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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- December 5th, 2011  

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Parade a success

The Charlevoix parade made us all so thankful to live up North where spirit matters most!

I remember the day I brought up the parade at the chamber retail committee. It has been a huge success in Iron Mountain with the children bringing their teddy bears, dressing their dogs up to walk the parade and other animals and community people involved. At first no one was truly excited.

And even at the last retail meeting Jackie stated that we only had a few entries. Wow, did the idea ever grow into a mighty powerful little parade. Thank you Erin and Jackie for pulling so many floats together.

From all the comments I heard, this after-Thanksgiving event was the most successful ever in getting families downtown to enjoy the entire duration of all the events.

The Charlevoix Circle of Arts Santa workshop and all the children who colored Todd Warner’s drawings and made such lovely decorations for the tree. Marrell who took hundreds of photographs of the children speaking to Santa, the lighting of the tree and the colorful parade with dressed up dogs and angel, horses, floats and music. Next year let’s have the reindeer too!

We saw people coming out of Whitney’s to take photos and car loads of families rushing down to be close to the parade.

No matter what, this was the most positive gathering I have heard or seen in a long time. The floats were great and the children who participated were soooo excited to be a part of their city celebration.

Amazing what the people in this community can do when they form a team. Yeah Charlevoix!!! Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Anne Henricksen • Charlevoix

Fracking dangerous

T. Boone Pickens and Big Oil and Coal are working overtime and spending millions of dollars on advertising to convince us that natural gas is the best thing to happen to Michigan since fudge. But if unconventional slick-water fracturing (fracking) is so great, why does it need all the exemptions from law? Fracking is exempt from:

1. The Clean Air Act 2. The Safe Drinking Water Act (The Halliburton loophole) 3. Hazardous waste disposal criteria 4. Superfund law 5. Disclosure of chemicals 6. The Michigan Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool 7. Transparency, disclosure and public participation 8. Reporting of toxic chemicals released or stored under the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act The new unconventional, long-leg horizontal, high-volume, slick-water, hydraulic fracturing is not yesterday's fracking. New gas wells in the deep, tight shale of the Collingwood/Utica formation demand new technologies.

Unlike the porous Antrim Shale which gave up gas readily to vertical wells, the tight shales two miles below the Earth’s surface must be shattered uniformly to release tiny gas deposits from minuscule shale pockets. This industrial process destroys natural resources, uses thousands of pounds of toxic chemicals, proppants and surfactants and diverts and poisons millions of gallons of groundwater (disposed of in shallow “deep” injection wells), on a scale new to Michigan. Around the world and the US, environmental and health disasters have followed fracking activities. Michigan has no new rules to regulate unconventional fracking.

In a world that loses precious, potable freshwater each day, it is a crime against humanity to unnecessarily divert and contaminate forever, billions of gallons of freshwater. It is time to develop and transition to energy-efficiency, and clean safe renewable energy resources.

Jo Anne Beemon • Charlevoix

The NOLabels movement

Do you just wish Congress would put their individual party aside and solve problems? Do you just wish that Congress would have respectful discussions and then enact great ideas?

If so, I want you to know there is an up and coming movement, a united voice of at least 180,000 Americans. It is strong and it is growing. The title of this group is NOLabels. Please read about this movement by going to nolabels.org.

NOLabels is not a political party. It is a citizen group effort founded one year ago by a group of Republicans, Democrats and Independents. That’s right, a mixture of party-affliated people.

NOLabels seeks to change the dynamics of the political culture and provide support for the politicians that indeed want to dismiss hyperpartisanship. Support for this group includes such people as former Senator Evan Bayh and Congressman Tom Davis.

If this effort is of interest to you, turn on the television Tuesday, December 13. NOLabels will be unveiling its first big proposal in the historical Capital Hill Caucus Room. The proposal includes twelve change points.

The proposal can be put into action within 24 hrs by just making rule changes as to how Congress acts. It requires no legislative voting. The intent is to reduce hyperpartisanship and bring some positive energy to Congress.

We are the United States of America... let’s bring back the united country we remember and love.

Jill Rahrig Bourdon • TC

Hip hop victim?

Is this lady honestly supposed to count as a victim in a piece of journalism exposure (Hip Hop Flim Flam, last week in the Express)? Not even a middle schooler would give away money in the way she did.

She deserves everything! Does she have job? Well then she should be satisfied, right?

All the rest of us have to be satisfied with merely our jobs, why not her? No one in their right mind would give away $80,000 to a self-published musical artist that they didn’t even enjoy! This is disgraceful to our current political climate, to this town, to this country! What a filthy reprehensible sob story!

Mike Curiel • TC

Tuttle column on the mark

John Kennedy said, “Children are the world’s most valuable resource, and its best hope for the future.”

We in this country give lots of lip service to the importance of taking care of children, but behind it is a lot of hot air.

With conservatives cutting education funding, stiltifying the curriculm and demoralizing teachers, cutting family services and trying to cut health care, any rhetoric about the importance of children rings hollow. We have lost our soul to greed, militarization and power grabbing. Until we take care of all the children, including our 4-legged and winged, we will not be sustainable.

Thank you Steven Tuttle for your passionate column on our most vulnerable – our children.

Ann Rogers • TC

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