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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Summer Stages

Ross Boissoneau - June 13th, 2011
Summer Stages: What’ shaking ’round the region

By Ross Boissoneau

Theatre enthusiasts will have numerous options this summer, from
professional presentations to community theatre to student performances.

The Williamsburg Showcase Dinner Theater, located on M-72 just east of
US-31 in Acme, hosts a performing troupe led by Dominic Fortuna. The three
different shows all boast a variety of songs from the ’60s through today.
Catering by Kelly’s provides the three-course meal, with your choice of
four entrees, while the audience is being entertained by the
The shows run most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. For a complete schedule
of the shows, as well as the menu or to
make reservations, contact the Williamsburg at (231) 938-2181 or go to

Young Americans
Fans of the popular TV show Glee will have multiple opportunities to
catch the inspiration for the series. The Young Americans will be
performing at numerous venues, including the Cheboygan Opera House June
10 and 11; the Harbor Springs Performing Arts Center June 12; Bay View
Auditorium in Petoskey June 17; Boyne City High School June 18; and
Charlevoix High School June 19. Beginning June 24 and running through
Aug. 27, the group will be performing Monday through Saturday at Boyne
Founded in 1962, the group is often credited with being the first show
choir in America, mixing choreography with vocals. With the demise of the
Schussi-Cats, Brownwood Bees and Dill’s Golden Garter Revue, the Young
Americans are the last surviving college-age dinner theater in the region.
For ticket information, contact the individual venue, or visit the Young
Americans website at youngamericans.org.

The Young Americans aren’t the only act appearing in Cheboygan. The
Northland Players Children’s Theatre presents Secret Agent Gram, an
original musical by George Krawczyk and Bruce Scigliano. It’s the finale
of a three week theatre day camp. Showtimes are 7 p.m. June 17 and 18,
and 2 p.m. June 19. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for students.
Contact the Opera House at 231-627-5841 or 1-800-357-9408. The Opera
House Box Office is open Tuesday through Friday of each week, from 9:30
a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

To the west, the Manistee Civic Players will present the popular musical
Oklahoma! The award-winning Rodgers and Hammerstein show will run June 24,
25 & 26 and again the following weekend, July 1-3. Showtimes Friday and
Saturday nights are 7:30 with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20.
They will follow that with William Inge’s Bus Stop Aug. 12-14 and 19-21.
The story is set in a diner in rural Kansas during a snowstorm from which
bus passengers must take shelter. Showtimes are 7:30 Friday and Saturday
night and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $14. For both shows at the Ramsdell
Theatre, contact the box office by calling 231-723-9948.

Garrison Keillor’s always-popular A Prairie Home Companion, with its
original amalgam of storytelling, music, and theatre will return to
Interlochen Center for the Arts on Saturday, June 18, at the special time
of 5:45 p.m. Tickets are $50.50 to $33.50.
That’s far from the only theatrical performance at the famed arts camp.
The Interlochen Shakespeare Festival this year features the Bard’s classic
The Merchant of Venice, June 30-July 10 in the Harvey Theatre.
Shakespeare’s story, set in early 1930s in this summer’s production,
defies categorization with its mix of comedy, gravity and romance. Tickets
are $26.
Interlochen also hosts a number of student productions and workshops,
including the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance on July
29; Jane Eyre, a high school repertory theatre production, July 30-Aug. 3;
and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night on Aug. 4 & 6. Other highlights include
Cats and Carousel. For tickets and additional information on these and all
the other theatre presentations, go to Interlochen’s website at

Tc Opera House
Let your hair down and shake your booty with Hairspray June 23-July 3 at
the Traverse City Opera House. Miracle Productions is staging this
singing, dancing broadway hit about teens trying to get along despite
their differences. The show is produced by Pat Gallagher and directed by
Erin Peck. Rickets are $25-$30.

Old Town Playhouse
At the Old Town Playhouse in Traverse City on July 15 and16 audiences can
see Hat Trick: Emerald City, a performing arts camp show, conceived and
directed by Kate Botello. This show will feature a talented cast of
students aged 12 to 20 who follow the adventures of advice-giver
extraordinaire, Edwina Spoonapple, as she directs the neighborhood kids in
number after hilarious number in her “Advice-A-Palooza” extravaganza.
Performances will be at 7 p.m. with an additional 2 p.m. matinée Friday,
and at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. on Saturday.
On Aug. 13 there will be two perform-ances on the Mainstage of Disney’s
Sleeping Beauty, based on the beloved Disney movie and featuring many
songs from the film. Performances are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Running from Aug. 19 through the 28th, Dear Edwina, Jr. by Marcy Heisler
and Zina Goldrich will be presented at the OTP Studio Theatre at the
Depot. Showtime for the Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop show will be 7
p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets for all the performances are $11 for adults and $6 for children,
12 and under. For ticket information, go to treatickets.com.
In addition, the playhouse will host workshops, classes and performing
arts camps. For more information, contact Mychelle Hopkins, Education
Director at Old Town Playhouse, at 947-2210 ext. 103.
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