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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Art‘s New Frontier... Evans Forney Fine Art seeks to elevate Northern Michigan‘s status as an art destination

Susan Spear - June 9th, 2005
“Mosey on in” to the Evans Forney Fine Art gallery in downtown Traverse City to enjoy an open range of subject matter… from landscape to figurative paintings and photographs, sculptural furniture to pastoral carvings and traditional fine art. 
The fabulous newly-renovated space at 154 E. Front Street is filled with tooled leather paintings, pedestals of Native American style carved pottery and huge breathtaking photographs of pueblo doorways and red rock canyons, all of which speak of the gallery’s owners, John Evans’ and Lance Forney’s, love and respect of the West. 
  But no spurs and chaps  are necessary! This former Southwestern duo has roped in some regional and local artists.

An experienced art show producer, Evans organized popular art festivals in California and Arizona.  At Sedona’s Southwest Red Rock Fine Art And Wine Festival, he coupled world-renowned a  rtists with the Phoenix Symphony for more than a decade.  Gregarious and multi-talented, Evans also writes poetry and creates handmade paper sculptures.
Lance Forney, the Pied Piper of the duo, enchants guests with his talents as a photographer, musician and host. Inbetween greeting patrons at receptions, Forney has been known to take time out to converse with local musicians and can’t resist picking up a guitar.  
A natural beguiling spirit, Forney switched to full-time photography after a number of lucrative careers.  His large Southwestern landscapes are intense and caring exercises in sensibility. Fusing documentary, anticipation and expression, his photographs succeed as art in a time-space continuum.  
 Forney expresses space (both natural or architectural) with a focused concentration, creating photographs beyond prettiness or trends -- studiously celebrating form.

In addition to their respective talents, the Evans Forney Gallery owners have sought out artists from all over the country. 
Midwest audiences may not be accustomed to paintings and sculptures of horses, lariats, cowhands and Indians as having wide acclaim. 
Yet after living and working in the Southwest, the EF partners have chosen to showcase a number of Western artists. They know that collectors value the heritage of the frontier and that for decades, names like Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell have been briskly purchased for millions.  
Followed by phenomenal talents like Georgia O’Keefe and Hudson River School painters who journeyed west, the value of Western artists was raised to the level of their East Coast peers in the last century. Today, major museum shows continue to bring attention and academic interest to the work of Western artists. Buyers of Western art are geographically diverse and a consistent number of people purchase “a piece of American history” each year to display in their homes.

Only New York City outsells Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico for the dollar value of American art sold.  John Evans and Lance Forney would like to see northwestern Michigan become a famous spot for collectors and tourists to find and purchase American art, from every region of the country.  The concept behind their gallery is to bring people together in a warm, friendly atmosphere and offer a wide variety of media, styles and prices.
• New to Evans Forney Gallery is Eric Strauss, a nationally established stainless steel sculptor, who creates for the viewer’s desire to touch. Working from his mountaintop studio in north Georgia, the mini-metal man constructs subjects that he has dreamed, imagined or experienced. His linear equine pieces are a result of his childhood experiences growing up on a farm. His mixed metal pieces are studies in textural contrast merging environmental/outer/nature with highly polished abstract shapes.  His one-of-a-kind furniture pieces are futuristic sculptures without rules and boundaries. 
• Award-winning local artist Chick Powers creates carved wood metaphors, some representing real items (such as coats or hats), a unique skull series and exemplary figurative work concerning the underlying struggle of human endeavor.  There is a reminiscent beauty and reverence to Georgia O’Keefe in his skull series.   His meticulous craftsmanship of wood is apparent in his mimic/object forms. And the addition of metal to his dynamic figures accentuates the grace and sometimes pain of human struggles. His wood sculptures require a double-take.
• Shirley McWorter-Moss, a former math and aeronautical engineering teacher, retired a decade ago to follow her artistic dream of becoming a sculptress. The Anaheim, California artist has recently showcased her work at the Loveland Sculpture Invitational in Colorado. The majority of her work is figurative, with an emphasis on the “virtuoso.” Her piece entitled “Oracles” has that spellbinding quality. 
The former Cleveland native tries to “breathe life into her subjects.”  Much of her work has a monumental quality of a conventionally trained sculptor, but with delightful underpinnings of depth, balance, and rhythm.  

Each gallery in the area has its own ambiance and reputation, but the sculptural work is particularly strong in the latest gallery to enhance Front Street. If you are looking for art that competes national galleries, you may be delightfully surprised by this gallery and by the growing selection of new galleries in the Grand Traverse Bay region. And don’t mind that compulsive adventurer that greets you at the Evans Forney Fine Arts gallery door: Lance just wants to be your unofficial ambassador to some exceptional local, regional and American art.  

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