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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Silent Disco and Lindsay Lou

Rick Coates - March 5th, 2012  
Good Work Collective hosts weekend of music

The term “Silent Disco” seems more like an oxymoron than the latest entertainment craze. Yet crowds have been jamming the Silent Disco tent at several festivals in the area ever since Porterhouse Productions introduced the concept to the region a couple of years ago at the Traverse City Microbrew & Music Festival.

“The experience is a riot as you walk in and everyone is laughing and signing (off key) and dancing to a popular dance song but there is no music,” said Sam Porter of Porterhouse Production. “Then once you put your headset on it is impossible to not dance and laugh and sing along. This has been an extremely popular addition to all of our festivals.”

This Friday night, March 9, Porterhouse Productions will host two Silent Disco events to benefit Youth Union. The first will be an all ages/teens event from 6 pm to 9:30 pm.

The second starts at 10 pm and will be for 21 & over only with both events featuring DJ Dominate spinning the tunes and Wulf Pak putting on the laser light show. Tickets are $10 and includes free pizza and Northwoods Root Beer for the early show and some adult beverages for the 21 & over show. Both events are taking place at The Good Work Collective on Union Street.

Porter launched Porterhouse Productions when he was a mere youth himself. He was asked to serve as President of media mogul Ted Turner’s (CNN) Bozeman Youth Initiative in Bozeman, Montana, where Porter oversaw hundreds of youth led events. He has now incorporated that same concept here in Northern Michigan.

“Youth Union (YU) is a group of high school students who meet at the Good Work Collective Art Gallery on Tuesdays between 4 and 6 p.m. It is a grassroots gathering called ‘Hang’ where they start with Northwoods Root Beer, then talk about organizing youth led events, art shows, open mics and other concepts,” said Porter.

“Sometimes they just quit talking and break out a beatbox jam then just hang. They also hold meetings called ‘Sessions’ where local mentors and leaders will hold hour long workshops teaching youth their trade.”

Sam along with his wife Abby led the first few sessions and are sponsoring the venue, root beer and hang resources. Porter is quick to point out that YU is youth driven and led.

“While we offer some guidance, this group and their direction is in their hands,” said Porter. “When these high schoolers are empowered to be in charge of their events they organize shows, concerts, art events and other things that are of interest to them. They are also learning how to promote shows, be organizers. They are learning the importance of being responsible and following through with commitments.”

Porter heard about the Silent Disco concept from some fellow promoters and now has partnered with Silent Events, the company who brought the concept to America from Europe.

“We are representing Silent Disco throughout the midwest,” said Porter. “Since it is new, some people are having a hard time grasping the concept, but it has been a hit every time we have used it. This is a perfect fundraiser and is fun for people of all ages.

“You could have a Silent Disco every weekend in Northern Michigan and people would come out to it. I have been talking to some of the other festivals around Northern Michigan and they are looking at it as well. It works at school dances and proms even.”

The next night, headphones will be unnecessary. Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys with special guest Song of the Lakes will perform on Saturday night. The double bill starts at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7:30. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

Lansing-based Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys formed a couple of years after a chance meeting between guitarist and vocalist Lindsay Lou Rilko and mandolin player Joshua Rilko.

“We met at an open mic night and hit it off,” said Lindsay Lou. “Not only did I join his band, we got married.”

The other Flatbellys are Spencer Cain on bass, Keith Billik on banjo and Mark Lavengood on the dobro. The band’s roots in bluegrass were deep, and Lindsay, who grew up with both a classical and pop music background, was quickly converted.

The group focuses on the original tunes of Lindsay Lou, which include true-life tales of bank-robbing aunties, moonshinin’ grandpas, and celebrations of love, life, and nature. Don’t be surprised to hear bluegrass standards, Beatles hits, and contemporary classics at a Flatbelly’s show as well.

Their good friends Song of the Lakes have agreed to open. Both groups are purveyors of America’s “fresh coast” sound with tight harmonies and creative arrangements, all essential characteristics of their unique sound.

“They have been big supporters of Song of the Lakes over the years and we wanted to repay the favor of all their support,” said Michael Sullivan, Song of the Lakes bandleader.

“It is an honor to open for them. They are a talented bunch and this is going to be a great night of music.”

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door but seating is limited and this double bill is expected to sell out. All funds gathered support the musicians, The Good Work Collective and SPACE. For more information on the Silent Disco/ Youth Union event on Friday night or the Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys along with Song of the Lakes show on Saturday night at The Good Work Collective on Union Street, check out porterhouseproductions.com. Call 231.499.4968 for tickets or to get information on how your festival or organization can host a Silent Disco event.

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