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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Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Fraud Of Voter Fraud

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Donald Trump says if he loses in Ohio or Pennsylvania, both of which voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, it will be because of “rigged” voting. That makes him the first presidential candidate in memory, and maybe ever, making excuses for a loss months before the election takes place.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Power And Arrogance

Other Opinions Thomas Kachadurian In 2006 the developer of Cambria Suites in Traverse City requested a zoning variance to allow them to build beyond the established setbacks. The project and variance included the razing of an apartment building that we would now call “workforce housing.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Crossed: A Local Pastor and a Local Atheist Debate Moral Authority – The Word of God or Legal Statute?

Other Opinions Rev. Dr. William C. Myers, Gary Singer The traditionalist reserves the lifeboat for women and children first (a thought that would chafe my daughter). The evolutionist chooses the strongest. Survival of the fittest! The pragmatist searches for flotsam for the odd person out. The egalitarian has everyone take a turn swimming beside the boat.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Bug And The Elephant

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle His father, James, was mayor of Traverse City and a state senator. His mother, Hildegarde, became the first woman in the city to hold elective office when she was elected to the school board. The couple had a rather large downtown department store that locals seemed to like.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Homeless Are Easy Targets

Other Opinions Christie Minervini For years, advocates around the country have reported homeless men, women, and even children being harassed, kicked, set on fire, or in rare cases, beaten to death. These types of incidents have been happening here, too.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Save Our Downtown’s Charter Amendment Is Bad Government

Other Opinions Mary Keyes Rogers Traverse City’s anti-tall building group, “Save Our Downtown,” presents residents with a charter amendment that is bad government and undermines the very principles of our constitutional republic. While too few citizens do anything more than bellow from bar stools, I do applaud their passionate engagement in local government.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

County Woes And City Votes

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Its leaders continue the sad journey of trying to solve its budget woes on the backs of current employees. The latest indignity will increase employees’ share of their health insurance costs by more than 300 percent in January. That’s a pretty significant economic hit for deficits they had no part in creating.
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Is Turkey A Friend?

Other Opinions Jack Segal On July 15 a coup attempt erupted across Turkey that briefly threatened the stability of that long-time United States and NATO ally. The attempt has shaken Turkey’s relationship with NATO and the U.S. and raised questions about Turkey’s role in the ongoing struggle within the Islamic world.
Saturday, August 6, 2016

The Least Candidate

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle When Stephanopolis pointed out that Putin had, in fact, already gone into Ukraine and occupied the Crimean Peninsula, Trump made a dazzlingly fast pivot. He said it was weak leadership, NATO and President Obama who were to blame for the action he just said would never happen.
Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Parking Windfall

Other Opinions Thomas Kachadurian I don’t shop in downtown Traverse City anymore. It’s not a personal conviction or political statement. It happened little by little. When I run errands, the last place I think to go is downtown, and there is only one reason: parking. Downtown parking makes shopping too time consuming and expensive.
Saturday, July 30, 2016


A Local Pastor and a Local Atheist Debate Porn – Public Health Crisis or Harmless Activity?

Other Opinions Rev. Dr. William C. Myers, Gary Singer

Rev. Myers: No harm, no foul! I understand the saying. I played ball. At 6’4” and 240 lbs., a finesse player I’m not. Incidental contact should be ignored. Let them play! But I question this as a philosophy for life when it comes to sexual trafficking...

Singer: When Bill and I agreed to take up this topic, I imagined I would be writing about how innocuous pornography is and that -- like other personal activities -- there should be no restrictions on its use for adults. I have always felt that porn can be detrimental to children’s emotional development and that parents must control its access (which is simple to enact)...

Saturday, July 23, 2016

American Duality

Other Opinions Isiah Smith When she was seventeen, my daughter moved to Europe. She has been there almost continually for the last twenty-two years, so most of her adult life has been spent in Europe. In a sense, she’s more European than American.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Saddest Conventioneer

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle It gave us some interesting television. Now it gives us an hour or so of prime time boredom and nothing more entertaining than plagiarism. We don’t even get coverage of the arcane business of creating a party platform, a process akin to sausage making. Of course, the platform will be largely ignored before being forgotten entirely.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Most Obvious Fact

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle According to the Department of Justice, minorities are arrested more often than whites for similar offenses, are more likely than whites to be denied bail for similar offenses, are less likely than whites to receive favorable plea bargains for...
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Who Are The Good Guys?

Other Opinions Carlin Smith My colleague Doug Luciani [of the Traverse City Area Chamber] pointed out to me several years ago how often businesses are made out to be the bad guys.