Letters 10-17-2016

Here’s The Truth The group Save our Downtown (SOD), which put Proposal 3 on the ballot, is ignoring the negative consequences that would result if the proposal passes. Despite the group’s name, the proposal impacts the entire city, not just downtown. Munson Medical Center, NMC, and the Grand Traverse Commons are also zoned for buildings over 60’ tall...

Keep TC As-Is In response to Lynda Prior’s letter, no one is asking the people to vote every time someone wants to build a building; Prop. 3 asks that people vote if a building is to be built over 60 feet. Traverse City will not die but will grow at a pace that keeps it the city people want to visit and/or reside; a place to raise a family. It seems people in high-density cities with tall buildings are the ones who flock to TC...

A Right To Vote I cannot understand how people living in a democracy would willingly give up the right to vote on an impactful and important issue. But that is exactly what the people who oppose Proposal 3 are advocating. They call the right to vote a “burden.” Really? Since when does voting on an important issue become a “burden?” The heart of any democracy is the right of the people to have their voice heard...

Reasons For NoI have great respect for the Prop. 3 proponents and consider them friends but in this case they’re wrong. A “yes” vote on Prop. 3 is really a “no” vote on..

Republican Observations When the Republican party sends its presidential candidates, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people with a lot of problems. They’re sending criminals, they’re sending deviate rapists. They’re sending drug addicts. They’re sending mentally ill. And some, I assume, are good people...

Stormy Vote Florida Governor Scott warns people on his coast to evacuate because “this storm will kill you! But in response to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that Florida’s voter registration deadline be extended because a massive evacuation could compromise voter registration and turnout, Republican Governor Scott’s response was that this storm does not necessitate any such extension...

Third Party Benefits It has been proven over and over again that electing Democrat or Republican presidents and representatives only guarantees that dysfunction, corruption and greed will prevail throughout our government. It also I believe that a fair and democratic electoral process, a simple and fair tax structure, quality health care, good education, good paying jobs, adequate affordable housing, an abundance of healthy affordable food, a solid, well maintained infrastructure, a secure social, civil and public service system, an ecologically sustainable outlook for the future and much more is obtainable for all of us...

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There‘s No Run in these Nylons: Quartet Brings Sheer Energy to Interlochen

Ross Boissoneau - January 13th, 2005
Where can you hear songs by Three Dog Night, the Police, the Platters, James Taylor, McFadden & Whitehead, Gene Pitney and Prince?
Well, you could spin the radio dial back and forth, from oldies to classic rock to r stations. But a better option would be going to Interlochen’s Corson Auditorium this Friday, Jan. 14, where the Nylons will be wrapping the above and more in their inimitable four-part harmonies. Claude Morrison, the lone remaining original member, says the group is sounding better than ever.
“There was a period in the early ‘90s where one member had died (the angelic-voiced Marc Connors, who passed away from AIDS-related cancer) and one left (Paul Cooper). It wasn’t the apex.
“But at a crucial point Garth (current member Garth Mosbaugh) and Gavin Hope joined. After three or four years Gavin went off to do major musicals, then we got Mark Cassius, who’d just finished major musicals. He was feeling a need for change.
That was seven-plus years ago. But according to Morrison, “We still refer to him (Cassius) as the New Guy.”
Keeping pace with the times, the group has added songs by Daryl Hall & John Oates, George Michael, and Stevie Wonder to its repertoire, along with favorites like “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “Chain Gang,” “Dream,” “Town Without Pity” and others.
“We keep the chestnuts like ‘Drift Away,’ ‘Up On The Roof,’ ‘Happy Together,’ Morrison said. “It’s a good mix with the new stuff from the past couple albums. It harkens back to day one.”
It was with Connors, Cooper, and longtime bass Arnold Robinson, who joined the group in 1981, two years after its inception, that the quartet hit its stride in the late ‘80s. Albums like “Seamless,” “One Size Fits All,” “Happy Together” and “Rockapella” showcased their delicious harmonies on familiar favorites and zesty originals.
Morrison says even longtime fans who were enamored with the hit-making quartet in its heyday see the current group as every bit the equal of days gone by. “People who saw us back when Marc and Paul were with us say the stage show and musicality is still every bit as good.
“As you take it around to different audiences you keep it fresh. We don’t want to get to the point where we phone it in. The music keeps you alive,” Morrison added.
Opening for The Nylons will be Christine Evans, a 14-year-old freshman at Interlochen Arts Academy, and an up and coming star in her homeland, Canada. The first single off her debut album, “Take Me Home,” won Song of the Year at Vancouver’s Third Annual Island Music Awards and has been included on the “Women & Songs” CD, alongside performances by Diana Krall, Norah Jones, Sarah McLachlan and
Sheryl Crow.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $8, $18, and $24 Call the Interlochen box office at 276-6230 or go online to interlochen.com.

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