Letters 10-17-2016

Here’s The Truth The group Save our Downtown (SOD), which put Proposal 3 on the ballot, is ignoring the negative consequences that would result if the proposal passes. Despite the group’s name, the proposal impacts the entire city, not just downtown. Munson Medical Center, NMC, and the Grand Traverse Commons are also zoned for buildings over 60’ tall...

Keep TC As-Is In response to Lynda Prior’s letter, no one is asking the people to vote every time someone wants to build a building; Prop. 3 asks that people vote if a building is to be built over 60 feet. Traverse City will not die but will grow at a pace that keeps it the city people want to visit and/or reside; a place to raise a family. It seems people in high-density cities with tall buildings are the ones who flock to TC...

A Right To Vote I cannot understand how people living in a democracy would willingly give up the right to vote on an impactful and important issue. But that is exactly what the people who oppose Proposal 3 are advocating. They call the right to vote a “burden.” Really? Since when does voting on an important issue become a “burden?” The heart of any democracy is the right of the people to have their voice heard...

Reasons For NoI have great respect for the Prop. 3 proponents and consider them friends but in this case they’re wrong. A “yes” vote on Prop. 3 is really a “no” vote on..

Republican Observations When the Republican party sends its presidential candidates, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people with a lot of problems. They’re sending criminals, they’re sending deviate rapists. They’re sending drug addicts. They’re sending mentally ill. And some, I assume, are good people...

Stormy Vote Florida Governor Scott warns people on his coast to evacuate because “this storm will kill you! But in response to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that Florida’s voter registration deadline be extended because a massive evacuation could compromise voter registration and turnout, Republican Governor Scott’s response was that this storm does not necessitate any such extension...

Third Party Benefits It has been proven over and over again that electing Democrat or Republican presidents and representatives only guarantees that dysfunction, corruption and greed will prevail throughout our government. It also I believe that a fair and democratic electoral process, a simple and fair tax structure, quality health care, good education, good paying jobs, adequate affordable housing, an abundance of healthy affordable food, a solid, well maintained infrastructure, a secure social, civil and public service system, an ecologically sustainable outlook for the future and much more is obtainable for all of us...

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Letters 2-03-14

- February 3rd, 2014  

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Coffia connects the dots

I applaud Betsy Coffia for her informative Jan 20 Northern View article. She connects the dots between the water crisis in West Virginia, caused by a leaking chemical container, and the potential for disaster here in Michigan if the sixty-year-old oil pipeline under the Mackinac straits were to rupture.

But accidents, spills, leaks, and ruptures happen. Regulations won’t stop them from occurring. The only certain means to avoid them is to stop depending on fossil fuels, which is precisely the prescription needed to meet the urgent challenge of the climate crisis.

“So what can you and I do?” asked Betsy Coffia. We can join Citizens Climate Lobby, a grassroots group working to pass a carbon-fee-and-dividend system. Numerous climate scientists and economists consider this the best way to hasten a shift to clean, renewable energy. Learn more at citizensclimatelobby.org or contact the Traverse City chapter at northern. michigan@citizensclimatelobby.org

William Gittlen, M.D. • Frankfort

Many Issues cause need

“Back atcha” in response to the letter “Take Responsibility” dated 1/13/14.

Pointing a finger at the down and out people as irresponsible losers who deserve no assistance because they caused their own plight is extremely short sighted and shallow.

The complexities of humanity, the economy, and even politics take in a wide range of factors obviously missed by the letter writer. Perhaps she should do more research beyond talk radio and pundit TV. Prejudice and cultural issues, natural disasters, war, famine, and corporate greed…the list is long how people get to a place of need. A warm, helping hand that cares does more for healing humanity than a cold, pointing finger.

Lois Bedtelyon • Traverse City

Tolerance came lately

Most people believe that toleration arrived in North America with English colonists who were seeking religious freedom, but this is not the case. Moreover, religious toleration was not considered a virtue at the time. Even a desire to escape from religious persecution in Europe usually did not lead to a belief in tolerance for others. As a result, colonial history is filled with religious conflict and persecution. Puritans, for example, persecuted and banned virtually anyone who disagreed with them. For those who came to America seeking religious freedom, religion was central to their entire belief system and worldview. They could not conceive of another belief system as valid. Indeed, the Pilgrims who arrived in Plymouth in 1620 were not escaping religious persecution in England but tolerance in the Netherlands. Furthermore, religious warfare broke out in colonies that did allow other denominations and religions. Maryland, for example, was founded as a haven for persecuted Catholics but soon had a protestant majority and a virtual civil war between the two. Religious toleration began in opposition to forced worship and as a way to protect many groups from persecution from others. While religious toleration has historical roots in early colonial history it did not emerge in its modern form until Americans witnessed the hideous consequences of Hitler’s racist ideas. The impact of this awakening was profound and nearly immediate. In just a few years after the war, Major League Baseball was integrated; a film about anti-Semitism in America won the Oscar for Best Picture. Trumann ordered the integration of the armed forces and supported the recognition of the state of Israel. The Supreme Court ordered the integration of the public schools and the first Catholic was elected as president.

Ronald Marshall • Petoskey

Leelanau: Still worth the trip

Born and raised in Traverse City and with great grandparents who homesteaded in Kasson Township, it was a natural for our family to treat out-of-town visitors with a scenic drive out to Glen Lake and Sleeping Bear dunes in our oversized Buick sedan. Now, almost 50 years since my first drive out to Leelanau, I continue these tours with my own extended family and visitors. Everyone is still awestruck by the amazing natural beauty of this area… including myself.

We travel the same route my father took me on when I was just a tike. We drive past countless varieties of crops and roll down the windows to take in the scent of pines. We pull into the Inspiration Point turnout overlooking Glen Lake and pause… marveling how Mother Nature could have created something so beautiful. We hike the Empire Bluff trail through its majestic forests and are rewarded at the end with the spectacle of Lake Michigan sparkling below from 400 feet above it’s shore. We head over to the dune climb… remembering the thrill of running down it as children. And just past the dune climb, we go over a slight hill and are suddenly awestruck by the view of the Manitous as we head into Glen Haven.

So we keep making these trips through Leelanau’s rural roadways…as so many others do too (more and more each year) because we love its pristine natural beauty and its simple character. It is these very raw natural viewscapes that no man-made elevated steel walkway through the trees could ever improve upon.

Joe Lada • Burdickville

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