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 07-14-2014

- July 14th, 2014  

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Immigration, Birth Control & Population

The recent and enormous increase in young illegal immigrants (mostly from Central America) crossing our southern border highlights the need for an immigration bill that could provide a bipartisan solution to this current and significant threat to our country.

Meanwhile, we ignore the legal but unwanted entry into the United States of far greater numbers -- not by plane, train, or automobile -- but via the birth canal. So often, those persons who most strongly and correctly object to illegal immigration discourage the use of most forms of birth control, legal methods which could greatly reduce the economic threat to our nation posed by so many unwanted babies that are likely to become poorly cared for children and dependent adults.

Bob Ross, Pellston

Guns in Schools Are Bullying

State law defines bullying in the school as activity that “adversely affects the ability of a pupil to participate in or benefit from the school district’s or public school’s educational programs or activities by placing the pupil in reasonable fear of physical harm or by causing emotional distress.” It seems pretty obvious that strangers openly carrying firearms in a school setting create “fear of physical harm” and “emotional distress” for our children. It is bullying plain and simple and bullying in our state’s public schools is supposed to be illegal.

Those of us who find these “gun situations” frightening and terribly sad need to speak up and make our voices heard to local officials, legislators and to those who think open carry is necessary and trumps our right to educate our children in a safe environment free from bullies. Personally, I’m tired of the NRA banking our legislators and making all the rules. We need a reasonable, bi-partisan approach to gun safety and we need it now.

Judy Reinhardt, Cedar

Global Warming Debate Over

Global warming will become the mother of all environmental issues because it strikes at the very root of economic activity: the use of energy. So perhaps not surprisingly, the same people who questioned acid rain, doubted the ozone hole, and defended tobacco now attack the scientific evidence of global warming.

Most of these scientists were not climate scientists. They submitted their articles not to peer review journals, but rather to the pubic media. They demanded journalistic balance, which was implemented for TV, not formally for print journalism. Balance was interpreted of giving equal weight to both sides, rather than giving accurate weight to both sides. Since the mid 1990’s, scientists had a consensus about the reality of global warming and its human causes. Yet throughout this time period, the mass media presented global warming and its cause as a major debate. Nobody can publish an article in a scientific journal claiming the Sun orbits the Earth, and for the same reason, you can’t publish an article in a peer review journal claiming there’s no global warming.

In an active scientific debate there can be many sides. But once a scientific issue is closed, there is only one “side.” Currently, 97 percent of scientists involved with climate agree it is caused by human activity; the other 3 percent are unsure.

Many of the doubters were supported by various think tanks that received money from industry and corporations including Phillip Morris and Mobil Exxon. These scientists were against government regulation based on a free market philosophy. Unfortunately, pollution has hidden costs that the free market is unable to regulate, and the enormous costs of acid rain, secondhand smoke, the ozone hole and now global warming also call for government intervention.

Ronald Marshall, Petoskey

Learn More About Fluoride Dangers

The issue about fluoride in our municipal water is not going away - for good reason.

Concerned people who have studied the complete story about fluoride are taking action to inform the public about its extreme toxicity and health dangers. Fluoride is a designated neurotoxin and endocrine disrupter more toxic than lead and slightly less toxic than arsenic.

Fluoride is in the air, waterways, most dental products, many drugs, beverages, and food - especially when cooked.

The Centers for Disease Control and the American Dental Association have declared that infants should ingest no fluoridated water from formula or juice. An infant’s bloodbrain barrier is not developed until around six months old. Fluoride is associated with ADHD, hyperactivity, lower IQ, memory problems, Alzheimer’s, dementia and more.

Cities worldwide are ending water fluoridation.

For 10 years investigative journalist Christopher Bryson carefully researched and wrote his book, “The Fluoride Deception.” Declassified documents show a history of over 70 years of fluoride experiments, studies and governmental, medical, and industry cover-ups of its devastating toxic effects beginning when the atomic bomb was being built.

Boyne City commissioners voted to end water fluoridation citing it potentially harmful, unnecessary and undemocratic.

In East Jordan there is a commission meeting at City Hall on July 15 to discuss removing fluoride from their municipal water supply. The public is encouraged to attend.

Before forming an opinion about fluoride, get your information first hand by reading books, articles, and credible websites. To find the latest news in Traverse City’s water fluoridation issue go to fluoridefreeintc.com

Linda Hersey, Alanson

Open Carry An Uproar To Come

While perhaps unnecessary, I’m writing in response to Anne Stanton’s “Open Carry” article of 1 July. Given the increasingly common discussion of this issue in our region, I found it helpful in that it identifies an emerging discussion and has provided a fairly neutral platform from which the discussion can continue. I fully expect to see this discussion expand, with a breadth of problems presented and a variety of perspectives offered.

I’m not as sure that the issue “has the local community in an uproar,” although I suspect it will get there. And as this issue continues to be addressed, it will extend well beyond schools. That may be a good point of beginning, however. Insofar as our children clearly represent a portion of the “innocents” among us, it is an important topic and “close to home” for many of us. I hope that we will discover as large a percentage of teachers and parents (as well as us grandparents) to argue AGAINST guns in schools as Deputy Romanowski was able to find support among his colleagues.

Anyway, this is a discussion that has been long in coming, is now here, and will certainly continue for some time. Thanks for addressing it.

Craig Hexham, Traverse City

Corrections: The following photo credits should have appeared in last week’s issue: Roslyn Lambert for the article “They’ve Got the Beat” and Peg Muzzall for the article “Pellston’s Gourmet Oasis.” We apologize for the omissions.

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