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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Collin Raye

Kristi Kates - September 20th, 2010
Collin Raye
By Kristi Kates
Socially-conscious, spiritually-minded, and firmly rooted in the American country music scene, Collin Raye has been crafting songs since early in his life and, as his latest album notes, “Never Going Back.”
He’ll bring songs from his new CD to his show at the Boyne City Performing Arts Center this Saturday.
Raye’s career began as a child, singing occasionally onstage with his mother Lois Wray, who worked as an opening act for a variety of Sun Records artists from Elvis Presley to Carl Perkins. Later, a country-rock band project with his brother, Scott - called simply The Wray Brothers Band - took off in the state of Texas and saw several indie singles released.
By the time the band - then shortened to The Wrays - had disbanded in 1986, Collin Raye was ready to make a go of it on his own, and signed with Epic Records in 1990. Since then, he’s had four albums hit platinum status in the U.S. (selling one million copies each), and snagged several Top Ten country music hit records. Country ballads are Raye’s main appeal to fans, as evidenced by several of his songs being popular among the country-western crowd for big events such as weddings.
His latest album, Never Going Back, was recorded in the southern U.S., and the recording locale hit a magical chord for the country performer.

“Muscle Shoals, Alabama, was the place where Never Going Back was recorded,” Raye says. “That’s where The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and many other great recording artists have recorded many famous albums in the day. Just being in that place was magical for me - so much rich history in those walls. It’s overwhelming when you think about all the great records that came out of that place. Again, the word that comes to mind about that place is magical.”
Recorded with Raye’s longtime friend Michael Curtis on production duties, Raye says that he appreciates “all kinds of musical expression,” and explains that he’s a fan of “music, period - I can appreciate most kinds of musical expression if it comes from the heart” when asked about his musical inspirations for the record.
Another new album is already being rumbled about, although nothing’s confirmed just yet. “I’m always working on new music, ideas and ways to do things,” Raye says. “some new music is in the works as we speak, but I simply can’t say a whole lot about it at this time - but stay tuned. You can stay current with us at my website, www.collinraye.com, and we also have a free iPhone app now, where you can get the latest updates.”

One thing’s for sure, though - Raye’s fans can look forward to seeing him on stage and on the road often; the man rarely stops moving.
“We always tour,” Raye confirms, “we go out and work a few days, then go home a few days. Once in a while we put together a run and stay on the road for a week or two at a time, but overall the job never ends.”
Raye’s shows are known for his attention to his fans, even down to allowing them to “choose,” to a degree, the set lists for the concerts he plays while on tour.
“I always play the hits, and I try to fill as many requests as I can that are shouted out at my shows,” Raye says. “it has always been important to me to play the songs the fans want to hear.”
For his Boyne City show this Saturday, Raye will be putting on an acoustic show, which he says he enjoys because of the less arena-like atmosphere.
“The acoustic shows are always fun for me, because we can get up close and personal with the fans,” Raye says. “These shows are always fun.”
There may be a few twists to the show, as well - but Raye’s not spilling any of the details ahead of time.
“Well, I do not foresee having special guests at this show - however we always pull something out of the hat,” he smiles, “but if I tell you, it would not be a surprise.”

Collin Raye will be in concert at the Boyne City Performing Arts Center on Saturday, September 25 (two shows, at 4 pm and 7 pm), benefitting the Boyne City Firefighters. For tickets and more information, contact the Boyne City Chamber of Commerce at 231-582-6222.

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