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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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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.

POSITIVE REVIEWS
“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.”

THE LAST MOVIE
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.

CALL TO ACTION
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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