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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Green Day bring Franz, Chiefs along on tour

Kristi Kates - June 22nd, 2009
Green Day Bring Franz,
Chiefs Along On Tour
Kristi Kates 6/22/09

Green Day’s summer tour is set to kick off right before the 4th of July,
in which the band will make stops in Chicago (7/13), Detroit (7/14),
Philly (7/21), Washington DC (7/29), and New Orleans (8/7), among other
cities, before heading overseas for a series of Western European dates in
Portugal, Spain, and France. But that’s not all of the Green Day tour news
- fans will also be treated to a couple of super opening acts, given that
Green Day has snagged both Franz Ferdinand and Kaiser Chiefs as their
support bands. Franz and the Chiefs usually headline their own shows, so
this should be an interesting mix for all bands involved...

Singer-songwriter-pianist Regina Spektor has wrapped work on her third and
latest album, Far, on which she collaborated with not one, not two, but
four different producers, whom she selected by randomly matching the
producers up with her newest roster of songs. Her new album will serve as
the follow up to her 2006 sophomore breakout set, Begin to Hope, which has
sold over half a million copies to date. Spektor will help promote Far
with a worldwide tour; the album’s first single, “Laughing With,” will hit
radio soon, with Far in stores on June 23...

O.A.R. may not have thought mini-blog site Twitter a very good idea at the
beginning, but now they’ve decided to embrace the technology with a
first-of-its-kind Twitter songwriting contest that will end with a new
O.A.R. song being released via iTunes in October. The band says that the
plan is to collect lyrics from people who contribute those lyrics to
Twitter, and to then write a song inspired by others’ words. Got some
lyric ideas? Well, now’s the time - fans are being asked to submit their
lyrics, 140 characters at a time, to O.A.R.’s Twitter page at
www.twitter.com/ofarevolution. The band will then choose three winning
verses, a chorus, and a bridge that will compose the winning song...

The Beastie Boys recently stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, where
they smashed out a quick impromptu live performance accompanied by Late
Night house band The Roots, and also revealed the title of their upcoming
album, which they’ve dubbed Hot Sauce Committee. Those who don’t want to
wait until the album hits stores and media outlets can catch the Beasties
at plenty of venues this summer; they’ve got headlining performances
booked at everywhere from All Points West and Austin City Limits to this
summer’s Lollapalooza fest...

Chicago hip-hop-popsters Cool Kids are giving their fans a mixtape of 18
new studio tracks called Gone Fishing that’s completely free. So what’s
the catch? Not a thing - the CKs simply want to reel in some interest for
their upcoming full-length album, When Fish Ride Bicycles. So go and snag
those new tunes now at www.coolxkids.com (and yes, we’ll stop the fishing

Interpol lead singer/guitarist Paul Banks is set to release a solo album
in August, but don’t look for the name “Paul Banks” on the record; the
album, dubbed Skyscraper, will surface under Banks’ solo moniker, Julian
Manchester Orchestra have just released their sophomore album, Mean
Everything to Nothing, and have already seen one of their songs featured
on the TV series Gossip Girls...
Taking Back Sunday’s new album, aptly titled New Again, is in stores now,
with the first single, “Sink Into Me,” already on radio...
Remember Lilith Fair, the all-female-musicians tour put together by
singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan in the late ’90s? Well, it’s making a
return in 2010, if the revived website www.lilithfair.com is any
As if General Motors didn’t have enough problems, Lemonheads frontman Evan
Dando is suing the automaker, claiming that they copied his band’s song
“It’s a Shame About Ray” for a 2008 car commercial...
Jason Mraz is set to headline this summer’s Gratitude Cafe Tour along with
G. Love; the tour kicks off in Maryland on July 25...

And these discs are this week’s headliners at a multimedia store near
you... ON CD: The Mars Volta’s Octahedron... Regina Spektor’s Far... Deer
Tick’s Born on Flag Day... and Pete Yorn’s Back and Fourth... ON DVD:
Thomas Dolby: The Singular Thomas Dolby... and Michael W. Smith’s A New
Hallelujah... that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.

Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions on this column or your
favorite musicians? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com

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