Letters 10-17-2016

Here’s The Truth The group Save our Downtown (SOD), which put Proposal 3 on the ballot, is ignoring the negative consequences that would result if the proposal passes. Despite the group’s name, the proposal impacts the entire city, not just downtown. Munson Medical Center, NMC, and the Grand Traverse Commons are also zoned for buildings over 60’ tall...

Keep TC As-Is In response to Lynda Prior’s letter, no one is asking the people to vote every time someone wants to build a building; Prop. 3 asks that people vote if a building is to be built over 60 feet. Traverse City will not die but will grow at a pace that keeps it the city people want to visit and/or reside; a place to raise a family. It seems people in high-density cities with tall buildings are the ones who flock to TC...

A Right To Vote I cannot understand how people living in a democracy would willingly give up the right to vote on an impactful and important issue. But that is exactly what the people who oppose Proposal 3 are advocating. They call the right to vote a “burden.” Really? Since when does voting on an important issue become a “burden?” The heart of any democracy is the right of the people to have their voice heard...

Reasons For NoI have great respect for the Prop. 3 proponents and consider them friends but in this case they’re wrong. A “yes” vote on Prop. 3 is really a “no” vote on..

Republican Observations When the Republican party sends its presidential candidates, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people with a lot of problems. They’re sending criminals, they’re sending deviate rapists. They’re sending drug addicts. They’re sending mentally ill. And some, I assume, are good people...

Stormy Vote Florida Governor Scott warns people on his coast to evacuate because “this storm will kill you! But in response to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that Florida’s voter registration deadline be extended because a massive evacuation could compromise voter registration and turnout, Republican Governor Scott’s response was that this storm does not necessitate any such extension...

Third Party Benefits It has been proven over and over again that electing Democrat or Republican presidents and representatives only guarantees that dysfunction, corruption and greed will prevail throughout our government. It also I believe that a fair and democratic electoral process, a simple and fair tax structure, quality health care, good education, good paying jobs, adequate affordable housing, an abundance of healthy affordable food, a solid, well maintained infrastructure, a secure social, civil and public service system, an ecologically sustainable outlook for the future and much more is obtainable for all of us...

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Women of rock

Kristi Kates - November 1st, 2010
2010 - Women of Rock
By Kristi Kates
Although one name may predominate this year’s music scene when you
consider women in rock, that doesn’t necessarily mean that that one
songstress was the best the year had to offer - nor the only artist
2010’s roster of the coolest half-dozen musical women run the gamut
from country to pop and beyond, showcasing a quirky lineup that runs
second to the 2010 Men of Rock (Northern Express, August 23 issue) in
what was most definitely a men’s musical year - but nonetheless, the
ladies hold their own.

The lead singer and helm of the UK collective Florence and the Machine
- which basically consists of Welch as singer, and a host of others
who provide the backing music for her singing - broke out early this
year when her debut album, Lungs, hit number one on the UK album chart
back in January, consecutively winning the Mastercard British Album
award at the 2010 Brit Awards. She’s perhaps best known stateside for
the album’s third single, “Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up,) with its dark
piano, catchy rhythm, and layers and layers of overdubbed vocal
harmonies. This month, Florence and the rest of the Machine are back
in the studio working on what is already a highly-anticipated second

Back for the second year in a row, Soviet-American singer Regina
Spektor had a great 2010, and it looks to just keep getting better for
the talented pianist-songwriter. This summer, she performed at the
White House for the President and the First Lady as part of the
first-ever White House reception in honor of Jewish-American heritage.
Spektor’s fifth album, Far, is in-stores now and snagging top-notch
reviews; she’s touring Europe to promote the new songs; and she’s also
offering up her first DVD concert film, Live in London, - a 64-minute
long set that features all of Spektor’s best songs to date (including
hit “On the Radio”), plus backstage footage, soundcheck footage, and
Also back for 2010 is talented former Frou Frou singer Heap, who
continues to be one of the most popular Twitterers on the music scene,
having used Twitter to allow fans to follow along in the making of her
latest album, Ellipse. Well, all that documentation - in addition to
making fans happy - has paid off again, as Heap, who recently won a
Grammy for the album (for Best Engineered Album - Heap
produced/engineered it herself), has just released a new DVD,
Everything In-Between: The Story of Ellipse, about the making of the
set It was a three-year process that’s revealed in plenty of
interesting footage; and the DVD will also coincide with a UK tour for
the productive artist.

She was living at home with family on Staten Island until 2007, when
she suddenly became a breakout musician through an upload of several
songs onto her MySpace page. She had a song featured on the TV show
Grey’s Anatomy, another placed in an Old Navy commercial, and was
selected to be on VH1’s Artist Discovery - before she was even signed.
In 2008, she released her own album, on her own label. And today,
she’s promoting another new album and her popular “Parachute” single.
Michaelson’s climb may be slow, but it’s steady - and she’s garnering
comparisons to another NY singer-songwriter - namely Lisa Loeb - right
down to the retro-styled glasses she wears.

Whether you think she’s the coolest or the most annoying, you can’t
deny that Lady Gaga - aka Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta - has
made plenty of noise this year. From her dresses made of meat (wha?)
or plastic bubbles to her outspokenness, the focus may have been more
on the lady than on her music (“lady,” of course, being a questionable
term in this instance), but attention she wanted, and attention she
got. She was feted with an entire episode of the cult TV series Glee,
inspired legions of imitators at this year’s Lollapalooza, and
criss-crossed the country doing shows that gave new meaning to the
word “trendy.” Even if you disliked her, you knew she was there.

Swift’s distinctive blonde curls and surprisingly personal lyrics
marked her as one to watch a couple of years ago, but this year was
really one that defined her arrival. She struck back - albeit subtlely
- at Kanye West for his outburst during her 2009 MTV Awards win; she
toured Australia with opening act Gloriana; completed recording for
her third album, Speak Now (just out October 25); and made her feature
film acting debut as Felicia in the movie Valentine’s Day.
Swift’s autobiographical songs and country-pop crossover tunes have
proved to be songs that her fans can relate to, posing her as the
quiet underdog striking out gently against the popular kids. And it’s
working, making her the top of our list for this year.

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