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 7/25/02

Various - July 25th, 2002
Solve that theft
This letter is addressed to all residents and tiny business owners here in the beautiful north of Michigan. It is with great sadness that our business of nine years has been placed in a position to even compose such a letter, but as active and concerned citizens in our community, we feel it would be wise to call for a ‘heads up‘ alert.
Since the beginning of 2002 we have been victimized three times, with larceny on 1-2-02, theft on 6-20-02 and shoplifting on 7-3-02. In six months time we have evolved from an open, and loving business, excited to share our art with our customers, to disheartened, distrusting, and stressed shop keepers. We have installed dead-bolt locks on all doors, motion detectors, motion lights, and signs of warning to would be violators.
We know that theft is no stranger to residents and businesses in the north. What is ironic is our shop promotes a positive lifestyle and high spiritual (not religious) endeavor. If this is a sign of current times, with the economy stagnating into a downward cesspool of criminal activity, then we, honest, loving and caring individuals need to become vigilant, over-protective and watchful. If we had known in December of 2001 what we had to look forward to in 2002, we would have installed protective equipment then, to prevent such loss, and avoid the deeply discouraging black hole that now exists in our hearts and minds.
Residents and tiny businesses, at least in small Northern Michigan communities, are feeling the
economic ‘No Confidence‘ attitude, so cash flow is at a trickle and crime and violations of our hard endeavors are chopping into our tree of faith, trust, and hope for a positive future. My husband and I have heard and read of many petty thefts and violations that have taken place in
our communities to private citizens and small businesses. The police come and take the report, and photos and then leave. It is up to us to protect ourselves through vigilant watchfulness, wise action, and steadfastness in our convictions.
Our tiny business, Sacred Sparks, remains alive but wounded, and we will heal. But things here at our humble homestead will never be the same. We now discreetly take notes on all characters we deem as shady, descriptions of their appearance, time they entered our shop, vehicle
description and license plate numbers, and any other key notations we feel is pertinent. We keep a notepad and pencil in our vehicle as well, in case we witness strange activity, we can jot down license numbers, times and descriptions of people involved.
We are offering a reward leading to information that will lead to the recovery of a “Great Blue Heron“ Garden Sculpture that was stolen from the front of our shop at 2 a.m. on June 20. There are only two in existence. The first is legally on Beaver Island and the other in the possession of a dastardly low life thief. It is crafted from 3/16 inch rusty steel and stands almost 4 feet high. Two people were involved in the theft, driving a dark colored, newer model car.
If we all look out for each other then the dark hearted scoundrels will
not succeed in their shady crimes.

Linda and Jerry Aydlott • Sacred Sparks of East Jordan

Access denied? Good
As a recent arrival to Benzie County and a lifelong citizen of the USA, I
read with great interest about the proposed changes to access at Sleeping
Bear National Lakeshore I attended the hearing at the Travese City library to
get more informed and to express my opinion. This issue does not concern only
area residents but any resident of the United States, because it is a
national park.
I treasure the time I get to spend in the woods and appreciate so much of it
around here to enjoy. However, I believe that the national parks are not
protected as “outdoor amusement parks,“ but rather to preserve wilderness for
the health of the flora and fauna that flourish there, ultimately
benefiting humans!
I support the park‘s plan to limit access, even if it keeps me out. The parks
need to exist to preserve pristine ecosystems and biodiversity, not for our
entertainment. I value the presence of these wilderness areas, PERIOD. That I
get to respectfully venture into these areas and learn more about nature and
more about myself is the icing on the cake.
If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a

Lauren di Scipio • Beulah

Political oblivion
I have been pleased with your candor and courage to publish
such as Mrs. Helen Milliken‘s fine expose of the destruction to be
wrought in making a bypass of the Boardman route. I hope the Northern
Express is equal to the challenge of exposing the candidacy of MICHELLE
McManus for the State Senate seat her uncle George is leaving. George
made the state safe for pig manure. Simultaneously Michelle, then our
inept state representative, was conspiring with waste haulers to make
the Leelanau peninsula a dumping ground.
Will the Express recall to the attention of its readers that Michelle
was involved in petition election fraud. It was found she had a minor
female drawing up the fake petitions on McManus‘ property. Republican
Secretary of State Candice Miller fiddlefarted with the matter long
enough for the McManus crowd to develop a cover-up. The person who was
writing up fraudulent was an intern to McManus, being a minor female,
should be forgiven. McManus who had orchestrated the whole thing was not
found to have done wrong. How silly have our politics become!
Yes, there are plenty of reasons to cast M. McManus to political

Boyd W. Yard • Lake Leelanau
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