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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Young Dubs

Rick Coates - October 18th, 2010
The Young Dubs: On The Rocky Road From Dublin
By Rick Coates
Celtic rockers, The Young Dubliners, (Young Dubs) love Traverse City.
While most touring acts hardly know what day it is, let alone what
town they are in, The Young Dubs have their favorites and Traverse
City ranks right up at the top.
“Anytime I see we have a show booked in Michigan I call our agent and
say we have to play Traverse City,” said Keith Roberts, founder, lead
vocalist and guitarist. “Traverse City was one of the first places to
get behind us. Terri Ray at WKLT put a couple of our songs in rotation
and the people up there just got behind us. I think this will be our
eighth show there in the past 16 years. I think we have played just
about every venue.”
The Young Dubs will perform a special early show at the Loading Dock
in Traverse City on Sunday October 24 with a 7:30 p.m. show time. A
special Irish Happy Hour will start at 6 p.m.
For Richards and his mates, bassist Brendan Holmes (they’re the only
two members from Ireland), violinist Chas Waltz, guitarist Bob
Boulding, and drummer David Ingraham, it has been somewhat of a “rocky
road from Dublin.”
“We are keeping our head above water, but it has not been easy -- this
business seems to be changing daily,” said Roberts. “But it is that
way for everyoNE: the bands, the venue, the club owners. From the
economy to the Internet, we are in a different world right now. For
the first time, we have had a few club owners and festivals coming to
us and saying they just didn’t have the money to pay us in full.
“Fortunately those have been few and far between.”

“Clubs and venues are learning like bands are that you have to take a
different approach to promoting yourself,” said Roberts. “Every show
has to be promoted differently from a venue perspective and as a band
we approach our marketing of our tour based on each show as well.”
Despite a challenged economy, 2010 has been a great year for The Young
“We were very busy this year and in particular in the Midwest. We just
left our equipment in Chicago all summer and would fly home. In
September we had gigs every night but three. We spent a great deal of
time on the tour bus and had a great tour in Europe as well,” said
The Young Dubs fuse a traditional Irish musical sound with modern rock
to create celtic rock. They have built a worldwide following by
gigging hard for the past 16 years, touring with Jethro Tull, among
others. Their CD, “Red,” was produced by Bernie Taupin (Elton John’s
songwriting partner) and the band has built a following in Hollywood,
with the likes of Rod Stewart claiming the Young Dubs as one of his
So is there a new CD in the works?
“Yes actually a couple, sort of,” said Roberts. “We are going to do
our version of a greatest hits album. Since we do not have radio
number one hits we are going to ask our fans via our website to select
those songs. We will release that and go out on the road playing our
fan favorites next year.
“But we are also writing new songs and what I like is that everyone in
the group has a feel for our music, so I no longer have to shoulder
the songwriting burden completely,” he adds. “Everyone is taking
ownership and it is really cool. It’s not that these guys were not
capable -- I was the guy with the vision for this band and the sound
-- so now everyone sees that same vision.”

The Young Dubs find themselves without a label as they go into the
studio, but this time it is by choice.
“It is just one of those changes, and for bands like us -- we are
better off with the technology out there to release our own stuff,
versus paying a label. In fact, a lot of bands are finding that they
are able to do a better job than the labels in this area now,” said
Roberts. “Downloading is where it is at, and touring, so we have all
the equipment to record and press out CDs to sell when we hit the
road. In fact we are looking at releasing our next CD of originals one
song at a time on our website, Itunes and Pandora.”

So it has been a “rocky road from Dublin” for Keith Roberts and his
bandmates but they would have it no other way. Catch them this Sunday
night at the Loading Dock in Traverse City. Tickets are $15 at the
door and bring your dancing shoes. Members of local Irish and Celtic
organizations are gathering at 6 pm for an Irish Happy Hour. To hear a
sampling of their music go to YouTube or visit www.youngdubliners.com.

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