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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Rick Coates - October 10th, 2011  
Says Goodbye

One of the ‘60s’ finest songwriters is battling Alzheimer’s disease, hanging on for a final tour.

We have heard before of “The Farewell Tour.” In fact some musicians have had more than one ‘we-are-alldone-touring’ tours. But more often than not, these tours turn out to be marketing ploys.

This past year Bob Seger announced in so many words that it is time for him to hang it up and pass the touring torch on to fellow Michiganders Kid Rock and Eminem. Speculation was that this past spring would be Seger’s last tour. But just a couple weeks ago Seger did an about-face and at the age of 66 he now feels energized by touring and plans to release a new album next spring and go on the road again.

For Glen Campbell, however, this will be his last tour. He also just released his final album. There is no turning back for Campbell, there is no changing his mind for future tours or albums. He has Alzheimer’s disease (AD), and is showing early signs of the disease in recent appearances.

Campbell will perform this Thursday (October 13) at the Dreammakers Theater at the Kewadin Casino in Sault Ste. Marie, his only scheduled Michigan date on his final tour.


This is not a “feel sorry” event for Glen Campbell. Instead Campbell wanted to say thank you to his fans for giving him a career that has spanned 50-plus years. Before becoming a country music legend, Campbell was a sought-after rock session musician and backing vocalist during the ’60s.

“Music is very therapeutic for those with Alzheimer’s,” said Kim Woollen Campbell, his wife of the past 30 years. “We learned about the Alzheimer’s nearly a year ago and we finally released it publicly this past June because I didn’t want people to think he was drunk on stage.”

Last spring a concert reviewer wrote, “Campbell seemed to not be prepared for his show, forgetting lyrics and repeating himself.” Yet despite being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Campbell remains upbeat.

“There a lot of things from my past I didn’t want to remember anyway,” said Campbell. “My wife and kids are coming out on the tour with me (some of his kids are in his band). We are touring the U.S. and overseas.”

While upbeat, Campbell struggles with interviews and relies on his wife or family members to assist him. He also depends on support on stage, but doesn’t want people to feel sorry for him.

“I have had a great career, I have wanted to be a guitar player for as long as I can remember and I got that the chance to do that my whole career,” he said. “So I have been blessed. Now I just take every day one day at a time the way I should live anyways. I have a strong faith in God, a great wife and children, and a lot of great friends and fans. How could I ask any more out of life?”


Blessed he has been. His musical talents caught the ears of people like Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Phil Spector, The Beach Boys and others. He was a member of the band The Champs, who had the 1958 number one hit “Tequilla.”

Campbell went on to join the legendary Los Angles session band The Wrecking Crew, who appeared on several albums, including hits for the Beach Boys, The Byrds, The Mamas and Papas, and Simon and Garfunkel, among others. It was during that period that Campbell was asked to tour with The Beach Boys.

“Brian Wilson got sick and the guys knew me from the session work I did on several of their number one hits, so they asked me to tour with them in 1965,” said Campbell during a 1981 interview. “It was funny -- they had me play bass and sing the high notes. At the time I didn’t appreciate it; looking back on it today, I was fortunate for being a part of The Beach Boys.”

One thing he doesn’t feel fortunate about was opening for The Doors.

“I was just launching a solo career and they booked me to open for The Doors,” said Campbell. “I am not sure what was worse: getting up there on stage having people yell during my songs ‘we want the Doors,’ or flying to the shows with Jim Morrison. That guy was really weird. Fortunately, after a few shows I got off the tour.”

Glen Campbell never looked back after that moment. He ended up hosting a popular TV show, had 81 chart topping hits including “Galveston,” “Gentle On My Mind,” “Wichita Lineman,” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.”

His final album “Ghost on the Canvas,” released earlier this summer, features Chris Issak, Brian Setzer, Keith Urban and Billy Corban among others. The critics are hailing it as Campbell’s greatest work ever.

Glen Campbell will bring his Goodbye Tour to Kewadin Casinos this Thursday October 13. For ticket information, contact the box office at www.kewadincasinos.com or call 1-800-539-2346. Content for this article came from an e-mail response to questions submitted to Glen Campbell’s family and from a 1981 interview Rick Coates conducted with Campbell for another publication.

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