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 2014 Men of Rock

Kristi Kates - August 18th, 2014  

This year’s Men of Rock list runs the gamut: From soulful singles to electronica to straightforward alt-rock, all of these artists share standout vocals, strong personalities, and plenty of talent.

What makes them unique is their individual approaches to their tunes. This isn’t a popularity contest, though. Justin Bieber and Jay-Z get enough attention as it is. The following men of rock are causing a stir because of their innovation, music, and accomplishments. Check ‘em out.


Blue-Eyed Soulster

Newman’s debut solo album has only been out for less than a year, but the singer from Settle, England turned heads with his singular fusion of breakbeat and Northern soul. His album “Tribute” debuted at number one on the UK albums chart, generating the smash single “Love Me Again” and an electronic dance music (EDM) remix of same. The result? A trio of BRIT Awards nominations. Now, his tunes “Cheating” and “Losing Sleep” explain a breakup that influenced the album, but Newman’s rebounding with early critical acclaim.


Aussie Folksinger

He may have a former career as an Australian footballer and a degree in law, but it seems singer-songwriter James Keogh, a.k.a. Vance Joy, has found a different calling, given his recent Lollapalooza set. Blending light, witty lyrics with ukulele and quirky storytelling, his debut album, “Dream Your Life Away,” hits outlets in September. His first single “Riptide” is already triple-platinum, and “God Loves You When You’re Dancing” got the feet moving at Lolla. Keep an eye on Joy, who could be the solo successor to sounds like The Lumineers or Bon Iver.


Eclectic Voice

Maroon 5 frontman Levine has had quite a year, so much so that he’s standing alone on the strength of his own name even more than with the band that propelled him to fame. His judging gig on the NBC singing competition “The Voice” showed off both Levine’s musical knowledge and quick wit, and his coaching snagged him two wins on the show. And going back to Maroon 5, their latest album shows them successfully expanding their modern rock sound with added synths and ‘80s sensibilities. Levine’s having big-screen success, too, via his role as rock star Dave Kohl in “Begin Again.”


Pop Entertainer

Mars certainly started his year on a high note, and he’s not slowing down. He won Best Pop Vocal Album for his “Unorthodox Jukebox” set at the 56th Grammy Awards in late January, and one week later, he was onstage at Super Bowl XL- VIII as the featured performer during the halftime show. Not bad. Since then, he won Artist of the Year at the Billboard Music Awards this past May, and ranked number one on Forbes’ 2014 30 Under 30 List. Up next? Mars will be returning to Vegas to wrap up his roster of eight shows at the Cosmopolitan, bringing along his three-octave range and fancy footwork.


Revamped Rocker

It could be said that native Michiganian White is on his fourth music career. His breakthrough band, of course, was The White Stripes, which he followed up with band projects by The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather. White launched his solo career in 2012 with the set “Blunderbuss,” and this year’s song “Lazaretto” has solidified his solo artist status. A champion of vinyl, White was reportedly thrilled when “Lazaretto” broke the record for the largest sales week for a vinyl record since 1991. He’s keeping busy otherwise running his Third Man Records in Nashville, where he decamped after leaving Detroit.


Multitalented Mixmaster

From Scotland arrives DJ, producer, and singer Harris, who’s finally getting his own musical due after having put together tracks for a host of other singers, including Dizzee Rascal and Rihanna. Late last year, he became the first exclusive resident DJ at the MGM Grand’s nightclub in Las Vegas. And this summer, he was one of only six headliners at Lollapalooza, where he showed off the reasons he’s listed as the highest paid DJ in the world by Forbes. Harris’ fourth album is due out early this fall, and, in a Men of Rock wraparound, his new single, “Blame,” features vocals from … John Newman. Modern rockin’ men gotta stick together.

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