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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Rothbury returns as Electric Forest Festival

- May 2nd, 2011
Summer Surprises
Barring some last-minute upheaval, the Electric Forest Festival is charged
up and ready to go as the replacement for the former Rothbury Music
Located in the small town of Rothbury in western Michigan between Muskegon
and Ludington, the Rothbury Music Festival made national news and had a
two-year run before tanking and sitting out last year.
Now comes the Electric Forest Festival at the Double JJ Resort, with
attractions including a 60,000-square-foot Gold Rush Water Park and The
Sherwood Forest where concert-goers can hang their hammocks and enjoy art
installations amid the trees.
Set for June 30- July 3, the Electric Forest Festival will feature The
String Cheese Incident as headliners with other acts including REO
Speedwagon, Tiesto, bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Stephen Marley, Railroad
Earth, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and at least 20 other bands.
Weekend tickets are $239 plus fees, with camping available. See
http://electricforestfestival.com for info.

Dunegrass on the Move
The Dunegrass Music Festival takes a hike to a new location this Aug. 5-7
after years of bouncing around three locations in and around Empire. The
new setting for the 18th annual festival will reportedly be on a 100-acre
site in Almira Township near the Lake Ann Airport.
This year’s lineup includes Donna The Buffalo, My Dear Disco (now Ella
R!ot), The Macpodz, Ragbirds, Seth & May, Grasshoppah, Rootstand, The
Journeyman, Delilah Dewylde & the Lost Boys, Luke Winslow-King, Detour
Bluegrass, Jaik Willis, K. Jones & the Benzie Playboys, Graham Parsons &
the Go Rounds, Ralston Bowles, Song of the Lakes, Stella Jo Serrapere &
the Willie Dunns, Small Houses, Chris Bathgate, Susan Fawcett, Kung Fu
Rodeo, Nervous but Excited, Hawks & Owls, Abigale Stauffer, Nathan Kalish
& The Wildfire, North Shore, Lake2, Lucky Brown and The Deep End.
Check out ticket info and more at http://dungrassmusicfestival.org

Blissfest Announces Lineup
Folk legends Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tom Rush will headline the 31st outing
of The Blissfest July 8-10 near Cross Village.
Expect a worldbeat-and-roots-heavy show this year with other acts to
include Mountain Heart, Delhi2Dublin, The Good Lovelies, The Grand
Slamvovians, Oka, Frank Vignola Quartet, Carolyn Wonderland, Del Castillo,
The Defibulators, Taj Weekes and Adowa, Harry Manx, Gumbohead, Funky Butt
Brass Band, SHEL, Joel Mabus, Starelight Six, Beg Leg Emma, Kim Churchill,
MacPodz, Hymn For Her, Creolization, The Boot Hill Crooners, Younce Guitar
Duo, The Tray Birds, The Vermeers, Patchwork Pear and more.
Weekend tickets at $65 for members, $85 non-members are presently
available. Info: www.blissfest.org

Down the Road with City Opera House
The City Opera House in TC has announced its fall, 2011 and winter-spring
2012 lineup for those who prefer to purchase tickets far down the pike.
Starting Sept. 23 and running through April 29, 2012, acts will include
Wynton Marsalis, Steve Lippia & His Big Band: Simply Sinatra, The
Improvised Shakespeare Company, Eroica Trio, Christina and Michelle
Naughton, Skippyjon Jones, Eisenhower Dance: Motown In Motion, Nellie
McKay, Franc D’Ambrosio, and Natalie MacMaster.

Ticket info and more is available at www.cityoperahouse.org.

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