Letters 10-17-2016

Here’s The Truth The group Save our Downtown (SOD), which put Proposal 3 on the ballot, is ignoring the negative consequences that would result if the proposal passes. Despite the group’s name, the proposal impacts the entire city, not just downtown. Munson Medical Center, NMC, and the Grand Traverse Commons are also zoned for buildings over 60’ tall...

Keep TC As-Is In response to Lynda Prior’s letter, no one is asking the people to vote every time someone wants to build a building; Prop. 3 asks that people vote if a building is to be built over 60 feet. Traverse City will not die but will grow at a pace that keeps it the city people want to visit and/or reside; a place to raise a family. It seems people in high-density cities with tall buildings are the ones who flock to TC...

A Right To Vote I cannot understand how people living in a democracy would willingly give up the right to vote on an impactful and important issue. But that is exactly what the people who oppose Proposal 3 are advocating. They call the right to vote a “burden.” Really? Since when does voting on an important issue become a “burden?” The heart of any democracy is the right of the people to have their voice heard...

Reasons For NoI have great respect for the Prop. 3 proponents and consider them friends but in this case they’re wrong. A “yes” vote on Prop. 3 is really a “no” vote on..

Republican Observations When the Republican party sends its presidential candidates, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people with a lot of problems. They’re sending criminals, they’re sending deviate rapists. They’re sending drug addicts. They’re sending mentally ill. And some, I assume, are good people...

Stormy Vote Florida Governor Scott warns people on his coast to evacuate because “this storm will kill you! But in response to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that Florida’s voter registration deadline be extended because a massive evacuation could compromise voter registration and turnout, Republican Governor Scott’s response was that this storm does not necessitate any such extension...

Third Party Benefits It has been proven over and over again that electing Democrat or Republican presidents and representatives only guarantees that dysfunction, corruption and greed will prevail throughout our government. It also I believe that a fair and democratic electoral process, a simple and fair tax structure, quality health care, good education, good paying jobs, adequate affordable housing, an abundance of healthy affordable food, a solid, well maintained infrastructure, a secure social, civil and public service system, an ecologically sustainable outlook for the future and much more is obtainable for all of us...

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Getting Ready for Petoskey's Festival on the Bay

Music Kristi Kates Walker’s eventual job staging and working the door at Flint’s Capital Theater, then his efforts helping to kick-start Petoskey’s own Battle of the Bands a dozen years ago, plus his current work with Porterhouse Productions in Traverse City make him a perfect fit to oversee Petoskey’s summer highlight, Festival on the Bay.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

A Weekend at Interlochen

Music Kristi Kates Continuing the tradition of what was perhaps the only band to truly capture the audio soul of a California summer is this classic act, now led by original member Mike Love and mid-1960s addition Bruce Johnston (an Interlochen camp alumnus!).
Friday, July 17, 2015

Tyler Farr Brings Nashville to the TCMF

Music Kristi Kates He’s a classically trained musician turned country recording artist. What do you get when you combine those two things? You get to hang out with legendary musicians, record a No. 2 country chart single and a brand new album, and you get the honor of being locked up in a glass box.
Friday, July 17, 2015

Just Great Music at the TCFF

Music Kristi Kates With films including everything from documentaries to rockumentaries, dramas to comedies to experimental cinema, there's a visual niche for everyone — and thanks to the hard work of Music Director Mike Sullivan and his team, there's probably an audio match, as well.
Friday, July 10, 2015

Remote Sounds: The Beaver Island Music Festival

Music Kristi Kates You can only get to this music festival by boat or plane, no exceptions. You won’t find fancy VIP viewing areas, WiFi lounges or late-night discos. You’re more likely to run into a downto-earth yoga instructor, itinerant farmhand or banjo player than a Hollywood celebrity.
Friday, July 10, 2015

Starship to Rock the Fest!

Music Kristi Kates They may not be the original Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship that broke musical ground back in 1965, but this spinoff of the psychedelic rock outfit can still reel in the crowds. Even after multiple member and name changes, the band’s current live setlists still read like a ’70s-’80s hit list.
Friday, July 3, 2015

Blues on the Road with Mulebone

Music Kristi Kates Singer/guitarist Hugh Pool and multiinstrumentalist John Ragusa make up the Brooklyn-based duo Mulebone, with a new album called Keep On Movin’ (2014, Red Tug Records) and a well-deserved reputation as a pair of musicians who know how to elevate modern blues.
Friday, July 3, 2015

35 Years of Bliss

Music Kristi Kates Few knew that the little music fundraiser started by Jim Gillespie back in 1981 would turn into the mega-event it is today. It’s a summer highlight for many local music fans… and for plenty of visitors, some who make the trek north specifically for the festival from all over the country.
Saturday, June 27, 2015

Martinis and Blues at Interlochen

Music Kristi Kates “There’s a trend?” joked Pink Martini’s percussionist, Brian Davis. “I occasionally miss those, but if there are groups surfacing inspired or influenced by what Pink Martini’s doing, how cool is that?” According to Davis, Lauderdale comes up with the...
Friday, June 19, 2015

The Weepies Moving Forward

Music Kristi Kates Steve Tannen and Deb Talan began writing music together the night they met. They’d soon form two long-term partnerships: one as a married couple and the second as the duo The Weepies, logging 20 million views on YouTube and more than 1 million records sold.
Friday, June 19, 2015

Mixing and Matching at Electric Forest Fest

Music Kristi Kates EDM (Electronic Dance Music) and jam bands (think The Grateful Dead/Phish) may seem strange festival mates, opposite ends of the musical spectrum, but mixing these divergent beats on outdoor stages — in this case, at the Double JJ Ranch in Rothbury, Michigan — seems to result in mystical festival chemistry that really works.
Saturday, June 13, 2015

Touring Michigan with Time and Luck

Music Kristi Kates “Max is a fantastic singer-songwriter in his own right and recently released an album called ‘Outrider,’” Rilko said. “We’ll be performing some songs from that album on our tour. And John is a top-notch percussionist; he’ll be adding those skills and more to our duo ensemble.
Saturday, June 13, 2015

Faithful Fun at Big Ticket Fest

Music Kristi Kates “I think most people have a misconception of God: that he’s centered on rules and making people ‘be good,’” explained festival president Drew Spanding. “But really, God is about freedom — and it’s important to party! We have so much difficulty in this world that the discipline of celebrating is critical to our spiritual experience here on earth.
Saturday, June 13, 2015

Downtown Sounds

Music Kristi Kates Founded by local Sheryl McCleary (also known for running Tom’s Mom’s Cookies) with the support of Blissfest, the aim was to encourage community talent and bring a unique arts experience to the city. Today, Street Musique is managed by the Harbor Springs Chamber of Commerce,.
Saturday, June 6, 2015

“B” Cool at Lollapalooza

Music Kristi Kates While we have two months to wait, tickets are on sale now and it’ll be here before we know it. The biggest and best major summer music fest within reasonable driving distance of northern Michigan opens July 31 and Express has all the best info on what to do once you get there.