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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Burlesque is back

Rick Coates - August 8th, 2011
Burlesque Is Back with the Bayside Bombshells
By Rick Coates
Burlesque troupes are making a comeback all over the United States and
Northern Michigan appears to be next. The Bayside Bombshells Burlesque
troupe formed a couple of months ago and have made a few publicity
appearances in advance of their debut.
This Saturday, August 13, they will debut a mini version of their act at
Sidetraxx in Traverse City with their “Saving Ta-Ta’s With Tassels” event
to benefit the Munson Healthcare Breast Cancer Foundation. They will debut
their full burlesque act on Saturday, August 20 at the InsideOut Gallery
in the Warehouse District.
The Bayside Bombshell Burlesque troupe was the brainchild of Twiggy Pop, a
Traverse City native, Central High graduate and professional burlesque
“Originally I got an opportunity to perform as a belly dancer in Boston,”
said Twiggy Pop. “I went to work for this couple in Boston who owned
several clubs. Well the wife, Candi, worked as a burlesque dancer and on
one of my nights off I went to watch her and I fell in love with it. She
agreed to take me under her wing and teach me. It was great but I was
flying to Boston for long weekends and returning home to Traverse City on

Twiggy Pop decided that she should launch burlesque in Traverse City.
“I saw how successful the shows went over when Super Happy Fun Time
Burlesque visited from Grand Rapids. I was getting tired of flying to
Boston, so I said what the heck, I am going to make it happen here.”
She spoke to a few friends who thought it was a good idea. This spring
she put posters around TC seeking out those who might be interested.
“Some of the girls had dance backgrounds, but no one had ever worked in
burlesque before. But all of them were enthusiastic,” said Twiggy Pop. “I
put them through burlesque bootcamp and it has been fun. We rehearse two
nights a week.”
For now, Twiggy Pop is doing all of the choreographing and writing the
show material until the others get more familiar. As for her name?
“I told all the girls that they needed to take on a stage name, in part
for safety reasons. But my name is mashing together two people I have
idolized growing up,” said Twiggy Pop. “Miss Piggy is a great role model
for girls, she commands attention, she is comfortable with her body, is a
diva and very independent. The other name in this is Iggy Pop; I admire
his charisma and stage presence.”
Twiggy Pop grew up loving to dance.
“I think I was born to dance; my grandmother was a professional Flamingo
dancer and my grandfather a salsa dancer,” she said. “For as long as I can
remember I’ve liked moving my body and dancing.”
The recent concern over the Tabu Lounge (the private men’s club that was
shut down) in downtown Traverse City has posed a challenge for The Bayside
“I guess the owner was breaking all sorts of laws including having fully
nude women in the club. So there has been some concern over what we are
about,” said Twiggy Pop. “We have assured venues that there will be no
nudity in our act. There is a dress code we have to follow, which I find
comical because patrons are able to dress more provocatively than we as
performers can.”
Currently there are 12 members of the Bayside Bombshells from all walks of
“These are women who work in professional fields that are managers and
nurses,” said Twiggy Pop. “What each of them has found is that being a
part of this troupe has given them a new sense of themselves, from helping
to develop a positive self esteem to improving their self worth.”

As for the troupe’s name, it took awhile to come up with it but they
wanted to stay away from one particular name.
“Cherry is so overused here in Traverse City and in burlesque in general,”
said Twiggy Pop. “We wanted a name that said we were from Northern
Twiggy Pop, whose day job is working as a hair stylist, hopes to take the
troupe on the road.
“Everyone is up for traveling. Right now we are not taking anyone else,
but I might look to expand this fall.”
For those unfamiliar with the art of burlesque it was a popular variety
show format from the 1860s to the 1940s, in cabarets, clubs and theaters
that featured bawdy comedy and striptease.
“It really is one big striptease, but emphasis is on ‘tease’ -- there is
no nudity,” said Twiggy Pop.

For additional info find the Bayside Bombshells Burlesque on Facebook.
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