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Voter Suppression And Choice In 2013, five Supreme Court justices, each appointed by Republican presidents, knocked the teeth out of the Voting Rights Act. Immediately a majority of Republican-dominated states began passing laws aimed at suppressing the votes of their majority Democrat demographics: minorities, students and the elderly. These laws – requiring voter IDs, cutting early voting, eliminating same-day registration, closing selected polling places, banning straight-ticket voting, etc. — never flat-out deny a person’s right to vote; they just make actual registering and voting more difficult, and therefore make it more likely that individuals in certain groups will not vote. Think of voter suppression as a kind of reverse marketing strategy, one aimed at getting people not to do something...

Free Parking Patrick Sullivan’s good story on parking overlooked one source of “free parking” that has become an increasing problem in Traverse City: spill-over into adjacent neighborhoods. Instead of discouraging people from bringing cars downtown, we’re allowing them to park on both sides of narrow residential streets all day long...

Real American Duality Isiah Smith didn’t really put his deep thinking hat on before writing the “American Duality” commentary. First there’s geography. His daughter feels safer in Sweden than in the United States, at least partially because of the violence in Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minnesota. Really? Safer than in northern Michigan, which is further away from Dallas and Baton Rouge than Stockholm is from Ansbach, Paris or Brussels and no closer to Minnesota than Sweden is to Germany? Did Smith miss recent supremely violent events in those places? Alrighty then...

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Laughter and Tears at Old Town Playhouse

Ross Boissoneau - May 5th, 2014  

Auditions for Old Town Playhouse’s warmhearted tearjerker “Steel Magnolias” attracted 32 hopefuls for only six parts, a double-edged sword for its director.

“I had some fantastic talent,” said Denni Don Hunting. “I wondered, ‘How do I balance veterans with new blood?” Ultimately, she cast parts to both newcomers and seasoned veterans.

“The gals are just fantastic,” she said. The play, set mostly in a Louisiana beauty shop, revolves around six gossipy, warmhearted friends.

The friendship among the six is tested by not only their personalities but by illness, birth, and death. In the face of profound sadness, their bond strengthens with humor and warmth.

The 1987 play was based on the real-life experiences of playwright Robert Harling, whose sister died from diabetic complications following the birth of his nephew.

Advised to do so by a writer friend, he wrote a short story to give his nephew some understanding of his mother, then turned the story into a play.

The 1989 film starred Julia Roberts, Sally Field and Dolly Parton and is known for its spunky characters that support each other with laughs and love through life’s joyful – and horrible – moments.

“It deals not only with the warm and family part of friendship, but the hard and sad part,” said Hunting. “It’s not just funny lines in a beauty parlor. These are real good friends that stay together in good times and bad.”

“Steel Magnolias” runs from May 8-11 and May 15-17 at Old Town Playhouse in Traverse City. For show times and ticket information, visit oldtownplayhouse.com. The “Steel Magnolias” cast is Maryscott O’Connor (M’Lynn), Maria McKane (Truvy), Betsy Willis (Clairee), Jill Bert (Ouiser), Meaghan Jameson (Shelby), and Carly Anderson (Annell).

 
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