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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Broadway Dolls Bring Great White Way to TC

Kristi Kates - April 7th, 2014  

It took an unemployed Broadway talent to dream up a revue that, one day, New York’s theater divas would fight to be a part of.

Three years later, 20 of Hollie Howard’s “Broadway Dolls” shows are touring the country, bringing Broadway’s best music and performers to the masses.


“When I left the role of Penny Pingleton in ‘Hairspray’ on Broadway, I was at the height of my career, and wanted to conquer the world,” said Howard, an MSU alum and the Dolls’ president. “Well, I didn’t work for a year and learned very quickly the downside of the entertainment business.”

Howard regrouped and started a company that would create work for her, instead having to rely on Broadway casting agents. She got some friends together and started singing harmonies with them in her apartment.

“We quickly found ourselves traveling the world and performing,” she said. “I found this type of work just as creative, innovative, and fulfilling as being in a Broadway show.”


With the Broadway Dolls having just won a Best of Manhattan Award for Special Events, Howard’s risk paid off.

“Boy, have we come a long way since the days of sitting around on my living room floor,” she said.

These days, the Dolls are in demand both as performers – and by performers.

“Every time we have an audition, the top Broadway females come and battle it out for a spot in the group,” Howard said. “All the leading ladies love the idea of the Dolls, because it gives them a fun new show to work on while they are doing the same Broadway show eight times a week. And the Dolls are steady work between Broadway shows.”

New Dolls are put through a rigorous singing and dancing routine at their audition, where personality rates almost as much as talent.

“It is important for us to all like each other so that we can have fun in our performances,” Howard said.


Of the five Dolls that will be appearing soon at the City Opera House in Traverse City, two have direct connections to Michigan.

“Chelsea Packard went to school at U of M, and spent a summer at Interlochen,” Howard said, “and Nicolette Hart, [who] played the Opera House with the Christmas show for the past two years … has been raving to all of us about how amazing the theater and community is in Traverse City.”

The show is divided into singing and dancing vignettes that include Broadway tunes, a tribute to 1960s girl groups, romantic music, and spotlight moments in which each of the Dolls gets a turn on stage.

Pop music gets a turn with Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” and Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” to round out the show.

“The Dolls’ show is the equivalent of seeing 10 different Broadway shows all in one evening,” Howard said. “And it accurately represents the behind-the-scenes view of what it takes to make it on Broadway, in addition to flashy production numbers.

“You’ll be amazed by the talent on stage.”

The Broadway Dolls will be performing at the City Opera House in Traverse City on Fri. April 11 at 8pm. For tickets and more, visit cityoperahouse.org and thebroadwaydolls. com. Several Broadway workshops will also be offered in Traverse City in conjunction with the Dolls’ show. Register at masterclass@ thebroadwaydolls.com or call (646) 537-1708.

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