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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Good Vibes

Erin Cowell - June 28th, 2010
Good Vibes: G.R. band returns to T.C.
By Erin Crowell
It’s the Fourth of July holiday weekend – a time to feel good; and nothing epitomizes that more than the good vibes from a live band.
Enter The Outer Vibe: The electro alt/rock/pop sensation from Grand Rapids that has created a fan base throughout the Midwest, including here, in Northern Michigan. The group returns for a three-day concert at Turtle Creek Casino, in Williamsburg, July 2-4.

The Outer Vibe is all about having a good time.
“Our goal is to get out there and have fun, and to make sure everyone else is doing the same,” says guitarist Nick Hosford.
“We really just want to get people pumped up,” adds Jeff Brems, on drums.
If you’ve ever been to an Outer Vibe performance, chances are there will be people dancing. A major element to the band’s sound is rhythm and funky beats.
“On the Run” resembles the rhythmic bounce of Modest Mouse’s “Dashboard.” And, like the sounds of Modest Mouse, the sounds of the Outer Vibe are quirky – a Saturday morning cartoon…for adults.
Yet, the band is bold in their approach – heavy guitars, loud horns…there’s plenty of reason to tap your foot and bob your head.
“You can expect to have a good time,” says Vibes’ vocalist, Sean Zuidgeest.

The band has been rocking all millennium, forming back in 2000.
“We just decided if the world was going to end, we would start a band,” says Hosford, “and when the end didn’t happen, we just had to stick with it…just kidding.”
The Outer Vibe started as a four-piece high school band—evolving throughout college—to its current five-piece “A-Team,” as Hosford jokes.
As mentioned before, the band boasts Zuidgeest on vocals, Hosford on guitar and Brems on drums; and includes Andrew Dornoff on bass with Lisa Kacos on trumpet, keyboards and keytar.
All decisions are made as a collective – “from the clothing we’re going to wear for that night’s set,” says Kacos – to the list of songs they perform, including original material.
“There’s five of us and we can take a vote; and if one person thinks a song stinks, the majority rules,” says Brems. “We’re very egalitarian.”
The Vibe performs a variety of material—from covers to originals—all depending on the performance.
“If it’s a four-hour concert, we’re going to play a lot more cover songs,” says Zuidgeest. “We play anything from Johnny Cash to Gnarls Barkley.”
“When people are there drinking and dancing, they like to hear songs they know and can sing to,” adds Kacos.

They say they want people to get to know the band more – on a personal level.
“We meet people all the time between sets. That’s how we’ve built a lot of our relationships,” says Hosford.
Many of those relationships come from out of town, with people traveling from as far as Indianapolis.
The band says they plan on having a big crowd at this weekend’s performance.
“We were at other shows and heard people saying they didn’t know what to do for their Fourth of July,” says Hosford. “So we told them, ‘Come on up to TC, we’re playing all weekend.”
This will be the second performance at Turtle Creek Casino since the band’s three-day Memorial Weekend performance.
“The Traverse City area is so welcoming,” says Kacos. “We’re fortunate to get to come up to a place where people are excited to vacation anyway. We get our own vacation while doing what we love to do.”

The Outer Vibe performs in the Level 3 Lounge of Turtle Creek Casino, in Williamsburg, July 2-4, at 9 p.m. The band will also make an appearance at Hot Topic, in the Grand Traverse Mall, on Sunday, July 4, at 3 p.m. Visit theoutervibe.com for more info.

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