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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Lisa Christian set to celebrate Sleder's 130 Birthday

Rick Coates - September 10th, 2012  

Sleder’s Family Tavern has been a Traverse City tradition for the past 130 years. Everything from “Kissing The Moose,” to their burgers, to great service and their music on the porch series have made them a popular destination for locals and visitors alike.

To celebrate, owners Deb and Brian Cairns are flying in Gulf Shores, Alabama singer-songwriter Lisa Christian.

“I have been working the club scene in Gulf Shores, Alabama for the past 10 years and Brian and Deb Cairns winter down here,” said Christian. “One night they approached me after one of my shows. They told me how much they love my music and we got to be great friends. Well, they asked me to perform at Sleder’s 125 anniversary. Now I get to come back again and I would literally fly anywhere to perform for the Cairns -- they are great people.”

This Friday, Christian will host a “name that tune” contest (a take on a game she does back home) for various prizes. On Saturday she will perform at 6 p.m. under the tent in celebration of Sleder’s turning 130 years old. In between it all there will be a golf tournament and a silent auction, with proceeds benefiting the Michigan’s Women Care Program.

“We are going to have actual prizes whereas back home I award virtual prizes,” Christian said of her musical trivia contest. “We are going to do a lot of one hit wonders, songs with names in them, songs from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. Then I will be back on Saturday night to perform.”


Christian grew up in Philadelphia where she was musically influenced by the “Philly Soul scene” and her older siblings.

“Everyone in my family played the guitar, so I started at the age of 11 and by 12 I had my first garage band. In high school I was sneaking into clubs and playing,” said Christian. “I soon realized there was really no future in going to college, so I graduated from high school on a Friday and went to work on the following Monday making salad dressing for $3.15 an hour and playing guitar at night. And minus making the dressing, I have been doing that ever since.”

Instead of making salad dressing, today Christian’s day job is as a popular air personality during the mid-day shift on Sunny 105 fm in Gulf Shores. Before arriving to Gulf Shores, where Christian has become one of the top entertainers in the region, she bounced around the country performing.

“I bounced around after high school trying the Nashville thing and then I connected with some musicians in the Atlanta area and that was a lot of fun. I got to perform at the Olympics and also Lilith Fair in 1998 with Bonnie Raitt. I also toured the country a little bit opening for various acts.”

She eventually discovered Gulf Shores and finally has found her musical home.

“Gulf Shores is a great place for a musician. This is a really unique place and a lot of tourists come through. You can work six nights or seven nights a week if you want,” said Christian. “While I like traveling, there is something to be said about being able to perform close to home every night. With the Internet I am able to promote my music and CD all over the world, so instead of spending a bunch of money on gas to travel hundreds of miles to perform to 30 people, I have found this approach to be more cost effective.”


Christian has also added another career to her musical arsenal to supplement her income. One night while she was performing, Christian was approached by the general manager of Sunny 105 fm about going into radio.

“He liked my voice and asked if I would like to host a new show on Sunday nights showcasing the local music scene. We have so many great musicians here I jumped at the chance. Then they had an opening on the morning show and I took that. Eventually, we went with a syndicated morning show so I took over middays. I love it -- I am on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and I still do the Sunday night show.”

As for her songwriting, Christian says she is a student of the craft, keeping an open mind and searching out what works the audience.

“Some songwriters are snobby about playing cover songs. But I don’t think there is any better way to integrate what is good and what works and what people like to listen to than by learning great songs. As I was learning other peoples’ songs, I would say that is kind of cool, and I started writing my own songs.”

First time attendees to a Lisa Christian concert are often taken by her musical prowess. Her local paper describes her as “An unholy cross between Diana Krall and Ani DiFranco.”

“It is not your standard chick with a guitar music -- I have a lower, grittier voice. Plus I play a big fat jazz guitar, an Epiphone hollow body similar to what Wes Montgomery plays,” said Christian. “My stuff tends to be blues, soul and jazz oriented. I like Motown, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and a lot of Philly soul music. I do about half and half when it comes to covers and originals.”

Celebrate Sleder’s turning 130 this weekend with Lisa Christian performing both Friday and Saturday nights. The Corvairs will also perform on Saturday from 4-6 p.m. For complete details on all the activities including a golf tournament and auction to benefit Michigan’s Women Care Program, go to sleders.com or call (231) 947-9213.

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