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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Soundtrack to the Film Festival Musical acts add a second ?festival? to this week?s events

Robert Downes - July 25th, 2011
Soundtrack to the Film Festival Musical acts add a second ‘festival’ to this week’s events
By Robert Downes
One of the summer’s largest music festivals takes place this week in
Traverse City, providing a supporting role for the glitz & glamour of the
Film Festival.
That’s because approximately 200 artists making up 78 acts will perform
during festival week at Clinch Park, the Open Space, Lay Park, the film
venues and at festival events and parties.
“It’s really like a Traverse City Music Festival when you think about it,”
says Mike Sullivan, guitarist/vocalist with The Wild Sullys and Song of
the Lakes, who serves as entertainment manager for the Film Fest. “We
musicians provide support for the films, but I like to think of it as a
symbiotic relationship because we support each other.”

Sullivan says a major new event this year will be at the former Clinch
Park Zoo.
“We’ll have five days of music at the park and it will all be free of
charge to attend,” he says. “We’re really hoping to get the word out
because this is a completely new event.”
The Clinch Park concerts will run from noon to 7 p.m. this Wednesday
through Sunday with 25 acts performing on a stage to be set up by West Bay
(see sidebar list of performers).
Sullivan says the Clinch Park concerts will benefit filmgoers as well as
the musicians who will get a chance to strut their stuff.
“By having the Clinch Park concerts we’ll be able to give the musicians a
chance to show filmgoers what they can do with an hour-long set while
giving the audiences a chance to stretch out between films and catch some
music by the bay.”

As in the past, the Film Festival is also issuing a CD featuring 20
artists. The TCFF 2011 album will be available at the film venues and the
box office. It will also be offered as digital downloads at
tcff2011.bandcamp.com at a discount, including a limited number of free
“During the first year of the festival we had to prime the pump to get
musicians to submit songs for the CD, but this year we received over 60
tracks for consideration and it was a difficult selection process,”
Sullivan says. He adds that songs not included on the CD will be
available for downloads on the musician bio squibs on the Film Festival’s
Filmgoers will find many new faces and younger performers at this year’s
festival, including the bluesy ballads of Samantha Crawford, high school
bandmates Seldomtone, Benzie County singer-songwriter Hannah Rae Beale,
the classics-meet-pop of White Wolf Black Bear, the family harmonies of
Summerson and the alternative rock of Ratone. Old faves such as Song of
the Lakes, New Third Coast, Ron Getz and Miriam Pico will be on the scene
and there will also be an international flavor with Milagros from
Argentina, Henry Sparks from the United Kingdom, and Mr. Thunderclap from
Sullivan, assistant entertainment manager Teresa O’Hara and assistant
Kathy Wilson spend months lining up the music talent, reviewing
applications and making tough choices on who gets to play and where.
“I’ll bet we put in a good month of full-time work into arranging the
musical acts but it’s worth it,” Sullivan says. “It’s one of those
exciting things with the intensity of Christmas.”

The Clinch Park Concerts
The site of the former Clinch Park Zoo is rapidly becoming a favorite
place for events in Traverse City, thanks to its pleasant location next to
the city marina and West Bay.
A new venue for the Film Festival, the stage at Clinch Park represents a
virual mini music fest with 25 acts performing throughout the week from
noon to 7 p.m., all free of charge to filmgoers and the general public.
Following is the lineup of who’s playing when:

12:00 Aurorealis
1:00 Emma Cook
2:30 Ruby John
4:00 Hipps N Ricco
5:30 New Third Coast

12:00 Katie Holt
1:00 Milagros
2:30 Medicinal Groove
4:00 SweetWater Blues Band
5:30 Bo Bossa

12:00 Jenny Thomas
1:00 Acoustic Dynamite
2:30 Hannah Rae Beale
4:00 Seldomtone
5:30 Injured List

12:00 Samantha Crawford
1:00 Song Of The Lakes
2:30 Cherry Blossom Ramblers
4:00 Summerson
5:30 Ratone

12:00 Matt Smith
1:00 lac la belle
2:30 Cabin Fever
4:00 Brett Mitchell
5:30 Wild Sullys

Music at the Parties
You’ll find many of the Film Festival’s premier acts performing at various
parties before, during and after the event. Here’s a rundown of what to

• Friends Party: Backroom Gang Ragtime, Dances of the Rising Phoenix
• Founders Party: Neptune Quartet
• Opening Party Downtown TC:  Mulebone, Luke Winslow King, K Jones and the
Benzie Playboys
• Filmmakers Party:  Keytronic, Schwarma Quintet
• Closing Party: Good Harbor, Swallowtail, Celtic music Crispin Campbell &
Kate Gordon

Open Space Performances
Numerous acts will rev up the crowd prior to the free films at the Open
Space on Traverse City’s bayfront. The music begins at 7 p.m. and
continues until showtime.
Following is a list of who’s performing. You can learn more about the
performers by going to the Film Festival’s website:

Tuesday, July 26 • Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back - The Tongue Family
Band - Irish tunes; Jimmy Olson - keyboard fusion; Jeff Gibbs - keyboard

Wednesday, July 27 - Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Deborah Wyndham - ragtime pianist; Barbara Faith Jordan -
singer-songwriter, folk, pop & jazz; Miriam Pico and Love Fest w/David
Chown - pop & jazz standards

Thursday, July 28 •
Mrs. Doubtfire
Milagros - Argentine soul; Hannah Rae Beale - folk singer-songwriter

Friday, July 29 • The Dark Knight
White Wolf Black Bear - indie/alt folk; Andrew Sturtz - edgy
singer-songwriter; Summerson - family harmonies

Saturday, July 30 • Tangled
Seldomtone - high school rock & blues; Taylor Fernandez - 15-year-old
songstress; Jenny Thomas - folk singer-songwriter; Ratone - rootsy
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