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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Interlochen looks ahead to fall

- August 8th, 2011
Interlochen looks ahead to Fall
With summer halfway over, Interlochen Center for the Arts has announced
its fall/winter schedule, a blend of music, dance and theater.
Here’s what to expect between September and May:

Guster • September 2 • Kresge Auditorium
Offering indie pop; now in its 15th year, the band is a perennial favorite
with the 20-something set.

Jackson Browne • September 23
Kresge Auditorium
One of the most noteworthy singer-songwriters of the late ’60s-’70s,
Jackson Browne will perform a solo acoustic show.

Mat Kearney September 27 • Corson Auditorium
Expect catchy folk/pop from this critically acclaimed singer-songwriter
who has toured with John Mayer, Sheryl Crow and The Fray; headlined VH1’s
first “You Oughta Know Tour”; and had the Top-40 hit “Breathe In, Breathe
Out” featured on “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Sphinx Virtuosi September 28 • Corson Auditorium
The Sphinx Virtuosi is an ensemble of top alumni of the national Sphinx
Competition for young Black and Latino string players. The ensemble
performs masterpieces by Bach, Tchaikovsky and Mozart alongside works by
composers of color.

IAA “Collage” • October 6 & 7 Corson Auditorium
A sampler of student performances encompassing music, dance, theatre,
creative writing, visual arts and film.

Joe Lovano’s Us Five • October 26 Corson Auditorium
Grammy-winning saxophonist Joe Lovano’s new quintet featuring Esperanza
Spalding, Francisco Mela, Otis Brown III and James Weidman, won “Best
Small Ensemble of the Year” at the 2010 and 2011 Jazz Journalists
Association’s Jazz Awards and was named “Best Jazz Group” in both the 2010
and 2011 DownBeat Critics Polls.

Dominick Farinacci & Aaron diehl
Nov. 3 • Dendrinos Chapel
Trumpeter Dominick Farinacci has won the Carmine Caruso International Jazz
Trumpet Competition and Japan’s “International New Star Award.”

Yonder Mountain String Band November 4 • Corson Auditorium
The Yonder Mountain String Band bridges the gap between traditional
bluegrass and jam band music.

“Cabaret” • November 17, 18 & 19 • Harvey Theatre Thursday & Friday,
7:30pm; Saturday, 2pm & 7:30pm
Student performance of the hijinx at the seedy Kit Kat Klub in Berlin,
prior to World War II.

“The Nutcracker” December 8, 9 & 10 • Corson Auditorium
The Interlochen Dance Company and Orchestra present the holiday classic.

A Tribute to
Stan Kenton
December 15 • Corson Auditorium
Interlochen Jazz Ensemble and guest Mike Vax pay tribute to the master.

Kevin Cobb
January 20 • Corson Auditorium
A member of the prestigious American Brass Quintet since 1998, trumpeter
Kevin Cobb performs with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York
Philharmonic and New York City Ballet Orchestra.

The Magic School Bus LIVE: ”The Climate Challenge”
February 24 • Corson Auditorium
The Magic School Bus celebrates its 25th anniversary with a new musical
adventure. Ms. Frizzle’s students are putting on a play about global
warming, so the Friz and her reptilian sidekick take the class on a
whirlwind tour from the arctic to the equator to get some cold, hard

Alonzo King LINES Ballet •
February 28 • Corson Auditorium
Draws on deeply rooted cultural traditions to imbue classical ballet with
new expressive potential.

IAA 50th Anniversary Celebra-tion Concert
March 18 • Corson Auditorium
Celebrating the nation’s first – and remains its foremost – fine arts
boarding high school.

“West Side Story” • May 11 • Corson Auditorium
The Jets meet the Sharks in this student production which adapted
Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.”
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