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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- January 6th, 2014  

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Indian River concerns

As a long-time resident of Indian River, I must express my concern for the proposed racetrack at Griswold Mountain.

I have lived here full-time since 1992. I have cherished the serenity and beauty that Indian River and the surrounding woodlands have provided me and my many neighbors.

When I learned about the racetrack, I immediately researched the topic and read about the many problems with which these racetracks across the country have burdened communities and the residences in the immediate area... pollution, noise, traffic and human congestion, just to name a few. In Michigan there are state and local guidelines for restriction on noise levels. How will these be enforced?

With the sudden influx of people descending on a small community, how will our police force and fire department handle the impending crime, rowdiness and potential fire hazard that are sure to follow? We have two police cars in Indian River.

Economically, property values will decline, resulting in a drop in the Tuscorora tax base. Only a few businesses will benefit on a temporary basis. There are no permanent full-time employment opportunities provided with this plan.

After the in depth research I’ve done on this, I’m still opposed to a race track anywhere in Indian River, but I believe the Brudy Rd. location would have less negative impact on our community.

Mr. Hall claims his intentions are to give back to Indian River. If so, he should accept Brudy Rd. as a real alternative and move forward with his race track.

Deanna Hergt-Willmott • Indian River

Women under the gun

Dear women of Michigan: Our legislature, in its wisdom, just presented us with a gift, and just in time for Christmas. There is truly a second class citizenship for women in our great state.

Our legislature voted along party lines (Republican of course) to require women to purchase rape/incest insurance as a separate policy to their health insurance policy. I’m not even sure if these policies are available and if so, I cannot imagine the cost. I do not understand their logic, probably because there isn’t any.

In this instance, all women capable of bearing children would, if they found themselves in the unfortunate situation of conceiving after an incestuous or rape crime, have to be insured on a separate rider to cover an abortion. A novel idea for graduation gifts for our daughters and granddaughters; after all you never know if you are going to get raped.

I believe there is some fundamental and evangelical religious principle involved in our legislature’s decision. I can imagine rotund Catholic bishops doing cartwheels of joy. Women should be outraged!

I cannot but wonder how the legislators’ daughters, granddaughters, nieces, sisters, aunts, and wives feel about this low blow to Michigan women. Our Northern Michigan misogynistic legislators are: Darwin Booher, Howard Walker, Ray Franz, Wayne Schmidt, and Greg McMaster. I feel nothing but shame for these men who are making healthcare decisions on behalf of women.

We must keep these men in mind when it comes to the next election. Post these names on your refrigerator, along with your granddaughter’s pictures.

Betty K. Bushey • Elwood Township

Litter & the Bible “In the Beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth”. NOTE: Private property owned by any person was originally owned by God. He works through His people. One of them is me.

Everyone should exhibit conduct to mirror Christ. Litter is disgusting and personally objectionable. I often bend over and pick up litter. Yes, it is other people’s because I don’t litter.

Litter is not okay. Items that are refined are unauthorized to be thrown on the ground. Share this with everyone. It isn’t criminal to admit mistakes. If you were told it was ok to litter, consider this your clarification moment. It isn’t. It will not disintegrate. Everything manufactured or refined is authorized to be placed in an authorized receptacle. The ground, open fields, forests, parks, gardens, yards, roadways, railroad beds, driveways, fields, parking lots, grassy areas, paved areas, private property, posted areas, non-posted areas or neighborhood are all unauthorized for garbage and litter.

Terry L. Witt • Williamsburg

It’s Old Mission

I have read several times in your paper writers referring to Old Mission as “Mission” as in “the Mission Peninsula.” Most recently this reference appeared in Bob Downes’ farewell letter (so long, good work, see ya around).

Being born and raised in Traverse City, and spending most of my life here, I don’t remember the name ever being shortened or changed. Maybe it’s just cool to call it “Mission” by some newer arrivals to our fair area, but I take offense, and so does history.

The name Old Mission comes from the first community on the Bay founded by Europeans in May, 1839. The first white people to arrive, Rev. Peter Dougherty and Rev. John Fleming, founded a Presbyterian mission there. By 1850 the settlement had grown and people were sailing weekly from Mackinaw City aboard the schooner Arrow to visit the mission.

In 1852, Dougherty moved the mission to present day Omena, hence establishing a “New Mission,” leaving the “Old Mission” across West Bay. There is much more history to the Old Mission area, of course, but I bet the natives that live on that beautiful area between East and West Bay may want to keep the “Old” name.

BJ Ingwersen • TC

Wrong party...

Regarding Stephen Tuttle’s column in the December 23 issue, Bob Filner, mayor of San Diego, was and is a Democrat.

John D. Lien • TC

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