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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Rusted Root Rocks

The TC Wine & Art Festival

Rick Coates - June 25th, 2012  

Now in its fourth year, the Traverse City Wine & Art Festival was looking for something a little bigger for this year. They found it in Rusted Root. The roots-rock jam band will headline this year’s festival.

“We wanted to expand our audience this year. A big part of this festival is to expose people to the wine and art we have here in Northern Michigan,” said Andy McFarlane, spokesperson for the Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association and festival coordinator. “By bringing in a national act like Rusted Root and having a ticket price that includes two glasses of wine and four bands that is less in price than a typical Rusted Root show will help introduce our wines and artists to a whole new audience.”

McFarlane says they are very fortunate to get Rusted Root.

“These guys are in demand right now; their music keeps appearing in commercials, TV shows and movies. Plus, they have dedicated fans who follow them all over,” said McFarlane. “The band really likes wine and when they heard it was a wine festival they told their agent to make it happen, so we lucked out.”


The Traverse City Wine & Art Festival will take place at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons on Saturday, June 30 from 3-10 p.m. The festival will feature wines from 27 wineries on the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas as well as Benzie County and Traverse City. The festival will feature gourmet foods from area restaurants and original art from dozens of regional artists. In addition to Rusted Root, Orpheum Bell, The Naughty Neighbors and Laura Mann and The Fairly Odd Folk will perform.

Rusted Root rolled through Northern Michigan a few years ago and they are looking forward to returning.

“I was really sick that night and after the show someone brought me some wine from up there,” said Michael Glabicki, Rusted Root’s frontman. “A few weeks later I found it on the bus and was impressed so I am looking forward to getting back there. Plus they told me we are playing at an old mental hospital, sounds perfect for us.”

The Pittsburgh-based rockers, whose music is “rooted” in contrasting rhythms of African percussion, harmonizing vocals, instrumental jams and socially inspired lyrics, say the secret to their success is taking breaks from one another.

“We have been together since 1990 and we have always taken time to do other things. Sometimes it is longer than others and then we come back to the group,” said Liz Berlin, vocalist and founding member. “Our solo projects help us grow as individuals; they keep us grounded in who we are as musicians and allow for us to return to the band with fresh perspectives.”


Glabicki attributes the group’s longevity to the core belief that is gets down to the song.

“A song is an organism that grows over time and has different meanings to many different people,” said Glabicki. “My objective has always been to keep the songs at the forefront of the band.”

Glabicki’s philosophical and almost spiritual approach to his music began at the age of two when he was struck by a car and knocked unconscious. During that state an angelic being appeared to him.

“We sort of made this deal that she would remain with me and has been by my side ever since,” said Glabicki. “What I like about our band is that I might write a song and have a certain idea for it but then we start jamming and the group comes together they often come up with different ways to express the emotions of the song.”

Rusted Root has enjoyed commercial success selling millions of albums along with touring with the Grateful Dead and with Robert Plant/Jimmy Page. Their 1995 song, “Send Me On My Way,” has appeared in several motion picture soundtracks most notably “Ice Age.”

“We have had a great run and we have been very fortunate to have shared the stage with many artists who we admired while we were growing up,” said Glabicki. “There is a sense of sadness knowing we opened for the Grateful Dead for their last concert with Jerry Garcia (he passed away a few days later), but also we were fortunate to have had the experience.”

Despite having a huge following on the jam band circuit, Rusted Root has rejected the moniker as a way to define their music.

“Labeling is dangerous and limiting,” said Glabicki. “We are a band made up of individual musicians who come together collectively to create music, call it what you want but we are simply creating music that has a message.”

Hear a sampling of Rusted Root’s music at rustedroot.com. For details on the Traverse City Art & Wine Festival taking place this Saturday June 30 from 3 to 10 pm and to purchase advance tickets, go to traversecitywinefestival.com

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