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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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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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