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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Three months of music

Kristi Kates - June 15th, 2009
Three Months of Music
Annual Summer Concerts Preview

By Kristi Kates 6/15/09

It’s June, music fans, which means we’ve got your yearly roundup of the summer concert and festival events taking place around the country and around the world, so wherever you are, you’ll be able to catch the best live shows of summer 2009.
We’re halfway through the first month of summer, so let’s get right to it - we’ll start things off Stateside, and then show you what’s going on overseas, too.

Bonnaroo Festival, June 11-14, Manchester TN (www.bonnaroo.com)
Bonnaroo offers, of course, camping, and that whole outdoorsy experience, which this year includes sets from Bruce Springsteen, Phish, Galactic, Wilco, Al Green, Ben Harper, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Gomez, Citizen Cope, and Snoop Dogg.

Rock the Garden, June 20, Minneapolis MN (http://minnesota.publicradio.org/)
The Decemberists, Calexico, Yeasayer, and Solid Gold are the quartet that will entertain the crowds at this year’s big Rock the Garden event in Minneapolis, with the rilly big shew starting at 4 in the afternoon and running until 10 pm.

Summerfest, June 25-July 5, Milwaukee WI (www.summerfest.com)
With its varied roster, Summerfest aims to offer something for everyone, whether you like the stylings of Stevie Wonder, Spoon, The Roots, Lupe Fiasco, Talib Kweli, Elvis Costello, or buzz band The Airborne Toxic Event.

Comerica City Fest, July 1-5, Detroit MI (www.newcenter.com/cityfest)
The Motor City may be a little short on cars, but hey, they’ve got a few decent bands, including this year’s Comerica lineup of Todd Rundgren, Deastro, The Handsome Furs, The Veronicas, and retro-returnees De La Soul.

Pitchfork Music Festival, July 17-19, Chicago IL (www.pitchforkmusicfestival.com)
Pitchfork is the smaller hipster sibling to the Lollapalooza fest that’ll take over the Windy City in August, this year showcasing music from the likes of Yo La Tengo, The National, The Walkmen, Lindstrom, The Thermals, and M83.

Warped Tour, July 17-19, Camden NJ and Uniondale NY (www.warpedtour.com)
Be prepared for plenty of crowd-surfing and slam-dancing at this punk extravaganza, which is trashing all stages with the likes of Flogging Molly, Anti-Flag, Bouncing Souls, Less Than Jake, NOFX, and Westbound Train, among others.

Siren Music Fest, Saturday, July 19, Coney Island NY (http://siren.villagevoice.com/siren)
Complete with its yearly mermaid theme, Siren not only presents music from Raveonettes, Monotonix, Built to Spill, Future of the Left, and Micachu, but also offers a chance to grab a Nathan’s famous hot dog and check out the Coney Island rides.

10,000 Lakes Music Festival, July 22-24, Detroit Lakes MN (www.10klf.com)
Many lakes, many bands (well, perhaps not quite as many bands) in a pretty Midwestern setting that plays host to Dave Matthews, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, The Ragbirds, Kinetix, and the rootsy Railroad Earth.

All Points West, July 31-August 2, Liberty State Park NJ (www.apwfestival.com)
Taking over the park with some of the hippest acts of the year, including Coldplay, Beastie Boys, The Ting Tings, MGMT, Black Keys, Elbow, We Are Scientists, Ghostland Observatory, Chairlift, The Cool Kids, and Mogwai.

Lollapalooza, August 7-9, Chicago IL (www.lollapalooza.com)
One of the biggest summer fests each year in nearby Chicago, and the only rilly big shew of August; the 2009 edition includes plenty of big names, among them The Killers, Beastie Boys, Kings of Leon, The Decemberists, Lou Reed, Ben Folds, Ra Ra Riot, Of Montreal, Crystal Castles, and Kaiser Chiefs.


Meltdown Fest, June 13-21, London England http://meltdown.southbankcentre.co.uk/
Meltdown encompasses several London venues, and also names a curator to choose each year’s performers - 2009’s curator, Ornette Coleman, picked The Roots, Yo La Tengo, Baaka Maal, Moby, and Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band.
Glastonbury, June 24-28, Glastonbury England www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk
Glastonbury takes up 900 acres of space, and also features dance, comedy, theater, cabaret, and other arts and performances along with its roster of bands such as this year’s Blur, Jarvis Cocker, Franz Ferdinand, and Maximo Park.

Roskilde, July 2-5
Roskilde started as a hippie fest in 1971, but today covers a much more mainstream roster of pop and rock acts, with all the stages unusually contained in giant tents; 2009 will present Fleet Foxes, Kanye West, and Faith No More.

Rock Werchter, July 2-5, Werchter Belgium www.rockwerchter.be
Belgium’s largest music festival is in its 36 year, and has actually been run by American festival organizers Live Nation since 2003; the 2009 edition of the event will include Coldplay, Fleet Foxes, Franz Ferdinand, and Elbow.

Montreux Jazz Festival, July 3-18, Montreux Switzerland
The first Montreux Jazz Fest in 1967 featured mostly - duh - jazz musicians. But it began broadening its roster in the ‘70s, and this year will showcase the likes of Mos Def, Underworld, Simian Mobile Disco, Lauryn Hill, and Klaxons.
Sziget Fest, August 12-17, Budapest Hungary www.szigetfestival.com
Held on Obudai Island (or “sziget”) in the Danube, this fests’ attendees consist mostly of music fans from Hungary, France, and the UK; this year they’ll be listening to Franz Ferdinand, Morcheeba, Manic St. Preachers, and Fatboy Slim.

V Fest, August 22-23, Chelmsford and Staffordshire England www.vfestival.com
The Richard-Branson-helmed V Fest is well known for its loyal audience, short lines, and organized schedules, of which this year’s bands include The Streets, Elbow, Jet, Dizzee Rascal, The Killers, Fatboy Slim, and MGMT.

Reading and Leeds, August 28-30, Berkshire/West Yorkshire England www.leedsfestival.com and www.readingfestival.com
The English Reading and Leeds share the same weekend, and attendees often wear mud boots to both of these field fests, which also share the same roster. This year it includes Kaiser Chiefs, Glasvegas, Maximo Park, and Maccabees.

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