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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Lip Service

Erin Crowell - July 11th, 2011
Lip Service: TC lip dub planned for July 17
By Erin Crowell
When a rock star lip-syncs on stage it’s considered cheating. Lip-syncing
on YouTube? Perfectly acceptable… even celebrated as lip dub music videos
are popping up all over the Internet – most recently (and famously) a
music video to Don McLean’s “American Pie” performed by the City of Grand
Thousands of residents participated in the downtown lip dub after a
January Newsweek article declared Grand Rapids as one of America’s Dying
Cities. The music video—which runs approximately nine minutes—was declared
a new world record, with over 3.4 million views (as of print) on YouTube
and Roger Ebert claiming it as “the greatest music video ever made.”
Traverse City hopes to make its own musical mark with a lip dub scheduled
to shoot on Sunday, July 17.
“We’re not saying we’re a dying city,” said Max Fischer, director of the
planned lip dub, “we’re just saying TC is an amazing place.”

For those still left in the dark, a lip dub is a single-shot,
choreographed music video where participants mouth words to a song –
preferably a famous one. In this case, Traverse City will “sing” Paul
Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al” and “Jump” by Van Halen – two upbeat, high
energy tunes of the ‘80s.
“We had a bunch of song ideas but none of them really embodied Traverse
City,” said Fischer who, when he moved to the area in 2009 from Orlando,
believes everyone should visit Traverse City at least once in their lives.
“When I think of ‘Jump,’ I think of fun; and ‘You Can Call Me Al’ makes me
think of building friendships and bonds.”
The music video will incorporate many elements of the area, including
members of the community such as the Traverse City Roller Derby team,
several cheerleading squads and numerous businesses and media.
“We’re looking for a lot of boats in the water just to show, ‘hey, not
only do we have a great community, but we’ve got great weather and a place
to park your boat,’” said Fischer.

Hosted by the Traverse City Film Festival and FishSoup Films, the lip dub
is the brainchild of Film Festival interns Jenny Omness and Emily Aja.
Recently, the office hosted auditions for “singers,” those who will be
responsible for lip-syncing the words in front of the camera.
And while the final 36 singers have been chosen, Fischer said there is
still a need for background folks along the filming route.
Music will be played over a loudspeaker as the camera starts on Front
Street and heads west to the Boardman Bridge (next to the farmers market),
goes through the tunnel and ends up at the Open Space. There, the largest
crowd will be needed for the final shot.
Organizers said they are hoping for just one take, but because of the
complexity of coordinating one continuous shot, it could take several.
“We’re also in need of at least 15 more assistant directors,” said
Fischer, who served as an intern on Michael Moore’s latest documentary
“Capitalism: A Love Story.” AD’s will be stationed along the route and be
assigned to a specific area to help coordinate and cue their designated
group of people as the camera rolls.

The lip dub is scheduled to shoot on July 17, from 1-6 p.m. Those
interested in being a part of the Open Space final shot should arrive at
1:30 p.m. Others interested in signing up their organization or becoming
an AD may email lipdub@traversecityfilmfest.org. Check out their Facebook
page for updates by searching “Traverse City Lip Dub.”

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