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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Gaylord's Prodigal Son Stays Put

Kristi Kates - May 12th, 2014  

Last time Northern Express spoke with Gaylord multi-instrumentalist and sound engineer Jake Allen, he had just released his solo album and was prepping to release his first concert DVD, which attracted the attention of Candyrat Records.

Although he typically spends winters in Arizona playing a musical residency, this year Allen stayed local, working with a new band and building a brand-new recording studio.


Like many, Allen likes to escape The Alpine Village’s harsh winters, but last spring, he decided to take a break from the Jake Allen Band in order to focus on other things … although he wasn’t sure just what.

Enter The Cookies, a new, energetic dance band from Gaylord. The Cookies’ guitarist, Jacob Filarski, invited Allen to join the band, and that was that.

“I jumped at that opportunity because it seemed like a nice change of scenery,” Allen said. “Playing drums in a band that does a bunch of upbeat covers and gets people dancing sounded strangely inviting. I decided this was a good opportunity to give the Jake Allen Band a hiatus.”

Refocusing on both his solo career and The Cookies – the latter of which he calls “a joyful experience” – Allen is now turning his attention to Gaylord’s music scene.


Although not a cold weather fan, Allen said he spent this past winter in Gaylord to work with The Cookies.

“And now I’m starting to realize that my being back in Michigan is crucial to my growth at this time,” he said. “Out West I was very caught up in the fast-paced lifestyle.”

He’s also musically inspired by the “Up North” vibe.

“As much as I hate the winters here, there is something about the desolation,” he said. “It’s easier to write potent music when you are slightly uncomfortable.”

Allen is now taking full advantage of his remote location by turning his house in Crawford County into a recording studio, one with a unique goal: He wants the studio to be a haven for Michigan-based musicians.

“The vision is to have a place where I can record and engineer the next Jake Allen album, the debut Cookies’ album, and also projects from artists here within our community,” he said.

The control room for Allen’s new studio has already been built, along with a large live room to record full bands.

It’s been both an emotional and financial investment for Gaylord’s prodigal son, who has launched an indiegogo.com campaign to help defray costs.


The funds raised will help outfit the new studio, and in turn help his fellow Michigan musicians realize their recording goals.

“In the past, there had always been a kind of sense of pride that stopped me from asking my friends and fans for help,” Allen said. “But once I actually took a deeper look into the campaigns that bands were doing on sites like Indiegogo and Kickstarter, I became more open to the idea of reaching out.”

With the campaign, Allen’s plate could be considered full. He’s currently writing songs for his own album and contributing to The Cookies’ album, both of which he says should be completed by early 2015.

But there’s even more on his musical menu. Allen is scheduled to appear with The Cookies as the Treetops Resort and Spa house band Friday and Saturday nights, May-October, as well as monthly performances at Cafe Santé in Boyne City.

Staying home this winter and turning his attention to Michigan musicians has been a grounding experience, he said.

“I’m in a very introspective place currently,” he said, “and being around the places and people I grew up with is helping me to gain better perspectives on not only my career, but also my life in general.”

To learn more about Jake Allen and his musical projects, visit jakeallenmusic.com or his Facebook page. For bookings, contact manager Marcia Taylor at marcia@jakeallenmusic.com or (989) 619-1396.

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