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 08-04-2014

- August 4th, 2014  

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What Will You Tell Your Children?

What will you tell your children about climate change?

Will you tell them how the increase of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere caused more severe storms, the melting of Arctic sea ice and the Antarctic ice shield, and the warming and rising of our oceans? Will you tell them how this caused water and food shortages around the world?

The climate doesn’t care about politics. It affects everyone on earth. This means we had better be working together on this most pressing issue of our times. Scientists are warning that we don’t have much time to change and adapt so we had better get going. Changing our fossil fuel addiction is crucial. Energy efficiency saves approximately 25 percent, but we must do more. We cannot solve our problems with the current way of thinking that just proposes using different fossil fuels. Renewable energies like wind and solar are critical. In Michigan they would create jobs in manufacturing, installation and maintenance — a real “buy local” initiative! It would also diversify and secure our grid.

Doing nothing is not an option. What will you tell your grandchildren?

Ann Rogers, Traverse City

Seeking Balanced Israel Coverage

I’ve noticed that over the last couple of years letters printed in the Northern Express concerning Israel have all been critical of Israel with no blame assigned to the Palestinians. With this current offensive against Hamas, no doubt there will be plenty more criticism of Israel.

Of all those critical of Israel, however, I have yet to see expressed any concern about the documented war crimes being committed by Hamas, as defined by the United Nations itself. Those crimes include rockets being store-housed in schools, command centers in hospitals, ammo dumps in mosques, missle batteries around apartment buildings, and on and on.

Legitimate criticism of actions Israel has taken in its own defense is not anti- Semitic. However, when those supporters of Palestinians and Hamas hold Israel to standards they hold no other nation to, constantly accuse Israel of committing crimes while ignoring crimes committed by Palestinians, distort facts, accuse Israel of genocide and outright lie in order to defame Israel, that is what constitutes anti- Semitism.

It would be refreshing to see letters with an opposite point of view to counter what seems to be a massive worldwide campaign to slander, defame, blame and accuse Israel of all manner of crimes.

Joel Weberman, Mesick

Taxing Retirees

How remarkable to see letters from rational folks instead of the usual loony rants about the Koch brothers, Citizens United, corporate evils in general, global warming, fracking, and how by some twisted logic, women’s rights to purchase and use birth control are infringed unless her selection is fully paid for by a third party. Thank you!

The latest issue did have a letter from a misguided soul who believes that corporations actually pay taxes, instead of building the cost into the market price of the product that all consumers must pay. A further rant was aimed at Governor Snyder and the emergency manager “racket,” a law first signed by Democrat Governor James Blanchard in 1988 and used by subsequent governors of both parties.

I am also a retiree, living on my pension. Why should retired persons not pay taxes? Our children already pay for our drugs, Medicare, and Social Security. How is it “unjust” to tax retired people? In my age group, pension and benefit income must exceed $94,000 for joint filers ($47,000 for single filers) before being taxed by the State of Michigan. The median household (combined) income is just over $48,000, yet it would be just for folks getting twice that much to pay no tax? Wow!

Jim Trout, Onekama

Symphony Masterpiece

I’m writing to draw attention to a recent presentation of professional classical music outdoors.

The audience experienced a new sort of sound and light show Saturday, July 19, when the Traverse Symphony Orchestra presented its first ever concert on the lawn of the Grand Traverse Commons. An ebullient conductor Kevin Rhodes led his 80 musicians through two tours of blockbuster classical pieces. The reason for Rhodes’ good cheer was the spectacular setting and sound system used by Porterhouse Productions.

Centerpiece of the performance was the piece Mangrove, written and performed by artist/songwriter, Savannah Buist of The Accidentals along with her partner, Katie Larson with the backing of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. The evocative performance brought the audience to its feet.

Other standing ovations followed as the audience experienced the second tour of the evening, that through a musical timeline of orchestral favorites. Rhodes’ impeccable programming ended with the popular Sousa Stars and Stripes Forever, as the delighted audience of all ages exited the venue. I encourage readers to experience the TSO.

Judith W. Weaver, Traverse City

Revisiting The Wethouse

The Christie Minervini column on “wethouses” was insightful and I hope received positively by the community. Our drug and alcohol policies are built on failure and powerlessness. We try to live up to some undefined moral code, and pay no attention to “reducing the harm” we all face from alcoholism and addiction. A priest or minister won’t solve this problem but maybe, God willing, an engineer can!

Bill Bustance, Traverse City

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