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 that Rocks

Rick Coates - July 7th, 2005
This summer Steve Loveless is throwing a little “rock” into tradition as he “rolls” out a unique collection of photographs and memorabilia from the world of popular music at his State of the Art Framing and Gallery in Traverse City.
It’s a departure for Loveless at the gallery he opened 20 years ago because for the past several summers he has had an exhibition of new works from nationally-acclaimed artist Charles Murphy.
“It’s not like we kicked Charles Murphy out -- his work is very popular and sells well. But Charles had some other projects for this summer so the door opened for this to happen,” said Loveless. “A few years ago the John Lennon art exhibition was well attended during the Cherry Festival and there was a lot of enthusiasm for the Tom Wright exhibition at the college, so that was my motivation for this.”
Several of Wright’s photographs will be part of the exhibit including some never-before-seen pieces. Wright, a close friend of Pete Townshend, was tour manager for The Who and traveled with the Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart and numerous other bands, amassing one of the greatest collections of rock photographs of all time.
“I am pleased that Tom has reached into his archives for this show,” said Loveless. “His work is amazing and there is so much to it. It seems to never end.”

Loveless should know. When Wright debuted his collection to the public in November of 2003 at the Dennos Museum, he called on Loveless to frame several hundred pieces in a two-week period.
Loveless’s fascination with rock photos, art and memorabilia started long before he met Wright. As with any kid who grew up in the 1960’s, it began with the Beatles. Loveless was 10 when the boys from Liverpool hit it big and he was instantly hooked.
“I really became hooked when ‘Yellow Submarine’ came out,” he said. “I have a lunch box and several other promotional items from that film.”
A few years back Loveless entered a Beatles shadowbox contest and designed a “Yellow Submarine” themed box winning top honors. The piece will be part of the exhibition.
In all, Loveless has over 200 pieces in his personal collection and will exhibit 20 of them. While he is attached to all of them every piece is for sale. Well, almost.
“I guess my most prized piece is my set of Beatles autographs from a show at the Cavern Club,” said Loveless. “If that sells there will be a lot of money being shelled out. But I want to include it because it is pretty cool.”

Loveless has been traveling to Beatles collector exhibitions for years and regularly attends the BeatleFest in Liverpool. He is confident of the authenticity of the items he owns, but notes that even experts can be fooled.
“Hendrix was left-handed and this expert told someone I knew that the item was not authentic because it was signed by someone using their right-hand,” said Loveless. “Yet a year later I was watching some film clips of Hendrix signing things with his right hand. It certainly is a buyer-beware market out there. You have to know who you are buying from.”
Another unique collection that won’t be on exhibit or for sale is his compilation of bootleg records, tapes and CDs. He has literally thousands of hours of bootlegs from concerts and other unreleased recordings of several artists. He has even been a major contributor to books that have detailed bootlegs.
Loveless feels that the art of bootlegging has changed but in its day was fascinating.
“I think just about every concert was recorded. In the ‘60s and ‘70s guys would fake being handicapped and go to shows in wheelchairs. They would get upfront seating,” said Loveless. “Then underneath the wheelchair was a reel-to-reel recorder, so there are some amazing live recordings out there.”

Eventually the industry learned the value of bootlegs and began releasing them itself. Loveless said that the Internet has made virtually every bootleg available and so his collection is not as valuable as it once was. But he still prizes it.
“I love a lot of The Who material I have. Actually I am bored with my Beatles bootlegs because every show was the same. Another prized bootleg is the only one I recorded myself and that was the John Entwistle show at the casino a few years ago.”
So, there must be a bootleg or two that you don’t have and want?
“Yeah there is one and I probably will never get it. I have heard some of it. It is the Tommy recording that Tom Wright made in 1969 at The Grande Ballroom in Detroit,” said Loveless. “It was the first time The Who performed it in the U.S. and Tom’s loyalties will always be with the Who, so I don’t see myself getting a copy of it.”
As for the rest of the exhibition, Loveless is pleased with the pieces coming in. In the collection will be original art from Ron Campbell, one of the artists from the “Yellow Submarine” animation by the Beatles.
“Ron is sending me at least two originals,” said Loveless. “They will be available for purchase as well. In fact every item on display will be for sale.”

That includes several pieces from the Hulton/Archive Collection. The collection is owned by Getty Images and is a combination of two collections. The Hulton Deutsch from London and Archive Photos from New York. The Hulton/Archive is one of the largest collections of photography and illustrative material in the world containing over 40 million images ranging from prints, engravings, cartoons, illustrations, maps and periodicals.
Pieces from The Hulton/Archive collection will include limited edition fine art giclee prints from a digital file of the original negative. (A giclee is an individually produced, high-resolution, high-fidelity print.) Early photos of Elvis, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Who, Eric Clapton and Jim Hendrix will be included.
The exhibition and sale will also include pieces from the famed London Daily Mirror archive. It will run through the month of July at the State of the Art Framing and Gallery on West 14th Street (at the Veterans Drive intersection). Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 to 6 pm and on Saturday’s from 9 to 4:30.
After 20 years of building a reputation for quality framing and customer service Loveless has opened a second location in Beulah. For details, 0 call Loveless at (231) 947-5456; or better yet just stop by with your checkbook as there are only 175 more shopping days until Christmas and it is a guarantee that Loveless has something for that person you know that has everything.
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