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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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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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