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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How to Rock Your Spring Break

Kristi Kates - March 17th, 2014  

If it’s March in Michigan, most of us are ready to rock right on out of here. For those ready to rock and roll, the Express has the scoop on some great music festivals, perfectly timed for this year’s spring break.

Ultra Music • Miami, FL • March 28-30 

Taking over Miami’s Bayford Park for three hot days, Ultra is back to welcome dancers and ravers to this electronica and DJ-focused free-for all. While locals aren’t fans of the gridlock or the persistent heavy bass that rolls across the region for the duration, dance floor aficionados swarm like neon-garbed flies to this one, which equally attracts some of the biggest dance names – and most extreme lighting setups – on the dance-fest circuit.

Performers: Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, Cut Copy, Dizzee Rascal, MGMT, John Digweed, Trentmoller, New World Punx, David Guetta Tickets: Start at $399 for all three days Web: ultramusicfestival.com

Big Ears • Knoxville, TN • March 28-30

Taking place across a wide, walkable range of venues in Knoxville’s historic downtown, Big Ears is a more subtle “visionary music” fest that also includes film screenings, workshops, and exhibitions. You won’t be hitting the dance floor for this one, though. Big Ears is the perfect description for this festival, because it’s listening that takes center stage, from the experimental sounds of Jonny Greenwood to the classical garage blend of Marc Ribot. 

Performers: The Velvet Underground’s John Cale, Television, Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, Jonny Greenwood, So Percussion, Ensemble Signal Tickets: Single day passes start at $65; weekend passes start at $150 Web: bigearsfestival.com

Lollapalooza Chile • Santiago, Chile • March 29-30

While Express covers Lollapalooza’s flagship fest in Chicago each year, we’ve yet to venture to the South American edition, which is a perfect place to escape from the chilly northern lands. Similar in tone to the Chi-town version, Lolla Chile offers Rock and Recycle, a Village Green, and a plethora of bands both instantly recognizable on six sunshine-soaked stages. Wonder if the Red Hot Chili Peppers get extra cheers when they hit the stage here?

Performers: Lorde, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Ellie Goulding, Arcade Fire, New Order, Savages, Baauer, The Wailers, RHCP Tickets: Start at around $106 Web: lollapaloozacl.com (use Google to convert to English)

Snowball • Vail, CO • April 4-6

If you’re not desperate to get out of the snow, then why not go where there’s even more snow? Vail teams up their big annual music fest with skiing so you can double your fun. Heavy on electronica, dubstep, indie folk, and jam bands, Snowball makes it easy to pop off your skis and clomp on over to where the music defrosts four stages until 11pm, and staying on site near the fest is a breeze with their lodging packages.

Performers: Warpaint, Knife Party, Brother Ali, Yeasayer, Busta Rhymes, Chrome Sparks, Pretty Lights, Afroman, Griz, Guillaume Tickets: Single days start at $60; three-day $149; ski passes start at $99 Web: snowballmusicfestival.com

Rock n’ Roll Resort • Kerhonkson, NY • April 4-6

This escape can be a chilly one, too, depending on the weather, but you’ll be too busy soaking up all of the retro music at this Hudson Valley locale. If you’re into jam bands, ’70s funk, and noodle-dancing, this is definitely your scene. Since it’s a much smaller fest, you can even opt for your own room right on the resort grounds so you can change your tie-dyed tees as often as you’d like between shows.

Performers: Everyone Orchestra, Dumpstaphunk, Conehead Buddha, Bryac Funk Allstars, Leroy Justice, Business Casual Disco Tickets: Single days start at $68; room packages start at around $360 Web: rocknrollresort.com

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