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Letters 02-08-2016

Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

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Grease could be the word for Dominic Fortuna

- January 4th, 2007
Take a careful look at commercials airing on NBC for the new “Grease: You’re The One I Want” reality TV series and you‘ll spot Northern Michigan’s own Dominic Fortuna.
The series premieres Sunday January 7, and based on the commercials and a photo of Fortuna at NBC Grease website, it appears that he is a potential major player in the new series.
Fortuna has signed a confidentially agreement and is unable to comment on his potential participation. He did acknowledge that he tried out and was sent out to the “Grease Academy” in California.
Production crews from the program were spotted in Northern Michigan a few weeks back filming Fortuna during his work at the Dinner Theater in Williamsburg. The “Grease” series is similar to “American Idol,“ with thousands from across the country auditioning. At stake is the dream of becoming the next “Danny and Sandy” for a Broadway version of the popular musical made famous by John Travolta.
Fortuna has the looks and definitely the vocal chops for the lead part of Danny Zuko or possibly the supporting role of Vince Fontaine (the complete Broadway cast will be chosen from the contestants).
Fortuna has been performing in the area since he was 13 and started singing at his parents‘ restaurant, Mico’s, and then touring with the Young Americans. He has some previous national experience working with Barry Manilow in the production, “Could It Be Magic,” and performing on the Dick Clark-produced show, “Your Big Break.”
Most recently, Fortuna started The Williamsburg Dinner Theater. To follow Fortuna’s run on “Grease: You’re The One I Want,” watch Sunday, January 7 at 8 p.m. on NBC (TV 7-4) and visit www.nbc.com/Grease for additional details.
And stay tuned to the Express for an article about Fortuna’s reality TV experience, along with another local crooner, Miriam Pico, who tried out for “American Idol.“
---Rick Coates


Area runners put best foot forward with winter races
Snowshoers, take heart: The Big Foot Boogie is on track for January 27, aiming to stomp through Northern Michigan as the largest snowshoe race in the country with 200-250 contestants on the Vasa Trail course at Timber Ridge resort.
Local Running Fit stores are assisting two other races this winter: The Frozen Foot Race (with the Traverse City Track Club) on January 20 is a five-mile footrace on Mission Peninsula; and the Snow Monkey snowshoe race of two or four miles at Twin Lakes Camp on Long Lake Road, west of TC takes place on Feb. 24.
Race forms are available at Running Fit‘s two locations in TC, or see their website at www.runningfit.com.
 
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