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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Fall the World‘s a Stage

Mary Bevans Gillett - September 22nd, 2005
The stage is set and the curtain is rising on a new theatrical season throughout northwest Michigan. Here’s a preview of upcoming productions:
Old Town Playhouse
Old Town Playhouse opened its 46th season with The Diary of Anne Frank running September 16 – October 1 on the mainstage followed by the studio production of Don’t Dress for Dinner October 7-22 and the major Disney musical, Beauty and the Beast, November 4-26.
The new year opens with Anatomy of a Murder January 13-28 and an original work, The Fallen, in the studio February 10-25. The cult musical The Rocky Horror Show is showcased March 3-25, followed by an evening of classic one acts in the studio April 7-22, and the season finale the Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 on May 5-21, 2006.
Season tickets for the five mainstage and one studio show are on sale for $80. Tickets for individual shows go on sale approximately 10 days prior to opening night. Box office phone is 231-947-2443. For more information or to order season tickets, call 231-947-2210 or visit www.oldtownplayhouse.com.

Youth Theatre
The Playhouse is also home to the Traverse City Youth Theatre. The youth theatre program will run an ambitious slate of classes, school visits, enrichment activities and public performances.
Look for Mid-Life Dracula on November 14-15 and the Snow Queen during the weekend of December 9-11. The school touring production DUI = DIA begins visiting schools in November.

Leelanau’s TBA
The Leelanau Players will begin rehearsing for their annual December production soon. The title hasn’t been announced yet, but watch for an announcement soon. Many of the Leelanau thespians are also favorite performers at Old Town Playhouse and other local stages.

At Interlochen Center for the Arts, professional troupes will stage In the Mood, a 1940’s Musical Revue on October 18 and A Christmas Carol on November 29. For more information visit Interlochen.org or call the box office to order tickets at
231-276-7440 or 800-681-5920.

Beaver Island
Emerald Isle Repertory Theatre continues its inaugural season of live professional theatre on Beaver Island. I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and Steel Magnolias run through September 19 at the Parish Hall Theatre. You can find specific show dates on the troupe’s website www.eirtheatre.org or call 877-616-2289.

Ross Stoakes Theatre
Little Traverse Civic Theatre performs in the Ross Stoakes Theatre at the Crooked Tree Arts Center near downtown Petoskey. Their upcoming slate includes the children’s theatre production of Junglebook on October 20-23, an encore production of The Christmas Schooner running December 8-18 and You Can’t Take It With You running May 11-21. Improv is held every second Sunday. For information, call 231-348-1850.

The Manistee Civic Players perform at the historic Ramsdell Theatre. Watch for the mainstage comedy Absurd Person Singular October 21-29 followed by Anne of Green Gables running December 2-10.
If you’re in the area, a visit to this beautifully restored 1903 theatre is worth a stop whether or not a production is underway. Informal, guided tours can be arranged. A peek indoors promises Victorian murals and detailing as well as a 1950s painting of Ramsdell summer theatre alumn “Todd” Jones, today well known as actor James Earl Jones. Call 231-723-7188.

Straits Area
Like the Ramsdell Theatre, the historic Cheboygan Opera House is a star in its own right. It is definitely worth a visit to admire one of the few surviving City Opera Houses in the state of Michigan. For information on hours and upcoming performances, call 231-627-5841 or 800-357-9408.
Mackinaw Crossings is home to “Live at the Mack” entertainment at the Mackinaw Theatre. Reflections Musical Revue continues through September features a high energy troupe performing tunes from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. The Golden Dragon Acrobats perform September 20-October 3 followed by Elvis/Elvis October 4-9 and A Grand Tribute to the Rat Pack October 11-23. For information, call 877-43-STAGE or visit www.mackinawtheatre.com.

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