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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The Wicked Witch comes to theTraverse City Film Festival

Anne Stanton - June 15th, 2006
Movie lovers want to know. Will Act II stand up to last year’s Traverse City Film Festival?
The movie line-up hasn’t been announced yet, but fortunately film festival organizers are building on what worked so well last year.
The festival will expand from four days to six days, July 31-August 6, with about 45 movies in total. That’s 50 percent more movies than last year plus there’ll be midnight shows this time.
Fortunately, ticket prices will stay the same at $7 and Open Space movies are free for the sitting. The outdoor screen will be twice as big as last year. That will make one of the Open Space movies—Wizard of Oz—a tad scary for the wee ones … or wussy adults for that matter.
“Most people have never seen the Wizard of Oz on a movie screen, the way it was intended to be seen,” said Michael Moore, film festival founder and Academy Award winner. “Another one we’ll show is Jurassic Park. Imagine 65-foot dinosaurs on a 65-foot screen. It will look like dinosaurs are in the Open Space.”
Word is still pending on some of the Open Space movies, but confirmed picks include Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Dr. Strangelove. (You aren’t likely to see last year’s Freedom Festival sailboat floating by again, however. The counter-festival, one could say, sank at sea without a proper burial.)
One might argue that nothing could ever match the excitement of the very first festival. If you missed the inaugural event last year, imagine gobs of people waiting in lines at the long-shuttered State Theatre, the opening of which was nearly as exciting as the movies (scores of bone-tired volunteers painted and scrubbed and laid down carpet, area stores contributed just a ton of stuff. It was really a sight to behold).
People saw movies that they’d never get to see here otherwise. People chatted, they checked their movie guides, they begged for tickets of sold-out movies, they stepped in and out of packed restaurants for a bite to eat or a quick drink, and, weirdly, bought lots and lots of shoes between shows, according to shoe store owners.
Moore said he can’t yet announce the full movie line-up until June 23, with tickets going on sale the following Friday, June 30, at 10 a.m.
Moore said he has locked in the Stanley Kubrick retrospective. The film festival is paying tribute to Kubrick, who died suddenly in 1999 just before his last film was released, Eyes Wide Shut with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. The festival will screen all 11 Kubrick films, including The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Attending the Kubrick tribute are his producer and brother-in-law, Jan Harlan, and the stars of his films, Malcolm McDowell and Matthew Modine.
New this year: tickets can be purchased online. The festival is also setting up a box office somewhere in downtown Traverse City. The Film Festival invested $9,000 for its own ticketing system this year (Interlochen Center for the Arts generously sold and processed tickets gratis last year).
Film organizers are also working with restaurants and delis to offer box lunches this year for movie-goers trying to squeeze in a meal between showings. During the Open Space movies, a handful of vendors will also sell food—no specifics yet.
The word on parties is that the festival will host a bash for sponsors on July 16, which includes a film at the Bay Theatre in Suttons Bay, followed by a gathering at the picturesque Ciccone Vineyards.
There will also be a kick-off party and a farewell party (tickets are $25). The opening and closing movies are also $25 apiece.
Once again, a handful of renowned film directors will participate in panel discussions and make personal appearances at their films’ screenings.
Most exciting is this year’s guest director Terry George, a friend of Moore’s who directed Hotel Rwanda.
Free panel discussions are slated for each morning of the festival with entry on a first-come, first-serve basis.
“We’re definitely going to have a Kubrick panel. I personally consider him to be America’s greatest film director,” said Moore, who will moderate the panels or introduce the moderators.
Moore said he is talking about panel ideas with screenwriter Chuck Pfarrer, author Doug Stanton, and Michael Mittelstaedt, who heads the film program at the Interlochen Arts Academy.
“I thought maybe a panel on ratings—the process of how they decide a PG or an R or an MC-17. And a panel on religion and film because I’m hoping to bring in this South African film, Son of Man; a Story of Jesus, but it’s set in modern day Africa. And we’ll just have a discussion of faith in movies, and the whole gamut of ideas. We’ll get a panel of liberal and conservative people to discuss that.”
Meanwhile, the outcome of negotiations with Rotary Charities to buy the State Theatre or to lease it on a long-term basis will be announced soon. The film festival does have firm permission to use the State for this year’s film festival.

Next week: A chat with Michael Moore.
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