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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Mummies, Much More (Music) at Cherry Festival

Bloody, bandaged, and undead, Here Come the Mummies have nonetheless got soul oozing out every pore.

Ross Boissoneau - July 1st, 2014  

The fan fave funk/r&b/jazz band is coming back to the National Cherry Festival on July 6, along with a lineup that includes rock, blues, country, pop and alternative music – sometimes all on the same bill – by Collective Soul, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Uncle Kracker, Blues Traveler, Justin Moore, and Tommy James and the Shondells.

Nashville’s Here Come the Mummies is a mysterious cross between Parliament/Funkadelic and Kiss (before being unmasked), with a touch of 2 Live Crew’s slightly naughty lyrics.

Known for their hot horns and a dynamic rhythm section, it’s the group’s anonymous mummy regalia that has gained the band its greatest publicity.

Its first recording was issued in 2002, but according to spokes mummy “Java,” the band first got together a couple millennia ago.

“For generations prior to our mummification, circa 2000 BC, we were nomadic minstrels,” he said. “Chasing the wrong Pharaoh’s daughters led us to become the mummies you see today. I think we got the better end of the deal.”

Like their predecessors P-Funk and James Brown, the band mixes soulful vocals with funk grooves, topped off with rock riffs and jazzy improvised solos, reflecting its outstanding musicianship.

Java says it’s “terrifying funk from beyond the grave,” perhaps not coincidentally the title of the group’s debut recording.

“It’s a mix of rock, R&B, ska and old school funk that causes maximum booty shaking,” he said.

When they performed at the National Cherry Festival two years ago, the band marched into the grounds in full costume, and played their set swathed head to toe in bandages.

That despite summer temperatures – it’s got to be baking hot in those outfits, right?

“If we were not already dead, the heat would be our demise,” Java said. “It is treacherous.”

Perhaps that’s why the band’s membership sometimes changes from gig to gig.

“We don’t fluctuate much, but sometimes a mummy or two have a dentist appointment they cannot reschedule, so we call down into the basement of the crypt for a replacement,” he said. “First to the top of the stairs gets the gig.”

While no one is giving away the names of the musicians, there are rumored to be several Grammy Award winners in the bunch. Chat boards and comments on online stories often find some fans discussing who might be in the band, while others suggest it’s just more fun to enjoy the music and let the mummies remain anonymous.

Here Come the Mummies is merely part of the fun at the Cherry Festival. The rest of the lineup includes:

July 5: Collective Soul kicks off the concert schedule. The radio-friendly Georgia band had a hit with “Shine” from its 1994 platinum debut, and soon was touring alongside Aerosmith. The group has been a top seller ever since.

July 7: The Bihlman Brothers take the stage. Their bluesy, hard-rocking music and musicianship has won them fans across the music world, including some of today’s biggest hitmakers. They’ve backed, recorded with or appeared with the likes of Kid Rock, Pink, Dido, Ray Charles, Buddy Guy, Charlie Daniels and many more.

July 8: The power pop of Gin Blossoms takes the stage. The band is known for its jangly sound and hits like “Hey Jealousy” from its debut.

July 9: George Thorogood appears with his band the Destroyers. Thorogood’s hard-rocking blues has been a fan favorite since the 70s, and songs like “Bad to the Bone” and “Who Do You Love?” are staples of his live shows.

July 10: The Under The Sun Tour, including Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, Blues Traveler and Uncle Kracker, showcases music crossing from pop to punk, disco to country, garage rock to blues, all of it toe-tapping.

July 11: Justin Moore takes the stage. Released in February 2009, Moore’s song “Small Town USA” topped the charts and paved the way for his self-titled debut, which became a Top Ten success. He was named New Artist of the Year for 2014 at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Opening the show will be hometown favorite Ryan Whyte Maloney, recently a contestant on NBC’s hit TV show “The Voice.”

July 12: Closing out the fest will be Tommy James and the Shondells. James hit the charts back in 1966 with “Hanky Panky.” Songs like “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Mony Mony,” “Crimson and Clover” and “Crystal Blue Persuasion” subsequently became hits.

Tickets for each show are available individually, or a Bay Side Music Pass is good for general admission seating to all eight concerts. For additional information, visit cherryfestival.org or call (231) 947-4230.

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