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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Aaron Tippin

Rick Coates - December 7th, 2009
Aaron Tippin
puts Charity Effort into Overdrive
By Rick Coates
Superstar Aaron Tippin has the reputation of being “the hardest
working man in country music,” and is affectingly referred to as the
“Hillbilly Hercules.”  In a music career that has spanned 20 years
with three number one hits and over five million albums sold, Tippin
remains on a never-ending tour of promoting “living the good life.”
He will come to Northern Michigan Saturday, December 12 to the
Kirtland Center for the Performing Arts to perform his hits, collect
donations for Toys for Tots, and promote his passion for healthy
“My wife and I earlier this year launched Aaron Tippin Nutrition, with
a website, supplements and tips on healthy living and eating,” said
Tippin. “This is not a diet, this is a lifestyle. It is something that
my wife and I committed to a long time ago. I was into body-building
before I met her, but she taught me the concept of healthy eating and
making the right choices.”
Tippin launched his new venture after years on the road and signing
autographs and having fans ask him the same question over and over.
“How do you stay in such great shape? As I was getting older I would
hear it more,” said Tippin. “So my goal in 2010 is to get those fans
who sing along with me at my shows to get and stay in shape with me.
My mission is to help people to live longer and healthier lives. It
really is not that hard, once you get started, it is about attitude
and commitment.”

When Tippin comes to Roscommon, his show will be a mix of his hits,
some Christmas music and songs from his current CD, “In Overdrive,” a
tribute to truck drivers.
“I was a truck driver once and I loved those old truck drivin’ tunes,
so I decided to bring them back,” said Tippin. “It is a lot of fun
because I have my fans singing along to my songs and these classic
songs. My concerts have become one big sing-along.”
While music, family and healthy living are the passions at the center
of Tippin’s world, he has plenty more. His concert this weekend will
also be a “toy raiser” for the Toys For Tots program.
“I have been a long-time supporter of Toys for Tots,” said Tippin.
Tippin often will build a bicycle on stage while singing. He has
built and given more than 600 bikes away to Toys for Tots. “Yes, I
will do that in Roscommon,” he says.
He has also been an active supporter of the troops in both
performances and his lyrics. During the first Gulf War (1990) Tippin
was the first entertainer to go over and entertain the troops. After
9/11 he released his most successful crossover single, “Where The
Stars and Stripes and The Eagle Fly,” and has been to Iraq every year
since at Thanksgiving performing for the troops.
“It is really special. I just got back from performing 10 shows in
eight days,” said Tippin.

If all of that isn’t enough to keep Tippin busy, he owns three planes
and has a commercial pilot’s license. Plus, he keeps busy teaching his
11 and 9-year-old sons the art of hunting, fishing and just plain
being outdoors.
Tippin also has a passion for wine. He built a winery and has a
vineyard at his home in Tennessee. So, does he have plans to release
Aaron Tippin wines anytime soon?
“Well, what I have found is that in Tennessee it is not very conducive
to growing big reds, and in order to have a commercial winery license
in the state something like 80% of the wine you sell has to come from
grapes grown in Tennessee,” said Tippin. “So I have found it to be a
lot more beneficial being an amateur winemaker versus the commercial
route, but you never know.”
When Tippin comes to Northern Michigan he loves to visit the wineries,
though he won’t make it quite far enough to get to wine country this
“I love big reds but I also love a variety of wines, including several
from Northern Michigan. In particular cherry wine,” said Tippin. “I
have been to a few wineries up there including Black Star Farms and we
love their cherry wine, I’m hoping to find it when I am in Michigan.”
As for the future, Tippin will be out promoting his new Aaron Tippin
Nutrition program in 2010 while maintaining his 100-plus concerts a
So, is a new CD in the works?
“Well, last year the focus was on Thea’s new album, so next year it
will be on me,” said Tippin. “When I have further information I will
get back to you further, but for now I got to get the kids to school,
get over the jet lag and get into the studio and get ready to come up
and rock Roscommon.”

Aaron Tippin performs Saturday, December 12 at the Kirtland Center for
the Performing Arts. Concertgoers are asked to bring an unwrapped toy
for Toys for Tots. Kirtland is also offering a special dinner and
concert package with details at kirtland.cc.mi.us/kcpa or by calling
the box office at (989) 275-6777. For more information on Tippin check
out tippinnutrion.com

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