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Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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Moore‘s Film Fest

- July 14th, 2005
If the success of other film festivals around the country is any indication, then Michael Moore‘s Traverse City Film Festival could mean millions of dollars in revenues for Northern Michigan tourism.
Consider the progress of Park City, Utah, a similar resort town which hosts the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. In 1999, Sundance drew more than 20,000 visitors and generated $17.4 million for the community, according to Park City‘s Chamber of Commerce.
This year, Sundance will draw 40,000 visitors, selling more than 200,000 tickets over a 10-day period, generating more than twice the revenues of six years ago.
“Last year, Sundance Film Festival generated more than $41 million for the Beehive State, including $18 million on accommodations, $8 million in restaurants, $8 million on transportation and $6 million on discretionary items,“ notes the Deseret News, a newspaper serving the region.
Similarly, the tiny town of Telluride, Colorado has a population of less than 2,221, but its annual film festival brings an estimated 10,000 visitors to town, according to its chamber website.
And BendFilm, the first-ever film festival in Bend Oregon, is expected to draw 10,000 visitors this year, pumping tourist dollars into the resort town.
Moore noted in the Associated Press that the Traverse City Film Festival had sold $50,000 in tickets in its first four days of sales, boding well for its success.
“I see this as a really positive development for downtown Traverse City,“ said Bryan Crough, executive director of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority. “It‘s a long term investment that‘s going to grow.“

SPOILING THE SHOW
Organizers of a right-wing counter-festival are aiming to put a blot on Moore‘s event, however, with their Traverse Bay Freedom Film Festival.
Genie Aldrich, a resident of Suttons Bay, has organized the anti-festival with the assistance of a far-right American Film Renaissance organization, based in Dallas, Texas. The anti-festival, to be held July 29-30, will show dated box office hits such as “Top Gun“ along with conservative propaganda films, including “Michael Moore Hates America.“
Aldrich‘s mindset is perhaps best summed up with her quote in the AP: “People are fed up and tired with the extreme left-wing radical fringe - America haters, family haters, Christian haters,” she said.
In another odd note, the Park Place Hotel in downtown Traverse City is one of the venues hosting Aldrich‘s festival at its dome facility, creating an unpleasant surprise for potential guests -- possibly including film stars and major directors -- who will be attending Moore‘s film festival.

REPUBLICAN
SUPPORT
Ironically, a number of prominent local Republicans have joined Moore in staging the Traverse City Film Festival. The event also got the red carpet treatment from the Traverse City Commission last month -- again a mostly Republican body which overwhelmingly approved the festival.
Moore has said repeatedly that his July 27-31 festival is about presenting quality independent films and not about making political statements.
Crough believes that most members of the local business community get the picture.
“I hope everyone approaches every bit of this festival as a celebration of films,“ Crough said of Moore‘s event. “That‘s what this is supposed to be all about.“

-- by Robert Downes
 
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