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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Kenny Olson?s Friendly Jam

Rick Coates - June 27th, 2011
Kenny Olson’s Friendly Jam
By Rick Coates
Since hitting the big time with Kid Rock over 12 years ago, Kenny Olson has always made a point to return home to Traverse City once a year to jam. This year is no exception.
Olson, who left Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker band five years ago to pursue solo projects, will be back on Sunday, July 3 for one show at Union Street Station.
Olson is currently working on several projects since relocating to Nashville a couple of years ago. He has become a major part of the Nashville music scene by hosting an almost weekly Kenny Olson and Friends jam sessions, where A-list music stars join him on stage when they are in town recording or touring. Paul Rodgers of Bad Company, Buddy Guy, members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Three Doors Down, Chaka Chan and some of Jimi Hendrix’s former band mates among others have all joined him.
“It has been pretty cool and a lot of fun,” said Olson. “I have been getting encouragement to turn this into a record and a tour and now that is happening.”

The idea of recording with these legendary performers hit home for Olson when two of his friends passed away.
“I guess I took it for granted jamming all the time with Buddy Miles and Mitch Mitchell, who were in Hendrix band and we toured and did these Hendrix’s tribute shows with others. Then in just a few months a part from each other, they passed on,” said Olson. “Mitch passed on my birthday and I guess it was a message to start recording an album.”
Olson is not at liberty to name names yet but several heavy hitters have promised to play on his album and join him when possibly on a tour.
“Originally it was going to be Kenny Olson and Friends but that has changed to the Kenny Olson Cartel,” said Olson. “I will say this, the legendary Paris Delane will be doing the bulk of the vocals. I can’t say anything more now but Paris will be coming with me to Traverse City on July 3 and I will have a few more surprises for that night as well.”
Delane was the leader of the south side Chicago subway gospel-blues-rockers Sonia Dada. He grew up in a neighborhood where statistically, young black men didn’t live past the age of 16, but Delane had a deep gospel voice and his trio would perform around the subways of Chicago. Legend had it they pulled in $1,000 plus a day.
Eventually they were discovered and the group ended up singing “The Ballad of the Bulls” that was the Chicago Bulls theme song during their championship years. Delane even got to perform the song on the Oprah Winfrey show in front of Michael Jordan and the rest of the Bulls players.
Delane has toured throughout the U.S., Europe and Australia with his album going triple platinum. He has won a Cleo award and is featured on the movie soundtrack for “Nothing to Lose” starring Martin Lawrence and Tim Robbins, and also the Soundtrack for the movie “Waterproof” starring Burt Reynolds, April Grace, Orlando Jones and Ja’net Dubois.

He has had the opportunity to perform with many greats over the years and Keith Richards considers him among the best American vocalists. He caught up with Olson a few years ago and they immediately connected.
“It was a funny thing; I had been recording all day and a friend of mine said, ‘come on let’s go out I want you to meet one of the all time great guitar players.’ Of course I chuckled because I have been on stage singing with Keith Richards and Carlos Santana, so I was curious as to who this cat was,” said Delane. “When we arrived I was mesmerized. Kenny asked me if I would come and join him and we did something I have never been able to do before. We just started writing a bunch of songs right on stage. he would play and I would just start singing lyrics. It was amazing, people afterwards were asking how long we had been together.”
Delane just chuckles when asked what those lucky enough to get tickets for the July 3 show should expect.
“I am not sure what we are going to do but I will say this: it will be magical,” said Delane. “I am coming into Traverse City earlier in the week so we have some fun rehearsing and we will put on a show for the people. I can’t wait. I love Michigan and I know what a great musical state it is, plus I have some friends up that way.”

To see the Kenny Olson Cartel contact Union Street Station for tickets at 231-941-1930. Doors open at 8 pm on July 3 and Olson said they plan to hit the stage early.
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