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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DJ your way to 2008

Emily Manthei - December 27th, 2007
The New Year’s song from time immemorial, “Auld Lang Syne” is the perennial favorite of merriment makers at the stroke of midnight. But maybe you’re looking for a little more musical originality on the Eve of 2008. Here are a few suggestions for your party’s playlist to help you be the DJ that ushers 2008 in with a little of the old, a little of the new, and a little bit of timeless cheer.

How to get that perfect party started? Well, everyone knows that while the opening cuts from your digital jukebox have got to be smart, quirky, and clever, they can’t steal the show from what will come later: the gems of style and taste which you don’t want those fashionable latecomers to miss.
So what does one start with on an occasion such as this? I usually opt to occupy that first hour with some of the classics. Holiday jazz from the ‘50s and ‘60s creates the perfect ambiance, but won’t steal the show. Pull out your Nancy Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Dean Martin, and Ella Fitzgerald and make sure one of them asks, “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” Besides the classic versions, nearly every known artist has done some cover version of this song, so you have a variety to choose from, whether it’s the Carpenters, Brian Setzer, Patti Labelle, or even Clay Aiken. Personally, I have a hard time deciding between the ever-popular Nancy Sinatra cover and the so-good-the-record-crackles version by The Orioles.
As for jazz, there are a variety of Christmas-themed holiday jazz compilations out there spotted with New Years tributes, but if this isn’t thematic enough for you, there’s always instru-mental Vince Gauraldi, which somehow manages to fit the part no matter the season. And you can’t go wrong with a track or two from Michigan’s own Sufjan Stevens’ excellent Christmas album, Songs for Christmas (and New Years). Pad this collection with New-Years-specific songs like “It Was a Very Good Year” and “Happy New Years, Baby,” which are sure to prep your audience – I mean guests – for transition time.

Yes, transition time. By now you might be feeling the need to really get the party started, but how do you shift from such a smooth sound to something a little more energetic without ruining the mood you’ve so carefully created? The answer is of course Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. With brassy ‘70s ensemble songs like “Five Minutes More,” “Our Day Will Come,” and “Thanks for the Memory,” you can keep the New Year’s spirit going while bringing up the tempo and probably inspiring a few brave dancers to take the first few steps onto the dance floor or onto your living room coffee table. Just move all the breakable knickknacks.

After Herb successfully starts your friends dancing, you will have your guests’ attention – now it’s time to show your musical smarts from 2007, abandoning the lyrical theme of the New Year for a showcase of all that was great about the old one. Party hits, personal faves, and iconic sounds from the year gone by are all fair game. For me it’s an international line-up of new, emerging, and good old stand-by performers that remind me of the musical diversity of 2007. We saw music from all over the world give us something to sing about this year.
Some of my top picks include the smart pop/dance female singer-songwriters of the year, such as improper Englishwoman Lily Allen’s debut release, Alright, Still, Nellie McKay’s Broadway-style extravaganza, Obligatory Villagers, and the lady herself, Feist, who released the wonderful The Reminder this year.
Now it’s time to make your friends really sweat: for sheer musical bliss, turn to Arcade Fire’s action-packed Neon Bible, or the hipster Swedish trio, Peter Bjorn and John, who released Writer’s Block over the summer; throw in a little Franz Ferdinand for good measure. Give them a breather with the exceptional lounge-y release from Koop, Koop Islands, and the next fabulous batch of Eastern European waltzes from Beirut, The Flying Club Cup.
Don’t forget about retro Motown lady groover Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, who released 100 Days, 100 Nights. Then slide over to the Latin side of grooving with Pacha Massive, an explosive, multi-instrumental collective who hit the music scene this year with All Good Things. Mocean Worker’s energetic and eccentric Cinco de Mowo! and Mexican Institute of Sound’s manic Piñata will continue to charge things up. And finally, before everyone gets too tired, throw some Brit-born Sri Lankan DJs at ‘em: MIA’s Kala will not disappoint; and a couple of Beastie Boys tracks (old or new-ish) will bring a little retro in for good measure.

And now comes the most precarious part of the night. At the pinnacle of success, you must ditch 2007’s greatest hits. Bring it down. Knock it off. Turn on the classics – you know what your friends want to hear, and as party host and DJ, you aim to please…
As the millions in New York stand freezing, waiting for the ball to drop, they should be listening to the same thing as you are right here in good ol’ Northern Michigan: the oldies, the goodies, those legendary New Year’s songs.
You might want to start your set by playing “The Future” by Leonard Cohen (or Diddy’s “Future,” if you prefer), Duran Duran’s “What Happens Tomorrow,” and “Tomorrow Never Dies,” – be creative and apply some of your own favorites to the occasion! You might even find the Eagles’ “Funky New Year” appropriate. And of course, who can forget to include the U2 classic, “New Year’s Day”? But when Times Square erupts into cheers at the count of “zero,” there is really only one option.
One of the innumerable “Auld Lang Syne” covers is sure to please. Personally, I’m kind of a sucker for the Brian Wilson version.

So now you’ve DJ-ed your way into the new year – 2008, here you come! As a parting post-bash chill-out mix, head for the acts of 2007 that can be sweetly hummed all the way home: Jose Gonzalez, Eleni Mandell, Ed Harcourt, Cinematic Orchestra, and the excellent soundtrack to perhaps one of the (past) year’s best music-themed films, Once. If the new year offers anything as nice as these, we’ve got something to look forward to.

Filmmaker, theology student, and Petoskey native Emily Manthei is also one half of the L.A.-based underground DJ duo The Undertwins, hence her
DJ-ing expertise.

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