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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The Beach Boys Are Back

Kristi Kates - May 19th, 2014  

Family-favorite ‘60s surf-rock band The Beach Boys are still cruising today, heading to Odawa Casino Resort in Petoskey and bringing their pet sounds with them.


Doesn’t matter which generation you’re from – The Beach Boys’ music always conjures up carefree summers, sock hops, and of course, the beach.

Now touring with Mike Love in the frontman position (Brian Wilson retired from touring with the band in 2012), the band includes Bruce Johnston, guitarist Scott Totten, bass player Randall Kirsh, keyboardist Tim Bonhomme, and The Cowsills’s John Cowsill on drums and vocals.

“Plus a surprise returning band member – stay tuned,” said Love, one of the band’s original members.

Love said that today’s touring is a far cry from the ‘60s and ‘70s: Now, it’s better.

“In my opinion, technology allows us to deliver a better experience to our fans, both visually and acoustically,” he said. “Forty to 50 years ago, production standards weren’t nearly what they are today. And we are fortunate to have an excellent crew.”


The Beach Boys’ remarkably long list of hit songs are requested at each and every show, no matter where in the world they play.

“We get requests for ‘I Get Around,’ ‘California Girls,’ ‘Surfin’ USA,’ ‘Fun Fun Fun,’ which turned 50 years old this year,” Love said. “There are so many.”

The band’s harmonies are instantly recognizable, and distinguish the group from others, Love said.

“I think that has a lot to with the longevity of popularity of the music spanning multiple generations,” he said. “I also believe that songs speak of subjects that so many can relate to.”

But after 50 years of playing the same songs, do Love and his bandmates ever simply get tired of the repetition? Not with fans chiming in. Love said that the mass singalongs have always been one of his favorite parts of playing live.

“‘Kokomo,’ for instance, was one of our biggest hits, and is a great singalong song,” he said. “I enjoy audience participation. It’s inspiring to me to see the audience engaging along with us.”


In addition to their huge fan base, The Beach Boys have also amassed a whole lot of honors since they started back in 1961. Their albums are regularly included on “best of ” lists.

They’ve been awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and an American Music Award of Merit.

They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and they’ve got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

And they’ve influenced countless other musicians of all genres, from The Beatles and The Who to R.E.M., Sonic Youth, Beck, Daft Punk, and MGMT.

Back when brothers Brian, Carl, and Dennis Wilson formed the band with their cousin, Love, original bassist Al Jardine, and childhood pal David Marks, did they ever think that they’d still be in such demand five decades later?

“No one ever dreamed that The Beach Boys would become a lasting musical force in American music history,” Love said. “What started out as our hobby became our profession. We have a lot to be grateful for.”

The Beach Boys will be in concert at the Odawa Casino Resort in Petoskey on Fri., May 23 at 8pm. For more, visit odawacasino.com or thebeachboys.com.

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