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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Michigan Music Fests

Kristi Kates - June 14th, 2010
Michigan Music Fests
By Kristi Kates
This year’s roster of Michigan music fests is another good one with
many of the events either local or just a short drive from Up North to
an amazingly eclectic selection of music and fun.
There’s no Rothbury this year (the festival organizers blamed the
cancellation on “scheduling conflicts” from the bands/performers they
were planning to put on the roster) - a disappointment to those who
were glad to have a near-Bonnaroo-level event just north of Grand
Rapids - but there are still a lot of other impressively organized
events that you won’t want to miss. From free to reasonable in price,
there’s a fest to visit every month, often more than one to choose
from - so here’s our rundown of the festival offerings for summer

Spirit of the Woods Folk Festival
Dickson Township Park, Brethren
Saturday, June 19 • www.spiritofthewoods.org

A small but sincere fest that’s been running since 1978, this is their
33rd happening at the Dickson Township Park in Brethren, located in
northern Manistee County, and will include two stages plus a closing
dance alongside food and a wide variety of arts and crafts vendors.
This year’s lineup will feature Detroit-via-Arkansas blues
guitarist/singer Glemie Beasley and his Downhome Blues Band;
multi-cultural fusion band Red Sea Pedestrians; Michigan’s own Orpheum
Bell with their unique “country and Eastern” sound; and
acoustic-variety band An Dro, among others.
Tickets: free (donations accepted).

Elberta Solstice Festival
Waterfront Park, Elberta
Saturday, June 19 • (See related article)

Big Ticket Festival
Otsego County Fairgrounds, Gaylord
Thursday-Saturday, June 24-26

“With over 100 bands, that’s like .89 cents per band!” runs the tag
line for this Christian rock fest that aims to help people “Live God
Loud” by supplying plenty of positive-focused music, speakers, sports,
and refreshments to make for a festival of fun and harmony. This
year’s event includes big-ticket Christian acts like Casting Crowns,
DecembeRadio, The Devil Wears Prada, and Newsboys alongside
lesser-known acts like Reilly, Remedy Drive, and 33 Miles.
Tickets: one-day passes start at $35, two-day passes start at $65,
three-day passes start at $89; ticket prices go up depending on days
chosen and the closer you get to the event.

Bliss Festival Farm, Bliss MI
Friday-Sunday, July 9-11 • www.blissfest.org

Blissfest hits 30 this year, with its reputation as one of the best
folk and roots music festivals in both Michigan and the Midwest
holding strong. A concert event, dance, friends meetup, and camping
destination, Blissfest has it all, including activities like
workshops, a large crafts vendor area, and eclectic outdoor-dining
Performers at this year’s Blissfest are slated to include headliners
Richie Havens and John Hiatt, plus the likes of bluegrass-rappers The
Deadly Gentlemen, Detroit blues diva Thornetta Davis, Australian
transplant Harper, Ann Arbor’s My Dear Disco, world music from
Funkadesi, and local favorite Claudia Schmidt. And what would
Blissfest be without random drum circles, cookouts, and guitar jams?
Tickets: weekend adult tickets are $80 in advance, $95 at the gate;
daily tickets start at $30; camping is extra.

Beaver Island Music Festival
Westside Road, Beaver Island MI
Thursday-Saturday, July 15-17

Be prepared for some rugged traveling to get to this particular
festival - the island is only accessible by boat or small plane. But
once you’re there, the fest’s shuttle service will trek you around for
a small fee so you can take in the best of the event’s music, art,
vendors, camping, and renewable energy goals. This summer’s musical
offerings include Blue Water Ramblers, Dave Boutette, Midtown
Underground, Fundubmentals, and The Disciples of Funk; just keep in
mind that you’ll have to make your own arrangements for transportation
to the island itself.
Tickets: weekend pass, $50 advance, $55 at the gate, camping is extra;
ferry or plane tickets can also be purchased via the website.

Woodtick Festival
Woodtick festival grounds, Hermansville, MI
Thursday-Saturday, July 29-August 1
Although we’re still wondering why they named the festival over a
disease-carrying insect, the Woodtick Fest is nonetheless a good
reason to trek up to the U.P. for a camping trip with a bonus of great
rootsy music. The Woodtick Grill (with its campsite delivery service),
Tacoville, and Kavanaugh Kitchen supply the food, while the likes of
Bad Axe Rodeo, Rockslide, Billy Martin and the Blasters, Bordertown,
Norton and Chartier, and Cosmic Bob supply the music.
Tickets: four-day pass $35 advance purchase, $45 at the gate.

Dunegrass & Blues Festival
M72 6 miles east of Empire
Friday-Sunday, August 6-8

This year’s Dunegrass, newly revitalized yet again after surviving a
mess of financial difficulties and promotion conflicts, is back at
three days, complete with camping and food/craft vendors. The theme of
this year’s event is “getting back to Dunegrass’ roots,” and with that
in mind, many of the acts are Michigan-based. Among the performers in
general this year will be Graham Parsons and the Go-Rounds, Greensky
Bluegrass, Contradance, Rootstand, Macpodz, and Josh Davis.
Tickets: start at $59.95 for early bird tickets; camping is an
additional $25 per car at the gate.

Farmfest grounds on Roby Road, Johannesburg
Thursday-Saturday, August 12-15

There may not be actual cows at FarmFest, but their motto is
“Mooosical Magic ‘Till the Cows Come Home” - by which you can expect a
plethora of music plus fire circle jams, “Parkin’ Lot Pickin’,” an
open mic, a harmonica contest, and of course the food and workshops,
too. For this year’s event, sets will be performed by Dave Boutette,
Orpheum Bell, Kirby, Madcat and Kane Trio, Rootstand, Wayward Roots,
Galactic Sherpas, The FunDubMentals, and the Wild Uke String Band,
among plenty of others.
Tickets: free, although a donation of $10-55 is suggested (“but not
required”) to help support the weekend event.

Mackinac Island Music Festival
Various venues around the island
Tuesday-Thursday, August 17-19

Once again taking place at a variety of Mackinac Island venues,
attendees of this 3-day-long celebration of music will be able to
fortify themselves with a wide variety of Americana food; relax by
viewing a screen of the movie, Festival Express, featuring the music
of The Band, Traffic, The Grateful Dead, and Janis Joplin; and then
get dancin’ at a range of live shows, from Jazz Night with the Alex
Graham Quartet to live shows by DC Malone, Billy Brandt, Michelle
Chenard, The Forbes Brothers, and Chordiology.
Tickets: events are priced individually and start at $10 for the music
documentary showing.

Hoxeyville Music Festival
West of Kestlewoods Campground on M37
Friday-Sunday, August 20-22

Set in the peaceful Manistee National Forest west of Cadillac (with a
convenient extra campground just down the road for overflow),
Hoxeyville’s weekend fest community will offer a Vendor Village with a
focus on organic and fair-trade products to set the tone for the
musical events, which this year will feature live sets from The Rhythm
Devils (featuring Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart of The Grateful
Dead), Keller Williams, Cornmeal, Frontier Ruckus, and Steppin’ In It.
Tickets $89 advance, $99 general admission, $199 RV, $200 VIP, $350
VIP RV; tickets include camping.

Traverse City Microbrew & Music Fest
Front Lawn at The Grand Traverse Commons
Aug. 27-28

Featuring 45 Michigan & National Breweries & entertainment by Brett Dennen, Ozomatli, Lubriphonic, Mike Moran, Bump, Levi Britton and many more.

Wheatland Music Festival
Wheatland festival grounds, Remus, MI
Friday-Sunday, September 10-12
The last gasp of the 2010 Michigan summer music fest season takes
place in Remus at the Wheatland event, which makes room for over
30,000 people and includes camping, workshops, arts and crafts, and of
course a wide range of food vendors.
The 37th Annual Wheatland’s stages will include performances from Red
Sea Pedestrians, old time string band Big Medicine, bluegrass from
Jeff and Vida Band, gospel from The Paschall Brothers, Joel Mabus’
Americana music, and cajun tunes from BeauSoleil with Michael Doucet.
Tickets: weekend tickets start at $65, Sunday-only tickets are $20.
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