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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Kristi Kates - August 16th, 2010
Festival in the Forest: Hoxeyville’s Set to Rock
By Kristi Kates
Deadheads and noodle-dancers, folk fans and jam bands, chilled-out
campers and local music aficionados - there’s something for every
single one of you at this year’s upcoming Hoxeyville Music Festival as
it embarks upon its 8th year.
The festival’s Jake Robinson hails from the Hoxeyville area (the town
west of Cadillac where the fest takes place), and says that the
festival may have started small, but has already grown into another
one of the must-see summer weekend music events in the area.
“Hoxeyville was formed in 2003 as a one-day event held at Coyote
Crossing Resort,” Robinson explains. “It featured some local acts that
included Seth Bernard, May Erlewine, and Dave Taylor; since then, it’s
grown into a three-day event, and in 2008 we relocated from the resort
to the new site.”
The tiny town of Hoxeyville might seem like an unlikely spot for such
a happening. But that’s exactly what the festival team wanted - an
unassuming locale that was surrounded by a forest.
“Hoxeyville is a great little town,” Robinson says, “myself and some
of the other organizers were from the area and vacationed here, so we
thought it was a great spot for a festival. The site is set deep in
the heart of the Manistee National Forest on 85 acres, which includes
the two venues, primitive camping, and a disc golf course.”
Robinson says that there are other places to camp nearby as well.
We are also located across the street from a modern campground called
Kestelwoods, and there are several other modern campgrounds in the

In addition to the many camping facilities, Robinson says that the
Pine River is another of the fest’s great resources, open, of course,
24/7 for paddling, swimming, and resting up between bands.
And as for those bands - this year’s event is anchored by a pair of
Grateful Dead bandmates, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann’s Rhythm
Devils - and there are plenty of other notable acts, as well.
“Among the other headliners are Keller Williams, Todd Snider, and Karl
Denson,” Robinson says. “Our headliner support acts include Justin
Townes Earle, My Dear Disco, and Frontier Ruckus, plus the return of
Seth and May; and local Michigan-based acts of note include Funktion,
Red Sea Pedestrians, Rootstand, and Graham Parsons and the Go Rounds.”
So does Robinson have a personal favorite among 2010’s extensive list
of performers?
“I’m always pumped for the headlining talent just like everyone else,”
he says, “but from the start, this was about cultivating the music
scene here in Michigan, and now it’s really moving, so I guess that’s
what is best about it.  You never know who may sit in with who or what
other surprises may be in store!”

The 2010 Hoxeyville Music Festival will take place West of Kestlewoods
Campground on M37 Friday-Sunday, August 20-22. For tix and more info,
visit www.hoxeyville.com.

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