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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MTV officially gives up on music

Kristi Kates - March 29th, 2010
MTV Officially Gives Up on Music
MTV has finally done what most music fans have thought they should do
for years - removed the “music television” tagline from their MTV
logo. The VP of MTV finally admitted to the press that the network is
“not just about music anymore” (uh - how about at all), and that the
channel is “going in a new direction” - part of which is “no longer
being interested in Generation Y” - which, unfortunately, probably
means more episodes of Jersey Shore and other questionable reality
programming instead of music videos and coverage of actual musicians,
both something that the channel has been sorely lacking for a long
time now...
In festival news, it may be a little difficult to believe, but famed
rockers U2 are lined up to play their first festival appearance in 25
years; and they’re going to do so with a big splash as they headline
the Glastonbury Festival’s 40th anniversary on June 25 of this year.
The band will play to a sold-out crowd of over 177,000 people on
Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage, leaving their own extravagant stage
apparatus from the 2010 leg of their North American 360 Tour behind
for the overseas event. The band will return to the U.S. just in time
for their June 27 show in Minneapolis, at that city’s TCF Bank
The second Jonathan Demme-directed film in Demme’s planned trilogy
about legendary folk-rocker Neil Young is now set for release on DVD
and Blu-Ray later this year; dubbed “Neil Young Trunk Show,” the film
was shot on handheld HDCam, HDV, and Super 8mm cameras, encapsulating
footage from two 2007 shows that Young performed at the historic Tower
Theater near Philadelphia. Plenty of behind-the-scenes and offstage
footage is included in the movie, plus Young’s performance of songs
“Mexico,” “After the Gold Rush,” and “Kansas,” among others...
And the expanded 2CD reissue of Duran Duran’s classic Rio album was so
successful that Capitol/EMI is putting together another round of Duran
reissues; the next will be a March 30 expanded 2 CD/DVD limited
special editions of Duran Duran’s 1981 eponymous debut CD plus 1983’s
landmark disc Seven and the Ragged Tiger. Both of the discs will be
remastered and presented in limited edition packaging, including
deluxe lift-lid boxes with replicated album art and additional
postcards. Both albums will also be issued on vinyl, complete with a
bonus 12-inch single...

Another free tune this week - if you don’t want to wait until the new
Deftones album, Diamond Eyes, hits stores on May 18, well, you don’t
have to - download their first single, Rocket Skates, for free at

MTV’s 2010 MTV Movie Awards and MTV Video Music Awards will both take
place in Los Angeles this year, with the Movie Awards arriving on June
6, and the VMAs hitting L.A. on September 12...
MGMT’s second album, Congratulations, will hit stores on April 13,
complete with tracks “It’s Working” and “Brian Eno”...
Slash (yes, Guns n’ Roses Slash) is wrapping up work on his solo
album, and recently revealed the many musical collaborators that he’s
been working with; among those making guest appearances on Slash’s set
are Chris Cornell, Dave Grohl, Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, Ian Astbury,
Ozzy Osbourne, and Fergie...
Peter Kember and Spectrum have kicked off a European tour, and also
have plans to release a new single, “Words May Shatter,” this April,
as well as a new album later this year...
Rockers Saving Abel have shipped out to the Persian Gulf to perform
concerts for servicefolk as part of an Armed Forces/USO Performance
And the 2010 London Music Show has been confirmed, and all of its new
music-gear reveals, rock star performances, and other events will take
place on October 8 through the 10th in - where else? - London...
ON CD: Edwin McCain’s The Best of Edwin McCain... Jonsi’s Go... FM’s
Metropolis... and Seasick Steve’s Man From Another Time... ON DVD:
“Small Faces All or Nothing, 1965-1968” and Dusty Springfield’s “Once
Upon A Time” ... 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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