Letters 10-17-2016

Here’s The Truth The group Save our Downtown (SOD), which put Proposal 3 on the ballot, is ignoring the negative consequences that would result if the proposal passes. Despite the group’s name, the proposal impacts the entire city, not just downtown. Munson Medical Center, NMC, and the Grand Traverse Commons are also zoned for buildings over 60’ tall...

Keep TC As-Is In response to Lynda Prior’s letter, no one is asking the people to vote every time someone wants to build a building; Prop. 3 asks that people vote if a building is to be built over 60 feet. Traverse City will not die but will grow at a pace that keeps it the city people want to visit and/or reside; a place to raise a family. It seems people in high-density cities with tall buildings are the ones who flock to TC...

A Right To Vote I cannot understand how people living in a democracy would willingly give up the right to vote on an impactful and important issue. But that is exactly what the people who oppose Proposal 3 are advocating. They call the right to vote a “burden.” Really? Since when does voting on an important issue become a “burden?” The heart of any democracy is the right of the people to have their voice heard...

Reasons For NoI have great respect for the Prop. 3 proponents and consider them friends but in this case they’re wrong. A “yes” vote on Prop. 3 is really a “no” vote on..

Republican Observations When the Republican party sends its presidential candidates, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people with a lot of problems. They’re sending criminals, they’re sending deviate rapists. They’re sending drug addicts. They’re sending mentally ill. And some, I assume, are good people...

Stormy Vote Florida Governor Scott warns people on his coast to evacuate because “this storm will kill you! But in response to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that Florida’s voter registration deadline be extended because a massive evacuation could compromise voter registration and turnout, Republican Governor Scott’s response was that this storm does not necessitate any such extension...

Third Party Benefits It has been proven over and over again that electing Democrat or Republican presidents and representatives only guarantees that dysfunction, corruption and greed will prevail throughout our government. It also I believe that a fair and democratic electoral process, a simple and fair tax structure, quality health care, good education, good paying jobs, adequate affordable housing, an abundance of healthy affordable food, a solid, well maintained infrastructure, a secure social, civil and public service system, an ecologically sustainable outlook for the future and much more is obtainable for all of us...

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Aaron Tippin Still Stands for Country

It took a country’s energy crisis to steer Aaron Tippin’s musical energy into country.

Kristi Kates - July 21st, 2014  

By age 20, the South Carolina native was working as a commercial pilot, but that career crashed and burned.

“If the fuel and energy crisis hadn’t hit, I might still be in aviation,” said Tippin, now a Nashville resident. “I had to pick up the next thing I could do – and that was picking and grinning.”

By the early ‘90s, he worked as a Nashville songwriter-for-hire, and soon signed a contract with RCA Records.

His debut single, “You’ve Got to Stand for Something,” became a popular anthem for U.S. soldiers fighting in the Gulf War.


Focusing on songs that spoke to the American working class as well as the U.S. military, Tippin recorded five studio albums at RCA.

In 2006, he founded his own personal record label.

Three number one country singles and a number of Top Ten hits proved that he’d made the right choice.

“I started out as a songwriter, and to save money, I sang on my own demos,” Tippin said. “Someone heard the demo, liked the song, and then wanted to know who was singing on the demo.”

The rest, he says is history, leading to those aforementioned chart hits, plus various collaborations with Charley Pride, Reba McEntire, David Lee Murphy, and Scotty McCreery.

Tippin’s work ethic is part of his success.

He sets aside one day a week to write to accumulate a “good catalog to choose from,” he said.

“People say, ‘Why country music?’ I say, ‘Why not?’” Tippin said. “I grew up with it. What I like about it is that it tells a story.”


Plenty of Tippin’s musical stories can be found on his most recent album release, “In Overdrive,” his first album for Country Crossing Records. A collection of country songs with truck-driving themes, the set was released several years ago, but there’s no new Tippin album on the horizon just yet. He’s too busy on the road.

Tippin is currently on the Roots and Boots tour, which stops at the Leelanau Sands Casino. He’s sharing the road and the stage with fellow country music artists Sammy Kershaw, David Lee Murphy, and Collin Raye.

He says it’s a good mix of pals to tour with.

“We are all comfortable performing on stage beside each other, and it’s great for the fans ‘cause it’s something new,” Tippin said. “We give the fans a mix of songs and a good variety, and we feed off of each other’s energy, which makes for a lot of fun.”

Tippin’s stop at the Sands is one of many he’s looking forward to, but this one’s a particular fave because of the familiarity factor.

“Northern Michigan Aaron Tippin fans are dedicated!” he said. “I love to see them singing the words to every one of my songs.”

Aaron Tippin and the rest of the Roots and Boots Tour will be at the Leelanau Sands Casino on July 26 at 8pm. For more, visit casino2win.com.

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