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 08-25-14

- August 25th, 2014  

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Save America

I read your paper because it’s free and I enjoy the ads. But I struggle through the left wing tripe that fills every page, from political cartoons to the vitriolic pen of Mr. Tuttle.

What a shame this beautiful area of the state has such an abundance of Socialist/democrats. Or perhaps the silent majority chooses to stay silent. The Northern Express goes on and on about wind power salvation, the evils of fracking and man-made global warming, the nasty GOP, and elevates Emperor Obama on every page. Your heroes are Al Gore and Mike Moore. Do your readers only watch CNN? Does the truth no longer matter?

There has never been, nor will there be again a more corrupt, conniving, self-serving group of dishonest politicians in our White House. I have only a few short weeks left to order the bumper stickers displaying my feelings: “Dump the Dumocrats this election and save America.”

Don Turner, Beulah

Doom, Yet a Cup Half Full

In the news we are told of the civil unrest at Ferguson, Mo; ISIS war radicals in Iraq and Syria; the great corporate tax heist at home. You name it. Trouble, trouble, everywhere.

It seems to me the U.S. Congress is partially to blame. Their inability to put aside personalities, stonewalling bipartisanism, along with all the TV blather, sets a restless and anxious tone. Throw in Hollywood, producing entertainment full of blood and guts and killing everyone in sight, deadens sensitivity of right and wrong, and who we really are. Our great nation is portrayed to the world of what they call us: “the evil ones.” I am referring to the terrorists who hate us.

Doom and gloom? Not so fast. Remember, in times like this, there were always times like this. We dare not bury our heads in the sand. We need to view a variety of news sources to stay informed. What we can do is carefully discern our politicians and their views and promises. We can ask them to pledge, when elected, that they really will work to enact legislation to solve problems together.

A good example of togetherness was the recent decision by Walgreens to re-think and cancel their move of corporate headquarters offshore to avoid unfavorable U.S. corporate taxes. Public opinion against this was successful. Fix the tax codes now. Our votes are always a privilege as well as a necessity. We must turn out and cast our ballots if we really want change. Be positive; the cup is half full.

Thomas E. Hagan, Empire

Uncomfortable Questions

defending the positions of the Israelis vs Hamas are far too narrow. Even Mr. Tuttle seems to have failed in looking deeply into the divide. American media is not biased against Israel, nor or are they pro Palestine or Hamas. That does not make the actions of Hamas excusable. The question not asked is why does Hamas elicit support from every day Palestinians throughout all Palestinian territories?

The child bullied becomes a bully, the child abused often becomes an abuser. Zionists control the U.S. government and the media with money. Hamas might succeed at ending Zionist dictatorship with media money and not with a military war. How many films of children slaughtered or imprisoned, homes destroyed, or lands seized could U.S. citizens watch and not demand change? How many films of every day human rights atrocities would it take before the U.S. government would finally admit this is South Africa and a repeat of WWII German regime? Too many Americans support worldwide atrocities with their wallets, never wanting to look too closely; few have the courage to do in-depth reading of how Israel really came into existence. Cowardly people fear truth and questions.

Bravely turn to organizations whose publications will at least cast a different light on the Middle East crisis. In the search for balance, try “Against Our Better Judgment” by Alison Weir. Read what is available at jewishvoiceforpeace.org. For the very brave, live with Palestinians for more than a tourist visit.

Will peace for the every day Jewish and Palestinian ever come? Perhaps not, but accept your own role in creating this tragedy.

Truth and possibility will only come when uncomfortable questions are asked.

Barbara Young, Bear Lake

The Evolution of Man Revisited

As the expectations of manhood evolve, so too do the rules of love. In Mr. Holmes’s statement [from “Our Therapist Will See Us Now” in last week’s issue] he narrows the key to a successful relationship to the basic need to have your wants and needs understood, and it is on this point I expand.

We as males are exploring an unknown world when it comes to love, encouraged by the desire to treat our woman as if she were a contestant on the Bachelorette, and at the same time hindered by the unshakable feeling we should be out wrestling a bear, far from buying scented candles and roses.

It seems society is sitting timidly at a crossroad, somewhere in between accepting a new, sensitive, male figure, and clinging to Clint Eastwood identity. And through this purgatorial state of confused identity a new hybrid of man is emerging.

This hybrid state can create unique challenges in a relationship, there aren’t any black and white instructional videos teaching us how to act together and so we are left to walk into relationships molded by dated parental instruction, impractical Hollywood romances, and failed previous attempts at love.

This new frontier of love provides us with unparalleled possibilities and just as many perilous probabilities if not handled with care. Know what kind of man your woman wants and needs, and let her know what woman you want and need. We are changing from a cookie cutter world and so in turn we too must change, protecting what we can of our identity. Mad Men beware.

Bryan Wallraff, Petoskey

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