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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Marc Alderman

Robert Downes - May 24th, 2010
‘Still Breathing’ -- Marc Alderman: Musical friends come to the aid of injured percussionist
By Robert Downes
Marc Alderman doesn’t remember what happened after a pickup truck crossed
the center line of an icy highway last Dec. 3, sending him into months of
pain, surgery and hospitalization.
“The truck lost control and I t-boned into the side of it,” he says. “I
have no recollection of what happened -- I just know what I’ve pieced
together from police reports and news articles about the accident.”
The night was a devastating tragedy for all of the drivers involved,
especially good samaritan, Debra Lynn Fiorini, 52, of Interlochen, who
stopped on U.S. 31 to help the accident victims, only to be killed when
another vehicle lost control on the ice and slammed into the wrecked
Today, Alderman -- a percussionist and drummer with a number of local
bands -- is elated to be alive and back home with his wife Dede in their
cottage south of Interlochen. “I was lucky,” he says. “I had a lot of
broken bones, but all of my internal organs were okay, and my mind is
intact, along with my spine. It could have been a lot worse. I feel
really glad to be still breathing.”

But there are still bills to pay above and beyond the $250,000 or so in
medical expenses which were covered by Alderman’s no-fault auto insurance.
Coming to the rescue are some of the region’s top acoustic jam-bands,
who will volunteer their talents on his behalf this Saturday and Sunday,
May 29-30, at The Loading Dock in TC.
Chris ‘Wink’ Winkelmann, guitarist-vocalist of Soul Patch, organized the
benefit for his old friend who helped launch the band five years ago.
“I met Marc about seven years ago and we threw a band together and played
New Year’s Eve at Bower’s Harbor Inn,” Winkelmann recalls. “It was a
phenomenal success and that’s how our band got started.”
He adds that in addition to helping with the launch of Soul Patch as a
drummer, Alderman also performs with the FunDubMentals reggae band and
Rhythmic Adventures. “He’s a freelance percussionist who has a lot of
projects going on.”
Alderman hopes to sit in for a few songs at the benefit, which will
include Soul Patch performing on Saturday with Rootstand and a special
guest; on Sunday, Blue Dirt will perform with Soul Patch and another
special guest. The shows start at 9:30 p.m., with a suggested donation of

These days, Alderman is grateful to his friends, family, and all of the
medical personnel who got him through a crisis that included two broken
ankles, a “completely shattered” knee, a broken pelvis and a banged-up
“I had a very talented surgeon, Dr. Scot Groseclose of Great Lakes
Orthopaedic Center, who spent a lot of time reconstructing all of these
tiny broken bones in my knee, when perhaps if I’d been older, they would
have just given me a prosthesis,” he says.
In addition to a month in Munson Medical Center, Alderman spent two and a
half months in a nursing home. Only last week was he given permission by
his doctor to try walking again with the aid of crutches or a walker. “I
can go about a dozen feet before I need a rest.”
Alderman is also humbled that his bandmates have come through for him.
“They all came to visit me when I was laid up. I’m so grateful to Wink
for organizing the benefit and for all of the guys in the bands. None of
these guys are super wealthy, trucking around the Midwest to play gigs,
but this is their way of giving back to one of their own when they could
be playing to pay their own bills.”

The benefit for Marc Alderman runs Saturday-Sunday, May 29-30 at The
Loading Dock, with Soul Patch, Rootstand, Blue Dirt and special guests
performing, starting at 9:30 p.m. Suggested donation is $10.

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