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 10/17/02

Various - October 17th, 2002
Democrats on Iraq

Since you have had several letters on our posture re. Iraq, I would
like to send along a resolution passed in August at the Michigan
Democratic State Convention. This represents the unanimous opinion of
the 3,000 delegates present who applauded the reading in its entirety.
The resolution was submitted by the Counties of Leelanau and Calhoun.

“Whereas, we condemn Saddam Hussein‘s violation of the human rights
of the people of Iraq and deplore his development of weapons of mass
Whereas the United States has undertaken and maintained a policy
toward Iraq which features imposition of economic sanctions, to the
detriment of the health and safety of children and non-combatant Iraqi
Whereas, the United States and Iraq appear to be in preparation for war:
Whereas, no evidence of imminent threat to the United States has
been demonstrated by the US Government;
Whereas, a UN coalition currently is working to contain the Iraqi
government, and,
Whereas, Iraq continues to negotiate the issue of weapons of mass
destruction with the UN,
Now, therefore, be it resolved that the United States modify its
policy of imposition of economic sanctions against Iraq, changing such
sanctions so that the health and safety of children and non-combatant
Iraqis are not harmed;
Be it further resolved that the commencement of military action
against Iraq being considered by this President and his Administration
is currently unjustified; that the strategy of a pre-emptive war is
contrary to the Constitution of the United States; and therefore any
such action should be opposed by the Democratic Party and all Members of
Congress; and
Be it further resolved that the United States seek to resolve its
differences with Iraq through peaceful means if possible, including a
policy of containment.“

Robert E. Marshall • Lake Leelanau

Thumbs up for Petoskey Theatre Festival

After reading your article on the Petoskey Theatre Festival, “Petoskey‘s Theater Rebels,“ I took a drive north to see the play “God‘s Country“, written by Steven Dietz and directed by Joe Bertucci, and was utterly amazed. The cast of performers were awesome, especially when dealing with such heavy and controversial topics as the white supremacy movement. By the end of the first act the audience was in complete awe and didn‘t know whether to clap, cry or just melt into their seats.
This powerful docu-drama ties several story lines together around the murder of Alan Berg, a controversial Denver radio talk show host and keeps your head filled with interest and angst. This show is a must see and gives a wonderfully fast moving time-line of the white power movement.
I‘m just sorry I have not made the drive earlier to see more of this team‘s amazing productions. I left the theater saying to myself, you just don‘t see theater like this in Northern Michigan. It reminded me of living back east and going to Off Broadway theater in NYC back in the ‘80s. What an amazing thing for our area. I highly recommend visiting Petoskey and taking in a PTF production, as you can‘t see anything like it in the north. Bravo to PTF!

Jim Carruthers • TC

‘Picked on the right guy‘

What a lucky girl you are Karen (re: “Standing up to racism,“ 10/3). You attacked a man in a Spartan store for saying what he thinks or thinks he thinks and didn‘t get your tongue pulled out by the roots. You violated his right to freedom of speech and expression.
It‘s a good thing for you that the man is a gentleman who probably learned in a conservative Christian family that it‘s not nice to be violent with women. The man is wrong in his attitudes, but has a right to speak his piece, even if you don‘t like it.
It is the American law to call action a crime, not thought. If you had attacked a man of color or a homosexual and he had struck you for it, you would be charged with a hate crime and the law would side with him. You would go to jail.
Yes Karen, you are lucky you picked on the right guy. He probably thinks he‘s being “cool“ and is not really a bad person. He does have a right to (do business) at Spartan stores even if you and the manager think otherwise. If Spartan didn‘t serve inconsiderate people, you couldn‘t shop there.

John J. Smith • Kalkaska
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