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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Kings of Leon return with Sundown

Kristi Kates - October 4th, 2010
Kings of Leon Return with... Sundown
Kings of Leon have wrapped work on their fifth album, which was
recorded in New York at Avatar Studios. The band’s Nathan Followill,
in a recent Billboard interview, said that the new songs, which the
band has been playing on tour this summer, have been going over
“really well, a lot better than we thought they would.” Fans have even
been seen singing along to the new tunes, which can be heard here and
there on YouTube. The album itself, titled Come Around Sundown, is due
in stores on October 19...

Tricky has just released his latest album, Mixed Race, and introduces
a globally-influenced set of sounds into the set, from Jamaica to the
U.S., France to North Africa. The multi-talented performer also put
together a diverse roster of guest musicians to accompany him on the
set, including Hakim Hamadouche, Blackman, Frankey Riley, Bobby
Gillespie, and Tricky’s own brother Marlon Thaws. Rumor has it he
might even start doing some work with Massive Attack again soon,

The Nasher Museum of Art in Durham, North Carolina will play host to a
new exhibition this fall titled The Record: Contemporary Art and
Vinyl, which will explore the culture of vinyl records within the
history of art through sound work, sculpture, drawing, painting,
photography, video, performance, and other installations. Set to run
through February 6, 2011, the exhibit will feature works by Talking
Heads’ David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone and
Tunde Adebimpe, Superchunk’s Mac McCaughan,
and more...

And Soundgarden are following up their impressive reunion performance
at this year’s Lollapalooza fest with a new best-of CD, Telephantism,
which will include a dozen songs, one of them being a
previously-unreleased track, “Black Rain,” from some of the band’s
early recording sessions. You can snag Telephantism this week if you
want to get it bundled with the new Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock
videogame, or you can wait until October 5 to buy the album on its

The Black Crowes have released a series of webisodes in support of
their new two-CD career-spanning set, Croweology.
The webisodes, filmed at singer Chris Robinson’s own house, cover
topics such as the relationship between Chris and his brother Rich,
the band’s upcoming hiatus, and their tour with Aerosmith.
Check ‘em all out at www.youtube.com/user/croweology...
The National will embark on a winter UK tour in support of their new
album, High Violet, which was released earlier this summer; the band
will kick off the jaunt in Bristol on November 24...
Producer Daniel Lanois has recorded a new album with Neil Young, which
is reportedly being mixed in Los Angeles...
Status Quo will be touring the UK this winter, too - now newly updated
with extra shows, their Quid Pro Quo Tour will encompass 28 dates in
Charlatans have announced a UK tour for this fall that’s set to kick
off on October 7; the band will feature Shaun Ryder as opening act,
and will make stops in Leeds (Manchester (10/16), Norwich (10/21), and
London (10/22)...
Jay-Z is set to release a book of his memoirs on November 16; the book
will trace his life from growing up in Brooklyn to his current role as
a hip-hop artist...
A new Michael Jackson album of ten unreleased songs will reportedly be
released this November; Jackson’s former manager said in a recent
interview that Jackson’s vaults contain over 100 completed and
unreleased songs, from older tunes to recent collaborations with
Ne-Yo, Will.i.am, and Akon...

And here are this week’s new CD releases from other artists... Vincent
Minor’s Vincent Minor... Ne-Yo’s Libra Scale… Margot and the Nuclear
So and So’s Buzzard… and Amberlin’s Dark is the Way, Light is a
Place... and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.

Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions on this column or your
favorite musicians? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com

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