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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All the North‘s a Stage this Winter: A Preview of the Region‘s Theater Scene

Nancy Sundstrom - December 9th, 2004
We‘re well into the season of celebration, and if you’re an aficionado of theatre, there’s much throughout the region, and even the state, to get you excited.
From special concerts to perennial favorites like “The Nutcracker,” most every event will be infused with the holiday spirit. For some great live performance options, here’s a look at a range of musicals, dance presentations, solo shows and other stage revues that cover the region, from Cheboygan to Grand Rapids and Detroit. After the new year, look for a slate of new offerings that will continue well into the spring, before the summer theatre season begins.

Manistee Civic Players - Ramsdell Theatre, Manistee (231) 723-9948
Website: www.ramsdell-theater.org

Cinderella – December 9-11 at 8 p.m.
Of course, this is the timeless story of an orphan who suffers as a servant in her step-mother’s home. Bedeviled by her stepmother and step-sisters, befriended by the animals of the property and eventually enchanted by a Fairy Godmother, Cinderella achieves her highest dream of romance and true love with the Prince of the Kingdom. This magical fairy tale sparkles with originality, charm, elegance, and humor, and is enhanced with classic Rodgers and Hammerstein songs, such as “Ten Minutes Ago” and “In My Own Little Corner.”
Traverse City Children & Teen Theatre - Old Town Playhouse, Traverse City
(231) 947-2210
Website: www.oldtownplayhouse.com or www.tcctheatre.org

Aladdin - December 10-11 at 7:00 p.m., December 11-12 at 2 p.m.
This is TCCT’s winter production, held on the main stage of Old Town Playhouse and directed by Andrea Geiger & Luis Araquistain. This play is based on the classic story about a boy, a princess and a magic lamp. Tickets are $6 for teens and adults, $4 for kids and seniors.

Proof – January 14-15, 20-23, 27-29 at 8:00 p.m., January 23 at 3:00 p.m.
Written by David Auburn and directed by Mike Kelly, “Proof” is the story of the daughter of a mathematics professor and her struggle with both his mathematical genius and his mental illness. After caring for her father throughout his lengthy illness and death, she finds a mysterious notebook he left behind. Is it genius or madness? Which does she stand to inherit? This show won the Tony award for best play in 2001 as well as two other Tony awards.

Wives of an American King – February 11-29
OTP veteran Jeanette Mason returns to direct this original work by her friend, playwright/poet Anne Marie Oomen, about the notorious King Strang of historical Beaver Island fame.

Showcase Dinner Theatre - Williamsburg Banquet Center, Acme, MI
(231) 938-2181

Rockin’ in a Winter Wonderland - Through December 2004 with seating for dinner at 7 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday
Under the direction of local entertainer Dominic Fortuna, this evening of entertainment begins with a five-course meal served by staff who are also the performers in an original, holiday-themed musical revue. The production features traditional songs and popular tunes, with plenty of opportunity for audience interaction. When the show ends, the room remains open to the public for dancing and drinks. The facility is smoke-free

Interlochen Center for the Arts - Interlochen (231) 276-7800 Website: www.interlochen.org

Romeo & Juliet – December 10-11 at 8 p.m., December 12 at 2 p.m. at Harvey Theatre
Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers encounter bliss and duel death in this student production. One of the greatest romantic plays of any age, it is timeless in any season of the year.

Coppelia – December 17-18 at 7:30 p.m. and December 18-19 at 1 p.m. – Corson Auditorium
The Interlochen Arts Academy Dance Ensemble and Orchestra present this comedy ballet about a mischievous toymaker, an amazingly lifelike clockwork doll, young love and mistaken identity. Like “The Nutcracker,” “Coppelia” was based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffman and also features lively characters, colorful costumes, memorable music and a magical plot.

Gershwin’s “My One and Only” - January 18 at 8 p.m. – Corson Auditorium
This Tony Award-winning musical features a sensational score by George and Ira Gershwin, including such classics as “Strike Up the Band,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It” and “S’ Wonderful.” Mainstage Theatricals brings this story of love lost and found to the Corson stage for an evening of family entertainment.

Cheboygan Opera House – Cheboygan
(231) 627-5432 Website:

Riders in the Sky Christmas Spectacular - December 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Riders in the Sky have been America’s favorite musical cowboys since 1977. This Grammy Award winning group featuring Ranger Doug, Woody Paul, Too Slim and Joey The Cowpolka King have carried on an American music tradition, this time served up with a heaping dose of holiday cheer.

DeVos Hall – Grand Rapids
Webites: www.devoshall.com or

The Nutcracker - December 10-11 at 7:30 p.m. and December 11-12 at 2 p.m.
Michigan’s only professional ballet company, The Grand Rapids Ballet Company (GRBC), announces the return of Tchaikovsky’s holiday favorite, “The Nutcracker.” This beloved ballet has been a Grand Rapids tradition for more than 30 years. Dazzling choreography, sets, and costumes take center stage as the professional dancers are joined by over 100 community children, directed by Laura Berman. GRBC’s Nutcracker is a Michigan classic, and children of all ages, on stage as well as in the audience, look forward to the experience of this production. This year also marks the 20th anniversary for guest artist Errol Shewman to perform his memorable role as Dr. Drosselmeyer. available for children, seniors, and groups.

Fisher Auditorium – Detroit
(313) 871-1132 Website:

Evita – December 8-11 at 8:00 p.m., December 11-12 at 2 p.m. and December 12 at 7:30 p.m.
While not a seasonal show, this is a rare chance to see the professional touring company of “Evita,” winner of seven Tony Awards, in one of Detroit’s most majestic performing halls. This still-remarkable Rice-Weber musical brings to life the dynamic, larger-than-life persona of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator, Juan Peron. Eva Peron, blessed with charisma, captivated a nation by championing the working class. Songs include Broadway staples “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina” and “What’s New, Buenos Aires?”

The King and I - January 11 – 30
East meets West in this timeless love story between a powerful, stubborn king and a determined governess. It’s a lavish production filled with splendid pageantry, a dazzling score and exquisite dancing. Spectacular sets and costumes transform you to the strange and exotic world that Anna, played by Stephanie Powers (“Hart to Hart”) and her son struggle to become a part of.

Trumbo - February 1 - 6
Brian Dennehy stars as legendary screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (“Spartacus,” “Roman Holiday” and “Exodus”) who in 1947, at the top of his career, stood up to the House Un-American Activities Committee and was thrown into prison as one of the infamous Hollywood Ten.

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