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, October 16, 2003

Letters 10/16/03

Letters Various Let women, not politicians, decide health matters I am writing this letter to encourage everyone to call, write or email Governor Granholm to encourage her to veto Senate Bill 395, the so-called �
Thursday, October 9, 2003

Letters 10/9/03

Letters Various The Worst?

I say “hurrah for Dubyu.“ (re: “The Worst?“ Random Thoughts, 10/2). He may be the worst president we have had ever, but he has surely woke the world to the horrors of corporate global imperialism.
Thursday, October 2, 2003

Letters 10/2/03

Letters Various Chairman Mao‘s tactics

Defense Secretary Rumsfeld naively thought that our invasion of Iraq would be welcomed by the oppressed people yearning to be free of Saddam Hussein. Don‘t the instructors at West Point know the obvious tactic for a country facing invasion by an overwhelming force? Surrender immediately to save the lives of the defenders, wait for the occupation, and then kill the invaders one by one. Anyone who has read the military tactics of Chairman Mao or fought in Vietnam against a citizen army knows how it works. It‘s the same tactic the Michigan Militia will use if American martial law threatens to take away our guns. Rumsfeld seems to have believed the spin doctors‘ fantasies.
Thursday, September 25, 2003

Letters 9/25/03

Letters Various Are we better off now than at 9/11/01?

First I mark terrible loss of life on that day as all compassionate humans
do. Second I mark the terrible failure of American leadership that followed and
continues to this day.
Thursday, September 18, 2003

Letters 9/18/03

Letters Various The 10 Commandments

Recently Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court has been in
trouble with the law because of a stone monument he has installed in a court
house. He has been ordered to remove the Decalogue because nothing in the
United States Constitution gives him the right to display it.
Thursday, September 11, 2003

Letters 9/11/03

Letters Various The law in Petoskey

I dearly hope everyone who is honoring me by reading this expository letter is aware of an incident that occurred at Northern Michigan Hospital on July 29 between a Traverse City Record-Eagle reporter named Keith Matheny and Petoskey Public Safety Director Michael Vargo.
Thursday, September 4, 2003

Letters 9/4/03

Letters Various Lost hikers

I was surprised by your July 31, 2003 response to Gerry Harsch’s point-by-point correction of the MLUI‘s position on the Hartman-Hammond Connection project. You state hundreds of residents who‘ve walked along the river found the proposed bridge 0.5 mile south of South Airport Road. A mile is 5,280’ whether you walk or drive. If you trust your vehicle’s odometer, check the distance next time you cross South Airport Road on Cass Road when you get to Hartman Road. If you travel LaFranier or Garfield Road, check the distance to Hammond Road. If it’s not showing 1.25 miles, you had better get the odometer fixed because all the land surveys show the distance to be 6,600 feet, not 2,600 feet. I would say you and Thayer are about a mile off on your “facts“.
Thursday, August 21, 2003

Letters 8/21/03

Letters Various State held hostage by new DUI law

I think that we should all think long and hard about the decision of our legislature and Gov. Granholm to change Michigan‘s drunk driving laws. The press releases and spokespeople tout it as a win-win idea. We will save lives and $11.5 million with the stroke of Granholm‘s pen, they say. Maybe I‘m just stupid or something but I don‘t get it.
Thursday, August 14, 2003

Letters 8/14/03

Letters Various Saying yes to guns

Advocates of the right to keep and bear arms have modest reason to celebrate these days. The state of Alaska recently became the second state, after Vermont, to allow citizens to carry concealed firearms without a permit or any of the restrictive measures, such as fingerprinting or background checks, that often accompany the permit-application process.
Thursday, July 31, 2003

Letters 7/31/03

Letters Various The water trial

We recently participated and observed the 19 days of testimony by property owners and several experts from around the US. This was billed by many as David vs. Goliath, since it pitted a newly formed organization of property owners and concerned citizens against the largest water bottler in the world.
Thursday, July 24, 2003

Letters 7/24/03

Letters Various Did Bush lie?

In January 2003 during his State of the Union address, President George W Bush told the nation and the world that Saddam Hussein‘s Iraq had tried to purchase massive amounts of nuclear materials from “an African nation.“ This was key evidence for Bush‘s dramatic claim that Iraq posed “an imminent threat“ to the United States, Iraq‘s neighbors and the world, therefore, we could not afford to wait another few months for the UN inspectors to complete their work.
Thursday, July 17, 2003

Letters 7/17/03

Letters Various Bike was stolen

You all can laugh at me (like it isn‘t no big deal), but my bike got stolen tonight. It was a metallic orange, black pinstriped cruiser, designed by Von Frank.
Thursday, July 10, 2003

Letters 7/10/03

Letters Various The No-Nuke Nuns

While the world awaits and doubts the much ballyhooed evidence of Iraq‘s Weapons of Mass Destruction, the Northern Express reports that two Traverse related Catholic Sisters, Carol Gilbert and Ardeth Platte opened up one Weapon of Mass Destruction in Colorado. (“Harsh Justice,“NE 6/19).
Thursday, July 3, 2003

Letters 7/3/03

Letters Various Tax cut hazards

Re: the tax cut debate in a letter by Steven Yenshaw in the June 19 - 25 issue. I disagree, mostly with the last paragraph. More money in the hands
of taxpayers has not always worked, and many times it has been
detrimental. Kennedy‘s tax cut contributed to the increase in inflation
during the ‘70s and Reagan‘s tax cut increased the deficit, way out of
proportion because he didn‘t veto the spending bills. It also
contributed to the the stock market crash of 2000. There are many more
Thursday, June 26, 2003

Letters 6/26/03

Letters Various Our soiled flag in Charlevoix

Who knows why, but Charlevoix, an otherwise pleasantly laid-back waterside village has lately bloomed into a belligerently nationalistic town, its main street bristling with American flags. Moreover, lest there be any doubt of the village‘s seething chauvinism, nearly all businesses are festooned with one and often two additional flags, their hems embroidered with the slogan, “Proud to be American.“