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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Get a little Art & Soul in Petoskey

Kristi Kates - March 16th, 2006
Almost exactly a year ago to date, a little shop took over the Mitchell
Street space in Petoskey where the Funky Frog used to reside.  Founded
by the enthusiastic and creatively-spirited Joelle Wilcox and dubbed
Art & Soul Studio, the new pottery-slash-crafting shop was conceived as
a place where local folks and visitors alike could make something that
was truly their own.
“I got into this because I really felt there was a need for a place
like this in the community,” Wilcox explains, “a place where people
could come and be creative and create their own projects.”   
Wilcox had been a stay-at-home parent for seven years - arguably a
“job” just as difficult as going to a workplace every day - but seven
years at home also meant that she was missing being out in the
community working on something in addition to her family, which
includes three children and her husband, Bay Street Orthopedics’ Dr.
Dan Wilcox.  So Art & Soul was the perfect solution - fun, unique,
and a creative opportunity both for her and for the people that would
hopefully soon become Art & Soul’s patrons.
“I was - and still am! - excited to provide a place where people of all
ages, but especially middle-school and high-school kids and young
adults, can come in and create things,” Wilcox confirms, “it’s also a
great place for people who might not be too outdoorsy, necessarily,
which I know is a big part of activities in Northern Michigan - these
more indoor people can come in and be productive and have fun here in
their own way.” 
Wilcox caters to groups, too, from small parties of friends to larger
events, homeschool groups, and Girl and Boy Scout troops.  And there
are all kinds of crafty opportunities to keep just about anyone happily
So what is there to do?  Plenty.  And Wilcox and her staff will even
help you figure out just what to make. 
“For anybody who walks in, we have a teaching board and some neat idea
books,” she explains, “we can help you design anything you want, or
even an idea you saw in a magazine.” 
And the variety and beauty of things created at Art & Soul isn’t lost
on the owner.  “It’s a learning process, and it’s fun to see everyone
learning the nuances of different projects and techniques,” Wilcox
says, “and some people are happy just doing something small and
charming, like a simple handprint on a plate for their Grandma or
something like that.  But most of all, I am amazed by the people that
come in here and do some really beautiful work.”
Art & Soul plans to keep changing things up, too.  “We definitely want
to move with the trends,” Wilcox says, “we’re always adding workships,
we’re going to be having a beading class, and we’re going to be
throwing pottery on wheels in addition to just painting the pottery.” 
And there’s a lot of pottery to paint, including plates, figurines,
decorative figurines and boxes, and tile mirrors. There’s functional
foodsafe dinnerware including cups, bowls, and mugs.  There are even
piggy banks - and the fun doesn’t stop there.
“We’re planning some neat special events, too,” Wilcox enthuses, “We’re
actually having an event on March 17, where a local high school
acoustic band called For-Some will be playing live.  People can come in
and just listen to the music for a $5 cover charge, or we’ll waive that
charge if they want to come in and paint or do a craft project at the
same time.” 
Pottery and pop music - Wilcox is definitely keeping things
interesting.  And she’ll be the first to point out to you standout
projects that people have done.  “I’ve got a window display I call ‘The
Best of the Kiln,’ where I like to put some of the really great pieces
that people do,” she points out. “The only problem is that people are
usually so excited about what they’ve created that they take their
pieces with them when they go.”
Come on in and make something great at Art & Soul Studio, 433 East
Mitchell Street, downtown Petoskey, telephone 231-348-7577.  Art & Soul
is closed on Mondays, open Tues 12-6, Weds 3-6, Thurs 12-9, Fri 12-6,
Sat 10-5, and Sun 12-4.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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