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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Soundtract for Film Fest

Robert Downes - July 26th, 2010
local musicians provide the soundtrack for Film Fest
By Robert Downes
Imagine this: you’re a relatively unknown musician laboring in the
obscurity of faraway Northern Michigan. Then a big-deal Hollywood
director comes to town and is absolutely enchanted by one of your
tunes at the Traverse City Film Festival. The next thing you know,
you’re hobnobbing with Brad, Angie, Johnny and Scarlett at the Oscars,
celebrating the success of your Academy Award-winning song.
Well, it could happen, but if not, then at least several dozen local
musicians will have their 15 minutes of fame on the stages of theaters
this week, performing before the curtain rises on the festival’s
Not only that, but there’s also an 18-song “Music of the Film
Festival” CD for sale this year to highlight some of the musicians who
volunteer their talents.
“This is a way for people to get their music out,” says Michael
Sullivan, who has served as entertainment manager at the festival over
the past four years. “All of the musicians on the CD as well as those
who are opening the movies will have a photo and a blurb on the
festival website.”

Sullivan, who sings and plays guitar with the Wild Sullys and Song of
the Lakes, has also organized a mini music festival at Lay Park on
Union Street in Old Town, where a number of bands and solo acts will
perform from noon - 7 p.m. each day, Wednesday-Sunday.
“The concerts in the park are free and we’ll also have two film
discussions there each day with moderators to lead the talks. We’re
hoping to have some directors stop by to offer their views.”
Musicians will be able to sell their own CDs at the concerts in the
park, and the “Music of the Film Festival” CD will also be available
in a limited run of 300 copies at $10 each.
“One of the exciting things about the music this year is that we’ve
always had local interest in performing, but now we’re expanding
statewide with groups such as Red Sea Pedestrians coming here from
Kalamazoo to play,” Sullivan says. “It’s a reflection on the
importance of the music side of the festival.”
He adds that it wasn’t easy picking the acts to perform on the
festival CD. “We sent out an email to everyone on our list to submit
a track and tried to be as inclusive as possible, but there were some
issues on the recording quality that limited what we could use.”

How does one do justice to reviewing an 18-song compilation CD?
Suffice to say that “Music of the Film Festival” is uniformly
excellent and likely to give any directors who might be snooping
around for film scores plenty to choose from.
Predominantly acoustic tunes, romantic ballads and love songs, the CD
also offers some surprises, such as Ron Getz’s jazz instrumental,
“Celeste”; the sultry vocals of Jetty Rae; a ‘recomposed’ Beethoven
tune, “For Elise” by Tom Kaufmann; a swing through Americana from The
Corvairs and New 3rd Coast; “Latitude,” a 5:22 electronica
instrumental by Christian Larsen; hard-driving, horn-powered folk rock
from the Wild Sullys; and the stark, heartfelt folk of White Wolf
Black Bear on “First.” Other performers include Red Sea Pedestrians,
Brett Mitchell and the Giant Ghost, Chris Burgess, Miriam Pico & David
Chown, Motel Darlene, Ragtop Rodeo and Angela Josephine.

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah…
Who’s playing at the Open Space films & festival parties

One of the highlights of this year’s free films by the bay will be a
Northern Michigan Beatles Tribute prior to the Thursday night airing
of “Help” at the Open Space in Traverse City.
Al Jankowski is organizing the 90-minute show, which will feature
15-20 local musicians doing their take on their favorite Beatles’
“We’ll have everyone from singer-songwriters on stage to a full rock
band,” says Jankowski, who performs on sax and keyboards with numerous
musicians in the area and also works as a salesman at Marshall Music.
Among those performing will be singers Dawn Campbell and Miriam Pico,
Dave Webber of Alter Ego, DJ Matt Mansfield and Boston-area bassist
John Davies, with Jankowski backing most of the acts. Local
singer-songwriter Andrew Sturtz also has an opening spot that evening.
“It will all lead up to the grand finale of the show which will be
everyone coming back on stage to perform the song, ‘Help’,” Jankowski
Favorite Beatle? “John Lennon, of course.”

Open Space Films and performances

Tuesday July 27 • “Twister” The Cedar Valley Boys - old time string band
Jetty Rae - singer/songwriter

Wednesday July 28 • “Finding Nemo”
Tongue Family String Band - Celtic
Geno Tpicor - Native American/French music & stories
Jenny Thomas - singer/songwriter

Thursday July 29 - The Beatles “Help” A Northern Michigan Beatles
Tribute & Andrew Sturtz

Friday July 30 • “Raising Arizona” Windy Ridge Trio - old time string band
Surprise Guest TBA

Saturday July 31 • “Indiana Jones” Christian Larsen - electronica
Wild Sully’s - Celtic rock

Sunday August 1 • “Mary Poppins” Jazz North - contemporary jazz
Miriam Pico & David Chown - jazz pop

Lay Park Performances: 7th & Union Streets
Wednesday, July 28
12:00p The Red Sea Pedestrians: klezmer & swing band
1:15p Veena Chandra & Devish Chandra Duo: Indian sitar & tabla
3:00p Chris Burgess: Pop singer/songwriter
4:00p Jetty Rae: Acoustic/ folk
6:00p 12 Year Reunion: Fife Lake rock ‘n’ roll

Thursday, July 29
12:00p Ron Getz: jazz guitar
1:15p David Chown: jazz pianist
3:00p Jordan Huggett: drum group
4:00p Angelo Meli & Glenn Wolff: jazz guitar & bass
6:00p Song of the Lakes: maritime folk

Friday, July 30
12:00p Ragtop Rodeo: country
1:15p Acoustic Dynamite: folk rock
3:00pm Moonbeam: singer/ songwriter
3:40p Henry Sparks: English singer/songwriter
4:20p Thunderclap!: Canadian singer/songwriter
6:00p Mue Sephei: music from Switzerland

Saturday, July 31
12:00p Sundelius: Singer/songwriter
1:15p Ruby John: local fiddle player
3:00p Matt Smith: finger-style guitar
4:00p White Wolf Black Bear: singer/songwriter
6:00p Fresh Cut Collective: Milwaukee-based roots/funk/hip-hop

Sunday, August 1
1:15p Barbara Faith Jordan: singer/songwriter
3:00p Angela Josephine: singer/songwriter
4:00p Motel Darlene: Earthworks artist
6:00p The Corvairs: blues rock

Film Festival Parties:
Opening Party - July 27, downtown TC
Mue Sephei
The Red Sea Pedestrians
GT Pipes & Drums
Andy Nester
Veena & Devesh Chandra

Film Maker’s Party - July 31, Wade Trim Park
David Chown
Fresh Cut Collective

Closing Party - August 1, Park Place Dome
The Windy Ridge Trio
The Fresh Fossils

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