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 03-31-14

- March 31st, 2014  

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Seeking Solutions

What a welcome surprise: someone in Michigan is actually seeking solutions, rather than bemoaning problems! In Betsy Coffia’s 3/24 “Northern View” column, she not only exposes the prohibitive cost of childcare but also creates a Facebook page (“Northern Michigan Childcare--Let’s Talk!”) to solicit and explore remedies. Would that our Michigan legislators could adopt the same approach.

Janice Alexis Mekula Traverse City

Voters in the Dark

I was in Florida for two weeks prior to the election about which Mr. Tuttle wrote (“Voters in the Dark”, 3/24) As I watched the advertisements on TV, I was appalled to read the sponsors for them. I couldn’t believe the numbers of ads, and some were of extremely poor quality with blatant lies. Issues that were germane to the Florida gulf region such as coastal flooding were disparaged. Mr. Tuttle needs to write more about the issue.

Michelle Johnston Traverse City

Labels Undignified

We are all human and deserving of being treated with dignity.

The labelling of people is undignified, and frought with the danger of causing divisions and controversy. It is a way for some to cause fear when there is none.

Remember that people come first, not labels. Thus we have people who are homeless, a person with a disability, men, women and children who are immigrants, and so on. Our common humanity comes first.

Ann Rogers Traverse City

Tax Reform Wanted

“Tax reform,” “less taxes,” blah blah blah…the historical plea of every would-be re-elected congressman since time immemorial. Dave Camp is looking to begin his second quarter century in Congress using that same card from that same old deck.

His tax reform, allegedly making our taxing punishment from government simpler, is all hook and no bait. It has already been dismissed by his comrades in Congress, but I guess it may still be good for campaigning.

Our country’s fiscal conservative movement needs to truly address taxes. Not by re-arranging the chairs, but by downsizing spending. Keeping only the constitutional functions of government, eliminating waste, and bringing the IRS to heel is real tax reform.

Our 4th District needs someone like Pete Konetchy now, who will do just that.

Rusty Bongard Riverdale, MI

Teach Healthy Sexuality

The children and teens of today are our hope for tomorrow. It’s important for us as parents, caring adults and community members to help set young people on the path for a healthy future and support them as they work to create positive change. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and this year’s campaign is focused on youth. Individuals and communities are encouraged to support healthy sexual development to help prevent sexual violence.

Young people face many challenges during adolescence. By learning and talking about healthy adolescent sexuality, adults are able to support the teens in their lives; to be a resource to teens as they learn and grow.

How can we support teens during this time of change and discovery? Young people need age-appropriate information about healthy sexuality and relationships from trusted adults. The first step is to start an open and honest dialogue. Ask questions and, most importantly, listen. We can all play a role in modeling healthy behaviors and creating safe environments. It’s important to empower the voices of youth and challenge negative, unhealthy messages.

It’s okay not to have all the answers. It’s more important to welcome questions and learn together. To create a vision for a future without sexual violence, every voice can play a role in a healthier, safer tomorrow for all.

You can use your voice to start the conversation. You can support the voices of young people, and together we can amplify our voices for a healthy future.

Chris Krajewski Traverse City

Spring Of 2014

Spring of 2014 has sprung The Republican Tea Party cycle has begun For their goal is only one That your life remains on the bottom rung. In non-election years they ignore their constituents By covering their ears For they have no fears in those years. Now midterm election time is near Republican Tea Party incumbents are pretending to hear What to some are very dear. The one thing that’s clear Are the only ones they hear Are from the likes of Rush and Trump. They believe their constituents Are Lazy Bums and Chumps Whose only goal is to be a faker And forever will be the takers. The words that spew from their cheeks Are directed at the meek To mislead the facts they do seek Have proven to be weak. Fool me once, shame on you Fool me twice, shame on me How many times will you be fooled Before the truth finds you. Spring of 2014 has sprung The Republican Tea Party cycle has begun For their goal is only one That your life remains on the bottom rung.

George Edmonds Traverse City

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