Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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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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