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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Best New Band: FunDubMentals

Rick Coates - March 29th, 2010
“Best New Band” the FunDubMentals
By Rick Coates
Sometimes great bands come together when its members are not looking
to form a band. That was the case with the FunDubMentals, the Traverse
City based Reggae/Ska /Dub band that took home our Readers Poll honors
for “Best New Band.” While this was good news in the FunDubMentals
camp, the better news came a week earlier when band member Marc
Alderman was told he would be able to return home.
On December 2, 2009 Marc Alderman was involved in a three car accident
near Interlochen. A driver crossed the yellow line, crashing head-on
into Alderman leaving him in serious condition with a broken femur,
shattered knee, shattered ball socket in his ankle, a broken arm and a
broken pelvis, along with several broken bones in his hands. A woman
who stopped to assist Alderman was struck by another vehicle and killed.
Marc spent one month in intensive care in the hospital and another two
and half months in a long-term care facility before receiving the news
that he could return home to continue his recovery.
“First I want to say that I am very humble, thankful and grateful for
the out pouring everyone extended to me and Dede (his wife and band
mate),” said Marc. “The road to recovery is a long one and the fact
that so many have been so helpful has made it easier.”
The Alderman’s have been givers to the Northern Michigan community
donating their time and talents to many causes and music events. Dede
teaches percussion at Marshall Music in Traverse City.
So does Marc Alderman plan to return to the stage?
“Yes, right now we are scheduled to play the Island Music Festival on
June 19 in Kalamazoo,” said Marc. “We might play a warm up show prior
to that at the Loading Dock, we will see how I am doing.”
For Dede, she chuckles a little bit about the Best New Band honors.
“We formed three years ago, but we pretty much gigged downstate for
the first year before we started playing local,” said Dede. “I’m not
sure if we played Radius Recording first or the Loading Dock but it
was about two years ago for our first show in the area. Our first ever
public show was three years ago at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor.”
Marc recalls they never really ever planned to perform out in public
in the first place.
“We started as a group of musicians who got together weekly for what
we called a Sunday Dub (Dub is a type of Reggae style) at our place,”
said Marc. “Well the weekly jam was the same four or five players so
we decided to put together a band.
The band still has the original line up: Sean Dye on guitar, Nick
“Tree” VanderMolen on bass, keyboardist Jack Fivecoate, Dede Alderman
on Vibraphones and Marc Alderman on drums.
“What I like is everyone in the group is a songwriter and I think that
makes for a better dynamic than when just one or two members are the
songwriters,” said Marc. “Everyone also has other musical projects so
we stay energized when we come together as FunDubMentals.”
The band has a self titled EP out and plans are in the works for a CD
in the future. To hear a sampling of their music and to keep tabs on
future gigs in the region go to myspace.com/fundubmentals.

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