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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Bono‘s Doppleganger makes a movie

Kristi Kates - March 14th, 2011
Bono’s “Doppelganger” Makes a Movie

Comedy-drama film Killing Bono, the movie version of the Neil McCormick
memoir I Was Bono’s Doppelganger that chronicles the lives of two
schoolmate brothers who left U2 before they hit the big time, is set for
release this April, and will actually include a song from U2’s veeeeery
early days, back when they were still called “The Hype” and when The
Edge’s brother, Dik Evans, was still in the band (which is now, of course,
a four-piece.) The tune, “Street Mission,” will also be on the movie’s
soundtrack, alongside songs sung by Irish singer-songwriter Joe Echo and
the two actors who portray brothers Neil and Ivan McCormick in the movie,
Ben Barnes and Robert Sheehan…
British buzz band Mumford and Sons, still enjoying the residence of
their album, Sigh No More, in the top 20 a year after its release,
recently told MTV news that they’re already working on songs for their
sophomore set, and in fact spent some time in Nashville, Tennessee
recently working on new music, which they plan to tour first and record
later after they see how the crowds respond to the new material. If
you’ve yet to hear the reasons why they’re being called a “buzz” band
these days, just keep your ears open for singles “The Cave” and “Little
Lion Man” on radio…
The already (of course) well established Dave Matthews Band are set to
host a quartet of music festivals this summer to celebrate their 20th year
anniversary as a band, with DMB in each festival’s headlining spot and a
variety of other bands taking up the day long schedule of acts. No cities
have been confirmed as of yet, but June 24-26 are set for the Northeast
run, July 8-10 will be when the DMB-helmed fest hits the Midwest, and
other geographical locales are set to be announced soon…
And even more established than DMB may be The Cars, who are prepping their
band’s first new album in over two dozen years. The new Cars set, titled
Move Like This, was recorded by most of The Cars’ original lineup - Ric
Ocasek, David Robinson, Elliot Easton, and Greg Hawkes (Benjamin Orr
passed in 2000) - and they all get a little help from standout producer
Jacknife Lee, who produced half of the album, while the band themselves
produced the other half. A tour is not planned to promote the new album,
but frontman Ocasek told the press that they might do a couple of shows…
More Beastie Boys news this week - with their much-delayed album, Hot
Sauce Committee Part 2, officially set to drop on May 3, complete with
tracks featuring Santigold (“Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win”) and Nas
(“Too many Rappers”), it’s time to revisit the Boys themselves on their
recently-updated website - check it out at http://beastieboys.com/ …
MINI MODERN BUZZ: Heading to SXSW in Austin? Make sure to catch the free
Strokes concert set to hit the city’s Auditorium Shores on Thursday, March
17, and Duran Duran’s set on March 16, as they’re two of the
most-anticipated shows of this year’s event...
If you’re waiting for new music from Fall Out Boy, and are still waiting
for frontman Patrick Stump’s solo artist debut, Soul Punk (now pushed to
summer), snag Stump’s 6-song digital EP, now available on iTunes…
Death Cab for Cutie, whose new Codes and Keys album will hit stores on May
31, have just been booked to film an installment of VH1’s Storytellers…
Ben Harper’s 10th studio album, Give Till It’s Gone, features two tracks
drummed on and co-written with none other than Beatles drummer Ringo Starr
(“Spilling Faith” and “Get There From Here”)…
Autolux’s The Bouncing Wall/Census EP, previously only available as a
European release, is in digital stores now in the U.S. including 3
unreleased tracks… And White Stripe Jack White - well, no longer a White
Stripe, technically speaking, since the band formally dissolved a few
weeks ago - says that he’s happy with his current projects (his solo and
production careers, and bands The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather), and
will never form another band…
And these bands are already formed, thank you very much, and are offering
you this week’s new CD releases...The Dodos’ No Color... Noah and the
Whale’s Last Night on Earth... Telekinesis’ 12 Desperate Straight Lines...
and Robotanists’ Plans in Progress... and that’s the buzz for this week’s
Modern Rock.
Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions on this column? Send ‘em to
Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com 

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