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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Barbara Faith Jordan

Robert Downes - October 26th, 2009
Barbara Faith Jordan Brings out her Best
By Robert Downes 10/26/09

Barbara Faith Jordan has been a bright light on the Northern Michigan acoustic music scene for nearly a decade, performing thoughtful songs with a message at coffeehouses, folk festivals and concert venues throughout the region.
Next week, friends and fans will hear the latest from Barbara when she releases her new CD, Passages at the City Opera House in Traverse City at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1. Here, Barbara talks about her new CD and musical journey:

NE: Is this your first CD?
Faith Jordan: No, I put my first CD out in 1997. It’s no longer available, but was called “Harvest” and was a collection of original inspirational music.

NE: What direction did you take with your music on this album?
Faith Jordan: I mainly use a narrative, story-telling format to my songs and wanted this album to be reflective of the many different “stories” that people are living every day. There are songs about love, loss, hope, grief, faith, pain, fear, and humor. I was inspired by a website called www.musicforthesoul.org The founder of that site stated “I believe firmly and passionately that music is a gift from God and has the power to speak healing straight to people’s hearts where words alone can often fail.” My vision for the album was to deliver a quality message through each song with quality music and solid arrangements. I was grateful to find a co-producer, Joe Ayoub, that was both a great arranger and a great musician to help me with this.
I wanted the album to have a very eclectic feel to it in terms of genre and song content. One of the many things I enjoy about being an independent artist is not feeling constrained to stay within a certain style or genre. I like to use whatever style I think fits the lyrics. It was fun to sing a little jazz, a little country and even a little rock.

NE: When did you get your start as a musician and how long have you been a singer/songwriter?
Faith Jordan: I started singing soon after I could talk. As I got older, I would sit next to my parents stereo speakers, search through their record collection, pick out the ones that included liner lyrics, and sing with them for hours.
I was first introduced to how it felt to play music the Christmas I opened up a 15-key Magnus chord organ. I think I was about 10 years old. I turned on the power and my fingers never left the color coded keyboard until I had memorized “Silent Night.”
I wrote my first song when I was about 16. It was a song about peer pressure called “Life is a Whirlpool.” The first time I performed in public was for a high school folk concert. I was more comfortable writing and performing the songs for a few friends than getting up in front of a large audience. People who know me well, know that’s how I still feel. Doing this concert will be a stretch for me, but I remind myself that I want to write songs that make a difference, and they can’t make much of an impact if they just sit in my guitar case.

NE: Who are your musical influences?
Faith Jordan: Mainly female folk singers and groups that had great harmonies and meaningful lyrics, like Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, Crosby, Stills & Nash and James Taylor.

NE: Who is in your band and how did it come together?
Faith Jordan: I played in various cover bands and duos over the past 20 years -- mainly in the Grand Rapids area -- so when I moved to Traverse City in 2001, I really didn’t know many musicians.
When I decided to hold a CD release concert I wanted to play the songs in a way that reflected the impact of the album arrangements and the thought of playing with a full band really energized me. My preference is not to do a solo act. Al Jankowski -- who played on the CD and is very connected in the music community -- highly recommended some folks. We ended up with a great group of musicians who had the time and willingness to put into this project. Derrick Hall on keyboards has played with groups like The Temptations and War and is the owner of Vynl Productions, Cris Pico on drums is currently in the band East Bay Blue and is featured on his sister Miriam’s popular album “City Dreams”, Michael Racine, lead guitar player has played in jazz bands and college musical productions and Paul Recht on bass has been playing for over 30 years in the Chicagoland area and has been a long-time member of the original roots/folk project The River Brothers Band on Frozen Peach Records. They’re not only great musicians; they’re great guys.

NE: What can the audience expect at your upcoming show?
Faith Jordan: I hope they hear songs that will touch them and maybe even change them in some way. I love it when people tell me a song I played made them laugh or cry or think about something they’ve never considered before. I like to share some background behind the songs I write and even use a little media to enhance the message of the song. I’m calling this format a “keynote concert.”
As people listen to songs about things like middle-aged love, shop-lifting, people who can’t commit, lost love, homecoming queens, and caged birds that sing, I hope they find something of themselves there. Whatever it is, I hope it will move them, touch them, inspire them, make them laugh or just make them think.

NE: Any special plans for marketing your CD or touring?
Faith Jordan: For now, the main way I’m marketing my CD is through my own personal website www.barbarafaithjordan.com, iTunes, CDBaby, and getting plays on internet radio like I have on our local NMC radio station 90.7 FM, and through concert appearances. Of course, like most songwriters, I’d love to have one of my songs picked up by a major artist so the songs can really get out there. I don’t mind traveling a bit, but don’t have a desire to spend a lot of time on the road.

NE: What’s next for Barbara Faith Jordan?
Faith Jordan: My vision is to integrate quality music and a quality message into a heartfelt and healing experience for the listener. It integrates three of my major passions; teaching, inspiring and music. I’d also love to use this format in retreats, keynote presentations, and inspirational talks in a way that helps people to heal and grow.
The most meaningful part of being a songwriter for me is when someone tells me that a song has touched them in a personal way. I knew one women who was “very pregnant” and not feeling very attractive tell me how good it was to be reminded by my song “Inside Out” that the kind of love her husband had for her was the kind that went deeper than how she looked. One of my favorite quotes about music is by Aldous Huxley: “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” I want to use music to help people give voice to what’s inside.
Barbara Faith Jordan and her band will be on WNMC’s American Crossroads radio show on Thursday, October 29 at 6 p.m. in addition to her Nov. 1 show at the Opera House. Admission to the 5:30 p.m. show is $10.

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