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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Michigan Music Fests Are Rockin? Along

Kristi Kates - June 13th, 2011
2010 said bye-bye to Rothbury - but fortunately for Michigan music fans, a replacement fest has sprung up in its place, even in the same locale (see “Electric Forest Festival” below) for 2011. Other events celebrated their longevity in 2010 (happy 30th birthday, Blissfest) and are still going strong this year. Stack ‘em all together, and you’ve got another great selection of 2011 Michigan music fests to choose from, whether you choose to stay Up North or venture downstate in search of an even wider variety of tunes and venues.

Summer Solstice Festival
June 18, Elberta Waterfront Park, Benzie County (http://www.elbertasolsticefestival.com)
You couldn’t ask for a more pleasant setting for this free, family-friendly park set in the sprawling new waterfront park in Elberta opposite Frankfort and its harbor. The festival runs from noon to 1 a.m. with plenty of kids activities as well as a beer tent and dining scene. Ella Riot (formerly My Dear Disco) headlines the event along with Thrill Train. Also playing are K Jones and the Benzie Playboyz, Sub-Prime Blues Band, Waterline, Hannah Rae Beale, Platte Plains Wolf Pack, Triple Shot and Acoustic Dynamite.

Spirit of the Woods Folk Festival
June 18, Dickson Township Park, Brethren (www.spiritofthewoods.org/festival.html)
This year’s Spirit of the Woods is in its 34th year, and will be presenting sets from Independent Music Awards nominees Steel Wheels, Kentucky’s Juggernaut Jug Band, Marquette Michigan’s Conga Se Menne, and Spanish singer/instrumentalist Pure Fe’. Arts and Crafts vendors, food, beverages, and a closing dance round out this folky, friendly, yearly happening.

Big Ticket Festival
June 23-25, Ionia (www.bigticketfestival.com)
Upping the festival roster from 100 bands last year to 110 this year, this Christian rock event rocks positively on seven stages via big-ticket Christian acts and up-and-coming indie rockers. The trio of headlining bands for 2011 are Skillet, The Newsboys, and Toby Mac. Speakers, camping, a “fun run,” and additional bands keep this entire weekend a busy one.

Electric Forest Festival
June 30-July 3, Rothbury (www.electricforestfestival.com)
Whether you choose to catch as many bands as possible, or just chill on one of the many hammocks strung through the fest’s own forest, this newbie hippie-focused fest does a good job of taking over for the now defunct Rothbury event. 2011’s performers include Tiesto, REO Speedwagon, Stephen Marley, Galactic, and not one, not two, but three shows by The String Cheese Incident.

Manitou Music Festival
July 10 Dune Climb Concert ( www.glenarborart.org )
This is a summer-long concert series with performers playing at small venues along Leelanau County’s west coast. The highlight of the series in the Dune Climb Concert, which will feature the big band jazz of the Paul Keller Orchestra this year at 7 pm beneath the towering Sleeping Bear Dunes just shy of Glen Haven.

July 8-10, Bliss Festival Farm, Bliss (www.blissfest.org)
Now that Blissfest has passed its 30th birthday, it’s going to… not change a darned thing, since this ambitious and remote event has already become one of the most popular music destinations of a Northern Michigan summer. For 2011, they’ve put together another varied mix of folk, rock, and world music acts, from Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tom Rush to Mountain Heart, Oka, the Macpodz, and Gumbohead.

Dunegrass Festival
August 5-7, “east of the Lake Ann airport,” (www.dunegrassmusicfestival.org)
Although beleaguered in past years with disorganization and some financial troubles, new festival guru Ryan Lake has been keeping busy assembling a roster heavy on local favorites, from Donna the Buffalo, The Ragbirds, and My Dear Disco to Detour Bluegrass and Graham Parsons and the Go Rounds. Camping, food, crafts, and late night jams keep the weekend, well, jamming, until Monday rolls ‘round.

August 11-14, Farmfest grounds on Roby Road, Johannesburg (www.farm-fest.com)
Party ‘till the cows come home at Farmfest, the quietly-persistent little farm-friendly musical event that’s now in its 14th year. Expect plenty of dancing, impromptu jams, camping, open mics hosted by Kirby, and food from various vendors and the “Feedbag Cafe.” This year’s tunes include The Leftover Hippies, The Jake Allen Band, Who Hit John, Rootstand, and TC’s own Soul Patch.

Hoxeyville Music Festival
August 19-21, West of Kestlewoods Campground on M37 (www.hoxeyville.com)
The Manistee National Forest is the setting for this 9th annual weekend fest, with its vendor village and “car camping” availability. Live sets will be presented from Umphrey’s McGee, eKoostik Hookah, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Funktion, and Steppin’ In It; an on-site disc golfing course, food and craft vendors, and extra off-site camping (and a party store) are among the amenities.

Wheatland Music Festival
September 9-11, Wheatland festival grounds, Remus (www.wheatlandmusic.org)
Wrapping up the bulk of the Michigan summer festival season each year is Wheatland, now in its 38th year and offering just as unusual a selection of performers as ever. Although the complete final lineup has yet to be confirmed, the Lafayette Rhythm Devils, Ray Bonneville, The Laws, The Freight Hoppers, Wayne “The Train” Hancock, and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith are already part of the 2011 roster.

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