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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Into The Mystic

Kristi Kates - May 31st, 2011
Into the Mystic: Dub aims for the ‘True Reggae’
By Kristi Kates
Formed six years ago in the Muskegon area, the reggae powerhouse known as
Mystic Dub - comprised of Raya True (vocals/keyboards), William Jeannot
(guitar), Kosta Karis (bass), and Juan Carlos (vocals/drums) began their
musical journey by playing regional venues.
“We primarily played clubs such as Blue Note and Captain Jack’s in
Muskegon, and Billy’s Lounge in Eastown Grand Rapids,” explains frontwoman
True, “now, we hope to expand our touring radius with each season.”
Now hitting the road from Michigan all the way to Tennessee and New York
every year (the band’s been touring out of Michigan for the past four
years), they’ll be performing in Traverse City this Friday, bringing their
hybrid reggae-pop sound to Northern Michigan.

“Blend the sounds of Bob Marley, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Sade, and The Police
in a blender, and you’d get a style similar to Mystic Dub,” True says.
“Although we are not entirely settled in our sound - it’s always changing
and developing.”
In addition to a diverse roster of reggae musicians including Augustus
Pablo, Israel Vibration, Luciano, Culture, Midnite, and Desiree, the
Marley camp has definitely been a big influence on the band.
In August of last year, True and Mystic Dub released their debut album,
Have No Fear, which True explains was actually produced and accompanied by
one of Bob Marley and Peter Tosh’s own guitarists, Donald Kinsey.
“The album was recorded at Soundfield Studios,” she says, “prior to that,
we released a single, “Dis Hook,” which was recorded at River City Studios
for the Grand Rapids Compilation CD Volume 3, which was released in 2008.”

Inspired by “life, love, faith, hope, vision, struggles, and the
instruments themselves,” as True puts it, Mystic Dub write about 60
percent of the music
they perform live, with plenty more waiting on deck.
“We have about 1,000 times 100 percent of original material either written
and waiting to be recorded, or waiting to be discovered and written,” True
“all of our released CD recordings are original music.”
Sometimes the mere germ of a song
is what True says will help the tune
“find its life.”
“Sometimes, hearing the piece in my mind as a finished song inspires me to
get it down or figure it out in order to be able to play it,” she
What Mystic Dub finds inspiring as far as their live performances, are the
responses they get from their audiences
“We are believers in the One Love vibe,” True says, “and we chose reggae
for its uplifting message. We like the positive vibes we get reciprocated
when we play live - the reunions of repeat audiences at shows, meeting new
people, jamming at new venues and cities, and the energy that the crowd

Mystic Dub will perform at The
Loading Dock in TC on Friday, June
3. Info: www.facebook.com/mysticdub,
www.myspace.com/mysticdub, and www.reverbnation.com/mysticdub. Their album
is available at cdbaby.com.
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