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 7/15/04

Various - July 15th, 2004
Looking a gift horse
in the mouth
I found out from Steve Redder’s letter in the July 8, Northern Express that some group is going to donate a labyrinth to the Petoskey Public Library. Mr. Redder thinks that Petoskey should not accept this labyrinth because it is secretly a “Trojan Horse” that will suck our children’s minds into a “dark spiritual vortex.”
How do people come up with this stuff? Mr. Editor, please keep these comical letters coming, they are sometimes the funniest part of the paper.

Andrew Geffert • Boyne City

Bring home the troops
As I pulled both hands off the steering wheel to cover my ears, I couldn’t help but wonder why military jets are still welcomed here (at the Cherry Festival). I was saddened and offended by the “show” which supports the terror of deadly weapons – as if making a spectacle of the reality of war.
I experienced a similar sad sensation after watching “Fahrenheit 9/11” -- distanced. While the war is a current reality in Iraq, Americans watch movies and fighter jet air shows.
Michael Moore showed that investors (including Bin Laden’s family) continue to profit from the manufacture and sale of weapons. It’s obvious that the growing weapons industry is deteriorating any prospect of peace. Those that believe that the government has peaceful intentions in Iraq are devastatingly deceived. I personally will no longer cover my ears, eyes, or mouth. I don’t support the war or the weapons industry.
Perhaps the Blue Angels serve to remind the American people that in other parts of the world jets are dropping innumerous bombs -- but as a proud member of the community, I hope Traverse City decides to end continued support for the Blue Angels.
May peace prevail on Earth. Bring home the troops now.

Esther Posner • Leelanau County

Sports talk
A letter written by Bill Kinzie highly amused me in the 7/1 issue. The statement made, which entertained me the most was, “When the Wings win, this area goes nuts, yet with the Pistons championship, I don’t see the same fervor at all. I wonder if the total whiteness of this area has anything to do with it?”
I highly doubt the “total whiteness” of this area has anything to do with it. Hockey is an ongoing tradition in Michigan; our climate supports the many teams and leisurely games played throughout the winter. The city of Detroit has been deemed “Hockey Town.” As a matter of fact, the first professional hockey league began in the Upper Peninsula in 1904. The start of the Detroit Red Wings franchise was in 1926, and since the beginning of the team, the Wings have brought back 10 Stanley cup wins for our state. The Wings have been a team most Michigan residents have come to grow proud of over the years with many memorable seasons and players.
Oddly enough, the game of basketball was invented by a Canadian; yes white people can too enjoy the game! In 1941 the Ft. Wayne Zollner Pistons club was started. Since the advent of the team, the Pistons have only brought us back three championship wins; not to say that the Pistons have not had memorable seasons or players, but basketball as a whole, has not had the same effect on the state of Michigan as hockey has. The climate of our state and its roots make hockey a traditional sport for our area, and basketball probably will never get the same reaction as the game of hockey in Northern Michigan.

Kelly Krantz • TC

Tired of it all
Having just finished reading the latest edition of Northern Express, I am frankly sometimes entertained and sometimes dismayed. I read the Modern Times comic strip and couldn’t help noting the irony in the last window of the strip. If, in fact terrorists use our “tactics” as an example in their treatment of prisoners, then perhaps by following our example they will use psychological forms of breaking prisoners instead of just simply HACKING THEIR HEADS OFF! I am sure the families of those who were summarily beheaded would rather their loved ones just thought they were going to die rather than to have their heads removed from their bodies just to satisfy extremist bloodlust.
Now the terrorists threaten to kidnap and execute a woman soldier and do who knows what else in the process, and here we are wringing our hands over overzealous juvenile delinquents who need to be paddled and sent to bed without their supper. HELLO?????
On a different note, having voted Libertarian in the last election I voted in, I can see that is still the way to go. The race for President of our fine country is no longer a contest between opposing view points, it has become a farce. While I am no Bush lover, a number of weeks ago I saw Bush was being bombarded by accusations of not doing enough to prevent 9/11. Two weeks later, after the FBI and Department of Justice warned of possible attacks Bush was jumped for trying to make political hay out of warnings of a possible terror attack. Sounds like damned if you do, damned if you don’t to me. Perhaps someone can’t make up their mind??
By the way, congrats to Michael Moore, Hezbollah is on record in the national news as loving his film “Fahrenheit 9/11.“ Good job Mike! What an honor!
Nevertheless, this whole process is becoming an aggravating and disgusting bore. Call me when it’s over please.

Lee Oslund • Mackinaw City

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