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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Puddle of Mudd

Rick Coates - February 15th, 2010
Troubled waters no problem for Puddle of Mudd
By Rick Coates
When Puddle of Mudd takes the stage Friday night at Ground Zero
Nightclub in Traverse City it will be a reunion of a couple of
survivors. POM performed to a sold-out crowd three years ago at Ground
Zero and both the band and the club have found a way to survive the
challenges they have faced.
For Ground Zero (Streeter’s/Terminal) it was the departure of Doug
Street, who in December of 2008, sold the club to pursue interests in
Grand Rapids. Street has returned and the ailing club is back on its
feet with packed houses for college night on Thursdays and ladies
night on Saturdays. In addition, Street has put together an impressive
concert line-up that starts with POM Friday, February 19, and has
Uncle Kracker in March. Street is currently in negotiations with other
additional acts, including major rock and country stars and plans to
announce new shows soon.
POM is getting ready to celebrate their 10th anniversary this year.
Though the lineup has changed a few times over the years, the current
group includes founder and frontman Wes Scantlin along with bassist
Douglas Ardito and guitarist Paul Phillips who rejoined the band last
year after a four-year hiatus. Both Ardito and Phillips were with POM
in 2000 when Scantlin reformed the band and both were instrumental in
the group’s debut CD Come Clean that boasted four number-one hits.

“We are definitely survivors,” said Phillips. “Bands are a mix of
business, relationships and friendships and there are a lot of
personalities involved. It is not always an easy business. We have had
some separations and some challenges, but after 10 years we are still
here and we owe it to our fans.”
POM is currently out in support of their fourth studio set Volume 4:
Songs In The Key Of Love & Hate, released in December. Their first
single of the new album “Spaceship” is currently charting, giving them
four consecutive albums with hit songs.
“It’s easy and predictable to say I’m most proud of this record,” said
Scantlin, “But I think it’s more appropriate to say I’m most proud of
what we’ve accomplished as a band to this point.”
Phillips agrees.
“I think our success lies in the fact that we have remained true to
who POM is artistically,” said Phillips. “Sure we could have headed in
a different direction -- even tried a concept album -- but do our fans
really want that? I don’t think so. They want our songs to sound like
POM songs. Look, you are working hard and money is tight and you lay
down cash to see us perform. You want us, not some concept.”

Both Phillips and Scantlin are grateful for the fans keeping them going.
“The business has changed so much, don’t even get me started,” said
Phillips. “One million CD sales is the new five million today. Record
labels are like graveyards and ghost towns. The business model has
changed and you have to change with it. It means being out on the road
and making your money on the road. I am not complaining -- I love
being on the road and I am grateful to be performing.”
Scantlin agrees and sees their approach and connection to their fan
base as the key to their future.
“We’ve not only navigated the minefield successfully, but we’ve laid
our own on the battlefield that is this business,” said Scantlin. “As
self-sufficient as ever, we virtually depend on the fans to come
through for us - and because of that, this band is built for the
Despite tough economic times in the country and the music industry,
POM is seeing some sign that things are getting better.
“Shows are selling out not just for us but others,” said Phillips. “I
think people are sick and tired of this crappy economy and they are
looking to blow off some steam and a high energy concert is a great
way to do that.”
Doug Street is seeing the same thing.
“Advanced ticket sales have been great and we are nearing sell out,”
said Street. “I am seeing and hearing a lot of enthusiasm for live
shows from my customers.”

POM brings an arsenal of ear-friendly songs including “She Hates Me,”
“Drift & Die,” “Blurry,” and “Away From Me,” all were number one hits
in a 14-month span back in 2002-03. In 2007 they hit the charts again
with “Famous” and the number one hit “Psycho.” They will be joined by
CAVO whose hit song Champagne hit the top of the charts in 2009.
Doors open at 7 pm on Friday with music starting at 8 pm. Tickets may
be purchased online at www.groundzeroonline.com or by calling

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