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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Interlochen kicks off its Fall/Winter Season

- October 5th, 2009
Interlochen Kicks Off
Its Fall/Winter Season
What’s up at Interlochen for the fall/winter season? Pretty much a rubber stamp of the classical/cultural lineup that has been standard fare for Corson Auditorium over the past 20 years, including the ever-popular “A Christmas Carol” (re-envisioned this season as a musical). Don’t expect Steve Miller in the ‘off’ season.
But, before you can say, “What? No ‘Nutcracker’?” be advised that there are a few surprises in this year’s lineup, including comedy and jazz acts.
Here’s the run-down on what to expect now through April:

• “COLLAGE,” on Thursday and Friday, October 8 and 9. One of Interlochen’s most popular events, this sampler of student performances encompasses music, dance, theatre, creative writing, visual arts and film.
• Michigan native JOHN HEFFRON burst onto the comedy scene while still in college – at the University of Michigan’s Main Street Comedy Showcase. His comedy has evolved organically as he has grown from fun-loving college student to bewildered husband, and his youthful personality and cynical wisdom result in a witty combination that nobody can resist. Winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Heffron will bring his stand-up routine to Corson Auditorium on Wednesday, October 14.
• The VIENNA BOYS CHOIR appears Wednesday, Nov. 4. Founded by Emperor Maximilian I in 1498, the incomparable Wiener Sängerknaben offers Austrian folk songs and waltzes, pop songs, classical masterpieces and medieval chant.
• ALASDAIR FRASER and NATALIE HAAS recreate the classic musical marriage of big and small fiddles on Nov. 5. Fraser is one of the finest fiddle players Scotland has ever produced, acclaimed by the San Francisco Examiner as “the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling.” Natalie Haas is a brilliant American cellist. They create Scottish fiddle music of unrivalled beauty, eloquence and passion.
• Nov. 20-22, the Interlochen Dance Ensemble and Orchestra celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Ballets Russes with “DANCE REVOLUTION.”
• “A CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE MUSICAL” Dec. 11-13. Charles Dickens’s timeless tale of redemption and kindness comes alive in a spectacular musical production, featuring live orchestra.
• ROBIN EUBANKS (brother of The Tonight Show music director Kevin) is the premier jazz trombonist of his generation. Eubanks performs with the Arts Academy jazz ensemble on Jan. 15.
• Tuba virtuoso CAROL JANTSCH gained local fame when, as an Interlochen Arts Academy student, she performed Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumble Bee in full bee costume on NPR’s “From the Top.” On Jan. 23, Jantsch will perform John Williams’ “Tuba Concerto” with the Interlochen Arts Academy orchestra.
• The ASPEN SANTA FE BALLET COMPANY combines the grace and elegance of classical ballet with an eclectic repertoire of sharp new works by some of the world’s foremost choreographers on Feb. 16.
• THE MOSCOW CIRCUS presents “A Russian Folk Fair” on Feb. 22. Based on centuries-old Russian traditions and fables, the production is a dramatic tale featuring Russian folk musicians, dancers, clowns and physical feats that will steal your breathe away.
• Tomie DePaola’s “STREGA NONA: THE MUSICAL” runs March 24. Based on the beloved children’s books, “Strega Nona” is the musical tale of a friendly witch with a funny name who strives to cure the ills of her tiny Italian town.
• MIGUEL ZENÓN has topped the Downbeat Critic’s Poll in the Rising Star Alto Sax category four times in the last five years. Zenn will perform with his quintet on April 10.
• STUDENT PRESENTATIONS: In addition to “Dance Revolution,” the Interlochen Dance Ensemble present winter and spring dance concerts. Additional student theatre performances will include “Antigone,” “Hotel Paradiso” and Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labours Lost.” Interlochen motion picture arts students will offer two evenings of student film screening; the Creative Writing Division will host regular readings by students, faculty and guest artists; and the Visual Arts Division will present a full line-up of gallery exhibitions, all free and open to the public. A complete list of student events can be found at www.interlochen.org.

Tickets for Interlochen’s fall and winter performance are available online at http://tickets.interlochen.org. To purchase tickets over the phone, call the Interlochen Box office at 800-681-5920 or 231-276-7800 from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday and noon to 4pm on Saturday.
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