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 swings into Fall/Winter

- September 29th, 2005
From a nostalgic 1940s swing music revue to classic Dickens theatre, a quartet of jugglers to Guy Noir, Private Eye (the Ballet), Interlochen’s fall-winter season offers some of the same old acts featured year-after-year along with a few new faces.
• The season kicks off October 18 with “In the Mood,” a 1940s musical revue that celebrates the Swing Era, featuring the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, the Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra and more. The 15-piece String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra, supported by a cast of singers and dancers, presents the music and the arrangements of the top groups of the 1940s in a show that transports audiences back to the ball rooms, music theaters and radios of World War II America when swing music and dance buoyed the spirits of the nation.
• The Flying Karamazov Brothers juggle music, jokes, objects – and life’s eternal questions – in “LIFE, A Guide for the Perplexed,” their newest and most ambitious show ever (November 7).
• Interlochen alumna Ida Kavafian enjoys an international reputation as one of the most versatile musicians performing today. Besides serving for six years as violinist of the Beaux Arts Trio, she has also toured and recorded with the Guarneri Quartet, jazz great Chick Corea and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She will perform with the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra on November 18.
• The Nebraska Theatre Caravan presents “A Christmas Carol” on November 29. The perennial show features traditional English carols, Victorian costumes, a 30-member cast and a live orchestra.
The Interlochen Dance Ensemble and Arts Academy Orchestra present another perennial holiday favorite, “The Nutcracker,” December 16 through 18.
• James Moody joined Dizzy Gillespie’s seminal big band in 1946, recorded his first album, “James Moody and His Bop Men,” for Blue Note Records in 1948, and went on to become one of the most expressive and enduring figures in modern jazz. Moody will join the IAA Jazz Ensemble on January 20 in Interlochen’s first NEA Jazz Masters on Tour event.
• The Minnesota-based James Sewell Ballet company combines the classical virtues of ballet with the freedom of modern dance and the spirit of vaudeville. The January 31 program will include “Guy Noir – The Ballet,” in which Detective Guy Noir goes undercover into the world of ballet to protect a ballerina in peril. Set to a collection of American jazz music, “Guy Noir” features voice-over narration by Garrison Keillor.
• Influenced by folk, jazz and R, Grammy-winning pianist George Winston (April 27) evokes in his music the transcendent beauty of nature and the changing seasons. Winston has earned a loyal following with such albums as Autumn, Winter into Spring, December, Summer, Forest, Plains and his 2002 release “Night Divides the Day – The Music of the Doors.” His most recent recording, “Montana - A Love Story,” is inspired by themes from the childhood years Winston spent in his home state.
• Now in its 31st year, the Northwest Chamber Orchestra is led by Finnish conductor, composer and pianist Ralf Gothni. The ensemble will perform on May 2, and will join the IAA Orchestra in performance on May 4.

The fall-winter season will also be enlivened with presentations by students from around the world, beginning with the popular “Collage” on October 14, a rapid-fire sampler of student performances encompassing music, dance, theatre, creative writing and visual arts.
In addition to “The Nutcracker,” the Interlochen Dance Ensemble will present its annual Winter Dance Concert March 3-5 and Spring Dance Concert May 19-21.
The Interlochen Theatre Company will present “Comic Potential” on October 28-30, “Dark of the Moon” on December 9-11, “Two Gentlemen of Verona” on March
10-12 and the musical “Chicago” on May 12-14.
The Interlochen Visual Arts Gallery and Writing House will feature ongoing exhibits and readings by students, faculty and visiting guest artists, which are all free and open to the public. And watch for events from Interlochen’s new motion picture arts program.
Ticket prices range from $8 to $30, and are available online at http://tickets.interlochen.org. Tickets may also be purchased over the phone by calling the Interlochen Box office at 800-681-5920 or 231-276-7800 from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday and noon to 4pm on Saturday.
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