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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2007 Modern Rock rewind

Kristi Kates - January 14th, 2008
If you’ve been reading Modern Rock all year long, then chances are you’re already among those who are In The Know about the latest happenings in modern rock music. But who can remember every little thing that goes on over the course of twelve long and musically complicated months? Even the hippest among us lose track - so here’s your yearly recap of all that happened on the music scene in 2007.

January begins with rumors flying that The long-defunct Police will reunite for some live shows, the ever-elusive Sting included. Bjork plans a tour - with a rumored appearance at a big summer event - and simultaneously works on her newest album, while Wilco wraps work on their latest, Sky Blue Sky. Switchfoot tours to promote their latest album, and V2 Records closes their doors, leaving the likes of Moby, The Raconteurs, and The White Stripes without a record label.
January CD releases include: Ron Sexsmith’s Time Being, Leonard Cohen’s Songs of Love and Hate, Bird and the Bee’s Bird and the Bee, and Beirut’s Lon Gisland.
In February, Beck drops a special deluxe edition of his The Information album, while Ticketmaster tries to placate ticked-off ticket buyers by offering free music downloads to fans with the purchase of “select concert tix” to offset Ticketmaster’s escalating (in) “Convenience Fees.” And those rumors on The Police prove true, as the band, complete with all three original members, opens up the 49th Annual Grammy Awards, which also featured performances from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Dixie Chicks, and Gnarls Barkley. Winners at the Grammys included Madonna, Bela Fleck, OK Go, and Gnarls himself. February CD releases include: Apples in Stereo’s New Magnetic Wonder, Apostle of Hustle’s National Anthem of Nowhere, The Magic Numbers’ Those Are the Brokes, and Bloc Party’s A Weekend in the City.
Iggy Pop is the big news for March, when he kicks off a tour with his old band, The Stooges. LCD Soundsystem kick off their tour, too, while Hot Hot Heat keep busy mixing their upcoming album, and Coldplay release all of their singles as a box set titled Coldplay: The Singles 1999-2006. Justin Timberlake gets his very own branded VCast mobile phone channel; a critically-acclaimed DVD of Icelandic rock music, dubbed Screaming Masterpiece, hits stores; and the SXSW Festival hits Austin, Texas, with appearances from Bloc Party, The Fratellis, and The Stroke-gone-solo, Albert Hammond, Jr. March CD releases include: the aforementioned Albert Hammond Jr.’s Yours to Keep, Modest Mouse’s We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, Air’s Pocket Symphony, and Jesse Malin’s Glitter in the Gutter.

The Killers kick off their latest tour as April begins, and the Arctic Monkeys screech back onto the charts with their sophomore set, Favourite Worse Nightmare, complete with accompanying European tour dates. The Canadian Juno Awards are held, with nods for the likes of Sarah McLachlan, Nelly Furtado, and singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith. Earth Day is celebrated in both NYC and Chicago with the 2nd Annual Green Apple Fest, which featured sets from The Decemberists, Kaiser Chiefs, The Walkmen, and Particle. Elsewhere, U2’s Bono is officially dubbed a Knight of the British Empire; Apple introduces their “Complete My Tracks” program so users can get credit for songs already purchased when buying an entire album; and Sean Lennon kicks off his spring tour. April CD releases include: Klaxon’s Myths of the Near Future, Kaiser Chiefs’ Yours Truly, Angry Mob, Michael Penn’s Palms and Runes: The Best of Michael Penn, and The Bravery’s The Sun and the Moon.
In May, the Bamboozle Fest hits New Jersey, with sets from Muse, Saves the Day, and headliners My Chemical Romance. Elvis Costello releases not one, but two sets of hits, rarities, and B-sides, while Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan releases her first set in four years – Are You Listening? Smashing Pumpkins kick off a full summer’s slate of live shows with a performance in Paris, France on the 22nd; Blur’s Damon Albarn announces that there will be no more new albums from his side project, Gorillaz; and Jack White has dual news, with an upcoming new Stripes album (dubbed Icky Thump) and busy studio time with his other band, The Raconteurs, who are worked on their second album. May CD releases include: The Sea and Cake’s Everybody, Squeeze’s Essential Squeeze, Bjork’s Volta, and The National’s Boxer.
June sees U2 embark to Morocco with producer Daniel Lanois to begin writing sessions for what is assumed will be U2’s next studio album, while Super Furry Animals finish mixing their latest set, Hey, Venus! and schedule out a full summer tour, as do Muse, who wind up with a schedule of U.S. live dates. The Strokes announce that they’ll be taking the entire next year off; fine news for Albert Hammond Jr. who continues to promote his solo disc, and Jack Johnson starts work on his fifth album at his own (and eco-friendly) Brushfire Studios. June CD releases include: Lifehouse’s Who We Are, The White Stripes’ Icky Thump, The Polyphonic Spree’s The Fragile Army, and Hot Chip’s DJ Kicks.

July brings all kinds of music news, from the cool (The Beastie Boys extending their world tour in promotion of their latest album, The Mix-Up) to the questionable (The Spice Girls reuniting). Squirrel Nut Zippers and The Beta Band decide to reunite, too, whether spurred on by the Spices or not is anybody’s guess. Zune presents a series of free hip-hop BBQ concerts, Matchbox Twenty goes into the studio to work on some new tracks for an upcoming retrospective disc, Aussie band Silverchair embark on a tour, and this year’s Mercury Music Prize announces its 2007 nominees, with Arctic Monkeys, Klaxons, and Maps topping the list. But perhaps the biggest news of July was the Live Earth event, which featured shows on all seven continents (yes, including Antarctica) and 15 hours of televised coverage. Performers including Snow Patrol, The Police, Madonna, Crowded House, The Beastie Boys, and RHCP, among tons of others, united for this event under the direction of Al Gore (yes, that Al Gore) to raise awareness of climate change and global warming. July CD releases include: Rooney’s Calling the World, The Chemical Brothers’ We Are the Night, Duran Duran’s Big Thing, and Editors’ An End Has a Start.
The big music news in August, of course, was Chicago’s Lollapalooza fest, which started with hot temperatures and showcased lots of equally hot acts, including Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Regina Spektor, Spoon, festival founder Perry Farrell’s Satellite Party, I’m From Barcelona, Daft Punk, Interpol, and Muse. Other than Lollapalooza, musicians kept busy touring and making progress on various albums, including Sweden’s The Hives, who wrapped work on their new set with producer Jacknife Lee. Elvis Costello announced that he’ll be teaming up with Bob Dylan for a fall tour; Madonna sells her record label, Maverick, back to its parent company, Warner Music; and BBC Radio 1 celebrates their 40th anniversary with a cool compilation disc and various other events. August CD releases include: The Starting Line’s Direction, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Berlin, Northern State’s Can I Keep This Pen?, and Talib Kweli’s Ear Drum.
While Lolla was the namesake event of August, the Austin City Limits event is perhaps the place to be for September, with Austin, Texas playing host to Bjork, The White Stripes, Bob Dylan, Bloc Party, Arcade Fire, Bela Fleck, Wilco, Queens of the Stone Ages, and tons more bands, all in one weekend. Elsewhere, Seal keeps busy working on his first album in four years with co-producer Stuart Price; Wyclef Jean announces that his next album will finally hit stores in November of this year; and the L.A. Swerve Festival hits L.A. for the first time, with live sets from Illinois, Snowden, and Black Angels. September CD releases included: James Blunt’s All the Lost Souls, Hot Hot Heat’s Happiness, Ltd., Simian Mobile Disco’s Attack Decay Sustain Release, and VHS or Beta’s Bring on the Comets.

In October, Iceland was the place to be, as that was where the Airwaves Music Festival took place, with headliners including Bloc Party, Mugison, Of Montreal, Gus Gus, and more. Another fest of note is the new-ish New Yorker Festival, complete with sets from (coincidentally) Icelandic popsters Sigur Ros, Talking Head David Byrne, and others. And yet another festival - this one wrapping up the month - was the Vegoose Fest, which took place in the desert just outside of Las Vegas, complete with a Halloween theme and rockin’ performances from Iggy Pop, U.N.K.L.E., Muse, and Battles. In other October news, The Ramones release a new double-DVD set titled It’s Alive: 1974-1996; Collective Soul and Live team up for a fall tour; and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces its latest set of nominees, which include Madonna, The Beastie Boys, and The Dave Clark Five. October CD releases include: Underworld’s Oblivion with Bells, Dan Wilson’s Free Life, The Fray’s Reason, and The Hives’ The Black and White Album.
November arrived with a DVD set from none other than Paul McCartney, who offered up a career-spanning 3-volume collection titled The McCartney Years that spanned four decades of his videos, performances, singles, and more. But even bigger news were Radiohead, who released their Rainbows CD for free as a digital release. The Rock for Darfur initiative kicked off with worldwide concerts by Hot Hot Heat, Mute Math, and others to raise funds for the humanitarian crisis, while the Warchild charity event in London featured sets from Keane, the Magic Numbers, and The Raconteur’s Brendan Benson. Also in November, Queens of the Stone Age play a special fans-only set in a salt mine underground in Europe; Razorlight arrives on U.S. shores for a tour; and Coldplay wrap work on their latest album. November CD releases include: The Killers’ Sawdus, Seal’s System, LCD Soundsystem’s 45:33, and Daft Punk’s Alive 2007.
And December wrapped up 2007 with plenty of events, even as the year drew to a close. Moby offered up a holiday gift - his own music, gratis, for indie filmmakers to use in their own productions. The Vines start work on their new album in Los Angeles, while, on the opposite coast, Sufjan Stevens performs his first classical-meets-indie-pop symphony. David Bowie releases a box set of his most recent albums, a whopping 60 hours of rare tracks, remixes, bonus materials, and more. In other news, We Are Scientists’ drummer, Michael Tapper, quits the band; Sub Pop Records opens a digital online shop; DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist announce that they’ll be teaming up for a January tour; and Madonna is working away at her latest album, which is due in spring of 2008; and Bjork re-teams with video director Michel Gondry for her video single “Declare Independence”. December CD releases include Keane’s Night Sky, Rivers Cuomo’s Alone: The Home Recordings, Vangelis’ Blade Runner Trilogy: 25th Anniversary… and Various Artists on Pop Ambient 2008… and that’s the buzz for 2007’s Modern Rock Rewind.
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