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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Hot tickets major festivals outside the region

Kristi Kates - July 4th, 2011
Hot Tickets Major festivals outside the region
Coachella and Bonnaroo may have already passed for this year, but never fear, music fans; there are plenty of musical destinations left both nationwide and overseas for the 2011 summer season.
So grab those extra funds that are burning a hole in your pocket, prep for those steamy summer temps with sunscreen and bottled water, and make your destination picks from our yearly preview picks list of this summer’s hottest festival tickets.

Summerfest, June 29-July 10, Milwaukee WI (www.summerfest.com)
If you’re going by the numbers, Wisconsin’s Summerfest is the biggest in the U.S., hosting hundreds of thousands of folks and a dozen stages. This year’s event will play host to live sets from another eclectic mix of performers from old-school (Meatloaf, Hall and Oates) to country-rock fusions (Sugarland, The Black Keys) to hip-hop n’ pop (Kid Cudi, Kanye West.) Bring: miniature American flags, Milwaukee Brewers sweatshirts, Pepto-Bismol tablets to combat the range of carnival foodstuffs.

Pitchfork Music Festival, July 15-17, Chicago IL (www.pitchforkmusicfestival.com)
The Chicago music fest that poses itself as less splashy and more edgy than the yearly Lollapalooza event (see August), Pitchfork prides itself on presenting acts that are bubbling right under the radar as well as indie faves, and this year is no exception with sets scheduled from TV on the Radio, Neko Case, Fleet Foxes, and James Blake.
Bring: your bike to take advantage of free bike parking; still cameras (no video, please), personal mini-fans to help fight that heavy Chicago heat.

Wanderlust Festival, July 28-31, Squaw Valley and North Lake Tahoe, CA (www.wanderlustfestival.com)
For those who like to balance their raucous rock n’ roll festival weekends with a little healthy balance, this four-day fest, which already completed its earlier incarnation in Vermont in June, combines music with pretty natural surroundings and… yoga. That’s right - yoga. Warm up for all that noodle-dancing with your yoga stretches, and then catch 2011’s sets by The Wailers, Jai Uttal, and Michael Franti and Spearhead. Bring: your own personal yoga mat, your regimen of vitamins to keep you up all day, and energy drinks to keep you dancing all night.

Lollapalooza, August 5-7, Chicago IL (www.lollapalooza.com)
Perry Farrell’s gypsy roots have been anchored in Chicago’s Grant Park for the past several years, where the festival guru continues to preside over eight stages for 2011, playing host to heavily-attended headlining sets by Muse, Deadmau5, and Foo Fighters. One of the cool things about Lolla are all the extras, including the environmental Green Street, the upgraded food courts, and the proximity to Chicago’s downtown. Bring: plenty of sunscreen, Lolla maps (downloadable from their website), patience.

Outside Lands, August 12-14, San Francisco CA (www.sfoutsidelands.com)
Set on the beautiful grounds of Golden Gate Park, Outside Lands welcomes over 70,000 people for this three day fest, which blends in art, food, and wine alongside the musical selections. Muse will trek from Lollapalooza to San Fran to make another appearance at this event, with additional sets from the likes of The Shins, MGMT, Erykah Badu, and The Black Keys. Bring: your car-pooling pals, binoculars, layered clothing for those San Fran temperature changes.

And if you’re planning any trips overseas this summer, you might want to coordinate your travel plans with one of these terrific 2011 musical festivals, our picks for the best that hail from just a little farther away:
• Sonar, June 16-18, Barcelona Spain (www.sonar.es)
Featuring: Underworld, Tyondai Braxton (Battles), A-Trak, Atmosphere, Magnetic Man
• Roskilde, June 30-July 3, Roskilde Denmark (www.roskilde-festival.dk/)
Featuring: Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, Desolate, PJ Harvey, Kings of Leon
• Benicassim, July 14-17, Benicassim Spain (http://fiberfib.com)
Featuring: Mumford and Sons, Brandon Flowers, Portishead, The Streets, Arcade Fire
• Fuji Rock 2011, July 29-31, Naeba Ski Resort, Niigata Japan (www.smash-uk.com/frf11/)
Featuring: Chemical Brothers, Mogwai, Kaiser Chiefs, Wilco, Incubus, Cake
• Pukkelpop Festival, August 13-14, Hasselt Belgium (www.pukkelpop.be)
Featuring: Thirty Seconds to Mars, Crystal Castles, Panic! at the Disco, The Kills, A-Trak
• V Festival, August 20-21, Chelmsford and Staffordshire, UK (www.vfestival.com)
Featuring: Duran Duran, Dizzee Rascal, The Script, Manic Street Preachers, Rihanna
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