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 6/20/02

Various - June 20th, 2002
Idlewild memories

Your piece on Idlewild (June 6 by Rick Coates) was informative and brought back memories for me. In 1948 I was a State Probation Officer serving two judicial districts out of Manistee. Lake County was in my purview as I served Circuit Judge Neal doing pre-sentence investigations for his court. That year, 1948, Percy Langster was elected proseouting attorney for Lake County, the first black PA elected in the U.S.
Calling on probationers and parolees in Idlewild, I found no animosity touard me -- a whitey. Much social activity revolved around the tourism and entertainment business. Idlewild was not a poverty ghetto then. Many blacks in Grand Rapids, etc. owned cabins on the lake and in the woods where they vacationed.
Today, at 81, I think of the many friends I made working Yates Township. I heard some good music in the town.

James E. Woodrow • Traverse City

Skateboard showdown

Kirt Ploe of East Jordan challenges City Hall. Skateboarding is illegal in town - anywhere. One might extrapolate in retrospect that, say, if shooting hoops along about the 1950s were illegal - anywhere -- the hoopla that would come from that. It actually is that when law inhibits people from the said life, liberty and pursuit of of happiness clause, that contumacy does set in. City commissioners did listen to Kirt‘s eloquent plaint, though dismissed it as under consideration, which we do understand the meaning of. Meanwhile the stated $50-70 fines for such illegal recreation will presumably continue.
But considering also the semi tractor trailer on the freeway which dwarfs the Audi in its shadow, the Segway now looming as the wonder of transportation in towns and cities against the backdrop of elderly persons with walkers, baby carriages, etc., we find a near kaleidoscope of street and sidewalk monitoring as pertains to safety and transportation wants and needs and economics. Perhaps East Jordan will include a skateboard area in its new recreational park. And perhaps Kirt Ploe will be a forthcoming mayor of this little town.

Mitchell Jon MacKay • East Jordan

Detroit rebounds

I am what has been termed “permafudge“ whose definition is one who relocates
to Northern MI. We purchased property in 1990 and relocated in 1995. I
read Bob Downes “Letting Go of Detroit“ (Random Thoughts, June 6) and basically agree with him. BUT on June 1 we were in the metro Detroit area and dined at Intermezzo in
Harmony Park, walked around the area with no trepidation, listened to Bon
Temps Roullez at the Centre Pub and then walked to Comerica Park. I felt
such vibrancy walking around seeing young couples with kids, young adults,
and the wiser generation too. Energy and hope and elation (we won both
sporting events that night) were in the air. We then drove around the
downtown area (with the fans from the Tigers and the Wings game 7 fans)
looking at my former work place, Woodward Ave (Compuware Bldg is great), a
few blocks of blight and some clubs and the revitalized area around Adams
and beyond. There was entertainment at the State and Fox Theaters too.
Downtown was more alive than I‘ve ever seen it. The fireworks brought
millions downtown, but Hart Plaza was THE location. Now, people were in
Greektown, Harmony Park, Comerica Park, Woodward Ave - all around the (down)
town. Sure, Hudson‘s, Quickee Donuts, Greenfield‘s, and Tiger Stadium are
all gone, the City-County Bldg has been renamed, Kennedy Square is being
renovated, the Ellwood Grill has moved; but life is about change and
downtown Detroit appears to be undergoing a change for the better. Don‘t
get me wrong, I‘m staying in northern Michigan, but I do return to the metro
for friends, family and occasional thrills.

Pam Yee • Benzie County

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