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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2010 Lollapalooza

Kristi Kates - July 26th, 2010
Cool Music in Hot Chicago: A 2010 Lollapalooza Preview
By Kristi Kates
It’s road trip time once again for Northern Michigan music fans. The
much-revered big-time Midwestern music fest is back for its 2010
incarnation, this year scheduled for August 6-8 at its home locale of
Chicago’s own Grant Park.
Still the domain of Lolla king and founder Perry Farrell, the 2010
version of Lolla - easily accessible to Michiganders via car or even
more comfortably via Amtrak train from Grand Rapids - is another big
buzz event, with a couple of major headliners and all the usual Lolla
components you’ve gotten to know and love; all we need now is for the
heat to stay below the 100 degree mark.

It’s going to be difficult to pick which headliners you’re going to
want to see, with two playing simultaneously on opposite ends of the
park each of the three evenings. On Friday, you’ll have to pick
between New York melodic-rockers The Strokes (their only U.S. date so
far this year) and sensationalist singer Lady Gaga; Saturday’s choice
will be between punks-gone-big Green Day and French alt-rockers
Phoenix; and Sunday will be the conundrum of Canadian indie-rockers
Arcade Fire versus a reformed, Chris-Cornell-fronted Soundgarden.
Once you’ve settled your three headliner picks, you’ll still get to
sift through the remaining 118 bands that make up Lolla’s 2010 roster
- a roster that skims a wide range of genres for music fans of all

For stripes that run to the indie-rock genre, you’ll be well-served at
this year’s Lolla. Ironic hipsters will appreciate the likes of Devo,
Drive-By Truckers, Balkan Beat Box, and Spoon, while the more earnest
indie-pop fans will dig The National, Rogue Wave, the return of Hockey
(who will hopefully get functioning stage equipment this year), and
Company of Thieves. Electro-soul fans will be glad to see Jamie
Lidell, Raphael Saadiq, and Hot Chip, while those more tuned into
focused electronica and synth-pop might like Cut Copy, Mutemath, and
Minus the Bear.
Traditional rockers are few and far between at Lolla, but Blues
Traveler or The Cribs might fit the bill; and those looking for more
exotic rhythms will find them via gypsy-punksters Gogol Bordello, the
reggae of Jimmy Cliff, and Venezuelan band Los Amigos Invisibles.

Also back this year are Perry’s DJ Stages, which will feature the
likes of Digitalism, Kaskade, Beats Antique, Wolfgang Gartner, Caspa,
and of course Perry Farrell himself; and, surprisingly, food is
actually proving to be another interesting component of the 2010 Lolla
Although the fest has always offered an impressive variety of festival
food, including ethnic offerings, this year’s event has snagged
renowned Chicago chef and TV personality Graham Elliot Bowles as the
first “Culinary Director” for Lolla’s Chow Town Food Courts.
Bowles has reportedly rallied several of Chicago’s favorite
restaurants to join him at the fest for the first time, giving patrons
the opportunity to dine at booths manned by the likes of Burrito
Beach, More Cupcakes, The Metropolis Cafe, Franks N’ Dawgs, and Smoke
Daddy Rhythm and Bar B Que.

Of course, in addition to the music, upscaled dining, and late night
DJ dancing sets, Lollapaloozers will be able to visit environmental
area Green Street, several beverage stations and water fountains,
various Lolla stores and an autograph booth, and the loungeable areas
of Grant Park itself.

Ticket options still available at
www.lollapalooza.com vary from single day tix at $90 (perfect if you
just want to pick one day with the bands you like best) to Lolla’s
classic three-day passes; if you want to live like King Perry
yourself, you can snag a pricier Lolla VIP or Cabana pass, which gets
you great sightlines to the stages, snacks, seating, and more if
you’re willing to dole out the bigger bucks.
Tickets and hotel rooms are going fast, so get the details now at

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