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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Comedian Roundtable

A discussion with Winter Comedy Arts Festival’s Dick Gregory, Robert Wuhl and Festival Co-Founder Jeff Garlin

Rick Coates - February 11th, 2013  

Robert Wuhl will bring his popular HBO one-man-show Assume The Position with Mr. Wuhl to Traverse City for two shows: Friday night at 6 pm at the State Theatre and then again on Saturday at 8:15 at the State Theatre.

Wuhl has carved out a successful stand up and big screen career mixing in several television shows in between. He played reporter Alexander Knox in the 1999 “Batman” movie. Wuhl was also in “Bull Durham,” “The Bodyguard,” and “Good Morning, Vietnam” as well as being in Madonna’s 1985 video for her hit song, “Material Girl.” From 1996 to 2002 he wrote and starred in the HBO series “Arli$$” as the title character, an agent for high-profile athletes. He has been a frequent panelist on ESPN and hosted a sports business and entertainment daily talk radio show for Westwood One and when he catches his breath he plays a judge on the TNT series “Franklin & Bash.”

NE: You’re bringing the stage version of your popular HBO show “Assume the Position with Mr. Wuhl” to Traverse City. How will that work?

Robert Wuhl: I will make it more autobiographical. I have some of the bits from HBO incorporated but a lot of new bits. This will be more interactive. I have a pop quiz segment where we will bring someone up on stage.

NE: Your comedic career has been very diverse, from stand up to the movies with some TV and radio in the mix. Do you enjoy the diversification of your career?

RW: I do enjoy doing a lot of different things when I come to Traverse City. I will be just wrapping up in Houston where Rebecca Reynolds (Leelanau Peninsula resident) and I just had a workshop of my new play Hit Lit that I wrote. It will make its world premiere next month in New York at the Queens Theatre and I will be there to direct it. So I am going from Traverse City and doing stand up to New York directing my play. So I am very fortunate and enjoy doing different things.

NE: You are a big sports fan, what are your favorite sports?

RW: Yes I have three favorite sports: baseball and baseball and baseball in that order. Since I am coming to Michigan I will share that I have two longtime friends in Dave Dombrowski (Tigers General Manager) and Jim Leyland. I’m definitly a huge Tigers fan and follow them closely. In fact, I feel that it is a great travesity that Jack Morris is not in the Hall of Fame.

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