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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Rap and Repair: Eminem?s partner, Royce da 5? 9?, brings it to the Streeter?s Stage

Rick Coates - July 25th, 2011
Rap and Repair:Eminem’s partner, Royce da 5’ 9”, brings it to the Streeter’s Stage
By Rick Coates
Bad met Evil back in 1997 when two Detroit rappers, Eminem (Marshall
Mathers) and Royce da 5‘9“ (Ryan Montgomery) met at an Usher Concert. The
two hit it off and “success seemed certain” as they formed the rapping duo
Bad Meets Evil. But success was short lived and for the past 10 years
Royce and Eminem went their separate ways. A lot was said during the
divorce between Bad and Evil that had most in the rap community believing
it would take more than hell freezing over for the two to reunite. But a
reconciliation took place late last year and Bad Meets Evil is back.
One half of the duo will perform this Saturday, July 30 at the Ground Zero
Nightclub within The Streeters Center in Traverse City. While Eminem has
been known to show up on occasion at the shows of his label mates (Shady
Records) and rumor has it he owns a place on Torch Lake, he is not on the
bill for Saturday. In fact he is performing the night before in Montreal,
so the chances are “slim to shady” he will show up in Traverse City.

Winning Combination
Even without Eminem at his side Royce da 5‘9“ is one of the hottest
rappers on the scene right now. His highly anticipated “Success Is
Certain” CD will be released in two weeks and it expected to explode onto
the charts as did his Bad Meets Evil “Hell: The Sequel” EP did a month
ago. The hip-hop duo’s reuniting work went to No. 1 on the Billboard 200
charts selling 171,000 in its first week and making Eminem the first
artist in five years to have two number one albums in the same year.
In addition, Royce is part of the emerging hip hop group Slaughterhouse
that recently signed with Eminem’s Shady Records. Eminem, along with Dr.
Dre, both plan to be heavily involved in the groups next release.

The Fallout
Ironically it was Dr. Dre that was in the middle of the falling out
between Royce da 5‘9“ and Eminem. Shortly after the two formed the Bad
Meets Evil duo, Royce began “ghostwriting” for Dr. Dre. However Royce’s
manager began leaking out the ghostwriting arrangement and Dr. Dre
demanded Royce part ways with his manager, instead the youthful rapper
parted ways with Dre and Eminem.
Tensions with Eminem further escalated when Royce began feuding with the
hip-hop D12 and in particular the member Proof, who was a close friend of
Eminem’s. The feud played out in lyrics and in the streets with guns and
eventually both Proof and Royce ended up getting arrested. Proof was
eventually gunned down (Royce was in prison on another charge) and killed
in a matter not related to his feud with Royce.

‘Bad Meets Evil’
That was five years ago and for Royce da 5‘9“ (now 34) and Eminem (now 38)
both have gone through a lot of personal and professional growth. For
Eminem, he overcame his battle with drug addiction and writer’s block that
had plagued him in recent years. As for Royce da 5‘9“, he gave up his
feuding mentality and decided to focus on his creative talent and
repairing relationships.
Royce reached out to Eminem a few years ago and they started “hanging”
again and eventually restored their friendship that led to them reforming
their duo. The partnership seems to have energized both. Now the two have
a number one record together and it appears they are just getting started.
In a video statement released to the media last week Eminem had the
following to say:
“The best thing about this project and teaming up with someone like Royce
is that he keeps me on my toes and I need that. We have restored our
chemistry from back in the day and taken it to the next level, we seem
more comfortable with each other and we play off each other better now
then we did in the past.”
Eminem further commented about their restored relationship and the Bad
Meets Evil Project:
“Royce and I started hanging out again and inevitably that led us back
into the studio. At first we were just seeing where it went without any
real goal in mind, but the songs started to come together crazy, so here
we are.”
Royce da 5‘9“ added on his Twitter page:
“I’m excited to see this project come to fruition considering the long
lapse in time between when we worked before and now. We had a blast doing
it and we just hope everyone enjoys it while we’re working on the
‘Monster’ that will be the Slaughterhouse album. #TeamShady.”

Don’t expect Eminem to show Saturday, July 30 at Ground Zero Nightclub,
however do expect an explosive show from Royce da 5‘9“ he is back and has
something to prove and say. Though if Eminem does show don’t be surprised.
He apparently knows the way as he was spotted at Ground Zero Nightclub
seven years ago checking out DJ Green Lantern. This show is destined to be
a sell out, and advance tickets are suggested and may be purchased online
at www.groundzeroonline.com or by calling the box office at 231-932-1300.

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