Letters 10-17-2016

Here’s The Truth The group Save our Downtown (SOD), which put Proposal 3 on the ballot, is ignoring the negative consequences that would result if the proposal passes. Despite the group’s name, the proposal impacts the entire city, not just downtown. Munson Medical Center, NMC, and the Grand Traverse Commons are also zoned for buildings over 60’ tall...

Keep TC As-Is In response to Lynda Prior’s letter, no one is asking the people to vote every time someone wants to build a building; Prop. 3 asks that people vote if a building is to be built over 60 feet. Traverse City will not die but will grow at a pace that keeps it the city people want to visit and/or reside; a place to raise a family. It seems people in high-density cities with tall buildings are the ones who flock to TC...

A Right To Vote I cannot understand how people living in a democracy would willingly give up the right to vote on an impactful and important issue. But that is exactly what the people who oppose Proposal 3 are advocating. They call the right to vote a “burden.” Really? Since when does voting on an important issue become a “burden?” The heart of any democracy is the right of the people to have their voice heard...

Reasons For NoI have great respect for the Prop. 3 proponents and consider them friends but in this case they’re wrong. A “yes” vote on Prop. 3 is really a “no” vote on..

Republican Observations When the Republican party sends its presidential candidates, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people with a lot of problems. They’re sending criminals, they’re sending deviate rapists. They’re sending drug addicts. They’re sending mentally ill. And some, I assume, are good people...

Stormy Vote Florida Governor Scott warns people on his coast to evacuate because “this storm will kill you! But in response to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that Florida’s voter registration deadline be extended because a massive evacuation could compromise voter registration and turnout, Republican Governor Scott’s response was that this storm does not necessitate any such extension...

Third Party Benefits It has been proven over and over again that electing Democrat or Republican presidents and representatives only guarantees that dysfunction, corruption and greed will prevail throughout our government. It also I believe that a fair and democratic electoral process, a simple and fair tax structure, quality health care, good education, good paying jobs, adequate affordable housing, an abundance of healthy affordable food, a solid, well maintained infrastructure, a secure social, civil and public service system, an ecologically sustainable outlook for the future and much more is obtainable for all of us...

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Otep Aims to Unleash Madness and Genius in TC

Andy Taylor - August 19th, 2004
Streeter’s Ground Zero will host the heaviest night of music that Northern Michigan will hear in the summer of 2004 on Friday, August 20. Headliners Hatebreed will be bringing the core of that sound, and their friends in Otep, DevilDriver and Throwdown will also be appearing.
Otep is one of the highlights of the heavy rock show, and the band features something rather unusual in the realm of hard music: a female vocalist.
“Once I broke through the gates, it became a lonely place not only because of my gender, but the overall environment,” vocalist Otep Shamaya says. She fancies herself a poet and says that she is a conductor for the muses.
On Otep’s current album “House of Secrets,” the band decided to record with producer Greg Wells, who has produced for the Deftones and Michelle Branch. “For this record I wanted to conspire with a really creative producer who not only could write music but was willing to test the limits of it. I met Greg and within five minutes I knew I wanted to work with him... and it’s been the best creative experience I’ve ever had,” Otep says.
According to the band, “House of Secrets” is even louder, angrier and more aggressive than Otep’s debut “Sevas Tra,” but at the same time it is also more inventive. “I wanted extremes on both ends; I wanted to unleash madness and genius; I wanted to challenge right now, who I am at this moment, at this time. For art to be successful you have to make yourself vulnerable. In this industry lots of people are afraid to be thought of as weak; my only fear is not being creative,” Otep says.
Tickets for the show can be purchased at Streeter’s or at Square Deal Country Store for $15, and only those 18 and up gain entrance with proper ID.
Hatebreed’s latest release is “The Rise of Brutality,” while DevilDriver (featuring Dez Fafara, formerly of Coal Chamber) is touring behind their debut self-titled album and Throwdown’s newest is “Haymaker.” All four of the bands are currently touring with Ozzfest and have been given slots on the second stage, but will be taking a day off from the festival to appear in Traverse City.
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