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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Courtney Argue 4/11/11

Rick Coates - April 11th, 2011
Courtney Argue: A Hopeful Star is Born…
By Rick Coates 
While American Idol and the soon-to-debut American version of The X Factor
look for the next big pop stars, Traverse City’s Courtney Argue has her
own plans. The 2008 TC West High School graduate has a big-time producer,
a major music deal in the works, and a reality television show in
Northern Michigan has caught some glimpses of Argue’s talent in the
past. As a teenager she performed at the National Cherry Festival and
Friday Night Live several times. She has sung the National Anthem a few
times at sporting events, including at Joe Louis Arena for the Red Wings.
She dropped off the local radar, however, when she signed a management
deal with a New York based company that was representing some top music
industry talent. 
“I was first approached by them when I was 13,” said Argue. “I made a demo
of cover songs and my father sent it out all over. Eventually this New
York company signed me.”
Those cover songs that attracted the management deal were inspired by
music she grew up listening to from her parents’ CD collection.
“I showed interest in singing when I was in diapers,” said Argue. “As I
got older I would listen to my parents music and loved Tom Petty and other
classic rockers. I eventually ended up performing a bunch of classic rock
and country covers.”

Argue, who participated in several music programs and classes while in
elementary and middle school, had her heart set on becoming a dance music
“When I got into high school I had to make a decision -- either continue
on the path of taking the classical and choral music classes or follow a
different path,” said Argue. “Obviously, I chose a different path. I
continued taking voice lessons from Jayne Sleder locally, so I am
classically and opera-trained and am grateful for that. I have a great
appreciation for many musical styles.”
While Argue wanted to sing dance music songs her management company wanted
her to become a pop/rock star. 
“It was very frustrating because what seemed like a good deal at the time
was quickly becoming a bad one. They wanted to control everything and I
had no say,” said Argue. “Even though I am only 20 I have already seen so
much about this industry, how controlling people want to be and how
everyone wants a piece of something you are doing. I have to be very
careful about the contracts I sign in the future. I am at a crucial time
in my career and one bad contract could ruin me forever.”

Argue had to sue to get out of her contract and was successful. As this
was going on she learned that a big time music producer Sly Doggie
(Christian Davis) who has worked with Christina Aguilera, Destiny’s
Child, Youngstown, and Backstreet Boys wanted to work with her.
“It was funny because my website and social networking site manager who
was based in Houston was connected with Sly Doggie. She told him about me
and he liked what he heard and started sending music to my management
company but they never told me about it,” said Argue. “Eventually my
website designer called me directly and asked why I hadn’t responded to
the music sent to me. I didn’t know what she was talking about because my
management company never told me. So she sent me the songs and one I just
loved it was called ‘Download Me.’ This was exactly what I was looking
But because she was still under contract she couldn’t act on the songs
until after the lawsuit was finalized with her management company.
“When I was free, I contacted Sly Doggie about the song I wanted to
record, he said he had just sold it to Britney Spears. I was upset,” said
Argue. “He told me he wanted to work with me and that I should come out to
LA and write and record with him right away.”
Argue did just that and after spending a few weeks with her, Sly Doggie
knew that he was working with the “real deal.”

“The things that make Courtney a star is that she is gorgeous, very sexy,
tall, long legged so she has the whole visual look down and she is a great
singer,” said Sly Doggie. “What she has that surpasses what other people
have is she can be diva when she needs to be but equally impressive is she
is very humble and she realizes that she has to always work on her craft.
She has all the makings of a star. She knows when to own a situation and
when to pull out a notepad and take notes on what she needs to work on and
her ability to transition between those two things sets her apart from so
Sly Doggie says that despite her young age what he likes about Argue is, 
“she will come into the studio and take direction like she does not know
anything and that is the way you should go about it to fully be an open
blank page.”
He is currently producing her debut album and a distribution deal is
pending with Universal. When Sly Doggie flew out to Traverse City last
year to meet Courtney’s family and work on additional recording with her,
he immediately saw another opportunity.
“Courtney is a very talented and driven performer.  In hanging with her
and her family in Traverse City and I was like ‘wow, if there was ever a
family built for a reality TV show it is the Argue’s,”’ said Sly Doggie.
“So right now I have interest from a few different networks and the next
step will be to shoot a pilot (starting next week in Traverse City). This
show will raise awareness for the record coming out and in this day of the
music business you kinda have to have the triple threat, TV, Film and

They expect her first single “Play Me” to be released soon and her album
to be released at the time of her reality TV show airs possibly this
Argue has a younger sister and brother and her parents are successful MMA
(cage fighting) promoters. She is grateful for her parents’ support and
sees her days in Traverse City numbered.
“I am very fortunate that as a kid after watching the Spice Girls I told
my parents I wanted to become a performer. They have supported me every
step of the way,” said Argue. “For now I am in Traverse City and the
reality show is going to be filmed here. But the music I am singing, the
scene and the people I need to work with are in LA so eventually I am
going to have to move there.”
Courtney Argue won’t be competing on American Idol or The X Factor and she
doesn’t need to -- it appears she has found her own way to the top.  But
she does have a message for the top female competitors of those shows,
just listen to her songs “Nothing On Me”  and “Play Me” at her website
www.courtneyarguemusic.com and you will get the message loud and clear,
Courtney Argue is the real deal. 

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