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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Ready to rock

Robert Downes - April 19th, 2010
Ready to Rock: Volcanic battle of the bands explodes with 8 contenders May 1
By Robert Downes
If you feel the earth shake the weekend of April 30-May 1, relax -- that’s
no earthquake -- it’s the finals weekend for the Rock Your Way to the Top
battle of the bands that has been raging in Northern Michigan every other
weekend since January.
“We thought this would be a good way to kick off the grand finale. We’re
going to party for the whole weekend,” says Joey Callahan of TC’s Radius
Recording, who is winding up his second year of Rock Your Way to the Top.
And party on dude it will be: On Friday, April 30, the weekend kicks off
with tribute artists Mini Kiss doing a “mini tour” of Traverse City
nightclubs with fans in tow. The evening will culminate in a CD release
party at the Leelanau Sands Showroom with Crooked Chord (last year’s
runners-up) and New York City classic metal band Titanium Black.
On Saturday, May 1, the action explodes with up to eight finalists
competing in a mammoth battle of the bands at the Leelanau Sands.
Celebrity judges will award the winning band a Radius Recording session,
$2,000 in cash, and the chance to open for national headliners Saliva.
Mini Kiss will also perform, along with David “Shred Demon” Shankle, one
of the world’s fastest metal guitarists.

Callahan is happy to report that the series is building pressure despite
the flat economy, thanks to strong support from local rock fans, WKLT-FM,
and the Leelanau Sands and Turtle Creek Casinos, which have hosted the
“The response has been real good. It seems like the event is getting more
well known around the state,” he says. “We’ve also had quite a few bands
competing from our area this time. There’s been a good mix of downstate
and local bands competing this year.”
Contenders from Northern Michigan at the upcoming finals include TC’s
Dream Scar Reality and Bender (along with possibly Callous and Bloodshot
Victory, who were playing in the eliminations as the Express went to
press). Also representing the region in the finals is The Darwin Project
from Cheboygan. Rounding out the list are The Banana Convention from Bay
City, Panic Trigger from Detroit, Atrium from East Lansing, and Brena from
Grand Rapids.
One sad note for the event involves the case of 4Warned guitarist Greg
Miller, who is fighting for his life after being stricken with cancer and
undergoing emergency surgery. 4Warned was the winner of last year’s
series and was scheduled to perform this year at the finals before Miller
fell ill. “It is tragedy we didn’t anticipate at all,” Callahan says,
adding that members of the band will be on hand at the show with their CD.

Rock Your Way to the Top is noteworthy in that the judges have included
musicians and producers of national renown, such as Mark Farner, the
guitarist and frontman of Grand Funk.
Judges to be on hand for the May 1 finals include:
• David “Shred Demon” Shankle (credited with selling more than 9 million
• Martin Atkins (formerly of Johnny Rotten’s band, Public Image Limited);
• Howie Beno (major label producer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blondie,
• Rae Dileo (Grammy-winning producer for Billy Idol, Stone Temple Pilots
and Henry Rollins);
• and John Pettigrass (music industry exec involved in global tours,
events and marketing).
“I’m proud to say that our battle of the bands is the only one I know of
where we’ve flown in all of these celebrity judges from around the
country,” Callahan says.
He adds that he’s also bringing in a professional film crew from Chicago
to catch the Friday night performance of Titanium Black for a live music
video. “That video will be going out around the world, so anyone who
comes to the show will have a chance to be in it.”
Callahan is also happy to report that major product sponsors are starting
to take notice of Rock Your Way to the Top, with sponsorships by the Dean
Guitar Company, ProCo Sound, LeRoi Body Jewelry and a guitar string maker.
Dean Guitar will be giving away a Flying V axe to some lucky shredder at
the show, while ProCo Sound will pass out distortion boxes and guitar cables.

In short, if you rock, this event rocks. Following is a rundown of the
weekend’s activities:

Friday, April 30
• Mini Kiss a.m. interview with Omelette & Finster, WKLT-FM
• Mini Kiss mini tour of TC nightspots, 5-8:30 p.m.
• CD release party for Crooked Chord & Titanium Black at the Leelanau
Sands Showroom, 9:30-11 p.m.
• Afterparty with The Hangers On, 11 p.m. - 1 a.m.

Saturday, May 1
• Eight bands compete in the finals at the Leelanau Sands Casino
Concert Showroom at 7 p.m. $5 cover.
• Intermission: Kiss tribute performance by Mini Kiss along with
performance by David “Shred Demon” Shankle.

Info: Check out http://www.myspace.com/rockyourwaytothetop

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