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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Scotty McCreery is Pure Country

Kristi Kates - April 14th, 2014  

For country singer Scotty McCreery, 2011 was most definitely his year.

In those 12 months, the then 18-year-old won “American Idol,” sold 170,000 copies of his first single in one week, signed a record contract, and made music business history as the youngest man to open at the top of the chart with a debut release.

While his “American Idol” win positioned him for success, it’s really McCreery’s dedication to his kind of music that’s kept this upstart in it for the long haul.


McCreery’s long-term goal has always been to be near the Grand Ole Opry.

“I knew I wanted to finish high school, go to college, and then move to Nashville and try to make it as a country music singer,” he said. “That was always the plan and the dream. I just decided to take a chance in Milwaukee [at the “Idol” tryouts] and see if I could possibly make the dream happen a little faster.

“It worked.” Battling through 17 “American Idol” rounds of competition, McCreery showed off his singing abilities, always with one boot firmly in the country music camp. His takes on tunes by Travis Tritt, Garth Brooks, Josh Turner, Lonestar, and George Strait endeared him to “Idol” fans, even though the music biz machine often tried to get him to steer down a different path.

“I would say the biggest challenge was convincing everyone I was going to stay country, no matter what they wanted to try and make me sing,” he said. “I was going to stay true to my roots as a country artist.”

Once McCreery won “Idol,” he took all of the opportunities the show afforded him and started cruising at top speed. His debut album “Clear As Day” was quickly followed by a Christmas album in 2012, and his latest set, “See You Tonight,” was just released last October.


“I wanted this to be an album that people can listen to and say, ‘Oh, that is Scotty,’ and it really is me,” he said. “I am proud of the first record, and crazy thankful for it, but we didn’t have a lot of time to make it. For this record, we took our time and wanted to make it as much ‘me’ as possible. It’s really true to who I am.”

Recorded in McCreery’s dream town of Nashville, the singer co-wrote five of the songs on “See You Tonight,” which he said is a big part of what identifies the album more clearly as his own.

“I had a good idea of what I wanted the record to say and sound like,” he said. “I’m not ever going to sing about me getting drunk at a bar, because that’s not me, but the subject matter and sounds of the songs are more mature.”

All the better to match McCreery’s voice, with its deep, resonant tones that are most reminiscent of George Jones or Randy Travis.

“I don’t think I ever sounded like a kid, because my voice matured early,” McCreery said, “but I’m proud of my sound.”


McCreery – bags packed and cowboy boots firmly in tow – is now on the road with his new album, “See You Tonight Tour,” which has already kept him on the road for much of this year.

“We just got back from a 21-day run, which is one of the longest runs I have done so far,” he said. “It was tiring, but great to see the response from the fans each night.”

Included in that run was a sold-out show at the 2,300-seat Ryman Auditorium – also known as the former home of the Grand Ole Opry. While “Idol” may have been a roundabout trail back to his Nashville goal, the point is that McCreery did it, as that sold-out crowd can attest.

“That was a feeling I will never forget,” he said.

Scotty McCreery will be in concert at the Little River Casino Resort in Manistee on Sat., April 19. For tickets and more, visit lrcr.com, and for more on the artist, visit scottymccreery.com.

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