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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Recycled

Krista Hirr - April 20th, 2006
An eclectic blend of fashions from the 20th century hit the runways this spring to preview the latest trends. This season is all about recycling what has worked in the past, but adding a new twist for ’06. From the feminine and flirty to the mod rockers, these collections are sure to bring a few new favorites to anyone’s closet.
Starting with the 1950s, think “I love Lucy” for a new trend from an old classic. Housewives are back with the shirtdress, but it’s no longer confined to the kitchen. And lucky you, A-line hems and belted waistlines make this classic look figure flattering. For something fun, try it with a funky pattern or bold colors. And to avoid looking like an Ethel clone, pair this dress with girly flats and simple jewelry.
A few years later, Hollywood “it” girls Elizabeth Taylor and Jayne Mansfield were sporting the sexy and cool “Cat’s-Eye” sunglasses. Steal this retro look for a once again cutting-edge style. For this type of frame, smaller is sleeker, while oversized can look too gaudy.
The headband has made a comeback, but start thinking more Audrey Hepburn than second grade school picture day. This sophisticated trend will bring life to any boring up do, and it’s simple at the same time. Sweep hair into a high bun or a low braid. Add a satin ribbon for a dressy look or a cloth stretch band for a laid back style. Stay away from plastic headbands. They dig in behind your ears and make you look more like Dakota Fanning than Natalie Portman.

ELEPHANT LEGS
Back again for yet another season are the popular “elephant legs”, a.k.a., gauchos. Born in the 1960s, these pants/shorts are designed to have the flowing look of a skirt, but are as comfortable as sweatpants. It’s easy to personalize this trend now that it can be found in every possible fabric and color. A pant that goes to mid-calf with a simple print can be paired with heels and a fitted jacket for the office. Add some slip on shoes to a shorter cotton pair for a day at the beach. But enjoy this versatile style while it lasts-it will be gone by next year.
Long and straight rules again. Runway models sported the hairstyle of choice from the 1970s, middle part and all. The twist for 2006: Volume. Big side swept bangs or lots of long layers will make your mane more flowing and less slicked down. Use this subtle style to tone down a dressy outfit. Another perk: Your fanciest jewelry will still look suitable for an evening out with this simple do.
Disco may have died, but the platform shoe has somehow lived on. This style came about in the early part of last century when shoemakers began experimenting with cork for soles, and even earlier in Asian countries. But the trend brings us right back to the late Travolta days of Saturday Night Fever. This time around, lose the goldfish and stripper style heels. The “higher the better” no longer applies. Stick with sandals and pair them with a flirty sundress or cropped pants.
Moving on to the 1980s and bell bottoms are out. Skinny jeans were all-the-rave back then and reappearing everywhere today. Remember there is a difference between a skinny jean and a tapered leg. Make sure they fit snug from the waist to the ankle, and skip the “tight rolling” fad this time. Try wearing them with stilettos so that the hem falls to the mid length of the heel. This helps to elongate your legs and keep you from looking like an extra in the movie “RAD.”

SHIELD SUNGLASSES
Arguably, the greatest trends of the ‘80s are those from the hair-bands that ruled MTV. Unfortunately, 2006 will not be bringing back the crimped, bleached-blonde, sky-high bang look, but we are getting back the shield sunglasses. These are the over-sized one-piece frames that make anyone look worthy of hanging with Bon Jovi. Think solar eclipse; no sunshine is getting through these bad boys. These shades are flattering to almost every face shape. And although they are straight out of the 80s, they are the most modern frame on the market. But since they make such a bold statement, if you do choose to wear them, you’ve got to rock them.
Let’s skip the grunge look of the 1990s and head straight to the sporty and preppy. It’s Kelly Kapowski from “Saved By The Bell,” with a little Jessie Spano in the mix. Think bold-colored knits and Polo shirts worthy of Wimbledon. Try stripes, polka dots, or layer lots of colors for a funky style. Wear this trend with white shorts or a simple jean skirt. To complete the look try a pair of slip on Keds or the ever popular Converse-Allstars.
Vests are cooler than ever this season when they find a happy median between the Harley-Davidson wardrobe and a fourth grade teacher’s holiday knit. Try a cargo-style khaki, or cropped, jean one. Personalize the look with fun details like buckles and colored zippers. For an updated look, skip the fringe and wear it with bare arms over a sleeveless dress or simple tank-top.
There are so many different ways to wear the trends this season that any of them can be individualized to fit your own style. The most important thing is to find those few key pieces that you fall in love with and make them fit into your current collection. Everyone needs to feel comfortable with their style, but step outside of your comfort zone and try something new this season. Happy shopping.

Krista Hirr is a freelance writer from Traverse City.
 
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