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Letters 12-22-2014

Affordable Housing Alternatives In Scott Hardy’s opinion piece in the December 15 edition, he offered six concrete ideas to address the ongoing community discussion about increasing affordable in-town housing in Traverse City.

Powerful Homeless Event Homelessness is far more complex than we thought. “Everyone Has a Story—Sit and Share Our Bench” was a wondrous performance Sunday, December 7, that opened my eyes to a wide range of experiences with homelessness, bridging the gap between “us and them.”

Long-Lasting Effects of Measles I understand several cases of measles have occurred in Traverse City. I also became aware that in Michigan, persons are three times less likely to be immunized.

Changing The Electoral College Republicans are thinking about changing how Michigan allocates Electoral College votes. Michigan, like all but two states, gives all of its electoral votes to the statewide winner of the popular vote.

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Dominic Fortuna‘s new dinner theater

Staff Reports - March 25th, 2004
Guess Who‘s Coming to Dinner?

Dominic Fortuna, voted “Best Entertainer“ by Express readers, is backing a new dinner theater in Acme, expected be up and running this summer.
The Williamsburg Showcase Dinner Theatre & Convention Center will be located in the former film theater on M-72 across from Travino‘s Restaurant.
Last weekend, Fortuna‘s company, Dominic Entertainment, Inc., auditioned singers and musicians for the debut revue-style show, “My Generation.“ Watch for upcoming announcements on the theater‘s opening, or see www.dominicentertainment.com.

BATA buddies up

The Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA) in TC is reaching out to new bus passengers by introducing a “buddy system” on how to use the fixed-route Cherriot system.
Interested bus passengers can contact a BATA Buddy who will provide Cherriot route schedules, point out bus stops, and explain how the system operates. BATA Buddies will also travel to people’s homes and board a Cherriot bus with the new passenger to show them how easy it is to use the bus system.
“Many people are interested in using public transportation, but they’re a little intimidated because they haven’t been on a bus in many years, they don’t feel comfortable using a bus schedule, or they don’t know where our Cherriot buses go,’ said BATA Executive Director Joe DeKoning. “Though BATA provides over 400,000 passenger rides annually, some people are unaware of how easy it is to use the system. It takes only one trip to get used to the Cherriot, and then you realize the many benefits that public transportation provides.”
The Northern Michigan Alliance for Independent Living (NMAIL) is implementing the buddy system. Interested Cherriot riders who would like to work with a BATA Buddy can call NMAIL at 922-2359 at least 48 hours before they plan on using a bus. NMAIL will then contact a BATA Buddy, and have that person come a new passenger’s home at a designated time. The BATA Buddy will board the bus with the new passenger until the trip is completed.
There are five Cherriot bus routes that make scheduled bus stops at over 150 locations Monday through Saturday. Some of the more popular Cherriot bus stops include the Grand Traverse Mall, Grand Traverse Crossings, Meijer, Tom’s and Oleson’s Shopping Centers, Cherryland Center, Traverse City Area District Library, Northwestern Michigan College, Munson Medical Center, and downtown Traverse City.
Cherriot rides are $1, or 50 cents for senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and children under 12 accompanied by an adult.
For more information, call BATA at 941-2355 or NMAIL at 922-2359.

Concert to benefit Northern Lights opposition

Manistee Citizens for Responsible Develoment, a group opposed to the proposed Northern Lights coal-burning power plant, is planning a benefit concert to raise funds to help scuttle the project.
Planned for Friday, April 2 at 7 p.m. at the Little River Casino in Manistee, the concert will include performances by Daisy Mae, Jody Gaskin, the MPE Band, Tim Joseph, Steppininit and Seth Bernard. Tickets are $20, or $15 for seniors.

Chick Chat

Believe it or Not File: a recent request to hear “Traveling Soldier“ by the Dixie Chicks revealed that WTCM 103.5-FM still has a ban on playing country music‘s most popular group a year after singer Natalie Maines criticized President Bush while on tour in England.
Dissing Bush hasn‘t hurt the Dixie Chicks: Pollstar.com reports that they were the fourth-highest grossing musical act in the world last year, raking in $39.8 million. Each of their 65 U.S. concerts grossed more than $1 million.

 
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