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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The Art of the Blues: Nationally Renowned Photographer David Fox will Showcase his Best Shots at New Blues Restaurant

Rick Coates - December 11th, 2003
For most of his life photographer David Fox has lived with “the blues“ -- not with feelings of despair or depression but rather “THE“ blues -- the
American musical expression that has anchored rock-and-roll music for the
past 50 years. Fox has been a record producer, musician, photographer and a
driving force in the development of the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival,
one of the top blues festivals in America.
A Traverse City Central High School graduate, Fox played in several area late
‘60s and early ‘70s blues/rock bands, including Wheelin Bliss, which
evolved into the original Newt & The Salamanders, which evolved into
The Fabulous Horndogs. During the mid-‘90s he was a driving force in
the development of the Northern Michigan Blues Society, which helped to
coordinate several blues shows at the now defunct Kodiak Nightclub as well
as at the Traverse Bay Casinos.
For fans of the blues, this musical style has been hit or miss in
the area. The casino has cancelled their blues festival and now offers only a
few blues shows a year. The Dennos Museum Center/Milliken Auditorium can be
counted on for four to five excellent blues concerts a year, while Union Street
Station, The Loading Dock and GT‘s all offer the occasional blues act and
some phenomenal ones at that. But the bottom line for Fox and the thousands
of other area blues fans is that there just is not enough consistent blues music
being played in the area.
That is all about to change!

Enter Bubba‘s Fish Haus & Blues Company, located in the former TC Traders
building in the Cherryland Complex at the corner of Garfield and South
Airport, which plans to open the first week of January. The vision
of the Flint-based Blue Collar Gourmet Restaurant Group and Traverse City-based restaurant consultant Matt Videki, Bubba‘s plans to offer the blues
and a lot of it.
“We plan to have the best in blues bands from Detroit, Chicago and St. Louis
each weekend and during the summer months we will offer live entertainment
every night of the week,“ said Videki, Bubba‘s general manager. “We have
opened and brightened the place up and we will have room for 200 plus for
our live shows.“
Videki saw the need for consistent blues music offerings in the area.
“First of all, we will be a lot easier to find then the Kodiak, and I think
this community has been asking for this type of thing for sometime, so I see
us answering the call,“ he said. “I think when you combine the music
with our fresh seafood concept and the décor of the place this will be a hot
spot in the community.“

Décor? Enter photographer David Fox.
“Yeah, we are going to have an ‘Art Bubba Deco‘ look,“ said Videki. “When we
started to develop this project we had a few people suggest that we get with
David Fox. I did some checking and found that Fox had a national reputation
for his photography of blues bands and musicians. We looked at his work and
were sold on incorporating into our theme.“
At first, several photos will be laminated into the walls at Bubba‘s;
eventually the restaurant will incorporate framed works from Fox. Fox has built a
reputation among blues musicians for his photographic work, which has
appeared in several publications, on album covers, and in the homes of some
of the blues greats. The legendary John Lee Hooker enjoyed the photos Fox
took and one of Hooker‘s favorites of himself was taken by Fox and hung in
Hooker‘s living room.
“I think it is great that Bubba‘s is going to embrace the work of local
artists, besides myself they will have shots taken by Dr. Mark Zimmer,“ said
Fox. “They will also incorporate a good mix of regional blues bands with
national acts.“
Fox and others in the area look optimistically at Bubba‘s as a place that
will feed their blues music souls.
“This company has a track record in Flint and I think they are going about
it the right way,“ said Fox. “They are committed to quality service and
having everything right before they open.“

Fox also believes that Bubba‘s will be a positive force in the entertainment
area of the community.
“I don‘t think this will have a negative impact on the other venues in the
area; rather I see it strengthening the area blues scene,“ said Fox. “We have
developed a reputation in the national blues community for having quality
fans, and when you mix that with the beauty of the area, this becomes a real
appeal for national touring acts. This community has proven in the past that
it supports quality entertainment so I see this venture being quite
successful and the location is perfect.“
A driving force in promoting the blues in the area has been WNMC 90.7 FM;
the station has a large following of blues listeners and Fox sees this as
another appeal to the blues acts who visit the area.
“WNMC has been very influential in keeping blues music alive in our
community. The station profile bands and play the bands music before they
arrive in town and this helps get people to the shows.“
For Northern Michigan fans of “The Blues,“ next year looks very promising, and
fortunately that is just a few weeks away. Videki is planning a kickoff
weekend in early January with a major blues headliner; stay tuned to The
Express for details.
To learn more about David Fox and his photography visit
his website at www.davidlfox.com or call him
(231) 947-6899. For additional information on Bubba‘s visit
www.flintfood.com or call (231) 929-9885.

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