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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Vote in Bear Creek

Express Staff - October 31st, 2002
A ‘precedent-setting vote’ in Bear Creek

The fate of a proposed shopping center and housing development outside Petoskey may hang in the balance of the Nov. 5 election when voters from Bear Creek Township decide a referendum on rezoning the site of the project.
Over one year ago, the township board voted against rezoning the Strathmore Co. site to allow a 175,000-square-foot “big box” store development along with 224 low-income housing apartments and 36 duplexes. Opponents of the project believe that threats of a lawsuit by Strathmore against the township prompted the board to reverse its position a year later.
Earlier this year, petitioners gathered some 450 signatures to force a referendum vote on rezoning the site. Although attorneys for Stathmore and its members in the Petoskey Investment Group tried to block the referendum, the right of township citizens to vote on the matter was upheld in court. Since then, the Citizens Against Special Interest Zoning have been active in trying to get out the vote against the proposed shopping center and housing project.
“We have a sense that the majority of people are opposed to making zoning decisions based on threats of litigation, which is what’s happening here,” said Petoskey attorney John Rohe, who has been active in opposing the development.
Rohe added that it would be “a precedent-setting vote” for townships across Michigan. “These townships need the power of the people who live in them to uphold the power of the zoning laws.”

New bike trail dedicated

A superb new 7.5-mile non-motorized trail running along U.S.-31 north of Charlevoix was dedicated on Oct. 24, dramatically advancing the region’s trail opportunities.
Visible all along the highway, the trail begins in Charlevoix at Waller Road and runs along the Lake Michigan shoreline to Bayshore Road where it connects to the Petoskey portion of the trail system. The trail is 10 feet wide and paved with various sections of constructed boardwalk over wetland areas. The $2.6 million project is funded through a federal enhancement grant.

Michael Moore’s must-see film

Author Michael Moore was on hand at last week’s packed premiere of his film, “Bowling for Columbine,” in Traverse City with some good news for local filmgoers: the documentary has broken box office records for single theater showings across the country and will be released early in Northern Michigan as a result of local interest.
The premiere was a benefit for the Mideast: Just Peace film series in Traverse City, which is presenting two films on Israel’s policy of demolishing the homes of Palestinians this week. “Speaking of Peace“ and “The Right to a Home and a Homeland“ will be shown this Monday, Nov. 4

ANTIWAR ACTIVISTS turned out in force in Petoskey and Traverse City on Saturday as part of protests in 1,500 cities around the world, opposing the proposed war in Iraq.
“President Bush has declared his intention to wage a pre-emptive‚ war against Iraq, and is trying to coerce the international community into submission,” said Stephen Brede of the Another Way Peace Coalition, which sponsored the protest in Petoskey. “The administration is waging a campaign to convince the people of the United States to finance -- with tax dollars and blood -- a war of conquest on behalf of the corporate and oil interests that comprise Bush’s true constituency.”
“This massive con job by our so-called ‘leaders‘ would send tens of thousands of young GI‘s to kill and be killed in another war for big oil,” said Sally Neal in Traverse City.
Pictured is a march in Traverse City held in mid September.
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