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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Road Trippin?

Kristi Kates - June 14th, 2010
Road Trippin’: A bright outlook for summer’s biggest music festivals
By Kristi Kates
Summertime has returned, and with it 2010’s gleaming lineup of
polished-up music festival events, both near and far. Whether you’re
looking to road trip or stay a little closer to home, there’s an event
for every genre of music fan, and most of them are great deals, too,
with dozens of bands performing live on one ticket for extra fun under
the summer sun.
So pack up your sunscreen, gas up the car, make note of our
suggestions as to what you might need at each event and what’s better
left behind - and let’s check out the six top tix for this year in
North America.

 Bonnaroo Festival, June 10-13, Manchester TN (www.bonnaroo.com)
Perennial jam favorite, the Dave Matthews Band head up the list at
this year’s Bonnaroo, which will also shake a bell-bottomed leg to
live sets from Jay-Z, The Flaming Lips, Jimmy Cliff, The Black Keys,
Tenacious D, and more. Be prepared, though, for high traffic going
into the fest, coupled with humidity and stubbornly sticky dust and
dirt in shadeless cow-grazing fields.
Bring: Handi-Wipes, tie-dyed tees, patience.  Don’t Bring: high-heeled
shoes, netbooks, allergies.

NXNE (North by Northeast), June 14-20, Toronto ONT (www.nxne.com)
A rather overwhelming 650 bands in seven days mark this week-long
Canadian event that’s well worth the road trip if you’re a fan of
indie-pop/rock of all shapes and sizes. Iggy Pop, The Raveonettes, De
La Soul, Man or Astro-Man, and 646 others will take over 40 stages
across Toronto, and the live music sets will be coupled with
informative music-biz panel discussions plus the NXNE film fest, which
screens a hand-selected roster of music films both old and new.
Bring: caffeine, city maps, your band’s latest demo.  Don’t Bring:
patchouli, expectations that you’re going to catch every band on your
must-see list.

Summerfest, June 24-July 4, Milwaukee WI (www.summerfest.com)

As if NXNE didn’t push the envelope on sheer band numbers, Summerfest
offers up 800 bands on 11 stages - but, hey, at least they give you 11
days to attempt to see ‘em all. The lineup is heavy on album-rock,
radio hitmakers, tribute bands and ‘90s retreads (Santana, Usher,
Think Floyd, The Offspring), and the newest performer on the roster is
probably Justin Bieber - but this is Milwaukee’s Big Deal, so
everything is at least fairly well organized and there’s plenty of
food, even if the lineup isn’t the hippest.
Bring: warm sweatshirts, antacids, vomit radar. Don’t Bring: dressy
clothes, your car (use one of Summerfest’s buses or the Park N’ Ride

 Pitchfork Music Festival, July 16-18, Chicago IL
Chicago’s Union Park is the setting for Lollapalooza-Lite, aka
Pitchfork, the fest that caters more to the hipsters than the
mainstream music fans (and does quite well for it.) This year’s
Pitchfork spears sets from the likes of Modest Mouse, Liars, The
Tallest Man on Earth, Broken Social Scene, Wolf Parade, LCD
Soundsystem, Big Boi, and Pavement, among others, rockin’ the park
from afternoon to 10 p.m. each festival day.
Bring: Your bicycle (bike parking is free), Green Line subway
schedule, vintage jeans. Don’t Bring: video or audio recorders (trust
us, they’ll be confiscated), bongo drums, your requests for “Free

Common Ground Fest, July 12-18, Lansing MI (www.commongroundfest.com)
A multi-day admission pass lets you into Lansing’s big music fest
for one price, so you can take in all of the events alongside
downtown’s Grand River Adado Riverfront Park. Food vendors supply the
fuel for seven days’ worth of musical performances, which this year
are heavy on the heavy-metal and hard rock genres; performers include
Tesla, Drowning Pool, Sammy Hagar, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Bret
Michaels, Ludacris, and American Idols Adam Lambert and Alison
Bring: low-back lawn chairs, deodorant (this is one crrrrowded event),
your newly-purchased “Common Card.” Don’t Bring: U of M t-shirts,
novelty bandanas (Michaels has those covered, thanks.)

 Lollapalooza, August 6-8, Chicago IL (www.lollapalooza.com)
With Perry Farrell serving as its long-time king, Lollapalooza is the
royal pinnacle of Midwestern summer music fests, with its (usually
oversold) location in Grant Park, its proximity to the breezes of Lake
Michigan, its environmental awareness, and it’s always-varied lineup,
ranging from huge headliners to intriguing second-stagers. 2010 is no
exception to the lineup expectations - Lolla fans will be offered
performances from big timers Green Day, a reunited Soundgarden, and
The Strokes, plus indie faves like Jamie Lidell, Chromeo, The
National, Minus the Bear, and Hockey.
Bring: rain ponchos, battery-powered mini-fans, stamina. Don’t Bring:
leather jackets, non-recyclable items, claustrophobia.

Planning to spend part of your summer overseas? Then (after you’ve
remembered your passport, of course) these are the half-dozen fests
you’ll want to include in your travel itinerary:

Glastonbury, June 23-27, Worthy Farm, Pilton UK (www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk)
Glasto, as the locals call it, began in 1970 and offered free
farm-fresh milk with each ticket; the farmland remains, but now the
draw includes sets from Gorillaz, Muse, Stevie Wonder, Mos Def, Fatboy
Slim, Shakira, The Dead Weather, Florence and the Machine, Faithless,
and Jack Johnson.

Roskilde, July 1-4, Roskilde, Denmark (www.roskilde-festival.dk/uk)
Another fest with a long history, this Scandinavian event began in
the late ‘70s with U2 and Talking Heads; today it presents sets from
Muse, Kasabian, The National, NOFX, Lindstrom, Them Crooked Vultures,
Moderat, Local Natives, Pavement, and Van Dyke Parks.

Benicassim, July 15-18, Benicassim, Spain (www.fiberfib.com)
Gigantically popular seaside Spanish music fest set next to
well-groomed camping grounds offers up well-produced and
legendarily-lit sets from Vampire Weekend, Kasabian, Ray Davies,
Julian Casablancas, Gorillaz, DJ Shadow, Goldfrapp, Ash, Ray Davies,
and Klaxons.

Fuji Rock Festival, July 30-August 1, Niigata Japan (www.smash-uk.com/frf10)
The mountainous backdrops of the Naeba Ski resort play host to
cable-car rides, quirky color-coded stages, and sets from Muse, Roxy
Music, Massive Attack, Jamie Cullum, Ocean Colour Scene, Mgmt, Broken
Bells, Air, Belle and Sebastian, and Ian Brown.

Pukkelpop, August 19-21, Nasselt Belgium (www.pukkelpop.be/en/)
Held in a wooded parklike area next to a Belgian village, this year’s
Pukkelpop welcomes over 180,000 music fans to listen to sets from Snow
Patrol, Deadmau5, Minus the Bear, Sound of Stereo, Miike Snow, Ash,
Eels, Queens of the Stone Age, The Cribs, and The Kooks.

Reading/Leeds Festivals, August 27-29, Reading and Leeds UK
(www.readingfestival.com and www.leedsfestival.com)
The rosters for this pair of uber-cool festivals are doubled up as
bands and fans trek from one site to the other; this year’s lineup
includes sets from Arcade Fire, The Libertines, The Gaslight Anthem,
The Maccabees, Weezer, Phoenix, Crystal Castles, Lost Prophets, QOTSA,
and Billy Talent.

Rock by the Bay:
The National Cherry Festival line-up

Some old favorites as well as some new faces are in store for the
National Cherry Festival Bay Side stage this year, with eight nights
of music offered at Traverse City’s Open Space from July 3-10.
This year, a $15 V-Pass offers entry into the concert area for all
eight nights of music. For $25, you can purchase a Gold V-Pass that
includes access for one evening at the Festival’s Global Wine
The lineup this year includes:
• Los Lonely Boys, Saturday, July 3: offering Latin rhythms and their
own spin on classic rock tunes.
• Gregg Rolie Band, July 4: the original lead singer/keyboardist for
Santana has been a real crowd-pleaser on his two prior appearances at
the Festival, playing top hits from the legendary Latin rock band.
• NMC Community Band, July 5: offering a “Heroes’ Salute” to America’s best.
• The digeridoo meets the harmonica when Australian transplant Harper
brings his blues rock to the stage on July 6. Warming up the show
will be blues sensation Tommy Castro.
• 1964 The Tribute will have you singing “yeah, yeah, yeah” for their
umpteenth appearance in TC on July 7.
• Big Bad Voodoo Daddy revives the era of Cab Calloway and go-daddy-go
with their swing dance-friendly show on July 8.
• Country star Randy Houser is sure to be a rouser on July 9.
• Breathe, breathe in the air at the Festival’s finale concert on
Saturday, July 10 with the return of Think Floyd, a tribute band that
plays all of “Dark Side of the Moon” and many obscure Floyd gems to
the accompaniment of fireworks.

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