Letters 10-24-2016

It’s Obama’s 1984 Several editions ago I concluded a short letter to the editor with an ominous rhetorical flourish: “Welcome to George Orwell’s 1984 and the grand opening of the Federal Department of Truth!” At the time I am sure most of the readers laughed off my comments as right-wing hyperbole. Shame on you for doubting me...

Gun Bans Don’t Work It is said that mass violence only happens in the USA. A lone gunman in a rubber boat, drifted ashore at a popular resort in Tunisia and randomly shot and killed 38 mostly British and Irish tourists. Tunisian gun laws, which are among the most restrictive in the world, didn’t stop this mass slaughter. And in January 2015, two armed men killed 11 and wounded 11 others in an attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. French gun laws didn’t stop these assassins...

Scripps’ Good Deed No good deed shall go unpunished! When Dan Scripps was the 101st District State Representative, he introduced legislation to prevent corporations from contaminating (e.g. fracking) or depleting (e.g. Nestle) Michigan’s water table for corporate profit. There are no property lines in the water table, and many of us depend on private wells for abundant, safe, clean water. In the subsequent election, Dan’s opponents ran a negative campaign almost solely on the misrepresentation that Dan’s good deed was a government takeover of your private water well...

Political Definitions As the time to vote draws near it’s a good time to check into what you stand for. According to Dictionary.com the meanings for liberal and conservative are as follows:

Liberal: Favorable to progress or reform as in political or religious affairs.

Conservative: Disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditions and limit change...

Voting Takes A Month? Hurricane Matthew hit the Florida coast Oct. 6, over three weeks before Election Day. Bob Ross (Oct. 17th issue) posits that perhaps evacuation orders from Governor Scott may have had political motivations to diminish turnout and seems to praise Hillary Clinton’s call for Gov. Scott to extend Florida’s voter registration deadline due to evacuations...

Clinton Foundation Facts Does the Clinton Foundation really spend a mere 10 percent (per Mike Pence) or 20 percent (per Reince Priebus) of its money on charity? Not true. Charity Watch gives it an A rating (the same as it gives the NRA Foundation) and says it spends 88 percent on charitable causes, and 12 percent on overhead. Here is the source of the misunderstanding: The Foundation does give only a small percentage of its money to charitable organizations, but it spends far more money directly running a number of programs...

America Needs Change Trump supports our constitution, will appoint judges that will keep our freedoms safe. He supports the partial-birth ban; Hillary voted against it. Regardless of how you feel about Trump, critical issues are at stake. Trump will increase national security, monitor refugee admissions, endorse our vital military forces while fighting ISIS. Vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence will be an intelligent asset for the country. Hillary wants open borders, increased government regulation, and more demilitarization at a time when we need strong military defenses...

My Process For No I will be voting “no” on Prop 3 because I am supportive of the process that is in place to review and approve developments. I was on the Traverse City Planning Commission in the 1990s and gained an appreciation for all of the work that goes into a review. The staff reviews the project and makes a recommendation. The developer then makes a presentation, and fellow commissioners and the public can ask questions and make comments. By the end of the process, I knew how to vote for a project, up or down. This process then repeats itself at the City Commission...

Regarding Your Postcard If you received a “Vote No” postcard from StandUp TC, don’t believe their lies. Prop 3 is not illegal. It won’t cost city taxpayers thousands of dollars in legal bills or special elections. Prop 3 is about protecting our downtown -- not Munson, NMC or the Commons -- from a future of ugly skyscrapers that will diminish the very character of our downtown...

Vote Yes It has been suggested that a recall or re-election of current city staff and Traverse City Commission would work better than Prop 3. I disagree. A recall campaign is the most divisive, costly type of election possible. Prop 3, when passed, will allow all city residents an opportunity to vote on any proposed development over 60 feet tall at no cost to the taxpayer...

Yes Vote Explained A “yes” vote on Prop 3 will give Traverse City the right to vote on developments over 60 feet high. It doesn’t require votes on every future building, as incorrectly stated by a previous letter writer. If referendums are held during general elections, taxpayers pay nothing...

Beware Trump When the country you love have have served for 33 years is threatened, you have an obligation and a duty to speak out. Now is the time for all Americans to speak out against a possible Donald Trump presidency. During the past year Trump has been exposed as a pathological liar, a demagogue and a person who is totally unfit to assume the presidency of our already great country...

Picture Worth 1,000 Words Nobody disagrees with the need for affordable housing or that a certain level of density is dollar smart for TC. The issue is the proposed solution. If you haven’t already seen the architect’s rendition for the site, please Google “Pine Street Development Traverse City”...

Living Wage, Not Tall Buildings Our community deserves better than the StandUp TC “vote no” arguments. They are not truthful. Their yard signs say: “More Housing. Less Red Tape. Vote like you want your kids to live here.” The truth: More housing, but for whom? At what price..

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Kristi Kurjan - July 4th, 2011
Equestrian fashion for Horse Shows by the Bay
By Kristy Kurjan
From polo shirts to riding boots, equestrian fashion is not just for the stables anymore. The sport of horse riding is becoming more fashion conscious. While the English inspired garb is still very traditional, what has evolved in recent years is the selection, technology and availability of stylish riding gear.
We all admire the stately equestrian look, but what exactly goes into a well-dressed rider?

Equestrian Elements
There are a hand full of universal elements that create the “equestrian look” including; pants, boots, and fitted jacket. While in the saddle, a rider needs a good pair of breeches (pants), because if a rider’s pants don’t fit, they are not comfortable. Riding pants are slim in nature but not so tight that they limit a rider’s mobility on the horse.
“They need to be clean, well fitted, nothing flapping. Clothes that are very loose may get in the way, or get stuck in the stirrups,” said Jess Collins, owner of Red Hare Tack & Togs, an equestrian boutique located on Front Street in downtown Traverse City. “If you are competing in a horse show, clothes that are much too loose or way too tight will also be unsightly to the judge. Bottom line, you can really see a difference.”

From the Saddle to the Street
Real style takes shape in the barn, where the day-to-day equestrian lifestyle look is perfected. This is where trends like polo shirts, slim pants, and denim come to life. This preppy style is casual and easily makes the transition from the saddle to the streets. Rubber boots called “wellies” are ideal for cleaning and bathing a horse and come in all types of patterns and colors.
A few of the more popular equestrian brands include; Pikeur, Gersemi, Joules, Kerrits, Kingsland, Equine Couture and Goode Rider (all of which are available at Red Hare Tack & Togs.) These names are known for their bold colors and preppy silhouettes that signify the equestrian lifestyle.
One of the most coveted and universally admired horseback riding elements is a riding boot. While leather riding boots are marketed in stores, authentic equestrian custom-made boots are much more complex with study construction and solid heal. Collins explains, a rider would never wear “street riding boot” in the saddle, as with any sporting equipment, horse riding boots are made especially for the activity.
Most enthusiasts agree that a helmet is the most important piece to a rider’s wardrobe because ultimately safety is always in fashion. During competition, all riders under the age of 18 must wear protective headgear while on a horse.

Dressage & Hunter/Jumper
There is a very distinct difference between barn attire and a performance wardrobe; Barn styles are more casual while show styles are much more formal with strict traditional elements. Many of the traditional styles have not changed because there are governing rules to follow while competing. The two main areas are Dressage and Hunter/Jumper; each have a distinct set of wardrobe requirements that riders must adhere to during competition.
In terms of fashion, the dressage event is the most strict category at a horse show. It is occasionally referred to as a “horse ballet” because it involves performing to music, similar to a long-program in figure skating. Competitors are required to wear a traditional riding coat of conservative color with a tie choker or stock tie, white or light-colored breeches, and protective headgear. At the highest level, a dark tailcoat with top hap is worn. Depending on the competition, the top hat might be replaced with a helmet for safety reasons. Hair must not be showing and should be pulled back in a bun and loud colors are not allowed. Judges even look at the rider’s boots which can not have laces.
For a Hunter/Jumper competition the dress code is less strict, but traditional attire is still required. Riders still don dark coats, white shirts, breeches and protective head gear. Even during this part of the competition, Polo shirts and chaps are not permitted.

Expression Through Details
In a sport with such strict guidelines, hunter/jumper competitors often express their individuality through details. There are more color and fabric choices available including more breathable options and comfortable materials. Pattern fabrics in plaid, paisley and stripes help to bring individuality to an equestrian wardrobe.
“You’ll see them wear fun belts and choose linings on the inside of their riding coats that may be a pattern or color,” said Alexandra Rheinheimer, owner and director of Horse Shows by The Bay Equestrian Festival. “If someone has a pink underside to their jacket or some bling on their belt you can usually predict they are fun and tend to be a bit on the wild-side!”
Another way to show independence in the barn is through the horse. Riders choose different colored saddle pads and ribbons to make their horse look their best. “Back in the day we expressed ours by tying a special color of yarn into one of the braids in the mane,” said Marlene Dykhouse Wierenga, an avid rider and lover of horses. “Red, white and blue was a color of choice for the 4th of July shows or sometimes a color that matched our shirts.”

Fashionable Shows
If you want to see the very best in equestrian sport and fashions then Horse Shows by the Bay is the place to be during the month of July. The five week summer series of competitions takes place at Flintfields Horse Park in Williamsburg, just east of TC. Founded in 2004, it has since grown into one of the nation’s top horse and riding shows attracting thousands of people from across the country to Northern Michigan. The festival’s attendees are some of the most elite athletes that the sport has to offer.
“They represent the epitome of what to wear while riding and are always up on the latest trends,” explains Rheinheimer. This year, Horse Shows by the Bay was given a rating of “20” from the North American Riders Group that surveyed the best shows in North America. “In our short existence we’ve immediately excelled to being ranked among the best shows on the continent,” said Rheinheimer. “This is the first year our show jumping folks will be in town for four weeks which means more people than ever competing on our grounds and staying here in Traverse City.”
Spectators of the sport are fashionable too. Attendees at Horse Shows by the Bay they should wear comfortable clothing that’s conducive to the climate since we are outdoors and exposed to the elements. On a hot and sunny day don’t forget the sunscreen or a big hat and something that lets the air flow, like a sundress. For colder days, there’s nothing like a good pair of rubber wellies to keep dry.

Spectators Welcome
Intrigued by equine fashion and horseback riding competitions? Attend Horse Shows by the Bay to check it out for yourself throughout July.
The five week show series on the grounds in Williamsburg starts on Wednesdays and ends on Sundays. Featured events are scheduled on the weekends and include the exciting Grand Prix plus exhibitions, special family day activities, and charity fundraisers.
The 2011 Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival event dates:

Week 1 : June 30-July 2
Week 2: July 9-10
Week 3: July 16-17
Week 4: July 22-24
Week 5: July 30-31
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