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 Offers Many Theatre Options

Ross Boissoneau - June 16th, 2014  

Some local theater companies, such the Cadillac Footliters and Old Town Playhouse in Traverse City, take the summer off. Still, there’s no lack of opportunities for audiences to indulge in their theatre passions. Touring professionals, traveling repertory companies, and student productions offer comedy, music, drama and more, from Cheboygan to Manistee and many points in between.

The Lakeside Shakespeare Festival in Frankfort presents classics by the bard each summer. It was founded in 2003 to share the thriving creative and artistic force of the Chicago theatre community with residents from nearby Benzie County.

Today, patrons travel from Manistee, Traverse City and as far north as Charlevoix to see the presentations at Frankfort’s Tank Hill. Performances are free and all ages are welcome.

This year’s shows are Richard III July 17, 19, 22 and 24, and Twelfth Night, July 18, 20, 23 and 25. Preview performances are July 15 and 16, respectively. A young adult workshop will be offered July 17-19 and a children’s workshop July 22-25.

For more information, visit Lakeside- Shakespeare.org or call 312-576-5037.

Slightly to the south, the Ramsdell Theater in Manistee will host Shrek the Musical June 27-29 and July 3, 5 and 6. The play is a joint production of West Shore Community College and the Manistee Civic Players.

On July 19, author Dan Hornak brings back the “The Duke” in his one-man tribute, Jake Thorne: The Life and Legend of John Wayne. Hornak says the Jake Thorne persona came from a John Wayne-like character in a 1970s movie script that was never produced. “It works for me, because that way I don’t get a big head or carried away with myself,” he notes.

Other shows at the Ramsdell include comedian Brad Upton July 26 and Jeff Daniels with the Ben Daniels Band Aug. 20. For tickets and more information, go to RamsdellTheatre.org. At Bay View in Petoskey, music, theatre and opera come together. First up is two performances by the Youth Theatre on July 20. Disney’s The Little Mermaid Youth Theatre packs in all the best songs and moments from the Disney tale.

The classic Les Miserables holds forth July 24-26 in Hall Auditorium. The musical version of Victor Hugo’s timeless story has won awards for both its stage show and film version.

Less tragic but no less enthralling will be the presentation of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte. In this version, the action is transported to an American college campus, where two fraternity brothers disguise their identities. Cosi Fan Tutte will be presented at the auditorium at Petoskey High School Aug. 5-9. For more information, go to BayViewAssociation.org.

Eight performers from Bay View will take the stage at the City Opera House in Traverse City June 25. “Opera a la Carte” delivers fully staged and costumed scenes from various favorite operas, accompanied by piano. The repertoire will include Bizet’s Carmen, Adamo’s Little Women, Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, Mozart’s The Magic Flute and more.

The Opera House will also host authors Karin Slaughter (June 26) and Diana Gabaldon (July 7) as part of the National Writers Series, and comedian Rita Rudner July 17. For tickets and information, go to City- OperaHouse.org.

Magic and romance come alive with Shakespeare’s The Tempest at Interlochen Center for the Arts. The production of this year’s Shakespeare Festival is at Upton-Morley Pavilion.

Interlochen’s summer festival also includes the political comedy cabaret of The Capitol Steps on July 5; Collage on July 8, the showcase of student performances encompassing music, dance, theatre, creative writing, film and visual arts; Michael Cooper’s “Masked Marvels and Wondertales”

July 13; the unscripted improvisational comedy Broadway’s Next H!t Musical July 14; and Les Misérables High School Musical Theatre Co. July 31-Aug. 3. For details on these or other shows, go to Interlochen.org.

One of the most popular musical traditions takes place each year at Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs, the Young Americans Dinner Theatre. The Young Americans is made up of young, up-and-coming performers, handpicked from across the nation. The music spans generations.

Performances take place Monday through Saturday from June 27-Aug. 23. Go to BoyneHighlands.com for details.

At the Cheboygan Opera House, the Summer Youth Theatre in cooperation with the Northland Players presents Rats! June 20- 21. The musical comedy is based on the classic tale The Pied Piper of Hamelin.

The Children’s Ballet Theatre takes place Aug. 16. Other presentations include Steppin’ In It, June 27; Glenn Miller tribute July 2; Horton Creek Aug. 9; and Jeff Daniels and the Ben Daniels Band Aug. 14.

Go to TheOperaHouse.org for tickets and details.

Milliken Auditorium at Northwestern Michigan College’s Dennos Museum will host Catch Me If You Can July 11-14 and 17-20. It is based on a true story of a con man pursued across the country by the FBI, and was made into a hit movie starring Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio.

The show is produced by Miracle Productions. Each summer, it produces Broadway musicals featuring college students studying or otherwise engaged in the performing arts. This year’s cast also includes Dominic Fortuna, who toured the country in the lead role of Frank Abnegale Sr.

For tickets and information, go to Miracle- ProductionsTC.com.

Fortuna is also at the center of things at the Williamsburg Dinner Theater. Each Wednesday in July and August, the Williamsburg will host dinner and a variety show, featuring music from the 50s to today.

The Williamsburg is located on M-72 just east of the intersection with US-31 in Acme. Log onto DominicEntertainment.com for information.

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