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 · Hanging with Kid Rock
. . . .

Hanging with Kid Rock

Rick Coates - July 25th, 2002
(Editor‘s note: Music researcher and Northern Express contributor Rick Coates was given an impromptu interview with the American Bad Ass Kid Rock in the basement of Union Street Station, Sunday July 14. Below is an excerpt of the interview.)

Bob Ritchie known to millions as Kid Rock, flew into Traverse City via Bob Seger’s private jet for bandmate Kenny Olson’s wedding in mid July. Seger was not in need of his plane as he was busy winning his second consecutive Port Huron to Mackinac sailing race. Kid Rock did need the plane as he was recording a special for VH-1 the night before, but attending his friends wedding was a priority. Friends and family are at the top of the list for this rap/rocker, despite an image that would say otherwise.
Kid Rock and his band have sold over 15 million CDs in the past four years and just came off a sold-out tour of North America. The group is taking a break to tend to personal business and spend time with family before going on tour with Run DMC & Aerosmith. Despite a recent Rolling Stone poll where readers voted Kid Rock as the person most likely at the end of his 15 minutes of fame, he remains one of the top selling artists in the stores, on the stage, and in the tabloids.
His relationship with model, actress and “Jane“ magazine columnist Pamela Anderson has been fodder for late night TV shows, music magazines and the tabloids. It all borders on the extreme; often what is written is untrue and in reality has helped to unfairly depict Kid Rock personally and musically
During an interview at Union Street Station, Kid Rock displayed his intelligence and musical genius. He discussed what is important to him, talked about the media, his upcoming tour with Aerosmith, being a single father, the challenges of the industry and local guitar phenomenon Brian Schram. His sidekick DJ Uncle Kracker joined him, as did Rock’s bodyguard T.A., a member of the Outlaws motorcycle club who was featured a few weeks ago in the Express.

NE: You said earlier in the summer you would like to do a southern rock tour with maybe Lynyrd Skynyrd and possibly some other multi act tours. What is up?
Kid Rock: We just came of a headlining tour in support of my current release Cocky. I wanted to do this southern rock tour but we couldn’t come to terms. It is no secret that the industry is down right now but people are going to shows. I want to give the people what they want and my friends from Aerosmith, Run DMC and myself have put this tour together starting in August.

NE: Why did you decide to do a tour without being the headliner?
Kid Rock: It isn’t about me, it is about giving the fans what they want and Aerosmith, well those guys are my friends and they are legends. Sure we give up some money and headlining status but we are going to have a lot of fun and the fans are going to see a great show. That is what it is all about.

NE: Your CD Cocky shows a new musical direction and a real gamble on your part. Why?
Kid Rock: People don’t get it. I am here to stay and you have to be willing to take a step back sometimes to move forward and that’s what I did. There are a lot of guys dropping off the musical stage because they limit their music. I have a lot a lot of music in my head and I am willing to take a step back, change direction and in the end it will all work out.
(While Cocky hasn’t come close to Kick Rock’s Devil Without A Cause, which has sold over 10 million copies, the CD is platinum and is nearing 2 million in sales.)

NE: In a recent Rolling Stone Poll reader survey you were voted the person most likely to be at the end of your 15 minutes of fame. Thoughts on that?
Kid Rock: Well first of all I am not doing Behind the Music, Cribs and other programs to get attention. I won’t do those shows and I have cut back my interviews. So that might lead people to think that I am not happening. Yet I just taped a VH-1 show about my music, not all that other crap, and MTV is getting ready to run a concert special. The media likes to create controversy, and write a lot of crap that that is not related to my music. I am about my music and performing and I am certainly not done.

NE: How is your relationship with the media?
Kid Rock: At times good, but my biggest problem is getting burned. I am very trusting and some people in the media have not been honest in what they have written about me. So I have become very protective of my family, my girl friend’s family and myself. We are both single parents in the spotlight and it is hurtful when you trust someone from the media and then they write things that are not true or exaggerate the situation. So I have to be guarded and protective, it sucks but it is the way it has become.

TA: (Kid Rock’s bodyguard) Bob is a very giving and trusting person. He is very honest, honest at all times, so it is frustrating when others around him are not honest and betray his trust. I‘m with him a lot and wonder where they get some of this stuff from.

NE: You mentioned being a single father, and that is challenging for anyone; how about for you?
Kid Rock: I have sole custody of my son. He is nine now and like any child what he needs is time with me. That is what all parents need to give to their kids; things will never replace time, and quality time spent with your kids is what they want. When you tour you normally do five to seven shows a week. I don’t and I tell my fans that I won’t we do two to three shows a week. It means giving up a lot of money but I need to be there for my son and I want the band to be there for their families. I have parent-teacher conferences, soccer games to attend just like everyone else. It is about choices and my choice is to be involved in my son’s life, so that means being a full-time dad and everything else comes second.

NE: Earlier you said that you have a lot of music still. Is there another CD in the works?
Kid Rock: I can’t discuss it, but we are going into the studio after the tour later this fall. So yeah something is in the works.

NE: You said on stage earlier tonight that there seems to be a lot of good guitar players in Northern Michigan.
Kid Rock: Yeah, I like what I heard and saw tonight, in fact we are looking at hiring Brian Schram, probably put him on the road with Kracker. This kid can play. It is my understanding that Mario Ciccone from Maverick is having Brian out to L.A. so we will talk to Brian after that. I liked what I saw, especially the fact that he got up tonight and showed some originality.

Uncle Kracker: Yeah, we see a lot of guitar players and they all try to copy others. Yet Brian showed originality, proficiency and creativity, he is definitely someone we want in our camp.

Kid Rock: Well enough talking about music, it is time to get upstairs and start making some.

That is exactly what he did. Kid Rock returned to the stage and led and all-star line up local and legendary rockers until 2 am. He signed a few autographs and headed to the airport and returned home.

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