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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Tatum Studios

Kristi Kates - July 7th, 2005
Cali Tatum and Dave Stuursma were quite familiar with the Lake Orion
area -- they‘d spent plenty of time establishing a gallery there in
the northern suburbs of Detroit.  But Northern Michigan was calling, so
the business partners decided to come Up North to see what Petoskey had
to offer.  “Lots of things!“ was the answer, as Tatum Studios co-owner
Stuursma enthuses: “We found that there were not only several open
buildings, but the town was also completely welcoming to art and new
galleries.  It was an easy choice to come up here.“
  Located at 445 East Mitchell Street in Petoskey‘s new “uptown art
district,“ Tatum Studios began with a focus on furniture. They‘re
branching out into other artworks as they discover new artists and
items they‘d like to showcase. 
“We were really established with furniture, but we offer a lot of
other great pieces of art too,“ Stuursma explains, “all of our
furnishings are hand-made and imported from Ecuador, where we work with
basically one furniture maker, Cristian Donoso, who is well known in
South American and Europe.  We have the exclusive U.S. rights to his
work -- we‘re the only ones in America who sell it.“ 

Heavy and carefully crafted, the Donoso furnishings blend in with a
variety of decors. 
“Some missionary friends of ours helped us locate Donoso, and his
work is a favorite in our studios.  We sell the classic furnishings
- tables, beds, dressers, coffee tables - and they‘re all designed with
both Colonial and European design elements.“ 
And, for the environmentally-minded, the woods used in Donoso‘s
works are native to Ecuador, where the government allotments mean that
artists and craftspeople are only allowed two or three cuttings a
month, so they use their resources carefully.
  Tatum Studios offers many other artistic items, both for home and
personal adornment, as well.  Co-owner Cali Tatum makes much of the
studio‘s jewelry herself, and the studio is also in the process of
welcoming more jewelry designers, both local and regional. 
Beaded pieces and jewelry with semi-precious stones are featured,
with Tatum and Stuursma trying to find the most creative items
possible.  Their pottery comes mostly from the famed Pewabic Pottery
factory in Detroit, which is over 100 years old and well-known
throughout Michigan. 
They‘ve started dabbling in artistic clothing, too, including a line
of Vietmanese silk scarves that were originally developed for the Queen
of England. Stuursma‘s sister contributes hand-made soaps to the studio
for yet another different twist.

  As far as traditional artwork goes - paintings and collages - there‘s
plenty of that as well.  “We have a special art area for actual
artworks,“ Stuursma points out, “most of the art here is home decor,
but we also want to appeal to the people who appreciate more eclectic
art.  A couple of our newest additions are an artist from Utah who
works in only found objects and who was recently approached by the
Guggenheim in New York for an exhibit, and also a lady who does book
illustrations.  It‘s a pretty interesting mix.“  Tatum Studios will
look at pretty much any form of art for possible inclusion in their
gallery - it‘s more a matter of what strikes them than what‘s
traditionally included in a gallery.  “We have art from all over,“
Stuursma says, “from South Africa to all over the U.S.“ 
  “We‘re still really just getting our feet wet in the artistic
community here,“ he muses, “we‘re really trying to help develop this
block, working with the Artists‘ Market and Crooked Tree Arts Council. 
Ideally, we‘re looking at some possible block parties, maybe evening
hors‘doeuvres with art, and some events similar to the Art Walk that
they already held. We know they‘re really working to get this block to
be considered the city‘s art district.  We‘d like this to be the
‘uptown’ of Petoskey, and we‘re glad to be part of it.“
Tatum Studios is located at 445 East Mitchell Street in Petoskey;
phone 248-505-0378.  They can also be found online at

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