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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Fatboy Slim, Doves, Editors at snowboarding event

Kristi Kates - March 22nd, 2010
Fatboy Slim, Doves, Editors at Snowbombing 2010
Haven’t had enough of ski/snowboard season yet? Well then, grab a
plane ticket and join Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim, who will hit the
Austrian slopes (so to speak) between the Penken and Ahorn mountains
alongside Doves, Friendly Fires, The Enemy, James Zabiela, Editors,
and De La Soul at this year’s Snowbombing 2010 Festival bash. Slim,
who pulled out of the event last year to voluntarily enter alcohol
rehab, is back in fine, healthy form, and will contribute his DJ
skills while the rest of the artists will perform their own live sets
at the wintery musical celebration, which will take place at
Mayrhofen, Austria on April 5 through the 10th...
The 2010 Sasquatch Festival in Washington state has released their
lineup for this year’s fest, too - their ninth annual happening will
include headliners Vampire Weekend, MGMT, My Morning Jacket - and
Pavement will be appearing here, too. Sasquatch, which is held every
Memorial Day weekend (this year running May 29-31), will also stage
sets from OK Go, Massive Attack, The National, The Hold Steady, and
Heralded as “The Best British Rock Concert of All Time,” the Live at
Knebworth benefit concert, which took place in Hertsfordshire, England
in 1990, featured headliners Paul McCartney, Tears for Fears, Eric
Clapton, Robert Plant, Elton John, Pink Floyd, Genesis, and Status
Quo, all performing for free in support of charity. A 20th Anniversary
reissue of this landmark event in a 2-CD format is now set for release
on March 23, and will continue to raise funds for Nordoff-Robbins
Music Therapy organization and The Brit School of Performing Arts.
Tracks from all of the above artists are set to be included, as well
as additional tracks from Cliff Richard and the Shadows, Dire Straits,
and Phil Collins...
And Kraftwerk are the subject of an unlikely art/toy tribute - namely,
the fact that German sculptor Dirk Roessler has rendered the band
members as action figures. Roessler, in a recent interview, explained
how he purchased some old Mattel Ken figures, and sculpted new
Kraftwerk heads to apply onto the bodies. Roessler went on to explain
how it was impossible to find “good clothes” for the new toys - so he
sewed Kraftwerk’s red shirts and grey pants on his own. Unfortunately,
no plans for mass-marketed Kraftwerk action figures are in the werks -
uh, works - as of yet...
The 2010 Academy Awards may not have given much attention to the Best
Original Songs this year, but Billboard Magazine did; the industry mag
recently posted “10 Awesome Oscar Live Performances,” from U2’s “Hands
That Built America” (from Gangs of New York) to Elliott Smith’s
poignant “Miss Misery” (from Good Will Hunting). See them all,
complete with video, via Billboard at http://tinyurl.com/ylosvh3...

The Songwriters Hall of Fame will induct their latest 2010 honorees at
a ceremony on June 17; among those getting songwriter kudos will be
Leonard Cohen, David Foster, and Johnny Mandel...
Devo - although they haven’t released a studio album since 1990 - have
been rumbling around lately, piquing fans’ interest in the band’s
possible revival; in addition to Devo’s performance at the Vancouver
Olympics in February, they’ve also been spending some time in the
recording studio, and are booked to perform at the Coachella festival
this spring...
Mark E. Smith and the Fall have newly signed to Domino Records, and
will release their latest album, Your Future Our Clutter, on May 4...
Stone Temple Pilots have wrapped work on their as-yet-untitled
comeback album, which will be STP’s first since 2001; the band,
complete with Scott Weiland back on frontman duties, will play a
series of festivals in Europe early this summer, and then is expected
to book U.S. dates..
Greg Dulli is currently working on another Twilight Singers album,
which he says he hopes to have completed by the end of this month...
A collaborative album between Ghostface Killah, Method Man, and
Raekwon is just out this week - Wu-Massacre will include tracks
“Gunshowers,” “How to Pay Rent,” and “Dangerous”...
And also out this week are these new releases...ON CD: The Dillinger
Escape Plan’s Option Paralysis... Goldfrapp’s Head First... The Bird
and the Bee’s Interpreting the Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl
Hall and John Oates... and Dave Holland Octet’s Pathways... and Nas
and Damien Marley’s Distant Relative... and that’s the buzz for this
week’s Modern Rock.
Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions on this column or your
favorite musicians? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com
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