Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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The Art of Boxing

- August 4th, 2005
What goes better than art and boxing? Find out Saturday, Aug. 13 at ArtFist, an event which blends an exhibition of paintings with fisticuffs at the Grand Traverse Resort.
ArtFist will celebrate the paintings of Dr. Ferdie Pacheco, a Miami artist who also served as Muhammad Ali’s ringside doctor in addition to his work as a fight commentator. A 4 p.m. reception and art exhibition at Governor’s Hall will be followed by a dinner at 6:30 and then boxing by members of the Trigger Gym, among others.
Local favorites in the ring will include Jacob Laman of TC Central High and Dominic Piscopo of Bellaire. Former state champion Alex Trevino of Trigger Gym will be on the scene, hoping to avenge a Golden Gloves loss to Vincent Bowe of Grand Rapids.
In other words, ArtFist is not your usual art exhibit where the level of combat tends to be catty barbs from other artists.
Artist Pacheco was born in Tampa in 1927 of Spanish heritage. He aims for a bold, splashy style with strong colors and designs, many of which are drawn from memories of a life that has been rich in experience.
For instance, after establishing a career as a pharmacist and medical doctor, he went on to serve 12 world champions as a “corner man” in the boxing ring, including a 17-year run with Muhammad Ali.
A true Renaissance Man, he also served as a boxing consultant for NBC for 10 years, spent 25 years in broadcasting, and has had 14 books published in addition to many articles and reviews in national publications.
Dr. Pacheco has also witnessed the rough side of life on the other side of the ring. As a young doctor transplanted from notorious Ybor City in Tampa, he established his first practice in Miami’s Little Havana at a time when the first Cuban exiles began flooding into the U.S. Their stories and tales of his own Cuban-born father found their way into the exuberance of his artwork.
Speaking of which, Dr. Pacheco began drawing and painting at the age of five. Although he realized by the age of 14 that he wanted to become a doctor, he continued his lifelong passion for art. He cites artistic influences by the likes of Van Gogh, Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, Thomas Hart Benton and George Grosz, among others.
Art is also a family affair: he’s been married for 33 years to Luisita Sevilla, a Flamenco artist and photographer.

Tickets for ArtFist are $55, including a wine & cheese reception, exhibition, dinner and music by Dawn Harris. For the boxing match alone, general admission is $15. Call Trigger Boxing at 231-933-7050, or the Resort at 231-534-6000.
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