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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Three can‘t miss shows

- October 5th, 2009
3 Can’t-Miss Shows
Umphrey’s McGee brings on jam band sounds
A band has just got to be great to justify a weird name like Umphrey’s McGee, and word has it that the jam band from South Bend, Indiana delivers the goods.
According to their bio: “The band shuttles between styles with precision, from straight-up pop and rock to jazz, prog-metal, and classical. If you can name it, chances are Umphrey’s can play it.”
Drawn from students at the University of Notre Dame, the six-member band got its start playing college audiences in the late-’90s and were soon hailed as heirs to the Phish legacy. Through the years, they’ve been the toast of Rolling Stone magazine (as featured in the “Hot” issue), Blender, Billboard and other publications. The Washington Post named the band “rock’s undisputed lord of sonic shape-shifting.”
The band has appeared at both the Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo festivals. Currently, they’re promoting their 2007 album, Safety in Numbers - a double album that includes an acoustic and electric disc.
The band performs this Wednesday, Oct. 7 at the City Opera House in Traverse City, with the Macpodz opening the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 advance, $30 on the day of the show. Info: www.porterhouseproductions.com

Rains pours on the stories

Also from Indiana is Rains, headed up by tattoo artist Jeff Rains, who says his music is about “telling stories about dreams and friendship to failure and abuse.
Hailing from Fort Wayne, Jeff’s five-piece band includes his wife and brother. The act has been playing sold-out shows around the Midwest, including a prior appearance at The Terminal in TC. Musically, expect power-pop and modern rock sounds from tunes like “Hurricane” and “Look in My Eyes.” In fact, the band sounds eerily like The Verve Pipe, a ‘90s regional band that also specialized in “telling stories,” most notably with their hit, “The Freshmen,” about teen suicide.
Rains performs Saturday, Oct. 10 at The Terminal in TC in a free show for those 21 and up, with a $10 charge for those aged 18-20. See www.theterminaltc.com for info.

The Red Elvises bring Moscow rock
Back for their annual pilgrimage to Traverse City, The Red Elvises are a Russian/American band that kicks out a hard rock sound, along with surf-punk, rockabilly, reggae and corny lounge music -- always with a grin and a wink.
With songs like “Drinking With Jesus,” “I Wanna See You Bellydance” and “Twist Like Uma Thurman” along with a jumbo balalaika/bass guitar, the band treads ironic territory similar to that of The Electric Six.
The band is the brainchild of Igor Yuzov and Oleg Bernov, two Russians who were living in Los Angeles in 1995. Initially, they performed as street musicians at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica.
Band members came and went through the years in a mix of Russian/American solidarity. In 1999 and 2002, the band released CDs in the Russian language, which went over well in their home country. Today, they perform in Russia every summer, employing a different lineup of Russian musicians. And every fall you’ll find them at Union Street Station in TC, with the upcoming show on Sunday, Oct. 11. Tickets are $20 advance, $25 at the door.
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