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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Calling All Zombies: Walking dead extras needed for Wade in Cheboygan

Rick Coates - July 11th, 2011
Calling All Zombies: Walking dead extras needed for Wade in Cheboygan
By Rick Coates
During recent road construction on US 23 heading into Cheboygan, the electronic road signs flashed: “Warning Zombies Ahead!... Don’t Worry It Is Just Wade.”
The sign was referencing the filming of the action horror film Wade.
“My parents called me when they saw the sign thinking I had something do with it, but we didn’t know anything about it,” said Mike Julliet one of the producers of Wade. “We are just so excited that the community has embraced this film project.”
The excitement continues for Wade, which was originally filmed in 2009 as a 20-minute short to be entered in film festival competitions. After winning several awards at various film festivals, interest in Wade has reached Hollywood.
“We have interest now for this film to becoming a full length feature,” said Haynze Whitmore, who wrote the screenplay. “Now we are making what is called a financial trailer, that will be about seven minutes in length. This trailer is what investors or productions houses such as Lions Gate will use to decide if they are interested in backing the film.”

Whitmore and Julliet feel confident that their film will get picked up especially after a few veteran horror film actresses agreed to come to Cheboygan and film the trailer.
“We sent the script to Kim Porier, Monique Dupree and Sierra Holmes and they have all agreed to come into Cheboygan this week and film this trailer,” said Julliet. “In fact they have agreed in concept to star in the full feature.”
Porier, Dupree and Holmes will film at various locations throughout the community Thursday through Sunday. All three actresses are household names in the horror film genre.
“Kim Poirier is 31 and from Canada and has been in several films and TV shows, she is probably best known for being in the film the New Dawn of the Dead, but she has also starred in a lot of stuff on the SyFy Network and on the hit sitcom Mad Men, so we are very lucky to have her for this,” said Juliet. “Plus we have Monique Dupree known as the First Black Scream Queen. In addition to all of her horror film work she was in Lean On Me with Morgan Freeman and The Replacements with Keanau Reeves and Gene Hackman.”
Whitmore and Juliet are also excited about rising star Sierra Holmes joining the cast.
“She is probably best know for her butt,” laughs Julliet. “She is the ‘butt model’ on the Levi Jeans commercials. Plus she has been staring in the VH1 series Scream Queens, and she just landed a big role in the Piranha 3DD that is currently being filmed.”

When the 20 minute short of Wade was filmed in December of 2009 the producers used local talent and that will be the case for the trailer and eventually the full feature.
“We need to use major actors to star in the film. This will attract the production companies and it will also attract moviegoers, these ladies in particular Poirier and Dupree have a following,” said Whitmore. “We will still need several local actors for the film; in fact for this trailer we are looking for extras to play zombies, we don’t need people to be as beautiful as these three stars; we are looking for people of all ages shapes and sizes.”
Julliet also points out that the final product will be filmed in Cheboygan, “Haynze wrote this screenplay to take place in Cheboygan and we will film it here and around Northern Michigan,” said Juliet. “We are not sure of the total price tag but we feel that we have all the pieces in place to make this look like it was a multi-million dollar project that may only cost a million dollars or even less. We also hope to land some of the Michigan film incentive money since we will be a smaller budget film.”
Wade is a comedic/horror story about a war hero that has to adapt to small-town life after serving years in the armed forces. He takes a job as a bug exterminator and often feels the urge to go head-to-head in combat with the bugs using army artillery. Disaster strikes when a chemical company illegally spills a bizarre toxic waste that turns people into the living dead. Wade has to go back to his roots as a soldier and save this small town from damnation.
So after a couple of years has Whitmore made modifications to the script?
“Yes some, but the essential elements are there. Wade is a cocky character and people are attracted to anheypd get attached to Wade,” said Whitmore. “That is what these actresses told me when they watched the short and when they read the script, they got attached to the Wade character. What we heard at several film festivals we entered the short in was people wanted to know what was going to happen to Wade next, they kept telling us that they were walking out of the film wanting more.”

If anyone is interested in being a “zombie” in the film or assisting in another capacity of the project they should contact Mike Julliet at 231.818.6178. To watch clips from Wade or other film projects of Haynze Whitmore check out his site www.haynzewhitmore.com . Kim Porier, Monique Dupree and Sierra Holmes have all agreed to do meet and greets during their visit to Cheboygan. If you would like to meet the actresses, get photos or autographs, they will be at Johnny’s Bar on Thursday July 14 around 9 pm and Mulligan’s Saturday July 16 around 9 pm.
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