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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Rick Coates - September 20th, 2010
Rootstand throws a Rootenanny
By Rick Coates
What has been a great summer of outdoor music festivals throughout
Northern Michigan wraps up this weekend with Rootenanny, hosted by
acoustic roots rockers, Rootstand. The three-day festival (September
24-26) in Ellsworth will feature 20 bands and is being promoted as a
family-friendly event for all ages.
Rootenanny originated six years ago as an opportunity for Rootstand to
say thanks to the bands they performed with over the course of the
year. The first one was in Ypsilanti with a few bands and friends
gathering for a jam session, a thank you dinner from Rootstand, and a
few cold brews. For the past four years they held the event outside
out of Kingsley and started allowing for more and more people to
“We know that there are so many great festivals out there and we
really never expected to put this one into the mix -- it just happened
that way,” said Brant Losinski of Rootstand. “This was just a simple
dinner we prepared for these other bands, a keg of beer and a jam
session. Now it has become a legitimate festival.”
The 2010 version Rootenanny has a new location and what organizers
think might become the permanent home. The Rocky Top Preserve (part of
the Rocky Top Farms) in Ellsworth is the new site and farm owners Mike
and Heidi Cooper are excited for the event.
“We are second generation farmers and my parents started this farm and
they are still active in managing it with us,” said Mike Cooper. “We
are excited about hosting Rootenanny with Rootstand to give people an
opportunity to see what we are doing out here. We have dedicated the
front 50 acres of our farm as ‘the preserve’ for special events like
this and it is a perfect setting.”
Losinski agrees.
“We had a few offers to host Rootenanny,” said Losinski. “But we saw
Rocky Top as the ideal setting. The Coopers are great and their farm
is perfect for this, it is organic and has this beautiful meadow.
People are going to be blown away by the experience.”

Besides a new location, having a headliner -- Australian
blues/digeridoo artist Harper -- is also something different for
“Really, Seth Bernard was a headliner last year and all of these bands
have headlined events in the past,” said Losinski. “But we were
looking for an act that has had larger exposure on the circuit. We had
the good fortunate of opening for Harper a year ago and we really
connected with him and his band. They agreed to headline for us this
year and we couldn’t be happier.”
So does this mean that Rootenanny, now in its sixth year, is looking
towards big names in the future?
“We want to be careful with the direction we take this festival and we
want to keep it simple and affordable,” said Losinski. “If the
opportunity presents itself under the right circumstances we might
have a major act. I can’t say now but there is someone pretty big
considering this for 2011, so we will see. But I like the model we
have right now, keep it simple, family friendly and about the music.”
Rootenanny has remained small with about 350 attendees, but this year
the numbers look to exceed that. At press time close to 300 advance
tickets had been sold, and with the cost only $25 in advance and $30
at the door for a weekend pass, or $10 for day passes. Organizers see
500 plus coming.

There are plenty of activities planned for the weekend in addition to the music.
Mark Fowler from Epicurean Mobile Services (EMS) will be serving
veggie and non- veggie gyros, burgers, sandwiches and more. He will
have Higher Grounds coffee available. Other vendors will be present,
but attendees are welcome to bring their own food.
“We can’t emphasize enough that this is a family-friendly event, so
bring your kids as under 10 are free and we will have a family camping
area so the late nighters will not distrub families,” said Losinski.

For additional info, go to www.rootstand.com  or find the festival’s
site on Facebook. You can purchase tickets in advance online via
PayPal or at Dharma and Grace Yoga Studio in Charlevoix. All of the
bands that are listed below have tickets for sale. Full weekend
tickets include camping and music. For directions check out

4-5pm: Brant Solo Acoustic
6-7pm: Joe Smith
8-9pm: Soul Patch
10-12pm: Rootstand
1-2am: Fundubmentals

5-6pm: Michael Lee Seiler/
Stage 2 Soundcheck
7-8pm: Ballyhoo Fiasco
9-10pm: Overneath
12-1am: October Babies
12-1pm: Brant Solo Acoustic
2-3pm: Jake Allen Trio
4-5pm: Dragon Wagon
6-7pm: Joe Smith
8-9pm: Graham Parsons and the Go Rounds
10-12pm: Rootstand
1-2am: Thick as Thieves

1-2pm: C. Charles Bley
3-4pm: Sound Hound
5-6pm: Michael Lee Seiler
7-8pm: M. Paul Lippens
9-10pm: Blue Dirt
12-1am: Funktion

12-2pm: Rootstand and Friends
2-4pm: Seth Bernard and Friends
4-6pm: Harper

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