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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Sanborn‘s everything

Kristi Kates - August 9th, 2010
Sanborn’s Everything arrives at Interlochen
By Kristi Kates
Saxophonist David Sanborn’s studio and live performance resume reads like a Who’s Who of jazz, R&B, and pop/rock music.
He’s performed in-session and/or live with -- among others -- James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, Cat Stevens, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Carly Simon, The Eagles, Elton John, and, perhaps most recognizably, David Bowie, for which Sanborn contributed the distinctive sax solo on Bowie’s 1975 classic hit “Young Americans.”
Today, Sanborn’s promoting his latest album release, Only Everything, (2010, Decca Records), his 24th album, on which he pays homage to one of his personal musical influences, Ray Charles.
The album focuses, obviously, on Sanborn’s alto sax performances, accompanied by the soulful, grooving organ work of Joey DeFrancesco, the beats of drummer Steve Gadd, and a four-piece horn section. James Taylor even shows up to throw some great vocals in on the track “Hallelujah, I Love Her So,” while other songs, including “Blues in the Night,” “Hard Times,” and “Only Everything” showcase the more present, frontman side of Sanborn himself.

Sanborn worked with yet another legend on his current album - namely, producer Phil Ramone, who has worked with many of the same collaborators that Sanborn has, plus a wide range of pop artists from Madonna to Jason Mraz, Jewel to Shelby Lynne. The album itself was reportedly recorded in just a few days, which Sanborn credits in part to Ramone’s being at the helm.
“We did just a few takes of each cut, as it seemed the first or second take was the one,” Sanborn said in a recent interview with Lee Mergner of JazzTimes, “Phil produces the record that you really want to make.”Ramone was also on hand to present the George Benson Lifetime Achievement Award to Sanborn at the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards this past April. Co-chair of the event Mary Kirk only had praise for the musician.
“We are truly honoured to be able to celebrate David’s outstanding career by presenting him with this year’s Benson Award,” Kirk says, “like those recipients before him, he has been such a tremendous ambassador for jazz with his artistry.”

But before you take the “...Smooth Jazz...” part of that award to heart (“smooth jazz” being a term that Sanborn himself often eschews), be forewarned - this is a man who is a master of the saxophone, meaning he plays it like he means it.
Live, Sanborn performs with plenty of power - being David Sanborn, of course, he knows when to pull back and how to apply the perfect dynamics to each song - but he still appears to simply love a good rollicking saxophone jam, and chances are that’s much of what the audience at his upcoming Interlochen show will see.
Sanborn’s tour this summer has seen him showcasing a mix of material old and new, including the likes of “I Got News for You” and “Basin Street Blues,” as well as plenty of tracks from that aforementioned new album. At his appearance last month at the big Ohio State Fair, Sanborn celebrated his birthday (his 65th), and noted that he’s been “doing this since he was 15 years old” - so he definitely has plenty of material to draw from.
And, hopefully for jazz fans, plenty more years of performing the same.
David Sanborn performs at Interlochen’s Corson Auditorium on Friday, August 13 at 8:00 pm. Tickets available online at https://tickets.interlochen.org.

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