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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Winter music

Jack Pine - December 6th, 2010
Winter Music: Familiar faces join newcomers for sounds of the season
By Jack Pine
While others are singing “Let it Snow, Let it Snow,” and waxing their
skis, I  am mumbling to myself the lines of “In the Bleak Midwinter”
and thinking, “Now there’s a Christmas carol written for me.” Perhaps
I’d be wise to put up something of a fight, get into my car, scrape
the ice off the window, turn on the defroster and see a Northern
Michigan concert or two.
Following are some highlights for the season:
Blissfest Music Organization is doing its part to bring a little bit
of its summer festival spirit to the dark months. On December 19 at
the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey, they will be hosting a
Winter Solstice Concert with Seth and May and Breathe Owl Breathe.
They all play in the area on a regular basis, but this is a rare
opportunity to see the young and talented good friends in one place.
Blissfest also offers harmonica wiz Harper in Harbor Springs on
January 15;  Ann Arbor folky legend Dick Seigel February 5 at Crooked
Tree; and the fabulous Irish group Solas in Harbor Springs on March
26. It’s a ways into the future, but tickets to the Solas show would
make good stocking stuffers. Meanwhile, the Harper show will be the
kick-off for a year of concerts celebrating 20 years of Northern
Express Weekly, in conjunction with concert venues throughout the
The InsideOut Gallery maintains a steady flow of music all year
regardless of the weather. The gallery will feature return visits from
jazz singer Rachel Borovik on January 7 and Brian Vander Ark of the
Verve Pipe on January 21.  Blues and soul powerhouse Ruthie Foster
will make the trip up north from Texas on January 23.
On February 17, a couple of non-music shows are coming to town that
look like they could be fun. Mummenschanz-style extravaganza “The
Aluminum Show” will be at the Traverse City Opera House and the
Popovich Comedy and Pet Theater will be at Interlochen’s Corson
Auditorium. They both have plenty of videos on youtube of their
performances to give an idea of what to expect. The Aluminum Show has
giant worm-like tubes and the Popovich Theater features pet tricks
such as cats shimmying up and down poles. It’s too bad they are on the
same day. Both shows look like they could help out with any potential
mid-February winter blues.

winter lineup

Blissfest Music
Seth Bernard and May Erlewine
wsg/ Breathe Owl Breathe
Winter Solstice Concert
December 19, 7 p.m.
Crooked Tree, Petoskey

Harper and Midwest Kind
January 15, 8 p.m.
Crooked Tree, Petoskey

Dick Seigel and the Brandos
February 5, 8 p.m.

March 26, 8 p.m.
Harbor Springs Performing Arts Center

Cheboygan Opera House
Mike Ridley and Friends - Christmas Celebration
December 12, 7 p.m.

Russian National Ballet - Sleeping Beauty
January 13, 7 p.m.

Gopherwood Music
Dick Seigel and the Brandos
January 22, 8 p.m.
Cadillac Elks Club

Red Sea Pedestrians
February 12, 8 p.m.
Cadillac Elks Club

Interlochen Center for the Arts
Jaleel Shaw, jazz saxophonist
January 15, 7:30 p.m.
Corson Auditorium

Joshua Roman, classical cellist
January 22, 7:30 p.m.
Corson Auditorium

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater
February 17, 7:30 p.m.
Corson Auditorium

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
February 20, 7:30 p.m.
Corson Auditorium

Insideout Gallery
Dead Ovaries
December 26, 8 p.m.

Rachel Borovik
January 7, 8 p.m.

Brian Vander Ark
January 21, 8 p.m.
Ruthie Foster
January 23, 7 p.m.

Traverse City Opera House
Three Men and a Tenor
December 10, 8 p.m.

Butch Thompson’s New Orleans
Jazz Originals
January 22, 8 p.m.

Aluminum Show
February 17, 7:30 p.m.

March 4, 7:30 p.m.

Connemara Concerts
(Seamus Shinners)
December 28, 7:30 p.m.
Elk Rapids Town Hall

Andre Villoch
December 29, 7:30 p.m.
Del Micheals Studio Traverse City

Emma Cook (Leelanau County Singer/
Songwriter CD release show)
January 2, 5 p.m.
Loading Dock, Traverse City

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