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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R.E.M. Go Old School For New Album

Kristi Kates - October 11th, 2010
Autumn Defense is working on their upcoming album, too - dubbed Once
Around, the set will serve as the band’s fourth, and will be released
on November 2 on Yep Roc albums. Included in Autumn Defense’s band
lineup, of course, are Wilco members John Stirratt and Pat Sansone,
who are able to work on some “un-Wilco-like” music in their
nonetheless very catchy side project. Tunes set for inclusion on Once
Around will be “Huntington Fair,” “The Rift,” “Step Easy,” “Every
Day,” and the title track... Brian Eno, the electronic pioneer known
both for his own solo work and his time in Roxy Music as well as his
groundbreaking producing for the likes of U2, Coldplay, and Talking
Heads, is set to release his next album on Warp Records, most likely
some time later this year. The new set is said to sound both live and
“alien,” as well very unusual and unique sonically, even given all of
Eno’s musical sound experimentations over the years...
And for those of you who have been living under a TV-free rock, Fox
has announced (in a live webcast hosted by Ryan Seacrest, ‘natch) that
the previously unsettled and unknown roster of judges for the next
round of singing competition American Idol has finally been settled.
With Idol “dawg” Randy Jackson still on the judging panel, favorite
Paula Abdul long gone, and perhaps the only truly accurate judge,
Simon Cowell, now departed, the remaining judge places will be taken
up by performer Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler.
The new season of Idol is set to begin January 12, 2011...

U2 premiered a couple of new songs this past summer at one of their
live shows in Turin, Italy; one called “North Star” and the other
called “Flowering Rose of Glastonbury” about - what else? -
Glastonbury, the festival that they missed due to Bono’s back surgery.
To see live video of both performances, check out www.u2gigs.com/article672.html

MINI BUZZ: The Gracious Few have kicked off their fall tour in
promotion of their eponymous debut disc, which they released on their
own label; the band will make stops in Atlanta GA (10/10), Little Rock
AR (10/16), Memphis (10/19), Columbus OH (10/28), Flint MI (10/29),
and Lancaster PA (10/31)...
Swedish band ABBA are taking legal action against the Danish People’s
Party, after the political group changed the words of one of ABBA’s
songs in order to have a theme song for their party’s leader...
The Coral will be taking on some UK dates, too, in promotion of their
new album Butterfly House; their shows will include Leeds (11/14),
London (11/15), and Glasgow (11/19)...
Austin, Texas experimental popsters The Octopus Project will release
their new album, Hexadecagon, on October 26, after performing the
album in its entirety at SXSW to over-capacity crowds...The War Child
David Bowie tribute album is now set for release on October 11th,
complete with contributions from Duran Duran, Warpaint, Afghan
Raiders, Corridor, and John Frusciante, among others... And start
crafting those crazy costumes, all you “little monsters” - Lady Gaga
has added dates to her 2011 North American tour, and one of them is
set to be a stop at Grand Rapids’ Van Andel Arena on March 1- tickets
are on sale for that show now...
And these CDs are looking to add their music to your CD collection...
Manic Street Preachers’ Postcards from a Young Man... No Age’s
Everything In Between... (Genesis drummer-turned-solo-artist) Phil
Collins’ Going Back... and Ice Cube’s I Am the West... 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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