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 - February 28th, 2011
MilkDrive Shakes Up the Austin Music Scene
By Kristi Kates
The sounds of Austin, Texas resonate in Northern Michigan this weekend
with a band that knows how to fiddle around.
Comprised of Brian Beken, Noah Jeffries, and Dennis Ludiker (all who play
guitar, mandolin, and fiddle) and Matt Mefford on bass, Austin-based
alt-folk band MilkDrive first found its feet in Idaho, the homeland of
main songwriter Jeffries, who grew up playing music with his family’s
bluegrass/gospel band.
Fast-forward to Jeffries’ college days, when he put a touring band
together (36 String Swing) while he toured jazz performance at Boise State
University; a subsequent move to Austin found him both a roommate and a
bandmate in Ludiker, and MilkDrive began to froth.

The additional band members were found, MilkDrive began writing songs, and
released their debut album, MilkDrive Live ’09, in June of that year, a
fast-paced, dense mix of acoustic strings, diverse rhythms, improv, and
the four bandmates’ innate (and, incidentally, award-winning, in the folk
music scene) skills.
Their listing of musical influences reads a little schizophrenic, perhaps
- Chris Thile and Punch Brothers, Nine Inch Nails, Jean-Luc Ponty, Beck,
The Mars Volta - but that’s probably a big part of why MilkDrive has
formed such an eclectically-interesting sound - each band member brings
something different to the table.

MilkDrive Live ’09, the album, reveals a good sneak preview of what the
audience can expect at the band’s two upcoming Northern Michigan shows.
“Chabota” sounds like a less-refined, more roughshod Bela Fleck with a
slight Celtic influence, while “Kay’s Tune” is more of a foot-stomper that
would be a perfect fit under one of Blissfest’s summertime festival dance
tents; perhaps why the Blissfest folks selected MilkDrive for their winter
concert series.
“The Call of the Milkmen” echoes the strummed beginning of one of
California modern-rock band PaloAlto’s songs before quickly devolving into
an alt-folk mood piece; and “Random Access” recollects the early days of
the Dave Matthews Band, sans vocals and lyrics, of course.
Some of MilkDrive’s music - as well as their online presence - could use
some sharpening up, as they occasionally fall victim to repetition in
their song arrangements; but overall, their sounds are solid, and either
show is sure to offer an entertaining evening for fans of several genres
of folk music.

Milkdrive will be performing at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey
as part of the Blissfest Winter Concert Series on Saturday, March 5 at 8
p.m.. They will also be performing at InsideOut Gallery in Traverse City
on Sunday, March 6 at 8 p.m.. More info on the band may be found at

Pushpin artist Eric Daigh makes his point in Chicago

Traverse City-based artist Eric Daigh is finding a national stage for his
remarkable “push pin” work in his first solo exhibition, “We Have One
Conversation,” at a prestigious art gallery in Chicago.
Daigh earned widespread acclaim in 2009 when he won the ArtPrize in Grand
Rapids. His latest work, consisting of large-scale portraits made
entirely of pushpins, will be exhibited at the Carl Hammer Gallery Feb. 25
– April 9. The gallery is located at 740 N. Wells Street, Chicago.
Mayor Richard M. Daley sat for a portrait by Daigh earlier this month.
That piece along with 10 others will be exhibited.
Daigh holds the Guinness Book of World Records “Largest Pushpin Mosaic”
record, and also his work has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning. From a
distance the works look like low-resolution photos, but upon moving closer
a viewer sees the 27,000 pins needed to complete a six-foot by four-foot
piece. All told, the show in Chicago will contain 209,507 pushpins.
“It’s been a very illuminating year,” says Daigh. “I intend to be one of
the artists of my generation that matters, and that’s meant growth in
every aspect of my approach.”
Check out http://daigh.com for more on Eric’s art.

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