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..

Topic: patients
Monday, August 20, 2012

Reforming Medical Marijuana

State rep offers a breath of fresh air

Features Rick Coates Republican State Representative Mike Callton (87th District, Barry County) was originally opposed to Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Act. His district is part of Michigan’s “conservative corridor” and having a medical background (he is a chiropractor and has a private practice in Nashville, Mich.) he wasn’t so sure that legalizing marijuana for medical purposes was a good thing.
Monday, April 1, 2013

The Doc & The Cops

Features Patrick Sullivan Harwell, of Reed City, is charged with criminal conspiracy for allegedly certifying medical marijuana patients without a “bona fide doctor-patient relationship” and with putting false information in medical records. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison.
Monday, December 2, 2013

Letters 12-02-13


Pass the pee...

Republican Rep. from Florida, and a Tea-Party favorite, Trey Radel, voted in favor of a broad Florida food stamps bill that includes a provision that requires food stamp recipients to pee in a cup to prove that they are drug-free, and thereby eligible to receive their food stamps...

Exercise caution

The use of marijuana as medicine has a long history, but here in Michigan a person needs to obtain a certification from a licensed M.D. or D.O. in order to have protection from jail or prison...

Empires tend to fall

Does America need the American empire? And can America afford an empire? In sharp contrast, five world empires have fallen since 1945, but at least they have left lessons for the American empire...

Tales for shelter dogs

I’ve attached a picture of myself reading the Northern Express to a shelter dog at the Cherryland Humane Society. Why? Firstly, because I’m a volunteer dog walker there and this is what we do with frightened and abandoned dogs...


A model in a recent Northern Seen page was incorrectly identified. That was Valerie Hays-Schaub at upper left on Nov. 18, with hair and makeup by Signature Salon.

Monday, January 26, 2015

On Shaky Ground

Features Patrick Sullivan This decision may force cardholders to obtain their supply from a registered caregiver — limited to serving five patients — which opponents of the decision say would be logistically difficult or impossible for many people seeking marijuana to treat serious illness.
Monday, February 16, 2015

Health Matters in Michigan

Features Ross Boissoneau he Mitten State is exporting health -- supplements, technology, and ideas -- and as such has emerged as a leader. Michigan ranks in the top 10 states for manufacturing medical devices, and its leading companies stretch from Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids to northern Michigan.
Saturday, August 8, 2015

Memory Training Helps Treat ADHD

Features Clark Miller As Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) diagnoses among children continues to rise, one Traverse City psychiatrist might have some good news to share with parents and educators: A diagnosis could be wrong.
Saturday, January 9, 2016

In Pursuit Of A Cure: Cancer Research In Northern Michigan

Features Beth Milligan For most, the term “cancer research” conjures up images of university laboratories, scientific institutes and metropolitan medical centers. Yet local community hospitals across northern Michigan are also playing a crucial part in the search to find a cure.
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Cancer Center to Welcome Patients Next Month

Features Ross Boissoneau Cancer attacks people in numerous ways, from tumors that eat away bone or muscle to weakening immune systems, as well as leaving patients with little appetite or drive to fight. That’s why cancer specialists often work in tandem with specialists in other areas, such as nutrition, psychology and pain relief.
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Opiates Manage Pain Yet Present Dangers

Features Clark Miller For healthcare providers across northern Michigan and elsewhere, the second message is more urgent: we want to control the pain — right away. As author C.S. Lewis put it, “Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains.