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PERSPECTIVE Sunday, October 7, 2012



Kalamazoo Gazette




n June, Gov. Rick Snyder went around the Michigan Legislature and signed a deal to borrow $550 million from Canada to fund construction of the multibillion-dollar New International Trade Crossing between Detroit and Windsor. He and other proponents boldly claim the $3.5 billion bridge will come “at no cost” to Michigan taxpayers. But many who have studied the issue are less convinced this project is so fiscally sound. Proposal 6 on the November ballot would amend the state constitution to mandate a statewide vote on building any new international crossings. I support Proposal 6, and I want to explain why. As chairman of the House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, I believe responsible investments in our infrastructure are the key to ensuring Michigan citizens and businesses have the resources they need to help reinvent our state as a national hub for growth and innovation. I sat on the front lines as the bridge project was debated, and I have carefully considered the arguments from both sides. Thus far, the Legislature has not supported construction of the new crossing because there is no

conclusive evidence it is necessary or economically feasible with tolls alone. Traffic between Detroit and Dave Windsor has Agema dropped on a consistent basis for the past decade. That’s important because the agreement signed by the governor stipulates Michigan will repay its debt to Canada through tolls on the new crossing — and assumes traffic will rise significantly and consistently to support that. Meanwhile, recent projects have increased capacity at other border crossings in the Detroit area, and studies have determined any delays at those crossings are because of a shortage of customs personnel, not capacity. Furthermore, Gov. Snyder has promised the crossing would bring $2.2 billion in federal matching funds for highway projects around the state. This point deserves clarification. In actuality, the figure does not represent funds Michigan would not otherwise be able to obtain from Washington. Given those facts, the stakes are simply too high, and the risks too great, for the people of Michigan to recklessly indebt


themselves to a foreign BY BRIAN CALLEY power, particularly in an era of widespread government ichigan voters should be cutbacks and growing debt. wary of Proposal 6. Not The Legislature passed only does it seek to hamper two laws in 2011 that prohibit our economic future by the state Department of stalling the New International Transportation from entering Trade Crossing between into any contract to build Detroit and Windsor, but the new crossing without its it is so poorly worded that approval. Unfortunately, the it potentially threatens the new agreement dismissed the construction of any new concerns of bridge in the legislators, state. ignored Proposal Michigan law 6 was and proposed drafted and @m l itics circulated, an agreement and is now with Canada supported anyway. Taxpayers with now have no misleading choice but to ads, by take matters a single Join state Rep. Dave into their company that Agema and Lt. Gov. Brian own hands. is trying to Calley to talk Proposal 6 Make no protect its mistake: billion-dollar at noon Friday monopoly. The New Despite the International millions of Trade Crossing has the potential to dollars this group spends profoundly affect Michigan to coerce the vote, the facts residents and the financial remain that Proposal 6 is bad health of our state. for Michigan. But Proposal 6 affords The simple truth is we Michigan taxpayers the need a new, modern bridge opportunity for fiscal to Canada, and we have a self-determination. This plan to build one at no cost to November, I urge you to join Michigan taxpayers. me in voting yes for a choice I repeat: at no cost to you. on the bridge. The ads that say the new bridge will cost you or that it Dave Agema represents the 74th will take away from teachers, House District. He also serves as the police and firefighters House Majority Caucus Chair. are simply not true. The



nonpartisan, nonprofit Michigan Truth Squad issued a report and agreed, saying, “The agreement with Canada Brian puts the Calley financial onus on Michigan’s neighbor, not Michigan.” Under the legally binding contract, Canada is responsible for guaranteeing all of the construction costs of the bridge, which will be financed by a private concessionaire, and only U.S. and Canadian steel will be used to build it. It’s clear this group will say anything to protect its monopoly. But what does Proposal 6 mean for the rest of us? Consider some of the following statistics. Ÿ Canada is our largest trading partner. Last year, $597 billion worth of goods crossed between the U.S. and Canada, and the DetroitWindsor crossing is the busiest anywhere between the two countries. Ÿ Each day, nearly 8,000 trucks make that crossing, and all of that trade supports 237,000 jobs throughout our state. Ÿ That means one out of every 17 jobs in Michigan depends on the trade that occurs over that single bridge.

Unfortunately, the 83-yearold Ambassador Bridge by itself can’t handle the demands of our modern global economy. The new bridge will provide direct highway-tohighway access, improving traffic flow and reducing stress on local communities. This will allow more products made and grown in Michigan to be marketed and sold faster, and that’s good for our state’s businesses and families. In addition, the New International Trade Crossing will create at least 11,000 construction-related jobs and 750 long-term jobs. It will generate or preserve as many as 25,000 jobs here in Michigan. The new crossing is supported by thousands of citizens and more than 160 companies and leaders. They include Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Meijer, former governors, labor unions, chambers of commerce, and other community leaders and organizations. It’s a great deal for all Michiganders. Proposal 6, on the other hand, would benefit a single special interest at the expense of the rest of us. They might be able to afford it, but Michigan cannot. Brian Calley is lieutenant governor of Michigan.


President had the hammer, but he didn’t use it But will challenger be able to maintain his improved performance in the next debate?


hat’s wrong with the president of the United States? First, Barack Obama gives a so-so and not very inspiring speech at his own convention, and then on a night where he could have ended the contest, he way underperformed and let Mitt Romney get off the ropes and back in the center of the ring. It’s race on, and the president’s camp has to be wondering, who was that guy attacking the POTUS?


SKUBICK MICHIGAN OPINION The Mitt Romney that showed up is not the same one who’s been slogging around on the campaign trail and coming off a disastrous month of September with one stumble after another. He took it to Obama and rarely let up, as the president spent too much time explaining in way too much detail, and not enough time doing what he does best: connecting with the American voter and sharing his passion for the future. There were no goose bumps, as there were four years ago. For once, it was Romney

who moved the passion meter, which has not been his strong suit. He backed the president into the corner to continually explain why the “status quo does not work” as the underdog ticked off the jobless rate, the food stamp rolls and all the other things he said went wrong in the past four years. The president had answers as he lamented that he inherited a whopping deficit from his GOP predecessor, but unlike Bill Clinton at the Democratic National Convention, Obama never used succinct rejoinders such as “No president could have solved this problem in four years, including you, Mr. Romney.” The fact-checkers had a field day slicing and dicing the “misinformation” both

candidates lavished on viewers, but at the end of the day, not many folks will remember the content. They will come away with the feeling that Mr. Romney had his act together and the president did not. This is not to say that the president didn’t score some points. For 18 months, at the Romney website, he has hawked a tax plan that was long on the rhetoric and woefully short on “how the heck is he going to pay for that?” Obama hit that theme several times and, finally, frustrated by what he termed a “trend” to avoid specifics, he wondered out loud why the details were so sparse. Was it because the “secret” plan was so good

for the middle class? Obama responded to his own question with a firm, “No.” But then he left out the hammer. He should have followed up with: “In other words, my friends, Mr. Romney is saying, ‘Elect me, and then I will tell you what I will do.’” The president also tapped into a notion that has majority support. The public understands that to reduce the deficit you have to cut spending but you also need more revenue. The president called it a “balanced approach.” Romney would have none of that, lapsing into the timeworn GOP mantra that the way to grow revenue was to grow the economy and, as taxpayers get more jobs, they will contribute to that

growth. The president could have said, “But while we are waiting for that growth, Mr. Romney, what about all those Americans who need our help now. Are you telling them to just be patient while they get sick and have trouble putting food on the table?” It was a debate of missed opportunities for the president, which brings us to the next debate with two questions: Will the new and improved challenger show up again, and can the incumbent get back on his game? The answers could determine who wins this thing. Tim Skubick, host of “Off the Record” on WKAR-TV in East Lansing, is’s political columnist. See “Off the Record” online any time at




LINDA S. MAH Community Engagement Specialist

MICKEY CIOKAJLO Community News Director




Do not reward obstruction of Obama

Why I moved back I

remember pushing a baby stroller through downtown Oak Park, Ill., as I talked to my in-laws about the stunning news that had come out of Kalamazoo that week. Free college tuition. How could that be? Having lived in Kalamazoo, I knew its philanthropic heritage, including W.E. Upjohn and the Kalamazoo Community Foundation. But the scope of The Kalamazoo Promise scholarship was simply stunning. Our daughter was just 6 weeks old when The Promise was announced in fall 2005. While I knew free tuition was an unbelievable gift, as a firsttime parent of a newborn, college was about the last thing on my mind. I was just trying to figure out how to change diapers, feed the baby and get five straight hours of sleep.

Feelings got stronger

But in the months that followed, as our daughter grew, so did a quiet yearning to get back to my home state of Michigan. My wife, Kristen, and I began to talk about the leaving Oak Park. It was a community we absolutely loved but one we knew we would have to let go in exchange for coming home and being closer to family. Our resolve to return to Michigan only strengthened after our son was born in the summer of 2007. Kalamazoo was the natural place for us to put down roots. Kristen grew up in South Haven while I was raised in Jackson, and most of our immediate family lives within 90 minutes. We met while we were students at Western Michigan University. Later, when I worked at The Gazette as a reporter, I often heard people say, “Kalamazoo is a great place to raise a family.” I believed them, although I didn’t understand what they meant until I had a family of my own.

The right thing to do

When we returned in 2008, it all seemed so obvious. There was so much to do for families and children, from the libraries to the museums to the festivals and parades. I had never visited the Air Zoo until I took my children. The same goes for the Kalamazoo Nature Center, an absolute treasure. And if I had been to the Kalamazoo Valley Museum as a young adult, it certainly wasn’t to visit the wonderful children’s room. We soon met other families in our neighborhood with a story similar to ours: Couple (with at least one spouse from Southwest Michigan) moves out of state for a seemingly adventurous place, has children, begins to long for home, returns and buys a house in Kalamazoo. For some, The Promise was the draw. For others, it was a sweetener. For us, it was more of a bonus. Family brought us back to Kalamazoo. And the Promise will help keep us here. Mickey Ciokajlo is community news director at The Gazette. Email:

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We’ll do our utmost to keep you informed


aul Keep, executive editor of print for MLive Media Group, writes this week — once again — that the MLive newspapers are not politically biased. And, once again, it is immediately apparent that no one believes him.

Almost immediately the commenters began arguing and attacking in an attempt to prove that no, in fact, the papers in the group are too liberal — or too conservative. That, of course, is exactly Keep’s point: As long as both sides sling accusations then news organizations are doing what they are designed to do, which is to inform from both sides. That, of course, is exactly Keep’s point: As long as both sides sling accusations then news organizations are doing what they are designed to do, which is to inform from both sides. But, here would be the more important point for everyone to consider in this discussion: If you feel that your media outlets are not serving your point of view well, what are you doing to ensure that you make yourself the most informed and involved voter possible? Because, ultimately, every voter is driving their own campaign bus and each person can decide where that bus goes and what it does. It can stay parked in the garage, it can drive new routes, it can pick up new passengers, the driver can talk to other drivers about alternate routes. This week there were plenty of opportunities to take a look at the people actually running: the first presidential debate was Wednesday evening and carried on a dozen television stations. The candidates were unfiltered and had the opportunity to lay out their plans for the country in their own words. Locally, MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette hosted a debate Wednesday between Scott Pierangeli and Jeffrey Getting, the two men running for Kalamazoo County Prosecutor. It was a lively discussion with each candidate clearly expressing different approaches to the way cases are settled. On Monday, at 7 p.m. at Western Michigan University’s Knauss Hall, we, along with WMUK 102.1 FM, will host a debate between Republican U.S. Rep. Fred Upton and his Democratic challenger Mike O’Brien. We will be hosting another debate in our news hub at

306 S. Kalamazoo Mall on Wednesday, Oct. 10, between Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller and challenger Ward Lawrence. On Oct. 17, we will host a forum in the hub with Kalamazoo County candidates for clerk, treasurer and drain commissioner. Not only are the debates open to the public, but the Gazette and WMUK has been actively soliciting questions from readers for the debates. In fact, most of the questions that we asked the candidates for prosecutor came from our readers. Opinion and endorsements aside, our role is one of education. We may have opinions but that does not necessarily mean we are trying to force readers to vote one way or the other. What we would prefer, is that readers make informed decisions, that they take the time to learn about the issues, meet the candidates, listen to the debates and respectfully consider both sides of an argument before going out and making a decision at the polls. We would like to give readers as many opportunities as possible to learn about the issues and the candidates, so we will host other forums, live chats, offer stories — and, yes, opinions and endorsements. But the opinions and endorsements are made in the hopes that you will consider them through your own informed views. And, then we hope, that you get to the polls to make your opinions known loud and clear. Speaking of which, Tuesday is the deadline to register to vote in the November general election. If you don’t register, you can’t vote. And, then, you have no right to complain about where the bus is going — or how it’s getting there.

On inauguration night for President Barack Obama, I was upset to find out the Republicans (including Pete Hoekstra) had a meeting. to decide to vote against anything that the president or Democrats put forward and to make Obama a one-term president. How does or did that help America? Well, I’m an independent who voted for the president and some Republicans. I encourage all who are tired of this waste of time to replace as many Republicans as possible. That means removing Fred Upton and not electing Hoekstra to the Senate. They have not had our best interest at heart. We need work done, and you can’t decide at the start to not care what is best for Americans, only what the party wants. This voter has had enough. BARBARA MOHNEY/Mattawan

Snyder has brought solid fiscal leadership Please join me in voting to re-elect Bo Snyder to the Portage school board. As a person who works with budgets and accounting, I am always interested in how candidates approach financial decisions. I have been pleased that, under Snyder’s leadership, the board has dealt reasonably and proactively with falling property values and lower state funding. During Snyder’s tenure, the district has also realized considerable savings by restructuring administration and deciding to close the old administration building. When I’ve talked with Snyder, I have been impressed with his knowledge of business, local governance, labor relations and finance. This has served Portage Public Schools well. I’m voting for Snyder, I hope you will too. BILL FURRY/Portage

Brickley has a direct approach to the law Having spent 30 years in the legal field, I have come to view judicial appointments by the governor’s office with great care. Quite often politics carry too much weight, and the results can be disappointing if not downright harmful. Sometimes the governor hits a home run, like with Judge Kathleen Brickley. I know from experience, sometimes adversarial, that Brickley knows the law, people, and her way around a courtroom. In private practice, Brickley showed a degree of common sense and dedication that is valued in the legal community. Her straightforward approach to representing her clients was always appreciated. When addressing the fair administration of justice she always displayed a similar approach to problem solving. No game playing, no nonsense, no waste of anyone’s time. Retain Judge Kathleen Brickley for Van Buren Circuit Court and give the community a solid foundation for the administration of justice. DAVID W. DEBACK/Kalamazoo

Rogers will show respect for all Julie Rogers serves as a physical therapist for Borgess Outpatient Rehab. Not only is she skilled as a therapist, but she treats all of her patients with courtesy and respect regardless of status or ability


A letter writer takes Pete Hoekstra, right, to task for Republican blocking of President Barack Obama’s initiatives.

to pay. She has served us well on the Borgess Diversity Council and works hard to support equality initiatives. We need to elect candidates like Rogers who will treat all citizens with dignity and fairness. Please join me in supporting Julie Rogers for Kalamazoo County Commissoner in the 5th District. ANDREW VANDERLIP/ Kalamazoo

Pierangeli understands what society requires I am writing this letter on behalf of Scott Pierangeli for Kalamazoo County prosecutor. I have known Pierangeli working as an assistant prosecuting attorney. He is sincere and compassionate for victim’s rights. He understands and appreciates the nuances of dealing with juvenile offenders, mentally challenged defendants and those whose addiction can drive them to commit crimes that they would not otherwise have done. Although, none of the above are excuses, they are important factors to consider when resolving charges. He realizes that victims want restitution, society wants consequences, and this all must be completed within the realm of financial constraints. Pierangeli has my vote, and I hope he has yours as well. DIANE HUNGERFORD/ Kalamazoo

Upton needs to be put out to pasture The election gives us the opportunity to assess Fred Upton as to whether he deserves re-election. I, for one, do not like the fact that Upton is a signature Grover Norquist puppet. After all, did we not elect Upton to represent us, the people of his district? Upton still supports one of the worst-rated nuclear power plants in the country. Yes, right in his district. Why doesn’t he use his position as head of the powerful energy committee to speed up decommissioning this facility? A thought, he should take the financial support given to him by Entergy and give the money back so it doesn’t appear he is on the take. Isn’t there already a natural gas plant across the highway able to take up the slack? I felt great pride when Upton was selected as a member of the “super committee” charged with the task of dealing with the incredible debt that was incurred during the Bush administration. This was his opportunity to shine, be a real statesman. Well again, Norquist influenced him like a puppet on a string. His vision would not allow him to rise above party politics in the best interest of his country, and the people of his district. I want a self-thinker who will represent the people of this district. Upton is

a perfect example of an incumbent needing to be pastured. DOUG KARMON/Kalamazoo

Moroz is best choice for 59th District We have worked with Mike Moroz for several years. Mike understands the struggles and needs of citizens. Moroz is a man of integrity and a proven leader. He is highly respected in the community and gives long hours to volunteering on community projects. We are especially impressed by his kindness and commitment. He is a very caring person who always has an open ear to listen to citizens. As he states, he is not a career politician like his opponent, and we believe he is the person to represent the 59th Michigan House district. On Nov. 6, we urge you to cast your vote for Mike Moroz for state representative. BEVERLY YOUNG/president, Village of Vandalia DEBORAH HACKWORTH/board member, Underground Railroad Society of Cass County

Student piece deserved the front page We enjoy the letters to the editor and columns very much and especially liked the article regarding students’ productivity. The article by Graham Barnard is so true and deserves attention. It should be on the front page in bold print. VIRGINIA M. GREEN/Portage

ELECTION LETTERS In the runup to the general election on Nov. 6, we welcome letters endorsing candidates and advocating on ballot issues. We also want to print as many letters as we receive. To help make that happen, we’re asking you to keep letters brief and send them in a timely manner. Please limit your endorsement to the single best reason you believe others should vote for your candidate or issue. Letters must arrive in our offices by Oct. 23. Those not meeting these guidelines will not be considered for publication. Email all Public Pulse letters to kzletters@mlive. com. Please include a name, address, hometown and phone number. (The address and phone number are for verification only.)

COMING OCT. 28 Voter’s Guide Ÿ See what state and local candidates have to say. Ÿ Compare the presidential candidates. Ÿ Understand the six statewide proposals and review the ballot language.




What color are your (political) reading glasses? Harshest critics of ‘bias’ often are seeing through red or blue lenses


llow me one more column about our alleged bias in the presidential election. Based on years of hearing from our more strident readers that we are both “too liberal” and at the same time “too conservative,” I’ve developed the theory that our content doesn’t change, but the way it is viewed by readers does. For example, in a really tight race, which this has been for most of this year, any perceived slight or favoritism is magnified in the eyes of the true believers on both sides. A routine story about the unemployment rate, played very straight, is immediately



EXECUTIVE EDITOR seized on as evidence of our “slant” or “bias.” I think most readers see it as information they should be receiving from us and that we let the “political fallout” chips scatter where they may. That’s the very definition of unbiased. A more dispassionate review of our content over the course of weeks and months would show we are indeed as balanced as we humanly can be.

One reader’s tally

Our critics view this content through their own political lenses, and this leads to the false charges of bias. Need a fresh example?


Here’s a pointed message I received from a reader in late September: “Today I got the Sunday paper expecting fair and unbiased coverage, but got: “3 pro-Romney articles, 0 pro-Obama articles “7 pro-Republican, 2 proObama “1 anti-Obama, 0 proDemocrat articles “2 photos of Mitt, 0 photos of Obama, 1 photo of Boehner, 0 photos of Dems” The reader concludes: “The other side needs to be represented.” I went back and looked at the same paper this reader, charging us with Republican bias, was reacting to and this is what I found: Ÿ “Negative” Romney story on his tax deductions on Page A3. Ÿ “Negative” Obama story headlined: “Hiring still lagging across nation” on

Page A3. Ÿ Neutral Associated Press issues piece on tax policy with both Obama and Romney included on Page A3. Ÿ Neutral AP story on how the Congress is seeking direction from the presidential result on Page A3. Ÿ “Positive” Obama story headlined: “Higher stock prices help Americans regain wealth” on Page A4. Ÿ “Positive” Obama story about Census data showing the economy getting better on Page A4. Ÿ Two AP issues stories on policy with both candidates represented on Page A5. Ÿ “Negative” Romney story about his push to attract Hispanic voters, which said he was “on the defensive” on Page A6. Ÿ “Positive” Romney story headlined “Schuette upbeat



about Romney’s chances” on Page A10. Ÿ Neutral story about the Libertarian candidate for president on Page A10. Ÿ A Perspectives section page that included George Will (pro-Romney) and E.J. Dionne (pro-Obama) columns, plus two proObama editorial cartoons and one pro-Romney and one neutral cartoon. Notice my use of quote marks around the words negative and positive. This is my attempt to inject what the perception of each story might be when it comes to impact on the presidential candidates. On this particular day, which amounts to just a snapshot of our total coverage, we published 17 items related to the presidential election: Ÿ Seven arguably pro-Obama pieces.



Foreign, tax policy leave him an opening against Obama. Will he take it? In mid-September 2008, Lehman Brothers collapsed and the bottom fell out of the financial system. Barack Obama handled it coolly. John McCain did not. Obama won the presidency. (Given the country’s condition, he would have won anyway. But this sealed it.) Four years later, midSeptember 2012, the U.S. mission in Benghazi went up in flames, as did Obama’s entire Middle East policy of apology and accommodation. Obama once again played it cool, effectively ignoring the attack and the regionwide American humiliation. “Bumps in the road,” he said. Nodding tamely were the mainstream media, who would have rained a week of vitriol on Mitt Romney had he so casually dismissed the murder of a U.S. ambassador, the raising of the black Salafist flag over four U.S. embassies and the epidemic of virulent anti-American demonstrations from Tunisia to Sri Lanka (!) to Indonesia. Obama seems not even to understand what happened. He responded with a groveling address to the U.N. General Assembly that contained no less than six denunciations of a crackpot video, while offering cringe-


KRAUTHAMMER OPINION worthy platitudes about the need for governments to live up to the ideals of the United Nations. The United Nations being an institution of surpassing cynicism and mendacity, the speech was so naive it would have made a fine middleschool commencement address. Instead, it was a plaintive plea by the world’s alleged superpower to be treated nicely by a roomful of the most corrupt, repressive, tinpot regimes on Earth. Yet Romney totally fumbled away the opportunity. Here was a chance to make the straightforward case about where Obama’s feckless approach to the region’s tyrants has brought us, connecting the dots of the disparate attacks as a natural response of the more virulent Islamist elements to a oncehegemonic power in retreat. Instead, Romney did two things: He issued a two-sentence critique of the initial statement issued by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on the day the mob attacked. The critique was not only correct but vindicated when the State Department disavowed the embassy statement. However, because the critique was not framed

within a larger argument about the misdirection of U.S. Middle East policy, it could be — and was — characterized as a partisan attack on the nation’s leader at a moment of national crisis. Two weeks later at the Clinton Global Initiative, Romney did make a foreignpolicy address. Here was his opportunity. What did he highlight? Reforming foreign aid. Yes, reforming foreign aid! A worthy topic for a chin-pulling joint luncheon of the League of Women Voters and the Council on Foreign Relations. But as the core of a challenger’s major foreign-policy address amid a Lehman-like collapse of the Obama Doctrine? It makes you think how far ahead Romney would be if he actually were running a campaign. His unwillingness to go big, to go for the larger argument, is simply astonishing. For six months, he’s been matching Obama small ball for small ball. A hit-and-run critique here, a slogan-of-theweek there. His only momentum came when he chose Paul Ryan and seemed ready to engage on the big stuff: Medicare, entitlements, tax reform, national solvency, a restructured welfare state. Yet he has since retreated to the small and safe. When you’re behind, however, safe is fatal. Even his counterpunching has gone miniature. Obama has

successfully painted Romney as an out-of-touch, unfeeling plutocrat whose only interest is to cut taxes for the rich. Romney has complained in interviews that it’s not true. He has proposed cutting tax rates, while pledging that the share of the tax burden paid by the rich remains unchanged (by “broadening the base” as in the wildly successful, revenue-neutral Reagan-O’Neill tax reform of 1986). But how many people know this? Where is the speech that hammers home precisely that point, advocates a reformed tax code that accelerates growth without letting the rich off the hook, and gives lie to the Obama demagoguery about dismantling the social safety net to enrich the rich? Romney has accumulated tons of cash for 30-second ads. But unless they’re placed on the scaffolding of serious speeches making the larger argument, they will be treated as nothing more than tit for tat. Make the case. Go large. About a foreign policy in ruins. About an archaic, 20thcentury welfare state model that guarantees 21st-century insolvency. And about an alternate vision of an unapologetically assertive America abroad unafraid of fundamental structural change at home. It might just work. And it’s not too late. Email: letters@charleskrauthammer. com

Email Paul M. Keep, executive editor of print for MLive Media Group, at

Romney may hit the ‘blue wall’ Electoral College has favored Democrats since Clinton

Memo to Mitt: Go big or go home

Ÿ Four arguably pro-Romney pieces. Ÿ Six arguably neutral pieces not favoring either candidate. Hard to see this as a group of stories selected with an intent to hurt the prospects of Obama. Nor should it be presumed that the stories were selected to boost Obama. It was one day’s newspaper, folks! But in the eyes of this reader, ANY positive mention of Romney is equated with bias on the part of the presenter of that information. Our job is to give our readers both sides — all sides. My “fair and balanced” conclusion: It’s the height of the political silly season, and we make a convenient target.

f we elected the president by popular vote, we would have heard some different spin going into the debates. With the election looking closer in the national polls than it does in the swing states, the pressure on Mitt Romney from his party and the pundits alike would have been rather less demanding. In one sense, this is surprising. Our antiquated Electoral College actually gives Republicans an advantage. By guaranteeing every state three electors regardless of population, the system offers outsized influence to smaller, mostly Republican rural states. In 2000, George W. Bush lost the popular vote to Al Gore. Bush became president not only because the Supreme Court awarded him Florida but also because sparsely populated Western states, from the Dakotas through the Rockies and up to Alaska, boosted his Electoral College total. In 2012, the system is working in President Barack Obama’s favor. If all the pundit talk during the Reagan years was of an “Electoral College lock” for the GOP, the lock has rusted into uselessness since Bill Clinton first picked it in 1992. Instead, we have what National Journal writer Ron Brownstein has aptly dubbed the “blue wall,” because Democrats now have more states reliably in their corner than the Republicans do. Since 1992, Democrats have never received fewer than 251 electoral votes. In the same period, Republicans averaged just under 167 electoral votes in the three elections they lost. Obama starts with a bigger electoral vote base and thus has more paths to victory than Romney. There are ample grounds for wariness of sweeping structural explanations. A case can be made that Obama is doing well in the swing states for reasons having more to do with the campaign than with any wall. The president and his allied super PAC have simply been more focused and disciplined than the Romney efforts. Bill Burton, the pro-Obama Priorities USA Action, argues that entities advertising on Romney’s behalf have put forth a cacophony of themes and messages. Broader trends are making the blue wall thicker. As John Judis and Ruy Teixeira argued in their prescient 2002 book,



“The Emerging Democratic Majority,” Republicans were becoming increasingly a party of older, white Americans at the very moment when the country was becoming much more diverse. Romney’s hard line on immigration, which has left him with an anemic share of the Latino vote, has deepened his predicament. Faced with their weakness among African-Americans and Latinos, whose share of the vote is steadily growing, Republicans need to win about 60 percent of all white votes to get to a majority. This is difficult because significant groups of white voters, notably the overlapping groups of younger voters and professional and technical workers, have been driven away from the GOP in part by its social conservatism. This problem is aggravated by the Democrats’ strength, especially pronounced this year, among women. All these factors play back into the Electoral College. The power of the Latino vote took states that had been reasonably friendly to the Republicans at the presidential level — Nevada and Colorado, for example — and made them swing states. Southern states such as Virginia, North Carolina and Florida are no longer Republican-leaning because a combination of African-Americans, Latinos and new migrants in the white professional class has transformed their demography. In the meantime, the same factors have put states that once were competitive — including big prizes California and Illinois — firmly into the Democrats’ presidential camp. Nearly four decades ago, Lawrence O’Brien, the legendary Democratic operative, wrote a memoir whose title, “No Final Victories,” embodies one of the best aspects of democracy. In free nations, political triumphs are provisional and those who lose today have a chance of prevailing tomorrow. That’s why there is no electoral wall so durable that it can’t be demolished eventually. Someday, necessity will force Republicans to come to terms with their problems among blacks, Latinos, younger professionals and women. But for now, Mitt Romney’s trouble in reaching outside the GOP’s comfort zone is making his Electoral College problem even more daunting. Email:




Election a referendum on Romney BLOOMBERG NEWS


hatever happened to, “He’s a nice guy, he just isn’t up to the job”? That was Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s initial critique of President Barack Obama — employing the challenger’s usual strategy of making the campaign a referendum on the incumbent. What a good way to put it. Said more in sorrow than in anger, this statement allowed Romney to play the father disappointed in his well-meaning teenage son, who had driven the family car (or in this case, the economy) into a ditch. It displayed no disdain for the president (that can be done at private fundraisers). It allowed voters to separate the president, whom many still liked, from his presidency, which most disapproved of. With unemployment stuck at more than 8 percent,



weak growth, millions of homeowners still underwater and a general feeling no one is better off than he or she was four years ago, the theory went, voters would be more than willing to take a chance on the new guy. But a couple of things happened to that strategy along the way to Election Day: One was named Paul Ryan, and the other was Mitt Romney. Romney initially found himself playing defense because of the Obama campaign’s early advertising. This barrage helped to define Romney as a founder of Bain Capital, a company that made profits from firing workers and shutting down

companies, with Romney nonetheless taking his share of those profits, some of which were stashed in havens in the Cayman Islands, although we couldn’t be sure how much because he wouldn’t release all his tax returns. With the argument no longer viable that Romney would do for the United States what Bain did for the private sector, he looked to other lines on his resume. They were more trouble than they were worth. He had two big opportunities to turn the election back into a referendum: his choice for his running mate and the convention. But by choosing Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, an archconservative famous for his draconian budgets, Romney made the race even more about Romney. Yes, Ryan might help Romney secure his base — which was (and still is)

suspicious the flip-flopper has permanently settled on its side — and he might help Romney answer critics declaiming him for not being specific about what he would do in office. Yet Romney found himself explaining what Ryan would be doing in office. The Ryan Plan to address the federal deficit was famous; there was no such famous Romney Plan. When Romney realized just what was in Ryan’s plan, he flipped like a seal. He said he and Ryan would be running on the Romney budget — whatever that is — not the one cooked up by deficit hawks in Congress, and on his Medicare-reform plan — whatever that is — not one that would alter Medicare drastically and cut it by $716 billion. Romney blew his vicepresidential choice. The election was no more a referendum on Obama than it had been before Ryan’s

selection. Surely Romney could get his campaign back to its core message at the Republican National Convention, where he would be executive producer, director and star. He spectacularly didn’t. The great manager didn’t manage his convention. As he limped out of Tampa, Fla., after two failed attempts to regain control of his campaign, he was hit with something he couldn’t control: a videotape of remarks to a gathering of fellow plutocrats. In an impressive display of efficiency, he insulted 47 percent of Americans in one fell swoop, some of whom no doubt labor in one of his many houses or are building his car elevator. To Romney they are self-described victims, failing to take responsibility for themselves, waiting for government handouts. How could someone whose stock in trade was his very

CEO-ness let things get so bad? Romney probably has been thinking about running for president for more than 40 years, since his father’s defeat in 1968. He has spent the better part of the last six years actually running for president. Yet he has managed to bungle the main message of his campaign. Now the election is a referendum not on the incumbent, but on the challenger. And Romney has to show he is more competent than his campaign. He has to show he understands the lives of the people he would lead (or is “likeable enough,” as Obama said of Hillary Clinton), and that he is the better person to run the country. Romney brought this burden on himself. As for Obama? All he has to do is show Romney might be a nice guy, but he just isn’t up to the job.


Arnold’s new bio book: ‘Total Reprobate’ TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES

“You can’t run from your mistakes. You have to confront them.” — Arnold Schwarzenegger


elieve it or not, there was a time when people didn’t go on TV to confess their sins. That was back when most understood what sin was, before everything became excusable, especially for celebrities and the politically powerful. Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is on a media tour promoting his book, “Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story.” It certainly is. On “60 Minutes,” in USA Today and elsewhere, Schwarzenegger acknowledges affairs with women not his wife and the



son he fathered with their housekeeper. He calls it all a “mistake.” No, a mistake is something far less consequential. Claiming you’ve been to “all 57 states,” as President Barack Obama said during the 2008 campaign, is a mistake. Does “mistake” best describe Arnold’s behavior? For certain readers, definitions may help. defines a “mistake” as “an error in action, calculation, opinion or judgment caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, insufficient knowledge, etc.” Let’s pick another word — “fornication” — and consider

its definition: “voluntary sexual intercourse between two unmarried persons or two persons not married to each other.” It’s an oldfashioned word that has fallen out of favor, but doesn’t it describe Schwarzenegger’s behavior better than “mistake”? If you prefer a definition with some moral force, it is “sexual immorality in general, especially adultery.” Perhaps the saddest moment in the “60 Minutes” interview with Lesley Stahl is a video of Schwarzenegger’s wife, Maria Shriver, defending him when he was accused of groping several women. Shriver basically testifies to her husband’s character when she says she has spent more time with him than the few moments his accusers claim they spent, implying she knows he doesn’t do stuff like

this. Given Schwarzenegger’s piggish behavior, Shriver’s role as a character witness for a man who clearly has none is painful to watch. One of the criticisms of the Republican Schwarzenegger when he became governor was that he quickly moved to the left from his mostly conservative-sounding campaign themes. He blamed the Democratic majority in the California Assembly. So much for sticking to political principles. Schwarzenegger’s interviews reveal a man without a moral center. He didn’t admit to fathering his housekeeper’s son until after he left office, reportedly during a session with a marriage counselor. Lesley Stahl asked him why he didn’t tell Maria about the affair. “I didn’t know how,” he said. Sure he did. It’s something

like Lauren Bacall telling Humphrey Bogart how to whistle in “To Have and Have Not.” He simply had to open his mouth and tell her. Was it political expediency that kept him quiet? What other explanation could there be? Does he care nothing about his children and the message he has sent them? Apparently not, or he would have behaved more responsibly. Next up is Monica Lewinsky. She is reportedly writing a book about her liaisons with Bill Clinton. “Affair” doesn’t seem the right word for assignations so transitory, does it? What additional detail does the public need to have? Those we were given were sleazy enough to prompt mothers to shield young children to from news coverage for months on end. Lewinsky’s writing the book for the money.

Apparently, the handbags she designed failed to catch on. Richard Nixon couldn’t get away with “mistakes were made” when his press secretary, Ron Ziegler, tried explaining the Watergate affair. But Arnold Schwarzenegger thinks he can get away with this. In today’s “anything goes” climate, maybe he’s right. The cultural condemnation for this behavior long ago went into retreat. Still, if you want to support fidelity while showing disapproval for Schwarzenegger’s behavior, don’t buy his book, or Monica’s. Schwarzenegger’s book might have been more accurately titled, “Total Reprobate.” Reprobate: “A depraved, unprincipled or wicked person.” Email Cal Thomas at tmseditors@

ENTERTAINMENT SECTION Sunday, October 7, 2012


Kalamazoo Gazette

Director Tim Burton: Scores with ‘Frankenweenie’ film. PAGE F5





ALAMAZOO — The West Michigan Glass Art Center will be looking to celebrate, show off its new furnace and have a little fun on Wednesday. The WMGAC will hold a party from 6-10 p.m. Wednesday at the studio space on the first floor of the Park Trades Center, 326 W. Kalamazoo Ave., Suite 100, to toast its 10th year anniversary. The event will feature live glassblowing, food, drinks, a silent auction and the classic rock band, Bambi & the Matrix. “We wanted to celebrate ... We are a thriving nonprofit. We’ve grown a lot since the economy fell. We’ve gotten so much community support from foundations and guests. We’ve been growing and moved down to this bigger space,” executive director Rebecca Boase said. In 2010, the WMGAC went from four studios in the Park Trades Center to one massive studio space on the first floor that houses several furnaces, studio space and rooms for the variety of classes it offers. The new furnace, installed in July, holds 385 pounds of molten glass. It more than doubles the capacity of the furnace it replaced (175 pounds). The new furnace, made possible by a pair of grants, allows the WMGAC to offer more classes and requires far

less maintenance from studio manager Mike Fortin. Boase said the interest in glassblowing — either taking classes or observing demonstrations — makes up about 50 percent of what the WMGAC does. Part of Wednesday’s event will be a fundraiser to help to repay remaining costs of installing the furnace, Boase said. People who attend Wednesday’s event will be able to see the new furnace in action, as there will be a live-action glassblowing auction, during which people can bid on objects as they’re being formed from a “glob o’ glass” to a bowl or vase, said Sherry Trautman, marketing coordinator for the WMGAC. She said the artists will create works based on

audience reaction, feedback. If someone yells out they want a glass goblet, chances are the glassblowers will cater to the request, Trautman said. “I think that’s going to be a lot of fun,” she said. Trautman said she expects seven pieces to be created for the live auction. There will also be a silent auction of pieces made by the WMGAC instructors during previous demonstrations. Trautman said there will be “quite a few” items in a variety of forms. The WMGAC will utilize the space behind the building for food and beverages. The back door will be open, so people can easily move between the two spaces, Trautman said. For details, call 269-552-9802 or go to

IF YOU GO West Michigan Glass Art Center’s 10th anniversary


At top, Michael Fortin, studio manager/instructor at West Michigan Glass Art Center, demonstrates the steps for making a glass bowl to a class. Above, a finished glass art piece from the center, which is hosting a 10th anniversary event on Wednesday.

What: Live-action glassblowing, food, drinks, silent auction and live classic rock band When: 6-10 p.m. Wednesday Where: West Michigan Glass Art Center, 326 W. Kalamazoo Ave., suite 100 Cost: $10 ($10 per plate for food; $10 for two drinks) Contact: 260-552-9802,

Author reflects on sweet sounds of silence Writer calls himself an ‘honest pilgrim’ BY JOHN LIBERTY JLIBERT1@MLIVE.OCM

KALAMAZOO — In the midst of an election season and with the constant presence of technology, listening can be a lost art. In New York Times bestselling author Mark Nepo’s new book, “Seven Thousand Ways to Listen,” the Kalamazoo writer shares the importance of reflection. He will appear at a pair of events in the coming weeks in support of the book. Nepo points to great spiritual leaders of all faiths who receive information, reflect and then speak. This method is rare today, especially considering the instantaneous nature of technology and a culture racing to keep up with it. Take, for example, the current political climate, specifically the debates. If one of the candidates pauses momentarily to ponder his answer to a question, it’s likely the television pundits will pounce. “Everybody is shouting over each other and very few people are really listening. In

fact, silence is mistaken for uncertainty rather than true reflection,” he said during a phone interview. Regardless of party, the way people communicate needs to improve for the betterment of the country, said Nepo, 61. “The problems that we face in our age require the best of everyone and that means no one opinion or view will be enough to help us through these times. We need the best of everyone. We need to learn by listening how to put those best elements together. That’s the challenge of our age,” he said. Nepo, a poet, philosopher and cancer survivor who has appeared with Oprah Winfrey on OWN TV’s “Super Soul Sunday,” calls his work “inquiries that I put together as books.” “All writers, whether they admitted it or not, write about what we need to learn. I don’t write because I have some answers here … this is the way I learn. Looking back, this is my 13th book, I can see a clear growth pattern. Before I wrote any of these, I had no idea where it was going.” This applies to “Seven Thousand Ways to Listen,” Nepo said. While working on this book, Nepo said his hearing began to deteriorate. The cause goes

back 25 years ago when he received chemotherapy to treat cancer. The treatment damaged the hair in his inMark Nepo ner ear. He’s not deaf, but sustained “significant hearing loss.” “What I’m trying to do and what I’m committed to, which comes out of my cancer journey, I want to offer readers and listeners a way to personalize any insights that might seem helpful, to personalize them into their daily lives,” Nepo said. “My hope is, as with all of my books, my commitment of being an honest pilgrim, that what I share and discover will invite people to discover their own gifts and wisdom.” In the structure of the book, Nepo injects quotes, passages and “reflective pauses,” which includes meditations and journal questions. As the readers makes their way through the book, they are being asked to slow down and reflect, or listen to themselves. Nepo embraces technology, but he warns when “the objects take over.” Both the body

IF YOU GO Mark Nepo appearances BOOK DISCUSSION

When: 7 p.m. Friday Where: Transformations Spiritual Center, 3427 Gull Road, Kalamazoo Township Cost: $25 Contact: 269-381-6290


When: Saturday Where: Transformations Spiritual Center Cost: $175, includes admission Oct. 12 reading


When: 7 p.m. Nov. 13 Where: Stetson Chapel, Kalamazoo College campus Cost: Free Contact: 269-337-7047

and the mind need exercise, or “spiritual and mental aerobics,” he said. “The technology is amazing and I wouldn’t want to give it up, but in the same way — you’ve

heard the expression water will fill in any hole — if we don’t have values we live by or exercise care and compassion and awareness, the default values of the technology with fill the

holes in us,” he said. “If we don’t need it and fill it with our humanity, it cuts short, by its very nature, the time necessary for reflection or the time to need to feel.”





OCT. 12 - 28


“The Great ZooBoo,” Binder Park Zoo, 7400 Division Drive, Battle Creek. Wed-Fri, 5-8 pm; Sat & Sun, 1-8 pm. Info:

“His Harmony Southern Gospel Ensemble,” Richland First Presbyterian Church, 8047 Church Street, Richland. 3 pm. Info: 269629-4944.

OCT. 12 - 31

“Weekend Hauntings,” New Salem Corn Maze, 4516 24th Street, Dorr. Mon-Wed, Fri-Sun, 11 am-11 pm. Info: 681-2342.

OCT. 7-19

“Audition Notice - Bach Festival Chorus Alto Lead Singer,” Dalton Theatre, Kalamazoo College, 1200 Academy Street, Kalamazoo. Free. Info: 269-337-7407.

OCT. 13

“Michigan Fiddlers’ Association Jamboree,” Barry County Commission on Aging, 320 W. Woodlawn Ave, Hastings. 5 pm. Info: 269/948-4856.

OCT. 11

“Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers,” Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo. 9:30 pm. $10. Info: 269-382-2332.

OCT. 13

OCT. 12

“The Crane Wives,” Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo. 9:30 pm. Info:

“Legally Blonde the Musical,” Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, 329 S Park St, Kalamazoo. Sun, 2 pm; Fri & Sat, 8 pm. $19-$23. Info: 269343-1313.

“David Lloyd,” London Grill, 214 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo. Info: home.htm.

OCT. 7-21

“Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique,” Miller Auditorium, 1903 W. Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo. 8 pm. Info: “Therron Kokales,” Wild Bull Saloon & Steak Pit, 139 S. Edwards St., Kalamazoo. 9 pm. Info: www.

OCT. 12-13

“Late Show: Dan Reinbold and Sami Mikesell,” Monaco Bay Dueling Piano Bar & Grill, 310 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo. Fri & Sat. Info:

OCT. 12-20

“Dinner Show: Sami Mikesell,” Monaco Bay Dueling Piano Bar & Grill, 310 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo. Fri & Sat. Info: www.

OCT. 12-27

“DJ & Dancing,” Wild Bull Saloon & Steak Pit, 139 S. Edwards St., Kalamazoo. Fri & Sat, 11 pm. Info:

OCT. 13

“Strange Arrangement,” Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo. 9:30 pm. Info: “Kalamazoo Concert Band,” Chenery Auditorium, 714 S. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo. 7:30 pm. Free. Info: 269-806-6597. “Shindig at the Hayloft,” Hayloft Theatre, 7334 Garden Lane, Portage. 7 pm. $12-$15. Info: 269/329 4555 or 269-329-4522. “80’s Inc.,” Kalamazoo State Theatre, 404 S Burdick S, Kalamazoo. 8 pm. $15, $13 w/WRKR or State VIP Club Card. $17/$15 Day of Show. Info: “Michigan Festival of Sacred Music Dinner and Concert,” St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 247 W. Lovell St., Kalamazoo. 5:30-7:30 pm. Info: “The Brian Randall Band,” Wild Bull Saloon & Steak Pit, 139 S. Edwards St., Kalamazoo. 9 pm. Info:

OCT. 13, 17-18

“Crispin Bocanegra,” FireKeepers Casino, 11177 East Michigan Ave., Battle Creek. Wed, Sat. Info: 877352-8777.



“Jericho Street Parables,” Red Barn Theater, 3657 63rd St., Saugatuck. 2 pm. Info:


“The Woman in Black,” New Vic Theatre, 134 E. Vine St. , Kalamazoo. Info: 269-381-3328.


“Fuddy Meers,” York Arena, 1903 W. Michigan Ave. , Kalamazoo. 2 pm. $5-$20. Info: 269-387-6222.

OCT. 7-14

“A Bad Year for Tomatoes,” Beckwith Theatre, 100 New York Ave. , Dowagiac. Sun, 2 pm; Fri & Sat, 7 pm. Info: 269-782-7653.

“Fall Fun Fest Day,” Coughlin Park, Culver Street , Saugatuck. 11 am-4 pm. Info: www.

“The Woman in Black” / New Vic Theatre / Thru Nov. 3

“Gabrial James,” FireKeepers Casino, 11177 East Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek. Info: 877-352-8777.

“The Spitfire Grill,” Farmers Alley Theatre, 221 Farmers Alley, Kalamazoo. Sun, 2 pm; Thu-Sat, 8 pm. $31-$27. Info: 269-217-0610.

OCT. 11-21

“The Three Musketeers,” Shaw Theatre, 1903 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo. Thu-Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $5-$20. Info: theatre/season-tickets/box-office/.

OCT. 12-21

“Death of a Salesman,” Epic Theatre, 359 South Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo. Fri & Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. Info: 269/349-1035.

OCT. 12-27

“The Imaginary Invalid,” Parish Theatre, 426 S. Park St. , Kalamazoo. Fri & Sat, 8 pm; Thu, 7:30 pm; Sun, 2 pm. $19-$23. Info: 269/343–1313.

OCT. 13

“Barstool Philosophers and Roxy Bellows,” The Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks. 8 pm. Info:

OCT. 13, 20 AND 27

“Feats of Magic and Amazing Puppetry,” American Legion Theater, 248 Mason St, Saugatuck. Sat. $10. Info:


“ArtHop: The Work of Heather Boersma,” Caffee Casa, 128 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo.


“35th Annual Gallery Stroll Weekend,” Downtown Saugatuck, Water Street and Main Street. noon5 pm. Info: 269-857-1701. “Mixed Messages,” Water Street Gallery, 98 Center St., Douglas. noon-5 pm. Info: 269-857-8485.

OCT. 7-14

“The Corning Museum Hot Glass Roadshow,” Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 Park St. Info:

OCT. 7-19

“Youth Exhibit,” Saniwax Gallery at the Park Trades Center, 326 W. Kalamazoo Ave. Suite 214, Kalamazoo. Info: www.

OCT. 11

“Up Close: Helen Frankenthaler’s Blues,” Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 Park St., Kalamazoo. 6:30 pm. Info:

OCT. 12

“Brilliant Glass-Art Scholars for Adults,” Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 Park St., Kalamazoo. Info: www.


“Angels With Dirty Faces,” Red Barn Theater, 3657 63rd Street, Saugatuck. 7 pm. Info: 269/8575300.

OCT. 10-11

“Last Call at the Oasis,” Riviera Theatre, 50 N. Main St., Three Rivers. Wed & Thu, 8:30 pm. Info: 269-2788068.

OCT. 12 - 14

“The Kalamazoo Film Society presents “Robot and Frank”,” Little Theater, 1201 Oakland Dr. , Kalamazoo. 5, 7 and 9 pm; Sat, 4:30, 7 and 9 pm; Sun, 2:30, 5 and 7 pm. All seats $5. Info: 269/387-8221.

OCT. 27

“Rocky Horror Picture Show,” Kalamazoo State Theatre, 404 S Burdick S, Kalamazoo. 8 pm. $10. Info:



“Bangor Harvest Festival,” Downtown Bangor. Info: 269-4275831.

OCT. 7-31

“Harvest Moon Gathering,” Downtown South Haven, Phoenix Street and Hubbard Street. Info: 269-637-5252.

OCT. 12 - 14

“Fall Fest,” Downtown South Haven, Phoenix Street and Hubbard Street. Fri-Sun. Info: 269-637-5171.

OCT. 13 - 14

“Goose Festival,” Downtown Fennville, Maple Street. Sat & Sun. Info: 269-561-8321.

OCT. 13 - 28

“The Haunted Hallows,” Olde World Village, 13215 M-96 Augusta Dr., Augusta. Sat & Sun, 8 pmmidnight. $10. Info: 810-834-4294.

OCT. 20

OCT. 13

OCT. 12 - 14

“Holiday Boutique Arts & Crafts Show,” The Kalamazoo Valley Community College Texas Campus, 6767 W. O Ave., Kalamazoo. 9 am-3 pm. Free. Info: 269/327-5373.

“Alumni Art Show,” Downtown Fennville, Maple Street. Fri-Sun. Info:

OCT. 12 AND 19



“Cranes Corn Maze,” Crane Orchards, 6054 124th Avenue, Fennville. Sat & Sun. Info: www.


“Chili in the Park Cook-Off,” Leo J. Burch Park, West Clay Street, Schoolcraft. 1-3 pm. Info: www.

“Middleville Chili Cook Off,” Downtown Middleville, 100 Main St., Middleville. 4-6 pm. Info: 269/9484856.

OCT. 12, 19 AND 26

OCT. 13

“Comstock Lions Club Bingo,” Kalamazoo County Expo Center & Fairground, 2900 Lake St., Kalamazoo. Fri, 6:30 pm. Info: 269/383-8778.

“Fall Stamp and Cover Show,” Kalamazoo County Expo Center & Fairground, 2900 Lake St., Kalamazoo. 10 am-5 pm. Free. Info: 269/375-6188.

OCT. 12-27

OCT. 13

OCT. 12 - 27

“Halloween Haunted Barn at the Red Barn, Saugatuck,” Red Barn Theater, 3657 63rd Street, Saugatuck. Fri & Sat, 7 pm. Only $5. Info: 269-857-5300.

OCT. 7 - 28

“October Cider Sundays,” Bowens Mill, Briggs Road and Bowens Mill Road, Yankee Springs. Sat & Sun. Info: 269/795-7530.

OCT. 13

“Middleville Farmer’s Market,” Parking lot, 100 E. Main St., Middleville. Fri. Info: 269/795-3385.

“Cranes Haunted Maze & 3D Barn,” Crane Orchards, 6054 124th Avenue, Fennville. Fri & Sat, 5-10 pm. Info:

“Kalamazoo Gun & Knife Show,” Kalamazoo County Expo Center & Fairground, 2900 Lake St., Kalamazoo. $6/adults, Free/12 and under with adult. Info: 517-676-4160.

“Fall In Middleville,” Downtown Middleville, 100 Main St., Middleville. 4-6 pm. Info: 269/948-4856.

“SW Michigan Postcard Club Show and Sale,” Kalamazoo County Expo Center & Fairground, 2900 Lake St., Kalamazoo. 10 am-5 pm. $2/adults, Free/16 & under. Info: 269/375-6188.

OCT. 13

“Weekend Kalamazoo Indoor Flea & Farmers Market,” Kalamazoo County Expo Center & Fairground, 2900 Lake St., Kalamazoo. 8 am-3 pm. Info: 269/383-8778.

OCT. 8

“Live the Life you Have,” Transformations Spirituality Center, 3427 Gull Rd., Kalamazoo. 9 am-4 pm. Info: 269/381-6290.

Kalamazoo Concert Band Dr. Thomas G. Evans, Conductor

OCT. 8 - JAN. 7


“Mother Goose Storytime,” Leighton Township Library, 4451 12th St., Moline. Mon, 10:30-11:30 am. Info: 877-4143.

OCT. 8 - JAN. 28

“Kinection,” Leighton Township Library, 4451 12th St., Moline. Mon, 3:30-5 pm. Info: 877-4143.

OCT. 9

“Homeschool Science Afternoon - Trees and Forests,” Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, 701 W. Cloverdale Rd., Hastings. 1-3 pm. $8/nonmembers, $5/members. Info: 269/721-4190.

OCT. 9 - 31

“Kalamazoo Indoor Flea & Farmers Market,” Kalamazoo County Expo Center & Fairground, 2900 Lake St., Kalamazoo. Tue & Wed, 8 am-2 pm. Info: 269/383-8778.

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OCT. 8 - 29

“Museworthy Models,” South Haven Center for the Arts, 600 Phoenix Street, South Haven. Mon, 7-9 pm. $70/six sessions, $15/dropin. Info:

OCT. 8 - 29

“Creative Kids After School Arts Academy,” South Haven Center for the Arts, 600 Phoenix Street, South Haven. Mon. $10. Info: www.

OCT. 9-30

“Drawing to Exercise Your Brain,” South Haven Center for the Arts, 600 Phoenix Street, South Haven. Tue, 6-8 pm. $60/nonmembers, $54/members. Info: www.

OCT. 10

“Art League Lecture: Glass by Richard Jolley and Tommie Rush,” Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 Park St., Kalamazoo. Info: “A Decade’s Desire For Fire,” West Michigan Glass Art Center, 326 West Kalamazoo Avenue, Suite 100, Kalamazoo. 6 pm. $10 cover fee. Info:

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Renaissance that is ArtPrize

Above, lanterns fill the sky in downtown Grand Rapids as part of “Lights in the Night” during ArtPrize at Ah-NabAwen Park. Below, Paloma Varga Weisz’s “Untitled” is part of ArtPrize at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. ArtPrize ends today.

Art critic, teacher sees parallels to 15th century Florence, Italy

During this same period, I have also been teaching a course on Renaissance art at Aquinas College, which means an extensive encounter with Florence, Italy. Making my way from the Ford Museum to Cathedral Square the other day, the reality that the ArtPrize footprint in downtown Grand Rapids and that of Renaissance Florence are roughly the same size came to mind. Fifteenth century Florence is one of the undisputed pinnacles in human civilization. Although benefiting from a solid financial base, it was art that set the community afire and attracted the world’s attention. Some of the greatest masters of all time are associated with this moment in history: Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo, among others. Much of the work was available to the public and the discussions about art and ideas were a true staple of life for most Florentines from the working class upward. Whether you were a baker or banker, prelate or prince, art was a part of your daily life and informed your existence. It’s not that 21st century Grand Rapids can compete with Renaissance Florence, but it can certainly learn from it. Perhaps it can aspire toward it, and ArtPrize has the potential to be of great assistance on the journey. It brings art to the public, and it engages most in some level of conversation. The key to the success across the 15th century, was singularly the quality of the artwork and the community’s recognition thereof. The quality of the artwork has sustained Florence for 600 years and continues to attract tourists in the millions every year. Not bad for a midsize city with a walkable center not much larger than Grand Rapids. Quality of work and quality of conversation are of seminal importance for ArtPrize and the cultural wellbeing of Grand Rapids. Period. The board and staff of ArtPrize took a bold, healthy step forward this year with the addition of the juried awards. Although there was slight overlap between art world opinion and the popular vote when it came down to it, there seemed to be a fair degree of community willingness to listen and investigate. It would be healthy and wise to build on this momentum. Push the pendulum more forcefully in that direction, knowing that it is better for the city itself as well as its reputation from the outside world. There is no doubt that the each of the exhibition centers raised the bar even higher for the community this year as did a few of the smaller venues. Many had numerous works of great consequence even if very few ended up on anybody’s list. There was some quality visually, but perhaps even more so intellectually and conceptually. There weren’t many overtly political heavy-hitters, which was surprising in an election year, but there were some poignant explorations of issues on the environment, consumerism, gender, sexual orientation, social inequities and personal




Early Music Michigan Farrell Ballet Theatre


“Specimen,” by Wes McGee and Catie Newell, at Site:Lab.

anxiety. It wasn’t always pretty or easy to fully comprehend, but neither is life itself. There is no doubt that there was still a significant amount of, well, not so good stuff penetrating deeply into the top 100, even the Top 10. Considering this and the myriad carnivallike environments, one needs to seriously question the value of this aspect of ArtPrize for elevating society and creating a culture of distinction. Sure, Renaissance Florence had its carnivals and public games, but across the board, its people valued art too dearly and took themselves and their reputation too seriously to tolerate the entrance of third and fourth gestures into public discourse let alone public spaces. One of the important but manageable challenges at hand for ArtPrize in dialogue with the arts and community leaders in Grand Rapids is to really double down on issues and ideas about quality for the sake of the entire community and its reputation. Although it may not appear so at first, it is as much a responsibility as education and health care, tourism and environmental stewardship. Think about this: One of the three top reasons people visit or choose to relocate to a given city is the quality of its culture offerings. An additional challenge for ArtPrize is how to diversify and expand the visitor’s patterns beyond the diagonal from the Ford Museum and Public Museum up to GRAM and UICA. It’s the right thing to do for all the artists, organizers and venues off this narrow grid. Sure, there is the bustling main street in Florence that leads you from the cathedral to the town hall. But there has been some thoughtful planning to get people a few blocks away

Saturday, October 13, 8pm

to see Michelangelo’s sculptures, or the great churches of the Dominicans and Franciscans at farther stretches. There is even momentum and planning to get people to Florence’s remarkable garden and museum, the Boboli, a bit outside the city center. Perhaps the biggest challenge for Grand Rapids at large is how to incorporate regular experiences with the visual arts into a communal lifestyle. What the visual arts can offer as one of the highest forms of human expression and communication is available the other 49 weeks of the year. Art and community leaders really need to think long and hard about how the energy of ArtPrize can inspire us all year long. It’s like being really thankful every day, not just on Thanksgiving Day. What GRAM, UICA and Meijer Gardens alone have in store for us between this round of ArtPrize and the next ranges from exciting to extraordinary. How can you not be in great suspense for what the forces behind Site:Lab will do next? The quality of the work and institutional efforts is something not to be missed because the potential for enriching personal and communal life is beyond measure. It’s invaluable. Quality works of art and architecture fueled Renaissance Florence and continue to sustain it even today. It has been in an enviable position in the world since the opening of the 15th century. Many American communities envy Grand Rapids for its philanthropy and liveability. Adding culture in general — and in this context, the visual arts specifically — into this mix would more than set it apart

nationally, and perhaps even internationally. Is this a realistic prospect? Who’s to say, but it is a source of inspiration. It might even be an attainable goal. ArtPrize has done a great deal of work for the community and, no doubt, offers more to come. So when you are walking or driving through a quieter Grand Rapids in a few weeks, be grateful to ArtPrize for the experiences thus far, but also think about Renaissance Florence and what could be. Grazie.

Holy Family Chapel Nazareth Center Eric Strand, Artistic Director Tickets: Adults $15, Students $5 Available at the door. Questions? Phone (269) 349-1045


THIS MUST-SEE HIT OPENS FRIDAY AT 8PM! 84 years of excellence

Book by Heather Hach Music & Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture


When college sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods is dumped by her boyfriend, Warner, for someone serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and heads for Harvard Law School! This all singing, all dancing, feel-good musical comedy will take you from the social whirl of California campus life to Harvard's Halls of Justice. The verdict? This much fun shouldn't be legal! production sponsors: 4481998-01


ver the course of the past few weeks, I have been intensely exploring downtown Grand Rapids far and wide under the auspices of an ArtPrize experience.


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Herzberg - Kime

Vernon and Mary Thompson of Vicksburg, MI, would like to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Sarah Thompson, to Derek Pasco, grandson of Charles and Anna Pasco. The bride-to-be will be graduating in April from Western Michigan University with a bachelor's degree in social work. The groom is in the United States Army and is stationed in Fort Hood, Texas. Derek proposed to Sarah in Dallas, Texas before heading to the Dallas zoo, one of the couples favorite places to visit. The couple is planning an afternoon wedding on July 13, 2013 at the Fetzer Center in Kalamazoo.

Jennifer Lynn Herzberg and Chad Lee Kime are happy to announce their engagement. The bride to be is the daughter of Linda Herzberg of Portage, MI. She is a graduate of Western Michigan University and works as a CPA at UHY in Farmington Hills, MI. The groom to be is the son of Dennis & Sharon Kime, of Clinton, MI. He is a graduate of Northwood University and works as a CPA at UHY in Farmington Hills, MI. A November 2, 2012 wedding is planned in Ann Arbor, MI.



Sclater-Strand Meredith Barclay Sclater and Jonathan William Strand were united in marriage on May 26, 2012 at the Tower Club in Vienna, Virginia with a dinner and reception following the ceremony. The wedding was officiated by The Reverend Diane G. Murphy, friend of the bride’s family. The bride is the daughter of Daniel and Kay Sclater of Woodbridge, Virginia. She is a graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School, College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University. She is employed as the Director of Cancer Program Development at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. The groom is the son of David and Laura Strand of Kalamazoo, Michigan. He is a graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School, the University of Michigan and Eastern Virginia Medical School. He is in his first year of residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The bride was attended by Lauren Sclater, maid of honor and sister of the bride and by bridesmaids Celina Kline, Katie Myers and Heather Beiter, friends of the bride. The groom was attended by Nathan Strand, best man and brother of the groom and by groomsmen Sean Hooper, Christopher Vickery and Brett Sanders, friends of the groom. The couple honeymooned in St. Lucia and currently reside in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Carl and Gloria Osterling

William and Katherine Braybrooks William and Katherine Braybrooks of Mattawan, MI celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary on August 23, 2012 with a family dinner. William and Katherine (Kucinich) Braybrooks were married at St. Mary's, Paw Paw, MI on August 23, 1947, with a reception following at the bride's home in Mattawan. William (Bill) retired from State Farm Insurance in 1995 after 43 years of service. Katherine also worked at the agency until their retirements. They are blessed with seven children, the late Connie (Mike) Gildea of Vicksburg, MI; Rocky (LaShon) Braybrooks of Kalamazoo, MI; Nancy Braybrooks of Yelm, WA: Bill Braybrooks of Abu Dhabi; Larry Braybrooks of Rocklin, CA; Colleen (Tom) Breitenbach of Hickory Corners; and Bob Braybrooks of Clarkesville, MI. In addition, they have 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. 4482669-01

Bill & Sally Pallett Bill & Sally Pallett of Plainwell celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on October 6th, 2012. Bill Pallett and the former Sally Mario were married October 6th, 1962, at St. Margaret Catholic Church, Otsego. Their children are Chris (Jackie) Pallett of Plainwell and Tim (Tammy) Pallett of Bridgman. They also have three grandchildren, Carter, Carlee and Cassie. Bill has worked at Arvco Containers for 41 years. Sally is retired. In celebration of their anniversary, they enjoyed a week this summer with family at Torch Lake.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Osterling of Richland will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on October 11, 2012. To mark this occasion they will welcome friends and family to an open house on Sunday, October 14, 2012 from 2-4pm at The Gull Lake United Methodist Church, Richland, MI. Carl and Gloria raised 5 children: Ellen (Phil) VanHammen, Grand Rapids; Brian (Cheryl), Augusta; Bradley (deceased); Maria (David) Schmit, Plymouth, IN; and Elaine (John)Severson, Kalamazoo. They have 10 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Mr. Osterling is retired from sales and Mrs. Osterling is a retired nurse. 4484683-01


Del and Mary Jane Newell

Carolus and Gloria Jean Berry


50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY! Carolus E. Berry married the former Gloria Jean Macklin on Sept. 29, 1962 at the First Baptist Church in Coldwater, MI. Mr. Berry is retired from road construction. Mrs. Berry is retired as a paralegal but still owns/operates Berry Tax Service in Paw Paw, MI. They have two children: Chris (Gay) Berry of Paw Paw and Cheryl Berry of Portage. Their two grandchildren are: Eric Smith of Grand Rapids and Rachel Smith of Portage. They celebrated their anniversary earlier this year in Scottsdale, AZ, and will be having a family dinner at Schuler's in Marshall on their anniversary date where their original reception was held.


Mary Jane and Del Newell of Kalamazoo, MI, are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with a family vacation to Glen Arbor, MI. The former Mary Jane Derhammer and Del Newell were married October 6, 1962, in Vicksburg, MI. Their children are: Todd Newell of Kalamazoo, MI, and Amy Jo (Greg) Pierce of Fuquay-Varnia, NC. They have three grandchildren: Mykel Newell of Kalamazoo, MI and Jack and Ellen Pierce of FuquayVarina, NC. Mary Jane is a retired hairstylist and Del is retired as a sports writer at the Kalamazoo Gazette.

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Spencer Lenfield

HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY! The lovely Martha (Elizabeth) Rea Beal of Kalamazoo, MI, celebrated her 90th birthday at a family gathering on Sunday, June 10th, 2012. Martha is a remarkable, brilliant and beautiful woman, having raised 4 rambunctious children all within 2 years of age, not to mention her beloved, equally brilliant and demanding best friend and husband of 62 years, Philip III. Her children are Philip IV, Helene, Sally and Barbara. Everybody that knows Martha loves her dearly and is thankful to have this jewel as part of their lives. 4487816-01

Krum – Bolles

Darcy Kay Krum married Eric Matthew Bolles on July 18, 2009 at Yarrow Golf and Country Club, Augusta, Mich. The bride is the daughter of Linda and David Krum of Schoolcraft, Mich. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree and then Southeastern University with her Masters in Education. She is employed with Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tampa, Fla. as a 2nd grade teacher. The groom is the son of Nina and Milton Bolles of Twin Lake, Mich. He graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree. He is employed with Verizon, Tampa, Fla. in sales. Maid of Honor was Kenzi McNally; Bridesmaids were Denise Krum, Jessica Stevens and Kirsten Bolles. Best man was Mike Bolles; Groomsmen were Dean Krum, Levent Cur and Rob Osborne; Ushers were Lee McNally and Blake Krum. The couple reside in Riverview, Fla. 3703835-01

Spencer Lenfield graduated from Harvard summa cum laude on May 24, 2012 with a BA in history and literature. During his four years at Harvard, he was awarded the Jacob Wendell Scholarship Prize, a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, and a Beinecke Scholarship for graduate study. This fall, Spencer will begin his tenure as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he will study classics for the next three years. Spencer is the son of David and Valerie Lenfield of Paw Paw, MI. 4487857-01

Carter – Youngblood

Ashley E. Carter, daughter of Jacque and Scott Carter of Schoolcraft, Mich., is engaged to Jacob T. Youngblood, son of Debra and Brian Youngblood of Kalamazoo, Mich. The bride-elect is attending Hope College. The future groom attended University of North Western Ohio. He is employed with Automotive Concepts CARSTAR as a Collision Repair Technician. A June 12, 2010 wedding is planned.

Millermaier – Mansberger


Martha Rea Beal

Sarah Elizabeth Millermaier married Lucas William Mansberger on June 13, 2009 at Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, Mich. The bride is the daughter of Dr. Janet Millermaier and Dr. Edward Millermaier of Kalamazoo, Mich. She is a graduate of Trinity College at the University of Toronto and is currently attending University of Illinois pursuing her M.A. in Communication. She is employed with The Cara Program as a development associate. The groom is the son of Dr. Nancy and Mark Mansberger of Paw Paw, Mich. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University. He is employed with Stratford Advisory Group as a senior analyst. The Maid of Honor was Sonja Millermaier; Bridesmaids were Kate Hallemeier, Rebecca Gilbert, Salimah Ebrahim, Jenn Williams and Sasha Kraus; Flower girls were Aalianna & Cecily Marietta and Olivia & Maya Kraus. Best man was Brent Schimnoski; Groomsmen were Nayt Hiemstra, Brian, Jeff and Andrew Mansberger and Max Millermaier; Ring bearers were Elijah Marietta and Milo Mansberger. The couple reside in Chicago, Ill. 3687087-01


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Tim Burton’s back with a winner in ‘Frankenweenie’ “Frankenweenie” might be the most morbid thing ever to bear the Disney banner. Famously, director Tim Burton was canned from the Mouse House in the mid-1980s after he spent a lot of money (too much, according to the studio) making the original “Frankenweenie,” a live-action short about a boy who brings his dear departed dog back to life in a flurry of whirring gizmodgery and lightning. It’s the dictionary definition of irony that Disney would eventually hire Burton back to remake the film, which the studio deemed too strange and scary for kids.

Strange and offbeat

The new “Frankenweenie,” which employs gorgeous and artful stop-motion animation a la “Corpse Bride,” doesn’t feel like a compromise. It’s strange, offbeat and shot in black-andwhite. Its macabre humor toes the line between gentle and unsettling. Burton spices the story with honest sentiment, best appreciated by those who have lost a beloved pet — or those who have watched classic monster movies over and over again. (It’s also presented in 3-D, which typically works well with stop-motion, but whose dimming effect sometimes diminishes the black-and-white photography.)

Like ‘Scissorhands’

In many ways, the movie has a similar tone and aesthetic as the filmmaker’s wonderfully weird “Edward Scissorhands.” “Frankenweenie” is set in a nostalgic 1960s American suburb dubbed New Holland, which is rendered with slyly satirical exaggeration. Young Victor Frankenstein (voice of Charlie Tahan) is a quiet and shy boy who doesn’t have many friends. He spends a lot of time making his own 3-D monster movies, and the hero is always played by Victor’s pointy-nosed mutt, Sparky. The twist is, Victor is not a misfit, and the world he lives



555 1/2

(out of four stars)

Rating: PG for thematic elements, scary images and action Voice cast: Charlie Tahan, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short and Winona Ryder Director: Tim Burton Run time: 87 minutes in is a shade darker than the reality we recognize. All the characters are designed to have pallid skin and bear rings of black eyeliner. Victor’s parents (Catherine O’Hara and Martin Short) are the typical suburban couple that enjoys a good fondue dinner, although they relax in the evening with a casually genial viewing of the Lon Chaney “Dracula” film. Many of his classmates seem to have been hand-picked from the L’il Goth Kids Gallery of Grotesquerie. One bizarre, wide-eyed girl (also voiced by O’Hara) carries around a cat, Mr. Whiskers, who prognosticates misfortune by excreting solid waste in the shape of her schoolmates’ initials. Ominously, the feline has pooped a “V.”

Delightfully odd

Although it’s a strange world Victor lives in — and an oddly delightful one for us to visit — the people there still respect the natural order. He looks up to his science teacher, Mr. Rzykruski (Martin Landau), who’s a blatant caricature of Vincent Price. When Sparky leaves this mortal coil, Victor, wracked with grief and longing, uses science to morally questionable ends. His motives are innocent, not nefarious. The result is a stitched-together Frankenpup, who doesn’t need kibble, but rather, a jolt of electricity via jumper cables clamped to the bolts in his neck. The revived Sparky is as happy-go-lucky as usual, but experiences moments of existential confusion — well, about as much as a non-talking, sort-of-sentient cartoon dog

Victor Frankenstein, voiced by Charlie Tahan, with Sparky, in a scene from “Frankenweenie.”

can experience. Even in this Burton phantasmagoria, his re-animation is an aberration. And so the director mixes some thoughtful provocation into a film that begins as a languidpaced mood piece and becomes a more youth-friendly bit of hyperkinetics by the third act. It can be uneven, but it’s at least consistently entertaining. But, you may ask, what about the children? Will they enjoy the gloomy atmosphere and references to movies that are older than their parents. I can report that Sparky’s demise is in the same traumatic ballpark as the death of Bambi’s mother, and there was some unsettled muttering, and upset young voices in the theater when it happened. The film also features potentially frightening creatures running amok. I’m not certain exactly who the audience for “Frankenweenie” is, but frankly, it’s a good thing that it panders to no demographic (except maybe the cult of “Nightmare Before Christmas” followers). It sure seems like proof that Burton eventually won the battle of art-vs.-commerce against Disney.





South & Portage - Downtown Kzoo


Students $5 w/valid ID


*TAKEN 2 - PG13 11:00a 12:30p 1:30p 3:00p 4:00p 5:30p 7:00p 8:15p 9:30p 10:45p *FRANKENWEENIE - PG 11:45a 2:15p 5:00p 7:15p 9:45p *PITCH PERFECT - PG13 11:15a 2:00p 4:45p 7:30p 10:15p *LOOPER - R 10:50a 1:45p 4:30p 7:45p 10:30p *HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA - PG 11:25a 1:55p 4:40p 7:25p 10:05p *FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL... - R 12:15p 2:30p 4:50p 8:00p 10:20p *WON’T BACK DOWN - PG 10:55a 1:40p 4:25p 7:05p 9:50p *THE MASTER - R 12:40p 3:45p 6:50p 10:00p *TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE - PG13 10:45a 1:25p 4:05p 6:45p 9:25p *HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET - PG13 11:20a 1:50p 4:20p 7:10p 9:40p *END OF WATCH - R 11:30a 2:20p 5:05p 8:05p 10:40p *RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION - R 12:20p 2:45p 5:15p 8:25p 10:55p *LAWLESS - R 11:55a 2:40p 5:20p 8:20p 11:00p

"Keylin displays a gorgeous, rounded tone..." - New York Times

Oct. 21


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Edgar “E” Gore is voiced by Atticus Shaffer in the film.


(269) 387-2300


TICKETS ON SALE NOW, OPENS FRIDAY AT 8PM! 84 years of excellence


By Moliére Adapted by Oded Gross and Tracy Young Original Lyrics by Oded Gross, Paul James Prendergast and Tracy Young Original Music by Paul James Prendergast

October 12 – October 27

WWW.MILLERAUDITORIUM.COM (269) 387-2300 (800) 228-9858


It’s often said that laughter is the best medicine, and nowhere is that prescription more accurate than in this rib-tickling, all new adaptation of the classic hypochondriac. Complete with original songs, satirical bite and the requisite bawdiness, this telling of the classic comedy gets an injection of 1960’s French pop culture. If you’re looking for a good laugh, this show is just what the doctor ordered!

For Groups 10+ call (269) 387-2312

2012-2013 Parish Theatre season presenter:

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Welcomed by

THE CAPITOL STEPS Friday, Oct. 19 @ 8 p.m.






Arbor. Sun, 1 pm. $5 suggested donation is appreciated. Info: 734763-UMMA.

OCT. 12

“Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson,” DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston. Info: 1-800-745-3000.

OCT. 10-JAN. 6

“American Spirit: The NFL and the U.S. Armed Forces,” Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, 303 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids. Info: www.

“The King’s Men,” Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 8 pm. $99.50-$25. Info: www.

OCT. 14-28

“Jon McLaughlin,” The Intersection, 133 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids. 6:30 pm. $12/$14. Info:

“Guided Tours: Benjamin West: General Wolfe and the Art of Empire,” University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 S. State St., Ann Arbor. Sun, 2 pm. $5 suggested donation is appreciated. Info: 734763-UMMA.

OCT. 14

“Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britianis,” Cobb Great Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing. 7 pm. $35-$15. Info: www.whartoncenter. com.

“Yukon Blonde,” Blind Pig, 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor. Info: www.

OCT. 19

“Natalie Cole,” Silver Creek Event Center at Four Winds New Buffalo, 11111 Wilson Road, New Buffalo. 9 pm. $75-$40. Info: www.fourwindscasino. com. “Thompson Square,” The Intersection, 133 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids. 6:30 pm. $17.93/$20. Info:

OCT. 21

“SMTD@UMMA: Old World, New World,” University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 S. State St., Ann Arbor. 7 pm. Free and open to the public. Info: 734-763-UMMA. “Gilmore Rising Stars Series: János Palojtay,” Wellspring Theater at the Epic Center, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall Ste. 204, Kalamazoo. 4 pm. $25. Info: 269/983-1166.

OCT. 23

“Spirituals to Funk” - Dr. John and the Blind Boys of Alabama Concert,” DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids. 7:30 pm. $39.50-$49.50. Info: 616742-6500. “The Smashing Pumpkins wsg Morning Parade,” The Palace of Auburn Hills, 5 Championship Drive, Auburn Hills. 7:30 pm. $39.50-$25. Info: 800-745-3000.

OCT. 24

“10 Years with special guest The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus,” The Orbit Room, 2525 Lake Eastbrook Boulevard Southeast, Grand Rapids. 6:30 pm. $25/day of the show, $19.50/ in advance. Info: www.

OCT. 27

“Matt Giraud,” Sturges-Young Civic Center & Auditorium, 201 N. Nottawa St. , Sturgis. 8 pm. Artist Circle Seats - $25, Main Floor - $20, Balcony - $15. Info: www.sturgismi. gov.

“Bill Mahler,” Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 8 pm. $49.50 to $35. Info: www.


OCT. 29 - 30

OCT. 7

“Disney On Ice Presents Rockin’ Ever After,” The Palace of Auburn Hills, 5 Championship Drive, Auburn Hills. 1 and 5 pm. $13 first two nights,$26 general, $19 in advance. Info: 1-800-745-3000.

OCT. 12

“Dana Carvey,” Silver Creek Event Center at Four Winds New Buffalo, 11111 Wilson Road, New Buffalo. 9 pm. $70-$40. Info: www.

OCT. 13

“Ron White: Moral Compass Tour,” Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 8 pm. $56.75 to $46.75. Info: www.olympiaentertainment. com.

“Chrysanthemums and More!,” Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids. Info: 888-957-1580.

“Blue Man Group,” Lake Michigan College Mendel Center, 2755 East Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor. Mon & Tue, 7 pm. $59. Info: 269/927-1221.

NOV. 1 - 4

“Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare,” Nelda K. Balch Playhouse at Kalamazoo College, 1200 Academy St. , Kalamazoo. 7:30 pm; Fri & Sat, 8 pm; Sun, 2 pm. FriSun: $5-$15. Info: 269-337-7333.



“Body Double: The Figure in Contemporary Sculpture,” Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids. $12/adults $9/seniors and students,$6/kids. Info: 957-1580.


“ArtPrize,” Downtown Grand Rapids, Various Locations, Grand Rapids. Info:


“African Art and the Shape of Time Exhibition,” University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 S. State St., Ann Arbor. free. Info: 734764-7032.

OCT. 7-28

“Planetarium Shows: The Sky Tonight: Star Talk,” Museum of Natural History, U-M, 1109 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor. Sun, 1:30 and 3:30 pm; Sat, 11:30 am, 1:30 and 3:30 pm. $5 for adults, seniors, & children. Info: 734-764-0478. “Guided Tours: Art as Experience,” University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 S. State St., Ann

“Salvador Dali’s Twelve Tribes of Israel,” Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center NW, Grand Rapids. Info: “Real/Surreal,” Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center NW, Grand Rapids. Info: www.

OCT. 21

“Guided Tours: Benjamin West: African Art and the Shape of Time,” University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 S. State St., Ann Arbor. 2 pm. $5. Info: 734-763-UMMA.

OCT. 26

“Lunchtime Tours,” University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 S. State St., Ann Arbor. 12:15-12:45 pm. $5 donation. Info: 734-763-UMMA.

OCT. 27

“The Spirit of John Muir,” Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids. 7 pm. Adult 14–64: $12, Senior 65 & older: $9, Students with ID: $9, Children 5-13: $6, Children 3–4: $4, Children 2 & younger: Free. Info: 957-1580.

OCT. 16-21

“Roundabout Theatre Company presents “Anything Goes”,” Cobb Great Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing. Tue-Thu, 7:30 pm; Fri, 8 pm; Sat, 2 and 8 pm; Sun, 1 and 6:30 pm. Starting at $32. Info: www.

Connecting People & Nature Wild Animal Care Sunday, Oct. 7 at 2pm

OCT. 18

“Arnez J,” MotorCity Casino, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit. 8 pm. $42-$34. Info: www.

Artist Reception-Eve Reid Sunday, Oct. 7, 2-4 pm

OCT. 19

Putting the Garden to Bed

“Capitol Steps,” Miller Auditorium, 1903 W. Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo. 8 pm. $30 $35. Info: 269/387-2311.

Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 5:30 pm DeLano Farms 357 West E Ave.

OCT. 20

Bird banding Up Close

“George Lopez,” Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 8 pm. $54.50-$44.50. Info: www.

Saturday, October 13, 8:30-10am

DeLano Farms CSA Shares

OCT. 26

Now available for 2013 season!

“Cirque Chinois,” Miller Auditorium, 1903 W. Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo. 8 pm. Info:

“Brian Regan - Live in Concert,” Cobb Great Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing. 7 pm. $37. Info:

Kalamazoo Nature Center (269) 381-1574 ext. 38


NOV. 1

“Jazz Masters with New York Voices,” Miller Auditorium, 1903 W. Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo. 7:30 pm. $33. Info: 269/387-2311.

NOV. 3

“The Gilmore Piano Masters Series: Garrick Ohlsson,” Chenery Auditorium, 714 S. Westnedge Ave. , Kalamazoo. 8 pm. $5-$65. Info: 269/387-2300 . “Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson plays Thick as a Brick 1 & 2,” Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 8 pm. $99.50-$25. Info: www.


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“Jana Kramer,” Wharton Center, Corner Of Bogue & Shaw Lane, East Lansing. 8 pm. $30. Info: www. “John Legend,” Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave, Detroit. 7:30 pm. $59.50-$35. Info: www.

“ArtPRize 2012: Somewhere Else,” UICA, 2 W. Fulton, Grand Rapids. Info:

“Discovering Eighteenth-Century British America,” University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 S. State St., Ann Arbor. Free. Info: exhibitions/2012-clements.php.


OCT. 28

NOV. 4


“Benjamin West: General Wolfe and the Art of Empire,” University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 S. State St., Ann Arbor. Free. Info: exhibitions/2012-west.php.

OCT. 19-JAN. 13

Meet Susan Orlean Friday, October 12, 7 pm Kalamazoo Central High School 2432 N. Drake Road, 553-7801



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OCT. 15


OCT. 27

“Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers,” Wharton Center, Corner Of Bogue & Shaw Lane, East Lansing. 7 pm. $65-$35. Info: (800) WHARTON.


“Go-Gos,” MotorCity Casino, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit. 7:30 pm. $50-$40. Info: www.

“Art as Experience” / University of Michigan Museum of Art / Oct. 7-28




Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling is out with a new novel intended for adults, “The Casual Vacancy.” WASHINGTON POST | ANDREW MONTGOMERY, WALL TO WALL MEDIA

The anti-Harry Potter




‘The Casual Vacancy’

magine “Harry Potter” with nothing but Muggles — mean, graceless people without a trace of magic. It would be a dull book indeed. That, unfortunately, is “The Casual Vacancy,” J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults. The setting is Pagford, a small town in England’s West Country. Barry Fairbrother, a member of the town council, drops dead in a parking lot on his way to dinner with his wife. Rowling introduces a crosssection of the town’s residents as they learn about Barry’s death. There are shopkeepers and lawyers, doctors and teachers, a social worker and a bunch of teenagers. They’re variously nasty, deluded, selfish, pompous, petty, neurotic and annoying, and they don’t seem to like each other very much. We also meet a family from the Fields, a public housing estate on the outskirts of town.

Author: J.K. Rowling Publisher: Little, Brown Pages: 503 Price: $35 rule

Terri Weedon is a heroin addict whose 16-year-old daughter, Krystal, can barely string two words together unless one of them has four letters and begins with “F.” The Weedons aren’t much fun to hang out with, but Krystal turns out to be the most sympathetic character in the book. The town is divided between those who want the Fields to remain part of Pagford and those who want it split off and reattached to the nearby city of Yarvil. Barry was born in the Fields and wanted the impoverished children living there to have the opportunity he did to

attend the lovely Pagford primary school, enjoying “the tiny classes, the rolltop desks, the aged stone building and the lush green playing field.” Several candidates step forward to run for Barry’s seat, with varying motives. Much gossip and back-stabbing ensue. I’m trying to make this sound enticing, but it’s hard. Not that small-town life can’t make fascinating material. Look what Flaubert did with a provincial housewife’s unhappiness in “Madame Bovary.” “The Casual Vacancy” never lifts off, though. It seems too obvious to say there’s no magic, but Harry Potter aside, every great book needs some alchemy to bring it to life. You can feel it in “Telegraph Avenue,” Michael Chabon’s new novel about a couple of cranky, sad-sack record-store owners. Chabon’s Oakland has a shimmering reality Pagford

never achieves; and while his characters are hardly paragons of virtue, they’re sympathetic in a way Rowling’s never are. “Harry Potter,” of course, had magic in spades. In addition to reading all the books when they came out, I’ve read the entire series to my son — twice. The world Rowling created was so enthralling and complex that we practically lived inside it, debating the finer points every day while walking to school or eating dinner. I found new delights every time I read the books, and was increasingly awed by Rowling’s careful plotting, the way she subtly laid the groundwork for important revelations early in the series without ever tipping her hand. Maybe that kind of control works best on a larger canvas; it gives “Vacancy” an airless feeling. Everyone in the book has a secret, and while Rowling carefully portions out information, telling us just enough to keep us reading, we never doubt that by the end, all will be revealed in a way that will create maximum embarrassment for everyone. This isn’t a bad book, just a disappointing one. There’s plenty to admire, starting with Rowling’s obvious pleasure in writing for grown-ups.

Here, she is describing Howard Mollison, local deli owner and self-important chairman of the town council: “He was an extravagantly obese man of 64. A great apron of stomach fell so far down in front of his thighs that most people thought instantly of his penis when they first clapped eyes on him, wondering when he had last seen it, how he washed it, how he managed to perform any of the acts for which a penis is designed.” There’s plenty of sex, especially among the teenagers. Andrew, a pimply boy with a crush on a beautiful neighbor, Gaia, is ecstatic when she sits in front of him on the school bus: “Andrew stared, unseeing, at the grimy window, and clutched his schoolbag more closely to him, to conceal the erection brought on by the heavy vibration of the bus.” Take that, Ron Weasley! It’s interesting to see a billionaire, who was on public assistance when she started the series that made her fortune, writing about class warfare. There’s a lot to talk about in “The Casual Vacancy” — it tackles big issues that would make it appealing to book groups. I just wish there were more joy in reading it.

Schwarzenegger concedes secrecy tripped him up ‘Total Recall’ memoir sheds light on former governor’s failings BY JULIET WILLIAMS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Arnold Schwarzenegger says his lifelong penchant for secrecy and ability to put his emotions “on deep freeze” led him to keep many secrets from his wife, Maria Shriver, eventually causing the dissolution of their marriage when he was forced to admit he fathered a child with the family’s housekeeper years earlier. Throughout their strained 25year marriage, Schwarzenegger says he did not want to tell Shriver about crucial life decisions such as heart surgery and running for California governor because he feared she would overreact and tell her well-connected family and friends.

In his new autobiography, “Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story,” and in an interview that aired last Sunday on “60 Minutes,” the former California governor acknowledged his inability to be honest with people has hurt those closest to him. “That’s the way I handle things. And it always has worked. But, I mean it does not — it’s not the best thing for people around me because I sometimes — some information I just keep to myself,” Schwarzenegger told reporter Lesley Stahl on “60 Minutes.” The former Mr. Universe traces his detachment to his bodybuilding days, where he says emotions make athletes lose. “So I became an expert in living in denial,” says the Hollywood action star and former governor. Schwarzenegger praises Shriver throughout the book as a partner and friend who was essential to his success, but also admits to keeping

her in the dark a b o u t m a ny c a re e r d e c i sions. Shrive r f i l e d fo r divorce in July. Although he had been toying with the idea of Arnold running for govSchwarzen- ernor for more egger than a year, Schwarzenegger waited until just days before the filing deadline for the 2003 recall to discuss it with Shriver, writing in the book that he “didn’t want endless conversation about it at home.” Shriver opposed the idea, but was persuaded to soften her stance by her mother, Eunice Shriver, who told her to support her husband’s ambitions, or he might resent her for the rest of his life. Despite that struggle, he also didn’t inform her when he decided to seek a second term, writing that she had to read about it in the newspaper.

But Schwarzenegger’s biggest secret, the child he had with the family’s housekeeper, became tabloid news last year after he left office. Shriver confronted him during a January 2011 counseling session and he finally acknowledged the boy, Joseph, was his. Schwarzenegger says he kept the secret from his wife for years because he was worried “it would get out.” He tells Stahl he never even had a conversation with the housekeeper, Mildred Baena, about the son. Instead, after he began noticing the boy’s strong resemblance to him, around age 8, he just began giving Baena extra money. “I kind of put it away and just said to myself, ‘OK, I’m going to put this away. I’m going to fulfill my responsibilities,”’ he told Stahl. He declined to say whether he has a relationship with the child, who is now about 15, and he said he didn’t want to go into any more details about his relationship with Baena

because he already has caused Shriver and their four children enough pain. “I don’t want to reawaken and kind of talk about it because it’s not going to help them. And I just want to protect them as much as I can,” he says. There were other deceptions, too, including a “hot affair” with actress Brigitte Nielsen while filming the 1985 film “Red Sonja,” when he and Shriver were living together. He admits to other affairs, but tells Stahl they are “something that’s obviously between Maria and me.” Schwarzenegger says in the interview that his marriage and his family were the most important things in his life, but he caused them tremendous pain. “So the thing that really meant the most to me kind of fell apart because of my doing,” he says in the “60 Minutes” interview. “That is something that I will always look back and say, ‘How could you have done that?”’

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Aunt addicted to prescription meds D

ear Abby: My Aunt “Betty,” with whom I have always been close, is 68 and retired. She is abusing prescription drugs and spends several days a week passed out or confused — sometimes hallucinating. Sometimes she passes out on the phone. My uncle is in denial. He comes from a generation where family problems are kept within the family. He refuses to seek professional treatment for her or get her into detox. Please don’t tell me to notify her doctor — I already tried. Aunt Betty is an accomplished manipulator and doctor shops until she finds new doctors who load her up when the old ones won’t cooperate. She does have genuine health issues that require meds, but her doctors have said she would never be stoned if she used them properly. Confronting my aunt when


phillips deAr Abby she’s coherent only makes her angry. She denies she’s abusing drugs because “they are all prescription.” My mom is dead and I’m worried about my aunt and uncle’s health. Help! — Desperate Niece in Florida Dear Desperate: Start calling your aunt more often, because addiction is an illness and denial is one of the symptoms. Older people do react differently to medications than younger ones do, and a dose that might be tolerated when someone is middle-aged can be too great for a senior. Because your uncle isn’t able to insist that your aunt get professional help, allow

hints from heloise


ear Harriette: I was on the subway talking to a friend, and the conversation turned to politics. We were quite excited as we talked about the presidential election and all the things that have been happening ear Heloise: I have a between the candidates. I bunch of pennies, and I think we were too loud. We remember reading about an absolutely had our opinions, easy way to clean them. I think I read it in your column. and I noticed that some of the people on the train didn’t Can you help me? — Bonnie in Texas share them. Nobody said anything, but I could tell they were ready to pounce. Bonnie, the answer is What’s the better thing to easy, and you should have do? the ingredients on hand. — Jazzed About Politics, First note, please be sure the Jersey City, N.J. pennies are NOT collectible or valuable. Cleaning pennies Dear Jazzed About or ANY coins that may be Politics: There are differing valuable is a big no-no! So views on this subject. Just as keep this is mind. it’s not recommended that You could check online to find pennies that have value or you talk about politics, race or religion over a meal or in a go to your library and find a book on coin value. If they are social setting, the old-school just spare change, here is what rules say you shouldn’t debate presidential politics to do: Fill a small bowl with on the subway. You are in a regular white or apple cider confined area where people vinegar and add a teaspoon likely do not want to hear of baking soda. The mixture what you’re talking about, will foam up. Next, add the whatever it is. pennies and swirl them Politics can be such a hot around a bit. Let them soak button; it can be easy to for a while. If they are really dirty, they incite intense emotion in may need to soak even longer. Then remove them, rinse well and dry. They should be shining like new. I thought I would share my “two cents’ worth.” Did you know that it actually My teenage daughter costs the mint more than a was not asked to the penny to mint a penny? Well, homecoming dance, and it’s true! According to The she’s heartbroken. How can I United States Mint, in 1962 the convince her that it’s not the penny was made of 95 percent end of the world? copper and 5 percent zinc. In 1982 it became 97.5 percent For better or worse, zinc and 2.5 percent copper many teens infuse high (copper-plated zinc). school dances with a sense — Heloise of importance rivaling that of a state dinner (albeit a Dear Heloise: Don’t toss state dinner characterized worn-out throw pillows. by loud music and a lack I have found that you can of decorum!). Those of give them a good spray with us on the other side of fabric deodorizer and then adolescence look back on buy some new jazzy material the homecoming dance and give them new covers! I as a fun but essentially also found it cheaper to do inconsequential diversion. this than to buy new couch But for your daughter pillows (at a discount store and her peers, this is a they were $10 a piece!). This monumental event. worked out great for me! We’d encourage you — Shelly to avoid making a fuss from Indianapolis, over your daughter’s Ind. disappointment either way. Trying to convince her that You are right! Don’t toss, this isn’t a big deal in the just recover. Some pillows can grand scheme of things is a be washed, too. fool’s errand. One of my assistants does At the same time, don’t something a bit similar and empathize with her too much crochets covers for them. She or do anything else that picks a color that matches her might prolong her sense of décor and stitches away. melancholy. The good thing about either The bigger issue here is of these methods is that you your daughter’s sense of can change the covering self-worth. The emotions whenever you want to. It’s a she’s experiencing are real. cheap way to zip up the décor She wants to feel accepted by too! her peers, not like an outcast. — Heloise Give her time to be sad and withdrawn, and if she wants Write to Heloise at P.O. Box 795000, to talk about it, listen with an open heart. San Antonio, TX 78279-5000, Reaffirm her as a person by fax to 210-HELOISE. and reinforce the importance Email:


Dear Abby: Our wedding plans have taken a sudden turn. My fiancée, “Carolyn,” has a wealthy father with a reputation for being an extreme tightwad. Carolyn was profoundly touched when he offered to pay for most of the wedding expenses.

Last night, Carolyn’s mother confessed to us that Carolyn’s father is not paying for the wedding. He is deducting the expenses from Carolyn’s inheritance from her grandmother. (The father is executor of her grandmother’s estate.) He has no idea that his wife told Carolyn, and we’re sworn to secrecy because she will get into “deep, deep trouble” if he finds out she told. Carolyn is so deeply hurt by this deception that she doesn’t even want her parents to attend the wedding. Abby, how do you think we should handle this? — Flummoxed Fiancé in New York Dear Flummoxed Fiancé: I think you should elope. Write Dear Abby at P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069 or

Keep decibel levels low when talking politics


Hint to clean pennies

me to offer a suggestion. The next time she passes out during one of your phone conversations, do what you’d normally do if someone else lost consciousness while talking to you. Call 911. When she winds up in the emergency room, her doctor will be alerted about the overdose. It would be a first step in seeing her get the help she needs. P.S. There’s a common misconception among older people that because a drug is “prescription” it’s somehow not addictive. And your aunt isn’t the first person to fall into this trap.



sense & sensitivity others around you. That said, I am actually in favor of healthy, respectful engagement as it relates to this election. I want people to talk about their ideas and be prepared to stand up for what they believe. If you can speak at a respectful level on a subway car, express your opinions and not drown out others, who knows where that conversation can lead? The most important thing for you to remember is that everyone has an opinion, and they all are worthy of being heard. Dear Harriette: Last week I went to visit my grandmother for the annual Sunday night family dinner. We had a great time, and nobody wanted to go home. But before I left my grandmother’s house, she pulled me aside to ask if I had something for her. That’s her way of saying, “Do you have any money for me?”

She asks everyone the same question every time we come over to the house. One time, she even asked my girlfriend for money. My grandmother is out of control, and I need some advice. How do I tell her that asking my girlfriend for money is inappropriate? — Grandson, Memphis, Tenn. Dear Grandson: The rules used to be that family members would always come bearing gifts of cash — in whatever amount — to female family elders. Thus, your grandmother is not doing anything unusual in her book. Drawing the line with your girlfriend, however, seems acceptable. Speak to your grandmother privately and tell her that it makes you uncomfortable for her to ask your girlfriend for anything. Ask Grandma to reserve her requests for the family. Pre-empt her question by handing her an envelope. Write to Harriette Cole at United Feature Syndicate, 200 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016. Email:

Help daughter ease pain


JIM DALY DR. JULI SLATTERY FOCUS ON THE FAMILY of character as opposed to mere popularity. When the night of the dance arrives, help her avoid wallowing in her misery. If she has any other dateless friends, perhaps you could host a slumber party for them. Or make it a “family date night” at a destination of her choosing. With some patience and sensitivity, you can help your daughter weather this storm. Once the dance is over and the homecoming hype dies down, she’ll feel like her old self again.


I grew up with Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and Halloween. We went trick-or-treating every year. But my husband was raised in a family where none of this was approved of. In fact, he and his parents aren’t really comfortable with imaginary characters like fairies, dragons, magic, etc. I would like our young children (ages 3 and 1) to be able to enjoy these things in a healthy way — but my husband and I are having trouble finding common ground on this issue. Do you have any recommendations for us?


Although it is normal for us to parent based

on traditions and biases that we were raised with, I would encourage you and your husband to move beyond family traditions and start talking about family convictions. The real issue is what do you and your husband believe and value as a new family unit? Why is it important for you that your kids enjoy these holidays, and what are your husband’s reservations? Once you get beyond talking about what you did growing up and start talking about values and convictions, you are much more likely to find common ground. For example, you may value the fun and excitement of children dressing up for Halloween. Your husband may object to the satanic overtones often involved with dressing like a witch, ghost or magical creature. Perhaps you decide to honor both convictions by going to a harvest party or church celebration during the Halloween season, where kids dress up and get candy, but without the baggage that comes with traditional trick-or-treating. While you each may have to compromise on family traditions from the past, be intentional about honoring each other’s convictions. Send your questions to Focus on the Family, P.O. Box 444, Colorado Springs, CO 80995.

Cheap isn’t always cheaper T

here is a predictable process many of us go through when we decide to stop living beyond our means. We get cheap. In fact, some even call us cheapskates — a label I personally enjoy because it proves I am not the person I used to be: a creditcard junkie and a totally whacked-out spendthrift. My thinking was that if cheap was good, then cheaper must be better. But that is not always true. Sometimes the cheapest option ends up costing the most. Case in point: Our house desperately needed painting. Spending thousands of dollars made me queasy. So when one of the bids came in much lower than the others, I jumped on it. After the job was done, we were very disappointed at how it looked. Then, before even two years passed, the trim cracked and peeled, making our paint look 10 years old. I know now that our cheap paint job cost us far more than if we had gone with the highest bid from the start. After just three years, we had the house painted again. This time, instead of going for cheap, we were determined to buy the most quality we could afford. The job took nearly six weeks, five of which were devoted to prep, and included three coats of highquality paint. We expect this job will last 15 years. That turns out to be much cheaper in the long run than getting a cheap paint job every three years. And our bonus is that the house looks like a million bucks. There are other times — like buying a mattress, putting on a new roof or


hunt everydAy cheApskAte dental care — when buying the most quality you can afford is the cheapest way to go. So how do you know which way to go? Ask yourself this question: How long do I want this item to last? If the answer is, “As long as possible,” that is a sign that you need to buy the most quality you can afford. If, on the other hand, your answer is something like, “Until the end of the wedding reception,” you do not need quality. How do you know you’re making the most costeffective choice? Do the math. Take a mattress, for example. First, determine the life expectancy of the model you are considering. Now divide the number of years into the purchase price. Then divide that result by 365, to see how much this mattress will cost per day. Do the same for the cheap option, making sure you adjust the life expectancy accordingly. You will not believe how often the cheap option is really the most expensive. Knowing when to buy the most quality you can afford, and when to go for the cheapest price you can find, is a learned skill. The more you practice, the better you will get. And the better you get, the more you will enjoy some finer things in life. Write Mary Hunt at Everyday Cheapskate, P.O. Box 2135, Paramount, CA 90723, or Email her at

Arguments take a toll


ear Carolyn: My boyfriend of two and a half years loves to push my buttons. We are both incredibly stubborn, hate to be wrong/love to be right. About once a week, a normal disagreement (e.g., a wrong turn) will cause major heartand headache. He says these things that really get under my skin — and in my anger I call him every name in the book. When he doesn’t seem fazed by it, I escalate it by saying I don’t know why someone who loves me would try to say such hurtful things and I don’t know why I would sign up for this for the rest of my life (marriage). This does really bother him, because he honestly would like to get married and is ready when I am. These arguments annoy the $!$& out of me, and I just don’t know how to move past this. We don’t even have great makeup sex because I’m so mad I withdraw! I try to ignore his rude little comments (OK, yes, maybe we both just had a stressful day and a wrong turn doesn’t help matters ...), but he won’t stop and I just end up steaming and exploding later. If it is this bad now, I shudder to think where two and a half kids and a mortgage will leave us. — Maryland

Much shuddering just transpired. (We’re shuddering with you, not at.) There’s obviously no place for nastiness (buttonpushing, name-calling) in relationships. Less obviously, there’s no place for stubbornness. Everyone loves to be right, and no one loves to be wrong; you are not even remotely special in your preferences there. What distinguishes you from others who aren’t “stubborn” is that you behave as if there’s a cost to admitting error that you’re not willing to pay. Whether this stems from your relationship or from immaturity, I can’t say; certainly both are common,



tell me About it and often overlap. Some signs that it’s your relationship: You’re not this way with others; in the beginning, you weren’t this way with him; you feel mounting frustration at not being heard, understood or respected. Some signs that it’s you: This is business as usual for you, and it feels like a problem only when you run across someone as argumentative as you are. Either way, I suggest individual counseling to help both of you learn more productive ways to communicate when you’re upset. In an intimate relationship, there are steep costs to an unwillingness to admit you’re wrong: It damages your credibility, because everyone’s wrong sometimes, usually often; it diminishes your partner, since you’re more invested in your victory than his truth; it’s defensive, which will keep you from ever being truly close; it paralyzes problem-solving. And: It’s a kind of willful ignorance, since you deny yourself a clear view of how your partner deals with your vulnerability. Someone who punishes you for humbly and readily admitting fault is unkind at best, and oh boy do you want that information before you get any more deeply entwined. If you’re fighting once a week over your soul, then it’s time to declare incompatibility and part ways. Keep the counseling appointment, though; there’s no excuse for calling anyone “every name in the book,” no matter how justifiably angry you are. Write to Carolyn Hax at Tell Me About It, Sunday Source, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, DC 20071. Email: tellme@washingtonpost. com.

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