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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Thursday, May 20, 2004

Urban expert to seek better way for Acme

Region Watch Various Urban expert to seek better way for Acme

Former Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist will speak on “A True Acme Town Center” this Tuesday, May 18 in a citizen forum at the Grand Traverse Resort.
Thursday, May 20, 2004

Letters 5/20/04

Letters Various No morality in war

I’m a Vietnam infantry veteran and I find it almost amazing that there is this big “scandal” about our military beating, raping, killing prisoners.
When you say its okay to kill and wave the flag and cheer - then its okay to kill. The other stuff just goes along with it.
Thursday, May 13, 2004

Letters 5/13/04

Letters Various Empty promises

The building that house our North Peak Brewery/Restaurant was an eyesore until a group of entrepreneurs turned it into a living, breathing business that employs more than 125 people. It took planning, capital and a lot of hard work to make it a reality. As in any business venture (especially restaurants) the risks were high.
Thursday, May 6, 2004

Letters 5/6/04

Letters Various Resort slaves of Northern Michigan

I am writing in response to a letter from the April 22 issue titled “Get a Job,” submitted by Theresa Cobb of Conway. Theresa is obviously a very naive little girl!! She attributed the importation of slave labor from indigent countries, such as Haiti and Colombia, by local resorts to the lack of locals who want to work. She implies that the local unemployed (and underemployed) people of the area complain about not being able to find a job when there are all these fine resort positions just waiting to be filled.
Thursday, April 29, 2004

Letters 4/29/04

Letters Various Lights out in Manistee

On behalf of the Sierra Club, I would like to commend the Manistee City Planning Commission for their decision to unanimously approve the resolution denying the Tondu Corporation of Houston, Texas, a special use permit application for the proposed “Northern Lights” project.
Thursday, April 22, 2004

Letters 4/22/04

Letters Various Democrat‘s best friend
Thank you Mr. Bush!
I just had to write this letter to let you know how much the Democratic Party appreciates you Mr. Bush. After four years of lies, half-truths, unprecedented corruption, total disregard of the working class, and your amazing stupidity, the American people have had enough and they are angry.
Thursday, April 15, 2004

Letters 4/15/05

Letters Various No way out

I read the paper the other day and noticed two letters about Clinch Park Zoo. One for the zoo to stay open, and one to shut it down.
Thursday, April 1, 2004

Letters 4/1/04

Letters Various More on “Rude Northerners“

I am writing in response to the rude northerners letter in the March 18 issue of the Northern Express. Mrs. Schaldenbrand, I feel for you. The first time someone from the U.P. called me a troll I wept openly for days. Perhaps if the economy, gun control, and the current war aren‘t enough Michael Moore will champion this cause next!
Thursday, March 25, 2004

Letters 3/25/04

Letters Various Fudgie situation

I would like to clear things up for Loreen Schaldenbrand based on my understanding of the accepted nomenclature (re: “Rude Northerners,“ Letters, 3/15). You are not a fudgie. You are a lakey. Fudgies visit once or a few times and probably never achieve a well rounded understanding of the area, and might then not have as much respect for the area as a lakey. A lakey makes repeated trips to the area throughout his or her lifetime, perhaps every summer. A lakey probably has friends who are locals. A lakey might own property in the area and therefore pay local property taxes.
Thursday, March 18, 2004

Letters 3/18/04

Letters Various Rude northerners

While my husband and I have our permanent residence in lower Michigan, we recently purchased a house on an inland lake in the Traverse City area -- a vacation place. Our dream has always been to have a place on the lake and a boat -- up north. We have finally got that, and are spending as much time as possible up north. I was surprised and irritated by some of the printed comments in the Northern Express showing disdain for “fudgies“ -- which I presume are tourists (re: “The Best of Northern Michigan,“ 3/4).
Thursday, March 11, 2004

Letters 3/11/04

Letters Various The good & the bad

I would like to comment on two of your recent articles. First, your interview with Judge Gilbert (2/29). You are to be commended for allowing Mr. Gilbert to speak. I am sure it has been very difficult for Mr. Gilbert and his wife and stepson to endure the relentless and merciless attacks this past year. He obviously is sorry for the mistakes that he made and has done everything possible to atone for them. I think it is also noteworthy that he has been honest about his errors when it would have been much easier to lie. It is refreshing to see a public figure admit when he has done wrong.
Thursday, March 4, 2004

Letters 3/4/04

Letters Various Conflict of interest in Manistee

Recently, the Houston, Texas based Tondu Corporation unveiled plans to build a 425 megawatt coal burning plant on the already heavily polluted lake in Manistee. Tondu currently burns coal at their Filer City plant, also on Lake Manistee, emitting at least 134 pounds of mercury a year. The new plant, as proposed, would unleash another 420+ pounds of mercury into the atmosphere a year.
Thursday, February 26, 2004

Letters 2/26/04

Letters Various Support downtown Petoskey

Are you distressed by the seemingly endless growth in your community of Petoskey? When I first called this community my home 20 years ago, it was an idyllic place with a lovely downtown of unusual shops and small town, friendly people. It was a town different from any I had experienced. That‘s why I was eager to live here.
Thursday, February 19, 2004

Letters 2/19/04

Letters Various Who‘s the bigger boob?
FCC Chairman Michael Powell has been a very busy man lately. Janet Jackson‘s breast was clearly more than he could handle. He immediately launched an FCC investigation to discover how a breast found itself bouncing around his airwaves, which are usually reserved for gratuitous acts of violence, and the corporate reconstruction of our reality. How many millions of our tax dollars is Mr. Powell going to squander on his hunt for the cause behind the outing of one of Janet‘s top agents? Maybe he could hire Kenneth Starr to sniff around Janet‘s drawers for oh, lets say $50 million or so...
Thursday, February 12, 2004

Letters 2/12/04

Letters Various Kill your television

So, CBS would not allow MoveOn.org to buy air time during the Super Bowl to help expose some of the BU$H Administration’s deceptions, but they would allow Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake to bump and grind their way through a tacky halftime song-and-dance number which resulted in the exposure of one of Jackson’s breasts. Interesting.