Letters 10-17-2016

Here’s The Truth The group Save our Downtown (SOD), which put Proposal 3 on the ballot, is ignoring the negative consequences that would result if the proposal passes. Despite the group’s name, the proposal impacts the entire city, not just downtown. Munson Medical Center, NMC, and the Grand Traverse Commons are also zoned for buildings over 60’ tall...

Keep TC As-Is In response to Lynda Prior’s letter, no one is asking the people to vote every time someone wants to build a building; Prop. 3 asks that people vote if a building is to be built over 60 feet. Traverse City will not die but will grow at a pace that keeps it the city people want to visit and/or reside; a place to raise a family. It seems people in high-density cities with tall buildings are the ones who flock to TC...

A Right To Vote I cannot understand how people living in a democracy would willingly give up the right to vote on an impactful and important issue. But that is exactly what the people who oppose Proposal 3 are advocating. They call the right to vote a “burden.” Really? Since when does voting on an important issue become a “burden?” The heart of any democracy is the right of the people to have their voice heard...

Reasons For NoI have great respect for the Prop. 3 proponents and consider them friends but in this case they’re wrong. A “yes” vote on Prop. 3 is really a “no” vote on..

Republican Observations When the Republican party sends its presidential candidates, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people with a lot of problems. They’re sending criminals, they’re sending deviate rapists. They’re sending drug addicts. They’re sending mentally ill. And some, I assume, are good people...

Stormy Vote Florida Governor Scott warns people on his coast to evacuate because “this storm will kill you! But in response to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that Florida’s voter registration deadline be extended because a massive evacuation could compromise voter registration and turnout, Republican Governor Scott’s response was that this storm does not necessitate any such extension...

Third Party Benefits It has been proven over and over again that electing Democrat or Republican presidents and representatives only guarantees that dysfunction, corruption and greed will prevail throughout our government. It also I believe that a fair and democratic electoral process, a simple and fair tax structure, quality health care, good education, good paying jobs, adequate affordable housing, an abundance of healthy affordable food, a solid, well maintained infrastructure, a secure social, civil and public service system, an ecologically sustainable outlook for the future and much more is obtainable for all of us...

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Shut up already

Robert Downes - August 22nd, 2011

Those of us who live here were thrilled that ABC’s Good Morning America
show cited the Sleeping Bear Dunes as being the most beautiful place in
the country last week. I myself put a link to the news clip on my
Facebook page to brag about my hometown to friends living overseas.
On the other hand, if you look at other “beautiful” places around the
country -- Carmel, Cape Cod, Bar Harbor, Hilton Head, Jackson’s Hole,
etc. -- it’s pretty clear what happens when you start waving the
figurative red cape in the bull ring of the national media.
You get run over by the bulldozers of development.
This summer, Bicycling magazine touted Northern Michigan as one of the
top regions in the country for cycling. That’s just one item in a long
list of kudos from Outside, Men’s Journal, National Geographic, Midwest
Living, Backpacking Magazine, AARP Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Parade,
MotorHome Magazine, the New York Times and perhaps dozens of
Northern Michigan has been credited as being a top destination for
fishing, camping, retirement, biking, foodies, RVing, beaches, outdoor
recreation... We haven’t gotten an award for being the best place to
get a bikini wax yet, but that day is surely coming because when the
media loves a place, it tends to love it to death.
Okay, we‘re “guilty as charged“ at Northern Express for sharing the
love about our region too, but it makes you wonder: Where is this all
this ‘good news‘ taking us?
It’s nice that chef Mario Batali is proud of his new home and went on
at length about what life is like in the “paradise” of Northern
Michigan on Good Morning America.
But Joni Mitchell told us more than 40 years ago what happens to Eden
once the word gets out: “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.”
Many in the tourist industry wouldn’t agree with a “mum’s the word”
strategy (futile at best, anyway), even if it means wrecking the
blissful lifestyle we enjoy here with more traffic, crime and chain
But these could be the same folks who’d consider cutting all the trees
to put ‘em in a tree museum if it meant more tourists. “Charge all the
people a dollar and a half just to see ‘em.”

Here’s an ominous bit of historical symmetry. Does anyone remember
what the big news story was in the summer of 2001, just before 9/11?
Shark attacks. There’s actually a page in Wikipedia on the “Summer of
the Shark” in 2001, which describes the media circus that year in which
shark attacks weighed in as the third biggest news story behind the
western forest fires and the disappearance of Chandra Levi.
Cut to 2011 and sharks are back in a big way in the news: Shark
attacks in the Seychelles, North Carolina, Florida and California.
Meanwhile, the 10th anniversary of 9/11 is only three weeks away. It
signifies nothing, but seems an odd coincidence.
Beware the tiger muskie, my friends -- it‘s out there... lurking in the
dim shadows of your favorite lake.

If Republicans are trying to wreck the economy just to keep President
Obama from being re-elected, they seem to be doing a very good job of
• The recent stock market crash came courtesy of the bogus debt ceiling
crisis engineered by the tea party. This 1,000-point drop in the Dow
has been a disaster for retirees who depend on their investments.
• The downgrade of America‘s AAA credit rating was a direct result of
the hostage situation created by Republicans, which suggested that our
nation would blow off paying its bills. This is expected to add to the
country‘s debt, rather than decreasing it.
• Republican have hamstrung government efforts to create jobs, despite
the consensus of economists around the world that a federal stimulus is
a wise course of action.
• Here‘s the kicker: 95% of Republicans in Congress have made a pledge
to an anti-tax activist named Grover Norquist that they will not raise
taxes or close loopholes on multinational corporations or the super
rich under any circumstances, no matter how grave the emergency. As in
the one we‘re in at present.
Doesn‘t a pledge to uphold the Constitution and serve their
constituents trump a pledge to some nerd named Grover? Apparently not.
Rush Limbaugh gave away the GOP‘s game plan four years ago when he
decreed that his party should do whatever it takes to wreck Obama‘s
presidency. That strategy seems to be working very well, at the
expense and suffering of the American people.

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