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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Got Soul?

Rick Coates - August 2nd, 2010
Got Soul? Collectively, soulful rockers keep it together
By Rick Coates
Even in the world of rock and roll, a lot of times it is about who you know versus what you know. Just ask Collective Soul lead guitarist Joel Kosche who joined the band in 2001. Kolsche and his bandmates, Ed and Dean Roland and Will Turpin (all founding members) will take the stage at the Odawa Casino in Petoskey this Saturday.
“Yeah I was a part of that same music scene in the Atlanta area that Collective Soul was a part of. I had my day job painting in a body shop and fronted a band at night,” said Kosche. “Well, I was getting tired of the day job and so I asked a buddy connected with Collective Soul if they needed anybody and eventually he passed my name along and I got hired.”
But not to be a member; Kosche was hired to be the guitar tech for the band in 1996.
“It was great at first because I got away from the body shop,” said Kosche. “But Collective Soul is a hard working band and we were touring the world and then I took on Stevie Winwood as well. I was so busy working for other bands that I didn’t have time for my own music. So I quit to move back to Atlanta and work on releasing my own CD.”
His hiatus from Collective Soul was short-lived.
“I got a call from Ed saying that they had parted ways with Ross (Childress the original lead guitarist who Kosche was the guitar tech for) and if I would like to join them for the tour,” said Kosche.
“I agreed and they said ‘good, because we leave for Australia in a week. Do you think you can handle it?”’

While Kosche had little time to prepare, he mastered the group’s songbook quickly and his performance was so impressive on the tour that he was invited to become a full time member of the band.
Since then, Kosche has become an integral member, co-writing the hit “Hollywood” in 2007 and co-producing the CD “Afterwards” with lead singer Ed Roland. On the same album, Kosche wrote and sang lead vocals on the song “I Don’t Need Anymore Friends.”
On Collective Soul’s most recent release, the 2009 self-titled album, Kosche showcased his songwriting skills with the single “You” and the album track “Understanding,” which were co-written with the rest of the band.
Despite enjoying success with one of rock music’s top bands of the last 15 years, Kosche still has an interest in a solo career. While not planning on leaving Collective Soul, Kosche did release his first solo album last month, “Fight Years.”
So why did it take Kosche so long to release a solo album and why not record the songs with Collective Soul?
“Collective Soul is so busy touring and recording that it took me three years to record my CD,” said Kosche. “This solo work is my music. The songs are about my struggle to make it as a musician, hence the title ‘Fight Years.’ So this is not Collective Soul; some of these songs were written before I joined Collective Soul.”
“Fight Years” is receiving praise from critics’ and Collective Soul lead vocalist Ed Roland sings backing vocals on “The Passing,” while Kansas singer Steve Walsh sings on “Always Dreaming,” and “Firewalk.” While the CD’s lyrics may be autobiographical, musically it is all about guitars.
“It was really important to me to emphasize the tried and true big guitar formula,” said Kosche. There are a couple of acoustic moments to break it up, including a song with a string quartet, but I didn’t stray too far. Another thing is that I actually made a point of not using any keyboards or synthesized instruments, I wanted all the sounds to be real even if they are a little bit wacky.”
Collective Soul’s plate is pretty full. The band is on the road through October and then will head into the studio to record a new album.
But in the meantime, Kosche has no complaints.
“I am in a great rock band,” said Kosche. “It is great getting up on stage and having the audience singing along to most of our songs. This band is just as energized today as it was when it hit the big time in 1993. We love touring, playing all the hits. We will sprinkle in a few future hits and a couple of covers and just have a lot of fun on stage. No one will leave the Petoskey show disappointed.”

Collective Soul became an overnight international sensation with their 1993 debut “Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid.” The multi-platinum CD featured their mega-hit “Shine.”
The band was invited to perform at the 25 Anniversary of Woodstock and went from being an opening act to a headliner with their eponymous 1995 CD (they now have two self titled albums) that contained four hits, including three that went to number one. The songs “December,” “The World I Know,” “Where The River Flows,” and “Gel” would keep the album on the Billboard Top 200 charts for 76 weeks. Other number one hits from Collective Soul include “Precious Declaration,” “Listen” and “Heavy.”

Collective Soul will perform at the Odawa Casino Resort in Petoskey on Saturday August 7 at 8 pm. Tickets remain and may be purchased online at odawacasino.com or by calling the box office at 800-585-373. If you would like to make a day out it be sure to stay at the Casino and enjoy dinner the Waas-No-De Buffet.

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