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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Nancy‘s Fury

Glen Young - June 21st, 2007
Rock and roll has long been implicated as a cause of the generation gap. Fathers, the argument goes, champion the Rolling Stones and the like, while sons bang their heads to hip-hop, Saliva or The Killers.
Scott and Dave Bachelor of Petoskey have instead used the thumping sounds of rock rhythms to forge a stronger father-son relationship. Scott plays drums and Dave sings lead vocals for the Petoskey-area band Nancy’s Fury, more popularly known as Footloose.
Appearing regularly at Petoskey’s Papa Lou’s, Northern Lights Recreation Center, and the Stampede in Gaylord, Nancy’s Fury has won a regular following, thanks in part to Scott’s cohesive drumming and Dave’s rangy singing.
The two are joined on stage by lead guitarist Dave Misale, guitarist Eric Wilson, and bassist Ken Reedy.
Footloose formed in the mid-‘90s, playing largely country-flavored sets. Scott eventually sat in as a back-up drummer, and ultimately took over the job full time. With a few other personnel changes, his son Dave also came to be a regular member of the band.
“It definitely wasn’t planned,” Scott says. “He asked if he could come up and sing a song sometime,” Scott, 43, says of his now 18-year-old son. Crowds responded appreciatively. “So, we started making his guest appearances a regular thing,” Dave’s proud dad continues.
Dave, who says he wants to eventually “become a rock and roll superstar,” recalls his early days vividly. “When I started I was 15,” Dave says. His appearances had to come early in the band’s sets, because “I couldn’t stay in bars that late back then.”

Before performing with Footloose he sang with some bands made up of other Petoskey High School students, from where he recently graduated, but only because he fibbed to some friends in ninth grade and told them he could sing when they needed a front man. “I didn’t know how to sing at all,” he admits with a laugh.
Dave says he and his father, who has been involved in rock and roll since he was a teen himself, “have a friendship as well as a father-son relationship.” He does admit as well however, that “any son knows that when you work with your dad, this ‘I’d do it this way’ response sometimes comes out.”
Scott says that the two sometimes disagree because Dave “expects things to happen faster than we realistically know they will. He’s kind of like a wild horse; you have to tame him sometimes.”
Lead guitarist Misale, who joined the band almost a year ago, after answering an ad in the newspaper, says the band has found a comfortable groove. “We’re all equals here.”
The band, which is slowly changing its name to Nancy’s Fury in order to distance itself from the country roots of Footloose, enjoys an eclectic audience at its regular venues. On a recent night at Papa Lou’s, the crowd included both the Harley set as well as local real estate professionals. Their combination of classic and contemporary rock weaves itself well into the memories of all stripes of music fans. Their newest CD, simply titled “Nancy’s Fury,” features covers of “No Sugar Tonight” by the Guess Who, as well as “Basket Case” by Green Day.

Johnnie Walker, bartender and booking agent at Papa Lou’s, says the band “has a good energy to them” and they “have a good clean sound.” He says that crowds react enthusiastically and that at times “we can’t get people off the dance floor.” He also likes working with the band, which he books about once a month, because “they’re all really professional.”
Scott says Nancy’s Fury is hoping to record a CD of original material sometime before next ski season. When they are onstage, up to four nights a week, adding Boyne Mountain’s Snowflake Lounge to their regular venues. He says they have more than a half dozen tracks to date, and need maybe that many more to fill out the disc. All five members collaborate on songwriting.
For more information about Nancy’s Fury visit their website at www.freewebs.com/footlooseband
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