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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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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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