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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Musical Roots on the River in Manistee

Kristi Kates - June 27th, 2011
Musical Roots on the River in Manistee
By Kristi Kates
Roots on the River is the moniker that’s been given to a relatively new
music series in Manistee, at the impetus of two locals who simply wanted
to bring more music to the community.
“In 2007, Noah Joseph and I decided that with so many talented musicians
in Michigan, we wanted to support them,” organizer Erin Garcia explains.
“Recently joining the Manistee Jaycees, we thought this would be a great
community project to initiate. The community has really embraced Roots on
the River, and we are now celebrating our fifth season.”

The name of the series wasn’t merely thrown together, either - it’s a
literal interpretation of how the performances are presented, in a setting
that Garcia says “couldn’t be more beautiful.”
“The musicians play on the banks of the Manistee River as it flows through
downtown Manistee,” she says. “The hillside seats hundreds of people who
bring chairs or blankets and listen to the music as the sun sets behind
The Jaycees’ bandshell, which is on Memorial Drive across the street from
the Oleson’s Food Market in Manistee, will play host to a diverse roster
of performers, heavy on heartwarming Americana music and include some
regional favorites.
“We have an incredible lineup this year starting on June 30 with Detour, a
Michigan-based bluegrass band that combines original contemporary
bluegrass sounds with great traditional favorites. The Joshua Davis Trio
on July 28 will be backed by his roots-rock band; Joshua is also the lead
singer of Steppin’ In It.”
Seth Bernard and Daisy May are scheduled for August 4, and Sister Wilene
will appear on August 18.
“Sister Wilene will take you back to the days when country music was a
pocketful of heartfelt ballads and songs you could dance to,” Garcia says.
“From the traditions of Patsy Cline to Bob Wills, this band will take you
down memory lane or perhaps introduce you to some of the greatest American
music ever played.”

From these more established acts to up-and-coming bands, Garcia says she
is looking forward to pretty much all of the talent on this year’s roster.
“We have some that have never played before, such as Red Tail Ring and The
Nephews, as well as some new musicians to the lineup, including Lindsay
Lou and the Flatbellys, and a Manistee duo, All Strung Out and Getting’
Hammered. Luke Winslow-King has played before, but this summer he is on
tour with his trio,” she says.
A special partnership with the Vogue Theater Promotions Group has also
been set up for this year, to assist funding for both the Roots on the
River events and the Vogue Theater Restoration Project itself.
“We will be selling raffle tickets for a hand-crafted canoe package, and a
golf package,” Garcia says, “you’ll be able to buy tickets at all the
Roots on the River concerts, and the drawing will be held during the last
performance (of the season) on August 25.”
After the summer Roots on the River series closes, things quiet down
around Manistee - but occasionally, Garcia says, they get the opportunity
to offer a few winter shows at Manistee’s Historic Ramsdell Theater, such
as the presentation of Chris Bathgate’s Salt Year Tour, so make sure to
keep your eyes and ears out.
“To hear about future winter or spring events, just keep in touch with us
through our Facebook page, the Roots on the River Concert Series page,”
she says.

To get more information about the Roots on the River concert series, visit
them on Facebook (see above), check out the Jaycees website at
http://www.manisteejaycees.org/events-roots.htm, or email them at
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