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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Chris Van Dahl Brings Aeromyth Alive

Rick Coates - January 17th, 2011
Chris Van Dahl Brings Aeromyth Alive
By Rick Coates
Aerosmith is on a touring hiatus as frontman Steven Tyler has taken on
a judgeship with American Idol. There’s no word on the rock legend’s
camp if they will tour this year, but no worries; there is always
Aeromyth. One must look and listen closely when at an Aeromyth concert
as this tribute band has the sights and sounds down.
They will perform Saturday, January 22 at the Little River Casino in
Manistee. Look for Aeromyth to perform all the Aerosmith classics from
“Sweet Emotion,” “Walk This Way,” “Dude Looks Like a Lady,” “Toys,”
“Jaded” and more.
The band is fronted by Chris Van Dahl. If that name sounds familiar,
it’s because Van Dahl, originally from Detroit, was a former lead
singer with the L.A. Guns (the band that morphed into Guns N’ Roses).
He also spent some time living in Traverse City where he set up a
recording studio and fronted Kenny Olson’s first band project, Pack of
Wolves, after the guitarist departed Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker
When Pack of Wolves came up short of expectations, Van Dahl headed to
Austin in search of new musical opportunities, but his likeness to
Steven Tyler brought another opportunity.

“Ironically the calls started coming when I still lived in Traverse
and was doing Wolves with Kenny Olson,” said Van Dahl. “Neal Shelton
(who performs as Aerosmith rhythm guitarist Brad Whitford) in Aeromyth
got my number from a mutual friend and started hounding me about the
band which was called Pump back then. The funny thing is I laughed
because I was 3,000 miles away and I’d been trying to escape the Tyler
comparisons my whole life.
“Long story short, I guess it was meant to be because Neal never gave
up and I eventually made my way back to Cali which is where the band
hails from.”
Aeromyth with Van Dahl fronting the band is now considered the number
one Aerosmith tribute band in the world and are in demand playing
concert venues, casinos, festivals, motorcycle rallies, nightclubs,
private events, and cruise ships around the world. They have also
found themselves popular with the celebrities.
“I love these guys,” said Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction vocalist).
“When I hear them, it sounds like I am listening to an Aerosmith
Aeromyth’s mastermind is Neal Shelton. Shelton manages and books
several tribute bands and also performs in Pyromania, a Def Leppard
“I started this Aerosmith Tribute 10 years ago and I had a different
singer when we began. He was very good, but nothing like Chris. The
original singer had to leave the band due to personal reasons about
six years ago,” said Shelton. “So I was on the hunt for a new Steven
Tyler, and a customer of my music store referred me to Chris Van Dahl.
I was told to look at his MySpace page, and when I did, I couldn’t
believe what I saw. Chris has an amazing likeness to Steven Tyler, and
what a performer he turned out to be.”

For Van Dahl, who continues to pursue several projects in the music
industry, his likeness to Steven Tyler has opened many doors. Jay Leno
saw Van Dahl walking down the street one day and had him sing on the
Tonight Show and Aeromyth has made several TV appearances, including
most recently on Regis and Kelly along with Entertainment Weekly. But
meeting Joe Perry and Steven Tyler have been the highlights to date.
“I’ve met both Steven and Joe at separate times. Steven tripped hard
and went back into rehab the day after we met. Coincidence?  But we
hit it off and while he didn’t personally say anything to me about
what he thought of the band, he has commented to others that he feels
we have them down back when he was 27. When I met Joe Perry, he gave
me a dirty look when his security opened the gate and let me in. I
pointed to my face and said, ‘hey it’s not my fault. He laughed hard
and we were cool from that point forward.”
Shelton sees the success in Aeromyth and the other tribute bands he
represents as a result in a shift in the industry and the aging rock
“I think it really comes down to supply and demand. For example, you
just can’t see or book Led Zeppelin anymore, but you can see and book
Led Zepagain,” said Shelton. “Tribute bands are great entertainment at
a very reasonable price. Compared to ticket prices to see the original
bands costing hundreds of dollars that often don’t have all the
original members, you can go see a quality tribute band at a fraction
of the cost.”
Some of the better tribute bands feature musicians that have performed
in national acts.”
Recently Aeromyth joined Led Zeppagain in Las Vegas and sold 35,000
tickets at $20 a piece.
The critics have raved about Aeromyth, not only in that all the band
members look like those in Aerosmith, but they sound and act like them
on stage.

So does Van Dahl study Tyler’s flamboyant stage presence?
“I think Aeromyth works so well not because I study Tyler so much as
because it’s not such a stretch for me to do what I do. For me it is
the more the attention to all details. Everything from from the
buttons on a jacket to which guitars are being played through which
amps,” said Van Dahl. “We work really hard to recreate the entire
experience for the people coming to our concerts and that makes it
about so much more than just one guy that looks like the singer. The
entire band is eerily similar but its all by design.”
For Van Dahl this will be his first visit back to the region since
leaving in 2005.
“I have a lot of friends in the area still, so I am excited to get
back and get caught up with everyone. Hopefully it will not be so long
the next time.”

To hear and see the work of Aeromyth check out Aerosmithtribute.com.
Aeromyth will perform this Saturday night at the Little River Casino
in Manistee. Tickets are available online at
www.littlerivercasinos.com or by calling Star Tickets plus at

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