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, February 5, 2004

Letters 2/5/04

Letters Various In response to Michael Cromley‘s letter on “Petoskey‘s coolness gap“ (Letters 1/29) I have a few points to bring up.
Who is being “controlled“???
Answer: No one.
Thursday, January 29, 2004

Letters 1/29/04

Letters Various Petoskey‘s coolness gap

The January 19th article, “Creating Cool Cities“ and “Way Cool? Not,“ hit the nail on the head.
Thursday, January 15, 2004

Letters 1/15/04

Letters Various Cop cameras
I would like to exert my belief that the time has come in the Grand Traverse Region to advocate the use of police car video cameras. This is an effective tool which can be initiated for the safety and vindication of law enforcement personnel at a minimal cost.
Thursday, January 8, 2004

Letters 1/8/04

Letters Various Wonderland

Alice had it right: “…it keeps getting curiouser and curiouser.”
I’m writing in regard to the hopelessly flawed, outrageously expensive Hartman/Hammond cum bridge proposal.
Thursday, January 1, 2004

Letters 1/1/04

Letters Various A better bridge

I agree with Keith Schneider and Kelly Thayer that we need an alternative to the Hartman Hammond bypass (re: “Just Say No,“ 12/18). However, the Cass Road bridge should not be one of the alternatives. It is a bad choice because it is in dire need of repair already.
Thursday, December 25, 2003

Letters 12/25/03

Letters Various The plague of Hepititis C

I am writing in response to Ms. Boursaw‘s article (There and Back Again, Dec 11). The article was bittersweet for me to read as I have been there.
Thursday, December 18, 2003

Letters 12/18/03

Letters Various Stinks in Manistee

There is something smelly in Manistee, and it‘s getting riper. The Tondu Corporation, aka Manistee Saltworks, aka Northern Lights, has applied to the planning commission for a special use permit to allow construction and operation of a 425 megawatt coal burning electrical generation plant. The newest addition to the planning board is a woman whose husband works for Tondu. Another member of the commission has been absent from the last two meetings, and has commented in public, “We do need the energy, and if we don‘t allow it here, some other community will get all those jobs.“
Thursday, December 11, 2003

Letters 12/11/03

Letters Various Spread the word

I am writing in response to Mr. Weber‘s letter (11/27/03) regarding abstinence-based sex education.
Thursday, December 4, 2003

Letters 12/4/03

Letters Various The fight for freedom

This is in response to Jim Norgaard‘s 11/13 letter stating “the war on terrorism as it is being waged today will fail“ because “you cannot ultimately win through force and violence.“ I hear people repeating this sentiment over and over as if repetition will make it true. How do you explain that the force and violence in World War II followed by an enlightened reconstruction effort changed two of the most miltaristic societies in history into pacifistic democracies? You may also want to examine the little-publicized steps that many middle eastern despots are suddenly taking to show more respect for their citizens‘ input and opinions, now that the United States has taken action to free an enslaved people.
Thursday, November 27, 2003

Letters 11/27/03

Letters Various Newspaper veteran‘s view

I very much enjoyed your Random Thoughts column about reinventing the newspaper (11/13/03). It hit home to me. Many of your “thoughts“ were right on the button. It is too bad that mainstream publishers in the newspaper business continue to force the news and its opinions upon its shrinking readership rather than utilize its customers as resources to find out with that really want. This goes for readers of all ages.
Thursday, November 20, 2003

Letters 11/20/03

Letters Various SUVs need improvement

The number of SUVs on the road is growing at an alarming rate. While many people like to drive them, SUVs are very unsafe and guzzle far too much gas. I worry about the toll of SUVs on the lives of other Americans and the environment. Congress should act to improve SUVs, so that every American can have a vehicle they are proud to drive.
Thursday, November 13, 2003

Letters 11/13/03

Letters Various Address our problems first

Congressman Bart Stupak‘s views on the $87 billion proposed for Iraq by the President Bush administration are likely shared by many U.S. citizens (re: “Iraq Spending Must Be A Shared Sacrifice,“ 11/6). The results of an ABC-Washington Post poll showing that 51% polled do not approve of the Bush administration‘s approach in handling Iraq‘s situation is evidence of this.
Thursday, November 6, 2003

Letters 11/06/03

Letters Various Cheers for sound science I‘m writing to express my appreciation for the Michigan Board of Education (BOE) for a recent policy they have adopted. The BOE‘s new policy “recommends that local...
Thursday, October 30, 2003

Letters 10/30/03

Letters Various Druggie Rush should face own medicine

Wheeeee. Am I relieved. After all of these years of listening to Rush Limbaugh‘s prattle, trying to understand how anyone can think as he does. We have an answer -- he is a druggie.
Thursday, October 23, 2003

Letters 10/23/03

Letters Various Believe it

In regards to the article on music file sharing (10/2): I once saw an episode of Star Trek in which captain Picard, standing in his quarters, addressed the ship‘s computer and stated the name of some classical piece. Instantly music was heard. It could be assumed that the captain could have named one of millions of songs and been able to enjoy it immediately. And taking into consideration hyperspace communication systems, that database didn‘t even need to be on the Enterprise.