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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Rock's 10 Fashionably Great

- April 14th, 2014  


Describing herself as a “self-styled gangsta Nancy Sinatra,” Del Rey’s chic look softens her somewhat edgy songwriting and videos, which in turn has helped her move closer to the pop mainstream.

She takes 1940s film noir and stands it on its ear with her slightly scuffed versions of vintage dresses and buckled shoes; her rough manners don’t match her look, but it’s all just part of her scheme.


While she’s still under the radar stateside, English pop singer Jessie Ware is a quickly ascending fashionista to watch, as much for the way she styles her long, dark brown mane as for her clothing.

Whether a topknot, a braided ponytail, or an upsweep, Ware uses her hair to accentuate her giant earrings, which most often accompany her distinctive combos of crop top and ‘50s-style high-waisted trouser or flowy skirt.


Red leather Michael-Jackson-era jackets, metal spikes, gold lame hoodies, upscale ascots, and of course those ubiquitous sunglasses - what hasn’t hip-hop hero and “The Voice” coach worn?

His smile is big, and his fashion sense is equally huge. He wears his ensembles with a sense of fun not often seen in today’s hip-hop community. He’s right up there with David Bowie in his willingness to take on fashion risks.

7. THE ‘70S REVISITED: Colbie Caillat

Perhaps it was the influence of her father, who co-produced two of Fleetwood Mac’s albums, or perhaps it was her Malibu, Calif. youth. Either way, pop singer Caillat has brought back the ‘70s in a modish way, combining her beachy, layered hair with simple, Linda Ronstadt-reminiscent outfits, from peasant shirts and earth-toned vests to floppy-brimmed hats. She’s even permanently captured the era with her blossom tattoo.


While Stefani’s band No Doubt has been under the radar for the past couple of years, it looks like they’ll be back in 2014, and Stefani appears to be cultivating a new fashion look, as well.

Her early looks combined ska, rock, and pop trends via plenty of plaid, witty tees, and ‘50s makeup; her latest images show a sleeker Stefani, with more of a runway flair and a new affection for exotic nail polishes and the color red.


The lead singer of Maroon 5 was named People Magazine’s Sexiest Man of the Year for 2013, and one of the reasons is his personal dress code.

He manages to alternate music-nerd hits (polo shirts, plaid, striped sweaters) with leather biker jackets and closely cut suits, looking modern and sharp in all of it.


Plenty of predictions for the 2000s had us all walking around in jumpsuits, our faces protected by masks or helmets. But that future is yet to be, unless you’re Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, the pair who make up this top French electronica duo.

They’re never caught without their trademark metallic space helmets and gloves, which makes them the two most fashion-forward “robots” around.


Newbie Lorde may have only just arrived on the music scene, but she’s already earning high marks for her somber (and mostly black) schoolteacher ensembles, which put the focus squarely on her music.

For this year’s Grammys, she showed up in a white blouse and black pleated trousers; her equally black wavy hairdo and eyeliner enhanced her stark look, putting the attention squarely on her unique vocal sound.

2. THE MELODRAMATIC MS.: Florence Welch

Lorde’s polar opposite, fashion-wise, is the feminist front woman of Florence and the Machine, who utilizes bright and dramatic colors, flowing bohemian shapes, gigantic sleeves, and her distinctive red hair to amp up her presence on stage.

Most often seen in long, floor-dusting gowns and chunky, eccentric jewelry, she’s equally up for wearing today’s Givenchy or yesterday’s thrift find, both with plenty of attitude.

1. THE CAREFREE SOULSTER: Pharrell Williams

Williams, the man behind such hits as Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and his own summery single “Happy,” is perhaps the most unlikely fashion standout on this list, which is why he’s the coolest.

His unique flair blurs the lines of fashion, mixing and matching styles and patterns.

One minute, he’ll combine his preppy basics with hints of neon, the next he’s rocking a tuxedo-and-shorts ensemble.

His best-know fashion mark was made with the uber-tall Vivienne Westwood Mountie hat that went viral. He ended up auctioning it for charity on eBay for $44,000, which goes to show that it’s Williams himself who’s really money.

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