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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Pop Evil

Rick Coates - June 15th, 2009
Pop Evil Lives its Music

By Rick Coates 6/15/09

Pop Evil lead singer Leigh Kakaty likes to joke that at first glance the members of Pop Evil don’t look like a group of guys who would hang out together.
“We are made up of all different ethnic backgrounds and maybe we don’t look like we belong together,” said Kakaty. “But put us on stage together and we become one. Pop Evil is more than a band -- it is a lifestyle.”
The Grand Rapids based rockers are riding high (and fast as the video for their hit song “100 in 55” was filmed as they performed on a flatbed truck as it traveled 100 miles an hour). They will perform at The Terminal in Traverse City this Friday.
Exactly what does Kakaty mean by Pop Evil being a “lifestyle?”
“I grew up in conservative, white, Dutch-based Grand Rapids. I am brown skinned by way of an Indian father and white mother,” said Kakaty. “So I am a rapper, but I am too white to be a rapper, and I was a big pop music guy growing up, but I was evil to that as I am too brown to be a pop star; so Pop Evil was created as a lifestyle by a group of guys committed to our music.”

But aren’t all bands committed to their music?
“No, I see a lot bands basically masturbate on their instruments,” said Kataky. “Look, anyone can play an instrument, but what I want out of a band, and I think what people investing into a band want, is a band to prove that they believe in their music. So we live our music.”
Explain that point further, this idea about living your music.
“There is no separation from my life and my music,” states Leigh. “Pop Evil’s music is about leading instead of following and having your opinions matter. It is about being heard when no one wants to listen to you. It is about trying to fit in when no one has room for you. It is about overcoming obstacle after obstacle and knowing how to reward yourself for the little things when there are no rewards from your peers. Pop Evil is about making the world believe.”
After eight years of banging around the Midwest and playing as an opening act, Pop Evil is finally starting to get people to believe in your music.
“We still are not there yet, but we feel good about where we are heading,” said Kakaty. “I get asked all the time about why we invest so much time responding to our fans via MySpace. Well, it has been the comments that they have posted that have kept us going over the years. So all of us check out our page everyday to see what people have to say.”

The fans and the critics have a lot of positive things to say of late about Pop Evil. Their current release “Lipstick On The Mirror” (released last year and picked up and re-released by Universal Records three weeks ago) has been climbing the charts. Their hit song “100 in a 55” has over 6.5 million plays on MySpace.
So how did the band keep it together? Eight years is a long time for a band to keep at it.
“I played team sports and even had a basketball scholarship until I blew my knee out, so I look at our band from a team mindset,” said Kataky. “We are a team, we write all the songs together. When we started this band we made a commitment to take pride and ownership in our music then and for the future.”
So sum it all up, at the end of the day what is Pop Evil all about?
“When I go to a concert I want a band to rock the shit out of me, so that is the approach we take,” said Kataky. “Musically we are focused on bringing back mainstream rock but machining it evil, pop evil. Look, our slogan is Pop Evil, the best thing to come out of Michigan since the automobile; okay, maybe the best thing since the automobile and Kid Rock.”
Pop Evil will perform this Friday at The Terminal (formally Streeters Ground Zero Night Club) for a special “Low Dough” show with tickets only $10 with Critical Bill and Ashes of Soma opening. After their Traverse City appearance Pop Evil will take to the road as the opening act for British Steel 30th Anniversary Tour 2009 featuring Judas Priest and Whitesnake. “We are exctied about having Pop Evil joining us,” said Rob Halford, lead singer of Judas Priest. “These guys are going places and we are glad it will be with us this summer.” For advance tickets call the Terminal at 231-932-1300. To listen to a sampling of Pop Evil’s songs check out myspace.com/popevil.

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