Letters 10-17-2016

Here’s The Truth The group Save our Downtown (SOD), which put Proposal 3 on the ballot, is ignoring the negative consequences that would result if the proposal passes. Despite the group’s name, the proposal impacts the entire city, not just downtown. Munson Medical Center, NMC, and the Grand Traverse Commons are also zoned for buildings over 60’ tall...

Keep TC As-Is In response to Lynda Prior’s letter, no one is asking the people to vote every time someone wants to build a building; Prop. 3 asks that people vote if a building is to be built over 60 feet. Traverse City will not die but will grow at a pace that keeps it the city people want to visit and/or reside; a place to raise a family. It seems people in high-density cities with tall buildings are the ones who flock to TC...

A Right To Vote I cannot understand how people living in a democracy would willingly give up the right to vote on an impactful and important issue. But that is exactly what the people who oppose Proposal 3 are advocating. They call the right to vote a “burden.” Really? Since when does voting on an important issue become a “burden?” The heart of any democracy is the right of the people to have their voice heard...

Reasons For NoI have great respect for the Prop. 3 proponents and consider them friends but in this case they’re wrong. A “yes” vote on Prop. 3 is really a “no” vote on..

Republican Observations When the Republican party sends its presidential candidates, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people with a lot of problems. They’re sending criminals, they’re sending deviate rapists. They’re sending drug addicts. They’re sending mentally ill. And some, I assume, are good people...

Stormy Vote Florida Governor Scott warns people on his coast to evacuate because “this storm will kill you! But in response to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that Florida’s voter registration deadline be extended because a massive evacuation could compromise voter registration and turnout, Republican Governor Scott’s response was that this storm does not necessitate any such extension...

Third Party Benefits It has been proven over and over again that electing Democrat or Republican presidents and representatives only guarantees that dysfunction, corruption and greed will prevail throughout our government. It also I believe that a fair and democratic electoral process, a simple and fair tax structure, quality health care, good education, good paying jobs, adequate affordable housing, an abundance of healthy affordable food, a solid, well maintained infrastructure, a secure social, civil and public service system, an ecologically sustainable outlook for the future and much more is obtainable for all of us...

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Film Festival Panels

- July 27th, 2009
Film Festival Panels
Filmmakers share insights at City Opera House 7/27/09

How do you make a great movie? This week, daily panels of filmmakers,
documentarians, actors and participants will offer their insights into
what goes on behind the camera in the quest to make cinematic art.
Held free of charge at the City Opera House Wednesday through Sunday, July
29-Aug. 2, the panels offer firsthand stories and opinions from visiting
filmmakers as they mix it up with each other and the audience.
“These sessions range from the hilarious to the moving,” said Film
Festival founder and Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore. “They’re
always spontaneous and lively -- so much so, in fact, that it’s typical
for the discussions to run over the time we have set aside and spill out
into the hallways and the streets because people just don’t want to stop
the conversation once it’s started.”
Free tickets are handed out beginning at 8:30 a.m. to guarantee seating
for the panels which start at 9:30. A maximum of two tickets per person
will be distributed.

The schedule includes:

Wednesday, July 29
“40 Years of Documentary Filmmaking”
It’s been 40 years since “Woodstock” and 20 years since Moore debuted his
documentary, “Roger & Me.” Meanwhile, great documentaries continue to be
made, with some of the best films in the 2009 festival being
documentaries. Some of the world’s top documentary filmmakers, in Traverse
City for the festival, will talk about the history of their craft and the
world and times in which they work. Joining Moore in the discussion will
be Aung Htun (“Burma VJ”), Joe Berlinger (“Crude”), Cathal Black
(“Learning Gravity”), Jim Czarnecki (“Soundtrack for a Revolution”),
Michelle Esrick (“Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie”), Emily
Kunstler (“William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe”) and Kevin McMahon

Thursday, July 30
“Palestine and Vine”:
This panel will explore what Moore describes as two of the best films on
this year’s schedule: “Rachel” and “Salt of This Sea.”
“Palestinian film had a watershed year in 2009, sending the world
cinematic voices we rarely get to hear in the U.S.,” Moore said.
Rachel Corrie’s parents, Cindy and Craig Corrie, and Palestinian
filmmakers Annemarie Jacir and Ossama Bawardi (“Salt of This Sea”) will
talk about making great art out of hard material.

Friday, July 31
“Michigan Film Office Advisory Council Meeting”:
The bi-monthly meeting of the Governor’s Michigan Film Office Advisory
Council will give the panel audience a look at how the state government is
working to bring the film industry to Michigan.

Saturday, Aug. 1
“Comedy, American Style”:
Festival-goers can expect to enjoy an hour or two talking and laughing
with filmmakers Robert Byington (“Harmony and Me,” “Registered Sex
Offender”), Larry Charles (“Bruno”), Jeff Garlin (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”),
Ben Steinbauer (“Winnebago Man”) and Wavy Gravy (“Woodstock,” “Saint

Sunday, Aug. 2
“Paul Mazursky Talks”:
The festival is honoring filmmaking great Paul Mazursky this year with a
special tribute. Mazursky will talk with Jeff Garlin about his films and a
life in the movies.

The Traverse City Film Festival runs July 28-Aug. 2. For more information,

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