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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Will Ready

Kristi Kates - September 20th, 2010
Will Ready: Gets Ready for Fame
By Kristi Kates
A “small twist of fate,” singer Will Ready’s press kit explains, is
what pulled the former 200 pound, 6-foot-4-inch basketball player from
the sports world and into the music world.
Now a dedicated musician, Ready is already on his fifth album - which
he’ll be celebrating at a release party at Traverse City’s Loading
Dock this Saturday -
and he has barely looked back at a basketball since.
“I was playing for Dyersburg State near Memphis, Tennessee, when I
suffered a knee injury during a game,” Ready explains. “While
recovering, I had a lot of time to think, and reality set in. As a kid
growing up playing basketball, my dreams were to make it to the NBA.
But while I was in college, I got into a dance group - break dancing,
pop locking, all the old dances - and I was pretty good. I loved the
attention, the excitement that was generated from performing.”
While convalescing, Ready decided that instead of pushing his knee any
further, he wanted to take his musical talents to another level.
“I was always told I had a nice speaking voice, so I said ‘hey, why
not try singing?’” he says, “I never took a lesson, I was just very
determined. I started listening to my favorite singers, the hit songs
playing on the radio, the format they used to write them, and I began
writing songs.”
But the first song Ready ever wrote - dubbed “Elysa” after his
girlfriend at the time - would have a rough time getting attention. No
one would give Ready a shot at performing live, because, he says, he
was a complete music biz newbie.
“I had a lot to learn, and some lessons were more costly than others,” he says.

Before too long, though, Ready’s persistence paid off. His dues, so to
speak, began to get paid, and he soon started recording his own tunes
and got opportunities to open for such acclaimed performers as The
Temptations and Chaka Khan.
“Working with the legends is a blessing and an honor,” Ready says.
“The knowledge, the stories, their professionalism, the way they treat
people, and the love they truly have for their craft. When I listened
to some of the things that they had to go through, I knew I would
never complain or make excuses again.”
Two musicians in particular inspire Ready most as songwriters - one a
Motown legend, the other a Midwestern New Jack Swing/R&B/pop producer.
“There are two individuals that inspire me the most,” Ready says,
“Smokey Robinson, for all the hits he had at Motown, and Babyface. I
love their writing subjects, structure, and the class of performers
that they are.”
Ready, who relies on his faith to help him through the tough times,
also says that in climbing his own musical ladder, he’s “learned the
importance of teamwork.”
“No one becomes a success on any level by oneself,” he says.
“Understanding that it is a business is something to take seriously
above all else. I learned that people will knock you when they think
you’re down, and love you if you have any kind of success.”

Ready’s current success includes that aforementioned fifth CD, which
he’s titled Seduction and which carries a theme of romance (“and that
chivalry is alive and well,” Ready says.)
The music video for the album’s title track was actually shot in
Traverse City, and included a plethora of local talent and support.
“Locations for the video included a schooner on West Bay, the
bayfront, the Boardman River downtown, and the airport,” Ready
Produced and directed by J. Mark Eiden and Megan Curtis of 45th
Parallel Productions of Traverse City, Traverse City/Los Angeles
cinematographer Duke Knight was also involved, along with local
business assistance.
“We were supported by local businesses,” Ready continues, “including
Air Services, Inc., T.C. Carriage, and the Maritime Heritage Alliance.
And we used all locals in the video starting with the leading lady,
Meg Howard, plus extras including Brooke Bambusch and Justine Hock. We
had great support from a lot of people, so thanks to everyone who was
supportive and showed us love.”
Ready is actually a big supporter of Michigan performers, and utilizes
his own Ready Music Group to offer music and video production,
marketing, and distribution in addition to publicizing his own musical
“We feel that there’s a lot of talent in the state of Michigan yet to
be discovered,” he says, “we know the climb won’t be easy and it will
not happen overnight, but we’re determined to showcase the talent that
Michigan has to offer.”
Including his own.

Will Ready’s new CD, Seduction, will be released in 2011, but can be
advance-purchased via download for $9.99 at
www.willready.com. Ready’s CD release event will take place on
Saturday, September 25 at 10 p.m. at The Loading Dock in Traverse
City, $5 cover, 21 and over only.

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