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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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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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