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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Big bucks at the box office

Rick Coates - September 14th, 2009
Big Bucks
at the Box Office
Michael Moore’s new documentary film Capitalism:
A Love Story makes its North American debut in Bellaire

By Rick Coates 9/14/09

The much-anticipated film by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore will make its North American debut in Bellaire on Saturday, September 19. The Bellaire premier of Capitalism: A Love Story will serve as a benefit for the Antrim County Democratic Party with a 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. showing at the Bellaire Theater on Bridge Street.
In his new film, which will be released nationally on October 2, Moore focuses on “the disastrous impact that corporate dominance and out-of-control profit motives have on the lives of Americans and citizens of the world,” according to a release from the film’s distributor Overture Films.

“It will be the perfect date movie,” said Moore, in the release. “It’s got it all -- lust, passion, romance and 14,000 jobs being eliminated every day. It’s a forbidden love, one that dare not speak its name. Heck, let’s just say it: It’s capitalism.”
Early reviews for the film have all been positive with CNN Money calling it, “broadly entertaining, ceaselessly provocative, and wildly ambitious.”
Moore even released a humorous public service announcement to promote the film. It has aired on YouTube and some media sources have picked it up. In the PSA, Moore announces that after the film ushers will be going down the aisles with collection cans for donations to bailout the CEOs of major corporations. Moore states that, “I know you have already given to the bailout, but give more because (he pauses) it will make you feel good.”

During a press conference announcing the release of his new film, Moore stated his expectations of making a film that attacks capitalism.
“I told my film team we are going to make a film that will result in the industry never wanting to finance another film of mine,” said Moore at the press conference.
However, Moore also clarified it won’t be his last film.
When pressed by a foreign journalist on what he has done with his millions, Moore chuckled (his films worldwide have generated more than a half billion dollars in revenues).
“I have saved it because I knew a day would come when I would no longer get money from others to make films,” said Moore. “That is okay because I have my own money to make my films in the future.”
If Moore has another blockbuster as he did with Sicko, Bowling For Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11 -- three of the top six grossing documentaries of all time – it may be safe to predict he will have offers from the industry to continue making films in the future.

One question some critics have put forward is whether or not the audience will just laugh, go home and have a beer or if it will cause a revolt.
Moore responded this way: “Be a hero and help me expose the biggest swindle in American history.”
In light of the current worldwide economic crises, look for Capitalism: A Love Story to be a financial success at the box office and do not be surprised if it ends up becoming the number-one grossing documentary film of all time. It certainly will make Moore millions of dollars richer, not bad for a guy predicting death to capitalism as we know it.
Moore has donated a generous portion of his money in Northern Michigan, with a significant amount going towards the Traverse City Film Festival and the restoration of the State Theatre.

For additional information on “Capitalism: A Love Story,” check out www.capitalismalovestory.com.

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