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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Ross Boissoneau - December 6th, 2010
Go, Daddy, Go: NMC Jazz Ensembles swing for the holidays
By Ross Boissoneau
Big band swing? Check. Vocal stylings? Check. Special guest artists? Check.
Holiday tunes? Mmm, check. But as the title suggests, “A Little Christmas, A Lot of Jazz” will focus more on the likes of Basie and Ellington than on Santa and Rudolph.
The Northwestern Michigan College Jazz Ensembles concert Dec. 10 at Milliken Auditorium will include the Jazz Lab Band, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and NMC Big Band. The concert will also feature the Blue Lake Faculty Jazz 6tet, comprised of performers from across the Midwest who teach at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp during the summer.
And for the first time, the Thursday night dress rehearsal will be open to the public as an “Informance,” featuring not only the college instrumental groups, but also performances by the 6tet and two local high school jazz groups.
“This is a great opportunity for the high school bands to play in a concert setting, and to get immediate feedback from a group of jazz educators,” said Hunter. “It’s an outreach program for the local schools, and will help our bands as well. Plus, it’s a chance for people who might not be able to see our Friday night show, or who want to see what goes into making jazz.”

The Thursday night show will begin at 7 p.m. The Lab Band and Big Band will each play a tune, and then the two high school groups will perform, with each group getting feedback from the 6tet educators. Following a break, the 6tet will perform an additional set. That will enable those who need to leave early on a school night the chance to do so, while those who stay can enjoy the 6tet’s performance.
Tickets for the Informance are $5.
Friday night’s concert will feature several tunes each by the Lab Band, Big Band and 6tet, as well as a shorter set by the Vocal Music Ensemble. Among the tunes will be standards such as “Jersey Bounce” and “Corner Pocket,” as well as several from the pen of the late John Moss, a respected musician, composer and friend of Hunter’s. The bands will be performing four of his arrangements and compositions: “South Manitou Essay,” which was a composition for a locally produced film; “That September Feeling,” an original composition featuring Hunter on trombone; “Just In Time,” an arrangement originally written for the Walt Boenig Big Band in Las Vegas; and “Corby’s Tune,” an arrangement written for the John Trudell Orchestra in Detroit.
In addition to the music by the instrumental groups, the NMC Vocal Jazz Ensemble will perform a set including the holiday classic “Silent Night” as arranged by Gene Puerling of Singers Unlimited fame. Sandwiched around it will be more traditional jazz tunes “Cinnamon and Clove” by Sergio Mendes and the Nat King Cole classic “Unforgettable.”

Hunter has been pleased with the group’s progress this semester, so much so that at one rehearsal he noted, “We’re on the edge of hipness here.” The group liked the comment so much it has now adopted that phrase as its new name.
In addition to his role as director of the NMC jazz groups, Hunter is a member of the 6tet. He plays trombone, alongside Tim Froncek (drums), Phillip Burkhead (piano), Chris Lawrence (trumpet), Gordon Lewis (bass), and a guest saxophonist.
Christmas music and jazz have an uneasy relationship. Trying to preserve the familiarity of holiday songs while staying true to the imperative of improvisation and jazz voicings makes the two particularly strange bedfellows. Hunter says finding good arrangements of holiday music for big bands is nearly impossible. But the 6tet may ride to the rescue of those longing for holiday favorites.
“We’ll be performing a number of different tunes, maybe even something with a Christmas theme,” said Hunter.
The show Friday will begin at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $10 each and $6 for seniors 62 and over and children 12 and under.

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