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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Jazz It Up at the Grand with Arturo Sandoval

Kristi Kates - August 29th, 2011
Jazz It Up at the Grand with Arturo Sandoval
By Kristi Kates
Born in Cuba, influenced by the likes of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, and now a naturalized U.S. citizen, jazz trumpeter/pianist Arturo Sandoval is bringing his Latin jazz/classical fusion to Mackinac Island for a performance that’s sure to be a standout.
If you don’t already recognize Sandoval’s music, you might recognize his personage from the 2000 TV movie For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story, in which Sandoval was portrayed by actor Andy Garcia (whose co-stars in the film included Gloria Estefan and Scarface actor Steven Bauer.)
The movie told the story of Sandoval’s life up to his emigration to the U.S., as he became a fixture in Cuba’s jazz scene and solidified his own career. Sandoval’s mentor, Dizzy Gillespie (whom he is most often compared to), took the musician on the road with him early on for concerts in Cuba and across Europe.
His eclectic, fine-tuned musical stylings are part of why the Island’s Grand Hotel chose Sandoval to help close the summer season and welcome in the hotel’s fall events.

Sandoval’s co-headliners at the Labor Day Jazz Weekend event at the Grand include Kurt Elling, Christine Ebersole, Shout Sister Shout, Dave Bennett, The Hot Club of Detroit with special guest Cyrille Aimee, and the hotel’s own Alex Graham. The hotel is offering special packages for the weekend so that visitors can stay and take in the complete roster of musical performances, of which Sandoval will be a highlight.
“We have had Arturo Sandoval at the festival before and his performance was outstanding and memorable,” explains Grand Hotel Executive Vice President Ken Hayward. “When we put our festival lineup together, we try to create an excitement that will convince past guests to return and also attract new guests as well. We are offering a weekend full of jazz performances, not one concert, so we need to put a lineup together that will keep guests entertained all weekend long.”

Sandoval has a knack for keeping more than just his audiences entertained. He’s also a jazz musician who does more than ‘merely’ jazz, having crossed over into pop, soul, and classics via his work with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Herbie Hancock, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Johnny Mathis, and the aforementioned Estefan, among others.
“What I am looking forward to most is the unique style he will perform,” Hayward says, “he is playing Sunday afternoon, so after there have been so many performances already we are going to see something totally different from him than what we have enjoyed all weekend. We consider the 124-year-old Grand Hotel a legendary place - and he is certainly a legendary jazz artist.”

Arturo Sandoval will be performing as part of the Grand Hotel’s Labor Day Jazz Weekend on Mackinac Island. For tickets, packages, and more info, visit the hotel’s website at grandhotel.com

State Theatre offers Afternoons at the Opera

The Metropolitan Opera returns with 10 live transmissions at the State Theatre this fall. With six new productions, plus Verdi, Handel and Glass, this is the fifth year of operatic spectacle in downtown Traverse City.
Tickets are available online, at the box office and by phone: 231-947-3446. $26 for adults, $24 for State Theatre and Met Opera Members, $22 for seniors 65 and over, and $18 for children and students.
This year’s lineup:
• Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena” Oct. 15 at 12:55 pm
• Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” Oct. 29 at 12:55 pm
• Wagner’s “Siegfried” Nov. 5 at noon
• Glass’s “Satyagraha” Nov. 19 at
12:55 pm
• Handel’s “Rodelinda” Dec. 3 at 12:30 pm
• Gounod’s “Faust” Dec. 10 at 12:55 pm
• “The Enchanted Island” Jan. 21 at
12:55 pm
• Verdi’s “Ernani” Feb. 25 at 12:55 pm
• Massenet’s “Manon” April 7 at noon
• Verdi’s “La Traviata” April 14 at
12:55 pm
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