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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Hoxeyville Music Fest

Rick Coates - August 17th, 2009
Hoxeyville Music Festival
Takes a Giant Leap Forward
By Rick Coates 8/17/09

In a year that has seen a record number of music festivals in Northern Michigan, the Hoxeyville Music Festival, located near Wellston (between Cadillac and Ludington), hopes to stand out by blending international superstars with regional favorites to attract a couple of thousand festival goers.
The growing music festival scene in Northern Michigan has become very competitive over the years since Blissfest paved the way 30 years ago. From Memorial Day to Labor Day more than 40 music festivals will take place. Attendance has been light at some, as many festivals offer the same musicians and bands.
“I looked at a lot of these music festivals and my wife and I usually go to one every weekend, but I noticed they were all having the same bands,” said Paul Caruthers of Honor. “I like a lot of these local bands, but I do not need to see the same bands every weekend.”
While Hoxeyville will offer several bands from the area that have been making the summer festival circuit, they hope that having international acts will make a difference, including five-time Grammy winner Buddy Guy and New Orleans jazz and funk jam band Galactic, along with jazz guitar legend Bill Frisell.

“It is a hefty price tag at $125 per person, but my girlfriend and I skipped a few other festivals to go to this one,” said Caruthers. “We felt the talent and eclectic nature of the festival made this one festival we couldn’t miss.”
That is music to the ears of organizers as they host their seventh annual festival on a 75-acre farm nestled deep within the Manistee National Forest.
“We have already pre-sold twice as many tickets as last year,” said Jake Robinson, festival organizer. “This is definitely a major increase in the ticket price from previous years, but the quality of acts is there to warrant this ticket price.”
As for the competition with other festivals, that is why Robinson moved Hoxeyville from the last weekend of July to this weekend.
“We were nestled in between Dunegrass and Rothbury. Well, Rothbury is a high-ticket event and with our audience being similar to theirs, we decided to move weekends,” said Robinson. “Based on the pre-sale tickets, it appears to be a good idea.”
Robinson said they are also looking to expand their audience, not just in size, but demographically.
“We are in a good location between Grand Rapids and Traverse City, so we are marketing heavy in both of those communities,” said Robinson. “But we also wanted to expand the scope of our audience and we looked at a lot of different headliners to do that and Buddy Guy seemed like a perfect fit. The jam band guys all love him and he attracts a different audience than we have been attracting up to this point. We really feel that if someone has been thinking about our festival, but hasn’t made it in the past, with this line up we have assembled we have given them a reason to check us out.”

Buddy Guy has a track record for selling out venues. The blues guitar legend is one of the fathers of the Chicago blues sound and inspired the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Pete Townsend and The Rolling Stones. A few years back he sold out Interlochen, and at the Turtle Creek Blues Festival he attracted 5,000 fans.
Guy plays a blistering guitar, probably why Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him 30th on their all-time list of greatest guitarists. He is equally known for his showmanship on stage, and for that matter no Buddy Guy concert is complete without the blues legend wandering into the audience to play his guitar. Guy will headline the festival Saturday night.
Stage Setup: Hoxeyville will boast two stages of national touring artists as well as a third stage featuring the best and brightest talent from around Michigan. Next door is a campground with amenities including a swimming pool, showers, plug-ins, dump station and wireless Internet. The festival site will have a disc golf course and is located near various mountain biking trails and the Pine River. Kestelwood’s restaurant, party store and campground is a convenient six minute walk from the festival grounds.
New to the Festival: New this year will be the addition of a beer tent, featuring handcrafted brews. There’s also a farmers market with local produce and baked goods.

Tickets and Additional Information: The Hoxeyville Music Festival will take place August 21-23. For additional information and to purchase advance tickets go to hoxeyville.com.

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