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 07-28-14

- July 28th, 2014  

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Worry About Legals

I can’t figure out what perplexes me more, the misinformation everywhere in the media or those who believe it to be true. Take the Hobby Lobby case; as a company that is primarily owned by a religious family, they felt their First Amendment rights were infringed upon by the “Affordable” Care Act. Hobby Lobby didn’t have a problem with the birth control for employees mandate; it was the four methods of ‘birth control’ they considered against their beliefs (they’re pro-life) because these plans were like abortions.

But according to a recent letter from a woman in Cedar, this was an attempt to get an outright ban on birth control! How is Hobby Lobby advocating the banning of birth control by refusing to pay for contraceptions they view as abortions? After all, aren’t the sixteen other choices that Hobby Lobby IS willing to pay for enough? In this same letter this lady laments the 60,000 desperate children illegally entering this country, and armed militia hunting them down. Really? Do you know that at least 1 in 5 of these ‘children’ have a criminal record? How many of these ‘children’ are actually “mules” for the drug lords? How pathetically few will actually show up for these so-called hearings to see if they can stay here legally, and how many will continue to overload our ‘generosity’ until all of us are as poor as these ‘children’? There are hard working individuals and families who want to come here LEGALLY to better their lives who are being pushed to the back of the line to allow people that are here illegally to go ahead of them. What about their rights? Weren’t they in line first?

Kelly Croff, Alanson

Stop Labeling and Enjoy

I have been struggling to find a simple way of understanding for myself the concepts of conservative, liberal, and moderation as it relates to our social interactions with each other. Why are we consumed with how right we are, and how wrong the other fellow is?

Conservatives look at a situation and take only that which profits them. Liberals, on the other hand, absorb everything but rarely take effective action to make anything happen. It falls to the Moderates who seem to have the innate ability to convert that information for the day-to-day running of life that benefits all of us. Thankfully, we have lots of Moderates.

I offer this global analogy as a way of keeping things in perspective and learning to appreciate our diversity. Conservatives and Liberals are the north and south and make us think about things because of their opposing views. The Moderates hold it all together and are the “equator” of common sense.

We need all three types of individuals or there would be no progress for mankind. May we be less harsh and critical with others simply because they think differently then we do.

I, for one, have pulled myself out of this labeling system that limits my potential to function. Nowhere is it written in our genes that we must belong to one of these three groups. Just because we have different viewpoints, does not make us more right than the next person.

This is a great time to be alive. Relax into the beauty of this wonderful experience called life and enjoy the ride!

William E. Scott, Traverse City

Proposal One & The Public Good

Are you kidding me? Another corporate giveaway with loopholes for large corporations who rule us? Hasn’t our corrupt and worthless governor done enough to raise taxes, provide corporate welfare, unjustly tax pensions, and shut down elected officials with his emergency manager racket?

I for one am voting NO for it is endorsed by the Chamber, a political arm of the do nothing Republicans in Congress who don’t know how to govern and are only in politics to make money and gain public services for their profiteering friends. Does the public need to have corporations vie to control markets and set prices over public necessities we all need? Can you really “trust” someone who is in it for themselves and doesn’t give a damn about the public? You will pay more in taxes on this one, I can guarantee it!

Bradford Krull, Glen Arbor

The Truth About Road Workers

Apparently Mr. Kachadurian did not catch on to the fact that the MDOT Employee Memorial in Clare is a tribute to highway workers who lost their lives building our transportation systems. It was paid for by current and former MDOT employees who likely knew some of these people personally. It is in honor of real people who perished – men and women with spouses, parents, children and friends who mourn their loss. The workers charged with directing traffic at construction sites should not be belittled. They are charged with an important task, to protect not only the workers but the distracted, impatient or drunk portion of the public from themselves. And those generous wages and benefits for “sign turners”? The MDOT General Wage Decision I have on my desk for a current project lists Flag Person at $7.25 per hour, fringes, $0. My firm employs surveyors, engineers and technicians that work on the roads, bridges and highways and I am grateful that we have valued vendors such as Give Em a Brake Safety to supply the equipment that creates a safer work environment for them so they can go home every day to their families.

Rebecca L. Smits, Inland Seas Engineering, Traverse City

Idiotic and Misguided

As a seasonal resident, I always look forward to reading your paper, if only because of the idiotic letters to the editor and off the wall columns.

The recent column by Stephen Tuttle tries to blame George Bush for the immigration disaster on our Southern border, despite the fact that President You’re All Wrong Obama passed the Dream Act, encouraging people to send their children on the dangerous journey north, or the fact that he has brought senior officials from La Raza into his administration while brashly refusing to enforce existing immigration law. Tuttle accuses Bush, during whose term fewer than 18,000 illegal immigrants entered the U.S. in any given year, while more than 300,000 (including 60,000 children) have entered in just the past 9 months.

Then there’s the fanatical letter from Beverly Christensen about the Hobby Lobby decision. Apparently ignorant of the facts, Ms. Christensen thinks Republicans are out to ban birth control. (Seriously?) In fact, Hobby Lobby has long been paying for birth control, but refused to pay for the morning after pill, which works by causing a spontaneous abortion of a fertilized egg (fetus).

Then there’s the letter from George Edmonds who thinks Republicans have “an absence of emotion” when it comes to women’s health, Medicare, and Medicaid. Apparently George doesn’t know that it was President Bush who instituted Medicare drug coverage, or that the real war on women is the victimization of women by a culture that expects them to suppress their fertility and make themselves available on demand by ingesting cancer-causing hormones.

If all this weren’t so sad, it would be amusing to read how misinformed and misguided your writers (and readers?) seem to be.

Joe San Filippo, Manistee

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