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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Surviving Lollapalooza

Kristi Kates - July 28th, 2014  

Lollapalooza, the modern age’s answer to Woodstock, took Chicago by storm 14 years ago.

Now, 160,000 music fans descend on Grant Park the first weekend in August to see headliners like Kings of Leon, Skrillex, and OutKast.

If you’re one of the many planning on a Lolla roadtrip, here’s how to survive three big days of heat, beats, food, and fun.


• If past years have been any indication, prepare to fry. The sun usually beats down on Grant Park all three days, creating a sea of sunburned folks. Slather on the sunscreen, wear light cotton clothing and brimmed hats, and bring a small backpack to stash souvenirs in.

• Also essential? Comfy footwear for miles of walking and hours of dancing.


• As a rule, musicians don’t exactly spring out of bed, which is why Lolla stages don’t start rolling until 11am each day.

• Beyond a five- to six-hour drive from Northern Michigan, there are eight stages, Green Street, Chow Town, and a mile between the two main stages to navigate.

• Grab a pocket-sized festival map/ schedule at Grant Park or – to really strategize – print out both a schedule and a map from the Lolla website.


• Figuring out which bands to see can get tricky: The two main stages host the biggest bands each evening, and the Lolla folk generally pit two major headliners against each other.

• On Friday, it’s the Arctic Monkeys vs. Eminem. Saturday, it’s OutKast vs. Calvin Harris. And Sunday, it’s Skrillex vs. Kings of Leon.

• Daytime, it’s a different story. The acts are staggered, with the smaller stages alternating genres. The daylight hours are when Lorde, Chromeo, Foster the People, Spoon, Chvrches, AFI, and The Kooks all get the chance to fill up your dance card.


• Between the sun, the dust from stages on Grant Park’s baseball fields, and running back and forth, water is essential. There are free water bottle refill stations set up all over the park, in addition to the sodas and juices available for purchase. Fill and drink often.

• Healthy snacks are a close second to hydrating. Proteins and carbs will help you avoid becoming one of those hapless, exhausted Lollapaloozers passed out underneath a tree somewhere, missing all of the bands that they paid big bucks to see.


• Part of the fun of Lolla is diving into all of its eclectic moments. In addition to listening to music and watching bands, there are plenty of other activities not to be missed.

• Visit Chow Town, where loads of Chicago’s gourmet purveyors show up with a fantastic list of choices, or head over to the Farmers Market for even more fresh food.

• Learn more about environmental causes on Green Street. Check out all of the art that always dots the grounds each year. Sign up at Rock the Vote. And most of all, don’t forget to dance.


• Once the frantic rush to get there and get in has passed, it’s time to settle down. Don’t rush the festival experience.

• While Lolla is chock-full of everything, getting sick, heatstroke, or ticked off won’t improve a single minute of the fest.

• So take the time to enjoy, drink water, lather on sunscreen, and snap a few selfies. Your feet will thank you, your body will feel good, and Lolla will soon become an epic summer music memory.

Lollapalooza runs Aug 1-3 in Chicago’s Grant Park, just south of downtown. For this year’s full lineup and all the details, visit lollapalooza.com.

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