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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Winter Theatre

Ross Boissoneau - December 6th, 2010
Your Tickets to Winter Theatre: What’s on stage ’round the region
By Ross Boissoneau
If all the world’s a stage, then theatre enthusiasts across the region
will have ample opportunities to travel the globe over the next few
Whether the preference is dramatic, musical or comedic, audiences will
have plenty of options. They can choose from a World War II drama, an
NYC socialite wooing and being wooed, a trip down a rabbit hole, a
duck-hunting expedition gone awry in a most heavenly way, and two
different beauties: One with a beastly admirer, and two different
versions of one in a deep, deep sleep.
In Traverse City, Mariam’s Pardon is playing at the Studio Theatre @
the Depot through the 18th of this month. Harriet and Mariam
Jabolonski, the wife and mother respectively of a WW II soldier, await
news of his fate after he goes missing in the Battle of the Bulge. The
action takes place in the mother’s cottage in Horton’s Bay on Lake
Duck Hunter Shoots Angel by Mitch Albom will entertain audiences with
the story of reporter Sandy and his photographer Lenny, who are sent
to the swamps of Alabama to get the scoop on two good ‘ol boys, Duane
and Dewell, who think they have shot an angel while hunting. Albom is
the Detroit Free Press and nationally-known sports columnist and
author of such best-sellers as Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five
People You Meet in Heaven. It runs from Jan. 14 through the 29th at
Old Town Playhouse.
The award-winning and longtime audience favorite Fiddler on the Roof
will showcase songs such as “Tradition,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “If
I Were a Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset.”
Weaving music, dance, love and laughter into an electrifying
experience of life, Fiddler tells the timeless tale of Tevye the
dairyman, who struggles with the rapidly changing world around him,
the traditions he holds dear, and his strong-willed daughters. It runs
March 4 – 26, also on the main stage at OTP.
Moving north, the Little Traverse Civic Theatre will host Sabrina Fair
Feb. 10-19 at the Ross Stokes Theater in the Crooked Tree Arts Center
in Petoskey. Sabrina Fairchild is the daughter of a chauffeur to the
wealthy Larrabee family, who live in a mansion on the North Shore of
Long Island. Returning from a stay in Paris, she presents herself as a
young woman of beauty, charm, and sophistication. Although she once
had a crush on David Larrabee, the young playboy of the family, and
returns to America with a wealthy French suitor in tow, she finds
herself drawn to his brother Linus.
LTCT switches gears for March – the March Hare, that is. Alice in
Wonderland will see that famous rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire
Cat, and all the rest come to life on stage March 10-19. At the end,
Alice may question whether her adventures were real or not, but it
makes no difference to the audience.
The Williamsburg Showcase Dinner Theater in Acme offers Sock Hop
Christmas with a singing, dancing cast headed by Dominic Fortuna, who
is just back from a Broadway production of Grease and a 49-city tour.
The cast serves dinner and drinks and then cuts loose with a must-see
holiday extravaganza. Tickets for the dinner and show are $39.95.
The Ramsdell Theater in Manistee is hosting the story of the beautiful
young woman and the terrifying master of the house whom she befriends
and eventually falls in love with. With a houseful of servants turned
into animated objects, a town posse bent on destruction, and its
complicated twists on Good vs. Evil, Beauty and the Beast became an
award-winning animated musical from Disney. This version runs through
Dec. 12.
The Ramsdell will also hasten the change of season with The Secret
Garden March 11-20. The story of neglected children and their
rejuvenation through their discovery of and tending to a similarly
neglected garden is a classic that’s received accolades and treatment
through the book, play and on screen.
If Beauty Number One finds her Prince Charming in a beast, Beauty Two
isn’t able to look for hers at all. In fact, she’s content to doze
through most of her troubles. The Cheboygan Opera House will host a
performance by the Russian National Ballet of the classic ballet
Sleeping Beauty for one show only, Thursday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. The
fairy tale of the Princess Aurora, the evil fairy Carabosse, a century
of sleep and the awakening kiss of a handsome prince is one of the
crown jewels of Russian ballet. It is famed for its majestic score by
That’s not the only place you’ll find Aurora. She will also be
sleeping, er, performing at Interlochen Center for the Arts’ Corson
Auditorium Dec. 10-12 in a student production. Interlochen will also
present Cyrano de Bergerac, the classic tale of the nobleman whose
overly large proboscis makes him believe he cannot “dream of being
loved by even an ugly woman.” His love for the beautiful Roxane
results in his writing letters that are delivered by his friend
Christian, with whom Roxane is in love.
Younger performers will also be in the spotlight in Cadillac, as the
Cadillac Footliters Junior Players present Feelin’ Good/Kids: The
Musical Feb. 4-12 at the Cadillac High School Auditorium. The show is
a collage of several musical vignettes that all kids can relate to
because the skits are based on things kids deal with every day. It
will feature performers age 8-18 singing, dancing and acting.

For tickets or additional information on any of the theatrical
presentations, contact the venue box offices by phone or online as

Cadillac Footlighters
(231) 775-7336

Ramsdell Theatre

Old Town Playhouse
(231) 947-2210
Little Traverse Community Theatre
231-348-1850 ext. 16

Cheboygan Opera House

Interlochen Center for the Arts
800) 681-5920 (toll free)
(231) 276-7800

The Williamsburg

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