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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Kristi Kates - August 2nd, 2010
Dunegrass gets Back to its Roots: The best of Michigan’s music crop blossoms in Empire
By Kristi Kates
Founded in 1992, when it was “more of a private party,” according to
current festival overseer/producer Ryan Lake, the Dunegrass Music
Festival’s goal was simply to promote local music and help people
enjoy it.
Today, 18 years later, the festival outside Empire in southern
Leelanau County still has that same spirit, but has grown to the point
of having more acts than ever.
“The late Mike Vanderberg was the original founder,” Lake says, “and
he wanted to create a festival that was based primarily on Michigan
music, with a few choice national acts; you know, large enough to put
on a great show, yet small enough to maintain the integrity of the

The festival, however, has gone through a few growing pains, as
evidenced by the uncertain, shaky nature of its 2008 show, which was
expanded (and overbooked) by a company called Grassroots Productions.
To put it delicately, there was a little trouble paying the bills -
headliner Ritchie Havens abruptly canceled his show at the event and
creditors were reportedly left holding the bag for more than $300,000
in unpaid bills.
“Dunegrass survived, which was the first step to getting this
festival back on track,” Lake explains. “After the losses suffered
under the previous production company that took over when Mike passed
away, last year was a challenge to say the least, but in the end, a
very rewarding one. We’ve had as many as 10,000 people at Dunegrass in
the past and expect a great turnout this year and for years to come.”
Helping the turnout, perhaps, is the fact that Dunegrass has moved
back a weekend, avoiding a conflict with the Traverse City Film
Festival. And, as was the case last year, the festival returns to the
Empire Eagles Club property east of Empire, offering a more private
site than its original location in town.

Now in it’s 18th year, Dunegrass is back in force this summer for an
entire weekend, at a reasonable price point and with plenty of music
to choose from, most of it literally home-grown.
“The vast majority of our music comes from right here in Michigan,”
Lake says proudly, “including Steppin’ in it, Greensky Bluegrass, The
Macpodz, Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys, Rachael Davis, Jen Sygit
and Sam Corbin, K. Jones and the Benzie Playboys, Detour Bluegrass,
Luke Winslow-King, Rootstand, Fool Rooster and so many others.”
The 2010 Dunegrass Festival will also be featuring a Louisiana legend,
namely Sammie “Big Sam” Williams, known for his trombone talents as
well as his musical work with everyone from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band
to James Brown, Dave Matthews to Elvis Costello. Williams’ band, Big
Sam’s Funky Nation, will bring Dunegrass “a true taste of New
Orleans,” as Lake puts it, when his band takes the stage on the night
of August 6.

Of course the music is the focal point at Dunegrass, but Lake also
emphasizes that there’s a whole lot more to the fest that can be
enjoyed between the acts.
“We will have over 20 arts and crafts vendors, a wonderful food menu
to choose from on site, morning yoga, camping, open mic, music
workshops, poetry, Cajun dance, Contra dance, Waltz hour, and the
gospel hour on Sunday morning with Rachael Davis,” Lake says.
But perhaps even more than all of the above, Lake - also a musician -
appreciates the fact that Dunegrass is very much a local festival,
true to its Up North roots and welcoming to the surrounding
“My favorite aspect of Dunegrass is the local connection,” he says,
“we are featuring the best of Michigan. This is an opportunity to get
out and see what’s going on in the Michigan music scene - and that is
a very cool thing.”

The 2010 18th Annual Sleeping Bear Dunegrass and Blues Festival will
take place August 6, 7, and 8 at the Empire Eagles property right off
of M-72 near the village of Empire. Day passes will be available at
the gate for $35, weekend passes at the gate will be $90. Get all the
details at www.dunegrassmusicfestival.org.

Who’s Playing:

Susan Fawcett
Lac La Belle
Soul Patch
Blue Dirt Band
Full Chord
Graham Parsons & the Go Rounds
Jen Sygit & Sam Corbin
K. Jones & The Benzie Playboys
Big Sam’s Funky Nation
Marco & Asim
The New 3rd Coast
Billy Brandt
Lonesome County
Rachel Davis Band
The Preservation
Ralston Bowles
Jessical Lea Mayfield
Delilah DeWylde & the Lost Boys
Greensky Bluegrass
Steppin’ In It
Hawks & Owls
Cabin Fever
Red Tail Ring
Michael Anne Erlewine
Kyle Campbell
Bob Bernard Waltz Hour
Luke Winslow King
Detour Bluegrass
Josh Davis & Fool Rooster
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