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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Reggie‘s Boxed Set/Opying out/New players

- February 25th, 2008
When Reggie Box died in 1995 from non-Hodgkins lymphoma, the popular general manager of WKLT-FM left behind 28 boxes of rock memorabilia.
Those hundreds of items will be auctioned online in early April through backstageauctions.com, based in Houston.
“Reggie was a great collector and when he passed away, all of his rock and roll memorabilia was boxed up and stored in my basement,“ says Katherine Ryder Purcell, who was married to Box for more than 10 years. Their marriage encompassed the same years that Box worked at KLT, from 1985-‘95, first in radio sales and then as station manager. Many give credit to Box for his leadership in taking the station from a small signal in Kalkaska to a radio powerhouse that is heard across Northern Michigan.
Box, who was also a Civil War buff, had an opportunity to meet many rock stars at the station, and was the recipient of numerous promo items. He had also been witness to the explosive rock scene of the late ‘60s-early ‘70s, with an appreciation for pop history.
“He had everything from a guitar signed by Stevie Ray Vaughn to some thong underwear from AC/DC,“ Purcell says. “And there are also rare tickets, backstage passes, posters and copies of Rolling Stone magazine back when it was a paper tabloid.“
Other items to be auctioned include guitars signed by John Cougar Mellencamp and Buddy Guy; every Kinks album the band put out, including imports and rarities; mementoes of Woodstock I & II; 16-20 boxes of promo CDs; and between 50-60 framed items.
“Reggie was a picture framer before he joined WKLT, so he had all of these beautifully framed pieces of rock and roll history in his collection,“ Purcell says. One such item is a copy of “Teen Beat“ magazine, featuring proud poppa Ringo Starr with his baby son, Zack. When the two performed at the Grand Traverse Resort in the early ‘90s, Box got them both to sign the cover.
Purcell heard about the auction while visiting Cleveland‘s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. A similar collection was up for sale through the online auction company which specializes in rock memorabilia. The Reggie Box collection will be previewed online the first week in April and then open for bids from April 6-13. See www.backstageauctions.com.

A Central Lake woman didn’t know there was a way to stop military recruiters from getting the home phone number of her high school son, but she wishes she had. Now, he is deployed in Iraq and is committed to a five-year stint.
The woman (who wishes to remain anonymous) said her son’s “direct ticket to the war zone” came from a military recruiter. She recently spoke to the Central Lake High school board and is urging parents to ask about an opt-out form. It’s the only way to stop personal contact information from reaching recruiters. It must be submitted each year (junior and senior year). She also wants schools to tell parents about the form.
For a generic form, Google “military opt-out” and submit to the school principal.
“It may not have made a bit of difference,” she said. “But what if it had? I don’t want other parents to have that regret. I’ll tell you one thing — the picture the recruiters present is broken and unclear. There are a lot of loopholes and hidden messages and broken promises, most of which you’ll never catch onto until you’ve been there, done that.”

Increasingly, the biggest players on the music scene in Northern Michigan are its casinos, with national acts flooding into the region to fill plush venues with 1,500 seats or more. Tickets tend to run in the $25-$40 range.
With new pop, rock, country and comedy acts arriving weekly, the face of entertainment in Northern Michigan is brighter than ever before; in the past, a desire to see many of the acts meant a long drive to Detroit or Chicago.
Here‘s a partial rundown on some of the upcoming acts at casinos:

• Odawa Casino Resort, Petoskey:
-- Miranda Lambert
-- Robert Cray Band
-- Creedence Clearwater Revisited
-- Chubby Checker
-- Pat Benatar

• Kewadin Dream Makers,
Sault Ste. Marie:
-- Brett Michaels & Firehouse
-- Collective Soul
-- Styx
-- Loretta Lynn

• Soaring Eagle, Mt. Pleasant:
-- Taganai
-- Ace Frehley & The Tubes
-- Grand Funk Railroad &
The Romantics
-- Gladys Knight

• Little River Casino, Manistee:
-- Foreigner
-- Gordon Lightfoot
-- Smokey Robinson

Additionally, construction is nearing completion on the new $80 million Turtle Creek Casino outside Traverse City, which will also host a music venue. Marty Stuart has been booked for June with The Georgia Satellites booked for July at the new facility.

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