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 announces

- April 20th, 2009
Interlochen Announces
Summer Highlights

The Steve Miller Band, Willie Nelson and Styx top a lineup of more than 30 major performances planned at the Interlochen Center for the Arts this summer.  Interlochen’s season kicks off with Willie Nelson on June 7 and runs through Aug. 22, ending with a three-day guitar festival. In between, the season will feature everything from the arena rock of Styx to the violin and cello-infused indie sounds of Ra Ra Riot; from folk icon Joan Baez to the four-part country harmonies of Little Big Town.
The spoken word also gets its due with an appearance by comedienne Paula Poundstone. Look also for one of Shakespeare’s greatest hits with “The Taming of the Shrew.”
Here’s a peek at the season ahead:
WILLIE NELSON (June 7): The creative genius behind such recordings as “Crazy” and “Stardust,” Nelson’s career has spanned six decades and more than 200 albums
INDIGO GIRLS (June 23): offer two decades of roots-inspired music and infectious harmonies in hits such as “Closer to Fine,” “Hammer and Nail” and “Galileo.”  
“THE TAMING OF THE SHREW” (June 25-28 and July 2-5): Director William Church places this battle of the sexes in an early 1900s circus, with fiery-tongued Kate as a knife-thrower and Petruchio as a lion tamer. Interlochen faculty and alumni fill the roles of cast and crew.
CHERRYHOLMES (June 27): stormed to the top of the bluegrass world by winning the 2005 International Bluegrass Music Association’s “Entertainer of the Year” award.
PARSONS DANCE COMPANY (June 29): is renowned for its sexy athleticism, exuberant personality and joyous movement.
THE WALLFLOWERS (June 30), led by Jacob Dylan is on the rebound, looking to upstage their multi-platinum 1996 release, “Bringing Down the Horse,” and the Grammy-winning single, “One Headlight.”
ARIANNA STRING QUARTET (July 2): one of America’s finest chamber ensembles. Formed in 1992, the quartet garnered national attention by winning the Grand Prize in the 1994 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and First Prize in both the Coleman and Carmel Chamber Music Competitions.
THE CAPITOL STEPS (July 3): offer political humor in what has become an Independence Day tradition at Interlochen.  
THE AHN TRIO (July 5): Soeul sisters and pianists Maria, Lucia and Angella join the World Youth Symphony Orchestra to perform Kenji Bunch’s “Hardware Concerto.”
“COLLAGE” (July 7): a tour de force of student performances encompassing music, dance, theatre, creative writing and visual arts.  
RA RA RIOT (July 8) melds elements of new wave and indie rock with violin and cello-infused chamber pop. The result is “a vibrant mix of keening strings, trebly guitar, bittersweet lyrics, and thundering rhythms that calls to mind a less apocalyptic Arcade Fire” (Spin).
INTERLOCHEN IRISH FESTIVAL featuring EILEEN IVERS & IMMIGRANT SOUL and THE GLENGARRY BHOYS (July 9): Former Riverdance star Eileen Ivers has been called “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin” by The New York Times; the Ontario-based Glengarry Bhoys have been hailed for their fusion of rock and Celtic styles.
PAULA POUNDSTONE (July 10): Her spontaneity and razor-sharp wit have made this comedienne one of the most popular panelists on NPR’s weekly news quiz show, “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me.”
MARCUS STRICKLAND (July 13): was named “Best New Artist” in JazzTimes’ 2006 Readers’ Poll and saxophone “Rising Star” in Downbeat’s 2008 Critics’ Poll. His trio performs adaptations of songs from a diverse palette of artists such as Bjork, Jaco Pastorius, Outkast and Oumou Sangare.
MAIA QUARTET (July 16): this internationally acclaimed string quartet has appeared in major concert halls throughout the U.S. and abroad.
CIRCO COMEDIA (July 17): performs daredevil stunts and comedy. The duo consists of Jean Saucier (acrobat, juggler, trick cyclist and magician) and Patrick Cté (burlesque clown, expert roller skater and drummer).  
CHRIS THILE (July 19): The former mandolin star of Nickel Creek joins Interlochen’s World Youth Symphony Orchestra to present his first mandolin concert.
STEVE MILLER BAND (July 20) flies like an eagle with classic rock hits.
LEON BATES (July 21): presents “American Originals as one of classical music’s most noteworthy pianists.”
GORDON LIGHTFOOT (July 22): performs classic songs such as “Sundown,” “If You Could Read My Mind” and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.”  
“ANYTHING GOES” (July 30-August 2): A Cole Porter musical set in an Atlantic crossing on the ocean liner S.S. American. 
KENNY LOGGINS (August 5): reprises Loggins & Messina classics like “Danny’s Song” as well as solo tracks such as “Celebrate Me Home” and “This Is It.”
JOAN BAEZ (August 6): the folk superstar of the early ‘60s who gave Bob Dylan his start offers her take on the ‘00s.
HOT PEAS ‘N BUTTER (August 8): children’s musical group incorporates traditional Latin music, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, jazz, folk and rock.
ENS? STRING QUARTET (August 12, 14 & 17): has garnered honors at international competitions.
LITTLE BIG TOWN (August 13): offers country hits such as “Boondocks,” “Bring It On Home” and “Good As Gone.”  
STYX (August 15): was the first group to have four consecutive albums certified multi-platinum. Their hits include “Blue Collar Man,” “Come Sail Away,” “Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)” and “Lady.”
INTERLOCHEN GUITAR FESTIVAL (August 20-22): includes the jazz of Chapman Stick and fingerstyle virtuosos Laurence Juber (Paul McCartney & Wings) and Andrew York (the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet).
Tickets go on sale to the general public at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 24 and may be purchased online at http://tickets.interlochen.org. To purchase tickets over the phone, call the Interlochen Box office at 800-681-5920 or 231-276-7800 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
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