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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Scott Harmony

Erin Crowell - July 18th, 2011
Scott Harmony?
By Erin Crowell
Scott Haggard will perform for the first time in Northern Michigan, backed
by a band that he’s never met.
Scott Wikle and the Lonesome Fugitive Band will provide the backdrop for
Haggard’s country music performance at the Blue Pelican, in Central Lake,
on July 20.
“I’m friends with Merle and have been a fan pretty much my entire life,”
says Wikle about the visiting musician’s famous father. “Over the years we
just got to know him and his band and, along the lines, got acquainted
with Scott.”
That acquaintance started online as the two got to know each other musically.
“Scott mentioned that he and his wife had never been to Michigan before,
so I thought it would be great to arrange some shows in the area,” says
The two Scotts will join forces for the first time, along with the rest of
the Lonesome Fugitive group.

Many know the Traverse City-based group as the “request band,” says Wikle,
noting the foursome has a 400-song playbook. “Our mainstay is the
traditional honky-tonk, but we adapt.”
Songs range from classic country to rock and blues, including covers by
Merle Haggard, George Jones, BB King, Roy Orbison and the Beach Boys.
They also play the music not heard in years.
“We had a lady come up to us the other night requesting some Statler
Brothers—which I don’t think we’ve done before—so, we pulled up ‘Flowers
on the Wall’ and the people at her table went nuts.”
Wikle says if someone requests a song, at least one band member is likely
to know it.

Wikle started the band as Nashville North in 1991. Several years later,
the group changed its name to Lonesome Fugitive and finalized its roster
that includes Martin Hanna on bass, John Kopchia on lead guitar, Brian
Sheren on drums, Bill Charbonneau on steel guitar—with occasional steel
replacement Jerry Hendrix from Manistee (no relation to Jimmy) and Wikle
rounding up lead vocals, although each member sings.
“(Kopchia) and I have written quite a few songs together,” Wikle adds
about the group’s originals. “We have a studio CD and two live CDs with
one in the works.”
When the band isn’t producing CDs and hosting artists like Scott Haggard,
they perform regularly across Northern Michigan, including The Eagles, The
Moose, VFW and AML clubs, as well as Michael’s in Ludington and the
Southside Hideout.
Wikle believes his band’s versatility will lend well to their upcoming
performance with Haggard.
“We’re very much looking forward to it. He does a fair share of his dad’s
songs, so we know the majority of them.”

Scott Wikle and the Lonesome Fugitive Band will perform with Scott Haggard
at the Blue Pelican, in Central Lake, on Wednesday, July 20. Music starts
at 3 p.m. Haggard and the Lonesome Fugitive Band will also be at the
Sizzlin Summer Series, an outdoor country concert at the Southside
Hideout, in Buckley, on July 23 (which will also include musicians Mark
Wills, Jeff Bates, Sarah Darling, Colt Ford, Kenny Olson Cartel and more).
Search The Lonesome Fugitive Band on Facebook or visit scotthaggard.info
for more.
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