands?” Stephen Tuttle took third place for “Best Local Columnist.”

Our Extra newsletter took second place for Best Online Promo, with kudos for its layout and design.

Ad-wise, the Express took third place for Best Special Section with our “Spring Fashion” issue; and third place for ads for Threads and Dog Bakery.

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