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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Will the New Doors Light Your Fire?

Kristi Kates - November 7th, 2002
According to original Doors members Ray Manzarek and Robby Kreiger, there‘s
going to be some new action in the Doors camp over the next few months.
Drummer Stewart Copeland, best known for his work with The Police, and ex-The
Cult singer Ian Astbury have both been tapped along with bassist Angelo
Barbera to complete The Doors‘ revamped (and supposedly permanent) new
lineup, with Astbury ostensibly stepping into the late Jim Morrison‘s shoes
as vocalist. The “new“ Doors played last week at the Harley-Davidson Open
Road Festival in Southern California, and a new Doors studio album plus an
extensive tour are reportedly expected next year...

Jack Johnson fans got a treat at Johnson‘s L.A. show last week - taking the
stage at The Greek Theatre halfway through Johnson‘s set was none other than
G. Love, who joined Johnson for several tunes, including the Love/Johnson
collaboration “Rodeo Clowns.“ And during the encore, longtime Johnson pal
Ben Harper hopped onstage to play guitar on Johnson‘s tune “The Flake“ and a
cover of the Jimi Hendrix classic “Who Knows“...

‘80‘s synth duo Erasure have announced that they‘ll be releasing a new album
titled *Other People‘s Songs* in February of 2003, an album that will be
mostly comprised of the band‘s versions of a variety of cover songs.
Although the tracklist for *Other People‘s Songs* is not yet final, the disc
is likely to include Erasure‘s takes on “Ave Maria,“ The Righteous Brothers‘
“You‘ve Lost That Lovin‘ Feeling,“ The Three Degrees‘ “When Will I See You
Again,“ and Peter Gabriel‘s “Solsbury Hill,“ all produced by Gareth Jones
(Depeche Mode). Erasure are also planning out their first UK tour in five
years, details of which should be forthcoming...

Blink 182 drummer Travis Barket has embarked on a side project with Rancid
singer/guitarist Tim Armstrong. Dubbed The Transplants, the band‘s tunes
meld punk with hardcore hip-hop and reggae influences; their upcoming
self-titled debut album will also feature guest appearances by The
Distillers‘ Brody Armstrong, AFI‘s Davey Havok, and additional Rancil members
Lars Frederiksen and Matt Freeman. The first Transplants album is expected
out on October 22nd...

The Falls Festival, Australia‘s annual New Year‘s concert party in Lorne, has
locked down their roster of acts, which is now set to include The Vandals,
Jet, The Casanovas, Timo Mass, and the aforementioned Jack Johnson; 50 acts
in all are scheduled to play over the 2-day event...
German pop duo Stereo Total will kick off a month-long North American tour on
October 31st in NYC...
Theory of a Deadman are hitting the road for a series of live gigs with
Audiovent starting October 17th...
NBC is planning to air the TV special *Elvis Lives* in late November or early
December of this year, featuring tributes to the singer from the likes of No
Doubt, Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow, and U2‘s Bono...
Queen received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week - their star
being located at 6365 Hollywood Boulevard, if you‘re interested in seeing it
for yourself...
And Tori Amos is set to take to the road for a headlining tour on November
7th in support of her new album, *Scarlet‘s Walk* - she‘ll take the Tori show
through Toronto (11/22), Detroit (11/24), Chicago (11/27), Milwaukee (12/1),
and Seattle (12/10) before wrapping in San Francisco on December 21st...

Taking their CDs to a store near you this week are these artists... Jets to
Brazil present *Perfecting Loneliness*... Santana releases *Shaman*... Tracy
Chapman says *Let It Rain*... My Life With The Thrill Kill Cult releases
*Elektrik Inferno Live*... and Cave In offers up *Tides of Tomorrow*... and
that‘s the buzz for this week‘s Modern Rock.

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