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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Brandi Carlile

Kristi Kates - August 23rd, 2010
Brandi Carlile’s Story
By Kristi Kates
Brandi Carlile may be a relatively new face on the folk-rock circuit,
but she’s paid her dues with years of performing in obscurity.
Carlile started singing at the age of eight, picked up the guitar at
the age of 15, and snagged a gig as a backup singer for an Elvis
impersonator by the time she hit 16. She followed up that experience
with years performing around the Seattle club scene alongside twin
brother musicians Tim and Phil Hanseroth.
Almost 14 years later, Carlile has finally hit her stride as a
folk-rock performer, having been signed to Columbia Records since
2004. Her debut album, Brandi Carlile, was followed up by her
sophomore album, The Story, which spawned the hit single of the same
name and led to her touring as a support artist for the likes of
Hanson, Chris Isaak, Tori Amos, and Shawn Colvin.
But it was her recent experience working with Elton John on her latest
album, Give Up the Ghost, that was a real pinnacle for the performer.

On ...Ghost, which was produced by Red Hot Chili Peppers/Dixie
Chicks/producer Rick Rubin, Carlile collaborated with Elton John on
her song “Caroline.” It was a situation in which Carlile found herself
momentarily stunned by her good fortune, but her gift of gab kept on
rolling; when asked if there was anything she wished she’d said to
John during those studio sessions that she didn’t get a chance to, her
answer is quick and humorously incredulous.
“On the contrary,” she laughs, “I think I wish I hadn’t said some things!”
Elton John, Carlile, elaborates, was impressive to work with, and she
found him as funny as he is an inimitable professional.
“The experience of working with Elton was everything anyone would
hope,” she says. “It felt really important, but was also hilarious and
light. I have to say above all, I was really touched by his grace and

Now on the road with the aforementioned Hanseroth twins, who make up
the base of her touring band, Carlile’s upcoming show at Interlochen
is sure to feature the fan favorite single “The Story” as well as
plenty of new songs from Give Up the Ghost, and perhaps a few
“trial-run” songs, as well.
Carlile herself, meanwhile, simply tries to stay grounded as much as
possible on the tour bus, relying on a bit of horseplay and “regular
folk” activities to stay sane as she careens around the country
promoting her music. And as for her road luggage - well, unlike many
rock performers who might require cases of hairspray, a special
wardrobe, or a long list of dietary requests, all Carlile really needs
is friends... and a fishing pole.
“To stay focused on the road, I like to wrestle around with the twins,
drink tons of coffee, and fish,” she says simply.

Brandi Carlile will be performing at Interlochen’s Corson Auditorium
on August 24 at 8 p.m., with special guests The Watson Twins. Tickets
can be purchased online at https://tickets.interlochen.org; for more
about the show, visit www.interlochen.org and Carlile’s own website at

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