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..

Home · Articles · News · Music · The Kenny Loggins You Don't Know
. . . .

The Kenny Loggins You Don't Know

Kristi Kates - July 28th, 2014  

Kenny Loggins is kicking off August by heading to the Odawa Casino Resort in Petoskey for a live concert.

Loggins, formerly one half of country duo Loggins and Messina, is best known for his hit title track to “Footloose,” a 1984 movie that starred Kevin Bacon.

Now he records kids’ albums in addition to his regular music, and is currently a member of country music trio Blue Sky Riders.

Though you may have known all that, here are a few Loggins facts that many aren’t aware of.


When Loggins was eight years old, he saw the 1940s movie musical “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” and decided then and there to be a songwriter.


In the late ‘60s, before Loggins embarked on his current career path, he was briefly in an experimental psychedelic band called The Electric Prunes.


Loggins has been dubbed “King of the Movie Soundtrack” due to the many successful songs he’s recorded for films, among them “I’m Alright” for “Caddyshack,” “Danger Zone” for “Top Gun,” “Nobody’s Fool” for “Caddyshack II,” and of course the title tune and “I’m Free” for the aforementioned “Footloose.”


When Loggins’ solo debut album was released in 1977, he snagged a spot opening for Fleetwood Mac on their Rumours tour, and almost immediately went from performing in clubs to playing huge shows in arenas.


It’s a well-known rumor that Loggins turned down the co-starring role alongside Barbra Streisand in the 1976 hit movie “A Star is Born.” Kris Kristofferson went on to take the role in the American rock musical.


TV He appeared as himself on the late ‘90s series “Dharma and Greg” and on the series finale of the Fox TV comedy “Raising Hope,” and also performed a country version of his hit “Danger Zone” on the 2014 animated series “Archer,” where his character’s nickname was K-logg.


Loggins, along with Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Tina Turner, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen, Cyndi Lauper, and Bob Dylan, sang a solo on the “We Are the World” charity soundtrack in 1985. Proceeds from the single went to benefit African famine relief.


Loggins recorded a version of the Sesame Street song “One Small Voice” for a 1998 ABC TV special “Elmopalooza.” His tune was included on the Grammy Award winning soundtrack album for the program, along with songs by Celine Dion, Jon Stewart, The Fugees, and Gloria Estefan.


Have you ever played the video game “Grand Theft Auto V?” That’s Loggins’ voice as the DJ on the in-game radio station Los Santos Rock Radio.


Like many musicians before him, Loggins today has turned to popular crowdfunding website Kickstarter to fund his new album with Blue Sky Riders. Among the rewards for contributors are the chance to sing backups, tix to a release party, and having Loggins and the band visit your house.

Kenny Loggins will be performing at the Odawa Casino Resort in Petoskey on Aug. 1 at 8pm. Tickets are $35/$45/$60 and are available at odawacasino.com.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5