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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Jay Webber

- December 13th, 2010
Jay Webber hosts Songwriter Series in Frankfort
A new Songwriter Series has begun for the winter at the Bay View Grille, hosted by singer-songwriter Jay Webber. The event features area musicians in an acoustic coffee house setting every Saturday from 7-9 p.m.
“These are some very talented writers and performers who you don’t get to hear often and it offers something a little different to do here on a Saturday night in the winter,” Webber says.
Webber warms up the show, followed by guest songwriters who perform 4-10 songs and discuss their music. There’s no cover charge and desserts and a full espresso bar are available.
Originally from Leelanau Country, Webber presently lives near the Platte River and Lake Michigan in Benzie County when he’s not on the road performing. Here are a few words with Jay on his new gig:

NE: How long have you been performing full-time as a solo musician?
Webber: Been bouncin’ down the road around the country for almost nine years playing full-time music. I do take big pride in performing all gigs and concerts with all-original music -- no covers. Okay, I’ve learned to duck.

NE: How did you get the idea for the new Songwriter Series?
Webber: I usually run away in the winter in search of healing warmth and sunshine... and gigs of course. Since I’m here for the next couple months, I thought I should get busy and find something cool to do.
I’ve spent the last year in Northern Michigan and much of that time in Frankfort. It’s a great town full of great people and I wanted to have something (anything) going on since the streets are very, very quiet in winter. I visited Jill and Dale at the Bay View Grille and started tossing around ideas for music. The short of it was I did not want to do an open mic type of thing, but a songwriter showcase, since I’m very familiar with the huge talent locally. They liked the ideas and we started in November. It’s been very successful so far with our candle lights, Higher Ground coffee, desserts and Light of Day teas. Think Greenwich Village.

NE: What’s your winter lineup like?
Webber: I host the Series with a little playing before the show and really try to make the focus on the artist. They can talk about songs, writing, and what they’re up to as far as recording.
“The Grille” has featured notorious writers such as Hannah Rae Beale, Dennis Palmer, Robert Downes, Emily Rae Lively, Bruce Grossman, Sandy Blumenfeld and Adam Waugh. I’m booking January and February now, hoping to snag the talent from Northern Michigan Songwriters in the Round, like Pat Niemisto, Chris Skellenger. Paul Koss, Jenny Thomas, Barb Jordan, or Kirby and Robin Berry Williams. There are too many to name.

NE: You’re noted for playing all-original material. How many songs have you written?
Webber: Hmm, bunches and bunches. You definitely toss more than you play or keep.

NE: What’s the story behind your guitar with all of the signatures on it?
Webber: I let other writers and people that gig with me sign my guitars. It’s fun and with my poor memory it’s great to look at it once in a while and get a big grin on my face flashbackin’ to some gig in Austin, Sarasota or Nashvegas.

NE: What’s the roadmap for Jay Webber been like?
Webber: I’d really like to hit Wyoming, Seattle, Boston... I’ve been lots of places, but I’m going to try and hook up with some Nashville buds and see if I can’t wrestle someone down and force them to use one of my tunes in a documentary or movie or CD.

NE: Any plans for a forthcoming album?
Webber: I’m going to focus on individual tunes that I dig. Produce one or two at a time and really try to put it across in a creative manner. What does that mean? We should have a beer and discuss it.

Check out Jay Webber’s website at jaywebber.com for more on his music.
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