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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Papa Roach

Kristi Kates - June 28th, 2010
Papa Roach says its Time for Annihilation at Ground Zero
By Kristi Kates
Papa Roach, the nu-metal/rock band from Vacaville, California perhaps
best known for their hit singles “Last Resort,” “Scars,” and
“Lifeline” and their tours with Guns N’ Roses and Deftones, are
nothing if not aggressively energetic in the promotion of their band.
When asked what audiences should expect at their upcoming show at
Ground Zero in Traverse City, singer Jacoby Shaddix’ answer is quick
and direct.
“Expect to have your f’ing socks rocked off,” Shaddix practically
shouts, “and go buy our new album, Time for Annihilation, on August
   Well, alrighty then.

Papa Roach’s new album, which will serve as their sixth, is something
of a “hybrid record,” as Shaddix explains it.
“When we decided to do a live record, we wanted to do something
different, so we decided to also put five new tracks on the album,” he
says, “we recorded the live portion during the end of December when we
were on tour with our good friends Shinedown, and then recorded the
studio tracks in March with a producer named David Bendeth in New
Shaddix, who rocks along with his trio of bandmates Jerry Horton on
guitar and backing vocals, Tobin Esperance on bass and backing vocals,
and Tony Palermo on drums and percussion, also says that the band has
played a couple of the new tracks live already, keeping the fans
placated with the unexpected new material until they can get back into
the studio for another full-length set.
“We have played “Kick in the Teeth” and “Burn” live,” Shaddix says,
“so far the reaction has been great. We’re not sure when we will do
another album, as right now we are pretty busy.”
Another surprise to fans might be the loss of some of the musical
elements that the band first became known for, namely Shaddix’
pseudo-rapping throughout many of their songs, and the more funky
elements that seeped into their early albums, all the way up to their
two major label releases.

While Papa Roach’s Infest and Lovehatetragedy albums leaned more
towards the metal camp, The Paramour Sessions (2006) was a turnaround.
Recorded in L.A. just east of Hollywood at the Paramour mansion (hence
the album’s name), TPS veered almost into modern rock territory, with
its peppy hooks and radio-friendly arrangements. But this is a band
that’s always evolving, says Shaddix, which explains this latest
transformation as well.
“With “Last Resort” (from their second album Infest), we had a huge
hit, so we thought, where do you go from there?” he questions, “we
didn’t want to be a parody of ourselves, so we changed it up. If you
go back and listen to every Papa Roach record, we’ve always changed it
Shaddix says that Papa Roach are a very “in-the-moment” kind of band,
and that making their own trends is part of what’s secured their
success in the rock community.
“Whatever we feel right then and there is what comes out in our
music,” he explains, “and it has helped us stay relevant over the past
ten years.”
Papa Roach has spent much of the past decade touring, as well; and
the current trek, Shaddix says, is mostly focused on headline concerts
and radio shows, all fodder for their fast-growing list of
rock-band-on-the-road tour bus stories.
“So far... it’s been good,” Shaddix laughs, “but it would take me days
to explain all of the funny crap that goes on.”

Papa Roach will be playing live at Ground Zero in Traverse City on
Wednesday, June 30; doors open at 7 p.m., show begins at 8:00 p.m. For
ticket info, go to groundzeroonline.com.

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