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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Boyne River Remedy

Kristi Kates - July 11th, 2011
Get The Boyne River Remedy
By Kristi Kates
Much like a good recipe, a good local band is composed of complementary ingredients - in this case, the music and sounds that have influenced each member. This analogy definitely applies to Boyne River Remedy, who founded their group in 2008.
“Josh, Kevin and I got together with several other musicians to write and record a song,” Boyne River Remedy’s Mark Blaauw-Hara says. “We had a great time, and were very happy with how it turned out, so we decided to see how it would go to form a band.”
With a “very informal” process in terms of just who was in said band (“at one point, we had nine members,” Blaauw-Hara chuckles), Boyne River Remedy morphed around who the bandmates knew and who they enjoyed playing music with.
“Our first gig was at Short’s Brewery,” Blaauw-Hara remembers, “and we were thrilled to have a place to play where they’d give us pizza. As we polished our set list and our lineup became more stable, we started playing other places and events in the area - we’ve done everything from house parties to benefits to festivals.”

And now, back to our analogy - those complementary ingredients. In addition to Blaauw-Hara on vocals, guitar, and bass - his influences being both legendary rockers like Springsteen and modern bands like The Hold Steady and Bon Iver - Boyne River Remedy matches up a quintet of members (well, at least at the moment.)
Drew Barr, influenced by the Allman Brothers and U2, mans the keyboards, hand drums and percussion; classic rocker Josh Manthei plays electric guitar (a few of his favorites include the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix); old-school rap fan Kevin Putman handles the drum duties; and Joni Mitchell fan Jen Schaap strums the acoustic guitar.
“One of the strengths of our band is the diversity of our influences,” Blaauw-Hara says. “We all come from a different starting point, and the synergy of those different points of origin makes us unique.”

A focus for the band is professionalism.
“From the beginning, it’s been about having fun for us,” Blaauw-Hara explains, “but we’re professionals - we show up on time, don’t take long breaks, and tailor our set lists to the crowd and the venue. We do this because we like each other and love playing music; the chemistry is good between us, both musically and personally. And truthfully, I think when people see a band, they want to see a group that’s having a good time and obviously loves what they’re doing. I know that’s what I look for.”
The crowds are already looking for Boyne River Remedy, as evidenced by their busy summer schedule, which will include gigs in Boyne City, on Beaver Island, and in Petoskey, where a weekly show at The Perry Hotel’s popular Noggin Room is proving a popular event.
“We’ve got a regular Thursday night gig at the Noggin this summer,” Blaauw-Hara says. “We’ve written a number of original songs that we like and that we intersperse with our covers, which include a Bon Iver song, an acoustic cover of an Usher song, some Springsteen, and some old-school country, like Johnny Cash, for good measure.”

Another song that fans might find familiar is a local love song - but it’s not to a person, it’s to a town, namely the one reflected in the band’s name.
“Boyne City (I’m in Love with this Town)” is a catchy folk-rocker that’s getting plenty of exposure; the band’s open to seeing what happens with the local favorite, especially since so much has already happened.
“It’s been really surprising how that song has legs,” Blaauw-Hara says, “We adapted it a couple years ago for North Central Michigan College to use it in a video, and then the Boyne City Main Street committee adapted the original recently for use in their entry video for a national competition,” he continues.
“It’s also an adaptable song; we play it from time to time at our shows and change the chorus to reflect where we’re playing,” he says, “for instance, we might howl out “Beaver Island!” or “The Noggin!” or whatever - it’s fun.”
Boyne River Remedy have made keeping up with the band fun, too, with a regularly-updated Facebook band site, t-shirts, and a demo CD of cover tunes available to fans. Their Noggin Room shows are also full of pep and variety.
“We start out with our mellower, more vocally-oriented music so people can eat their dinners, and we steadily build the energy throughout the night,” Blaauw-Hara explains, “and we frequently have guests sit in for a few songs - so there’s no telling exactly what might happen.”

Boyne River Remedy will be performing on Thursday nights from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm in July and August at the Noggin Room in the Perry Hotel, downtown Petoskey. Additional gigs and more info may be found on the band’s Facebook page.

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