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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Rick Coates - July 18th, 2011
It’s Time for Evershine
By Rick Coates
When Evershine lead singer Ida Reed learned that Anthony Steele passed away unexpectedly last month, a flood of emotions came over her.
“Anthony was a friend of mine, we went to school together. I was a troubled soul in those days and he befriended me and showed me random acts of kindness and it impacted my life,” said Reed. “He worked hard to get me into a club in Manistee where he was living; unfortunately he passed before we got to play the show on July 16 so we turned it into a fundraiser for his family.”
Now Reed and her bandmates are organizing “Rock Like Steele” this Friday, July 22, at Ground Zero Nightclub inside the Streeters Center in TC. All proceeds from the evening will benefit Anthony Steele’s family.
“Doug Street jumped on board right away. He also went to school with us,” said Reed. “We are real fortunate that several great bands agreed to play, from Alter Ego, Machine Gun Rodeo and the Jackson Swan Band. Plus we have DJ Dominate spinning dance music in the room next door.”

Steele, 39, died as a result of complications to a routine surgery and he left behind a wife and three kids.
“He didn’t have life insurance, so this concert is to help the family with expenses” said Reed. “There will be a silent auction and we have lots of great items, for example Doug Street is donating a year’s worth of passes to events at his place. We have hotel stays, restaurant certificates, and more. We are asking for $5 minimum donation at the door with 100% going to the family all the bands are making donations from the merch sales.”
Being charitable has been at “the core” of Ida Reed’s musical journey in Northern Michigan for the past 20 years. It is one of the reasons why the band changed their name.
“We used to go by the name Callous, but we realized that didn’t fit us. That name was negative, hardcore, and left us to be viewed as one-dimensional. We are extremely diverse musically from our originals to our covers,” said Reed. “Plus we have a positive message in our lyrics, we’re just not a band that is negative, so we wanted a positive name to reflect who we are and Evershine fit us.”
Reed adds that they have expanded their musical focus beyond their original power metal sound.
“Our music sets include Top 40, modern and classic rock, progressive, alternative, and of course plenty of metal,” said Reed. “We even do some easy listening stuff, so we are all over the board. We have something for everyone at our shows and we can play to the audience.”
Evershine released their debut CD last year titled “The Core” which was produced by Howie Beno of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Jones and Dionne Warwick fame.
“Howie also co-manages us. We entered the first Rock Your Way To The Top (now Band Wars) at the Leelanau Sands Casino and did real well, and while we didn’t win, Howie took a liking to us,” said Reed. “We are currently writing our next CD that will be out later this year or early next spring. Howie is coming in soon to work with us on it.”

Evershine is celebrating 10 years together, though the line-up has changed a bit recently.
“Over the past year we went through a personal change with a couple of bass players,” said Reed. “I had to play bass for awhile and just a few weeks ago we picked up Kyle Akers from Crazy Train and he is a perfect fit.”
In addition to Akers and Reed the other members include Dan Reed, on guitars and vocals and drummer Jim Gac.
Evershine has opened for Kittie, Jackyl, FireHouse and Saving Abel among others recently. They have been active in several non profit causes in the region and are now focusing on expanding their reach into the midwest.
“Having Howie Beno producing us and co-managing us has opened a lot of doors for us,” said Reed. “We are now in clubs all over Michigan and when our new CD is complete we are looking at a five state Midwest club tour so we will see what happens next.”

The “Rock Like Steele,” benefit concert takes place Friday, July 22, at Ground Zero Night Club inside the Streeters Center. For details check out www.groundzeroonline.com and for more information on Evershine go to www.evershinemusic.com.
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