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..
Bigger than ever, the fifth annual Traverse City Microbrew and Music Fest has a 200-beer menu, hotter bands, enormous tents, and a full-on light show to cap it all off.
“These things are what move me,” said organizer Sam Porter. “We love this event, and it brings so much good to the community.”
Climate change isn’t an easy subject. A class I’m taking compared it to medicine in a way that was helpful for me: Climate
scientists are like planetary physicians. Our understanding of medicine
is incomplete, but what we know is useful...
Beware Non-Locally Grown
The article “Farm Fresh?” couldn’t be any more true than exactly stated. As an avid shopper at the local farm markets I want to know “exactly” what I am buying, from GMO free to organic or not organic, sprayed or not sprayed and with what...Media Bias Must End
wish to thank Joel Weberman for his letter “Seeking Balanced Israel
Coverage.” The pro-Palestinian bias includes TV news coverage...
Proud of My President
world is a mess. According to many conservative voices, it would not be
in such a mess if Obama was not the president. I am finally
understanding that the problem with our president is that he is too
thoughtful, too rational, too realistic, too inclined to see things
differently and change his mind, too compassionate to be the leader of a
I read your
paper because it’s free and I enjoy the ads. But I struggle through the
left wing tripe that fills every page, from political cartoons to the
vitriolic pen of Mr. Tuttle. What a shame this
beautiful area of the state has such an abundance of
Socialist/democrats. Or perhaps the silent majority chooses to stay
Doom, Yet a Cup Half Full
In the news we are told of the civil unrest at Ferguson, Mo; ISIS war radicals in Iraq and Syria; the great corporate tax heist at home. You name it. Trouble, trouble, everywhere. It seems to me the U.S. Congress is partially to blame...Uncomfortable Questions
defending the positions of the Israelis vs Hamas are far too narrow.
Even Mr. Tuttle seems to have failed in looking deeply into the divide.
American media is not biased against Israel, nor or are they pro
Palestine or Hamas...
The Evolution of Man Revisited
As the expectations of manhood evolve, so too do the rules of love. In Mr. Holmes’s statement [from “Our Therapist Will See Us Now” in last week’s issue] he narrows the key to a successful relationship to the basic need to have your wants and needs understood, and it is on this point I expand...
The Advice Goddess? More like the “say confusing analogies and never answer the question,” mere mortal. Take
the first reader’s question last week about breaking up with his
iPod-purchasing GF: “MP3’S A CROWD”: Break up with her, iClod...
Nine-Year-Olds With Guns Not OK
I have been thinking about this awful situation in Arizona where a 9-year-old blew a shooting instructor away with an Uzi machine gun. I was looking for any consistency with other aspects of life...Respect Our President
I recently read a Canadian’s view on our lack of respect for our President. It made me think about a time when, once elected, most Americans rallied around our new leader. We became united in moving forward and leading the world...Northport Sewer A Bungle
Northport sewer cost is $15.669 million not $12 million as recently
stated in the Express. It is the most expensive sewer per household the
Michigan SRF ever funded. Today the sewer is only processing 51,000 gpd
Y Members Deserve Answers
weeks after Tom Van Deinse was fired from his position as Executive
Director and Tennis Pro of the Grand Traverse Bay YMCA, I am still
trying to understand the motives of the YMCA Board of Directors for
their decision to remove him after 14 years of service...
Reflections on Order
Old men make lists. My father did it, and now that burden seems to be imposing itself on me. It wells up inside me with a vengeance and I must give vent to it. Here is my list:
Northern Michigan loves a party: food, music, and hobbies are all fair game here. But decades before the packed movie theaters, snowy beer tents and bayside concerts, other fests blazed the trails.
Stop The Games On Campus
head coaches – two at U of M and two at MSU – get a total of $13
million of your taxpayer dollars each year. Their staffs get another $11
The Truth About Fatbikes
While we appreciate the fatbike trail coverage, the quote from the article below is exactly what we demonstrated not to be true in most cases last season...Man Has Environmental Responsibility
I tend to agree with Thomas Kachadurian (“Playing God,” Sept. 8) that we should not interfere with the power of nature by deciding what is “native” and what is not. Man usually does what is better for man (or so we believe), hence the survival and population growth of our species...The Bush & Obama Facts
Don Turner’s letter to the editor on 8/25/14 stated that there has never been a more corrupt, dishonest, etc. set of politicians in the White House. He states no facts, but here are a few...Ban Pesticides
I grew up downstate in a neighborhood without pesticides. I was always very healthy. Living here, I have become ill. So I did my research and found out a lot about these poison agents called pesticides (herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, chemical fertilizers, etc) that are being spread throughout this community, accumulating in our air, water and soil...Respect for Presidents?
Recently we read the Letter to the Editor that encouraged us to stop characterizing President Obama as anything other than an upstanding, moral, inspiring “first Black President”. The author would have us think that the rancor in the press, media and public is misguided. And, believe it or not, this rancor is a “glaring exception to … unwritten patriotic rule” of historically supporting all previous presidents...
states are controlled by Republican state legislatures and governors
including Michigan. It is reported that Michigan Republicans are
planning a sneak attack during the lame duck session to change the way
electoral votes are allocated in presidential elections...
Lessons From The Middle East
“My enemy’s enemy is my friend.” That statement applies in the Middle East....Student Athletes, Coaches Worth It
coaches at major universities overpaid? A simple Google search will
show quite the opposite. These coaches do not get paid with taxpayer
money. The coaches get paid by media companies, equipment companies,
alumni groups, as well as revenue from ticket sales and merchandise...
Mute The Political Ads
Mark Sunday, September 14th as the opening of the flood gates, with TV political attack advertising. Fasten your seat belts until November 4th...