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 up North

Carina Hume - June 15th, 2006
Northern Michigan’s beauty is rivaled only by the artwork that area galleries and summer shows bring. The Petoskey and Harbor Springs area art scene doesn’t disappoint with this jam-packed summer schedule.
Petoskey kicks off its summer art fun with the Seventh Annual Downtown Gallery Walk on Thursday, June 15. From 5:30 – 9 p.m. participating galleries will have refreshments, hors d’oeuvres and many artists on hand. Everyone is welcome and each gallery visit earns participants a dot on their walking map that will be turned in for tickets at the AfterGlow party at the end of the night. Tickets will be drawn to raffle off participating galleries’ donated art. There is no charge for the event and additional tickets can be earned for each purchase made. Over $10,000 in prizes will be given away.
Well into its summer season, the Crooked Tree Arts Center (CTAC) in downtown Petoskey is offering the Alma Print Show through June 18. This traveling show treats visitors to a diverse collection of print methods and techniques.
In CTAC’s Edith Gilbert Gallery through June 25 is the 20th Century Photography Masters exhibition. On loan from the Crouse family’s private collections, the exhibit features, among others, the work of Ansel Adams, black and white pictures of Marilyn Monroe and Steve McCurry’s photo of an Afghan girl made famous by National Geographic.

Fourth of July visitors to Harbor Springs will be welcomed to the 31st Annual Juried Art Show held in Zorn Park. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. for this yearly tradition. Nearly 108 entrants were accepted from 175 applications and booths selling everything from paintings to pottery will cover both sections of the park. “We’re proud to have artists from all over the country,” says Michelle Zoerner of Harbor Springs Community Schools. “There is something for everyone.”
From July 8 through August 27 CTAC will have two plein air exhibitions. En plein air is a French term that translates into English as ‘in open air.’ True plein air artists paint from direct observation of life, often outdoors, with no photographic reference. The National Plein Air Competition in CTAC’s West Gallery showcases 51 paintings juried by local plein air artist Bill Hosner. The second show, Before Their Eyes – En Plein Air, will be in the Edith Gilbert Gallery and will feature the work of nationally known artists Scott Christensen, Gil Dellinger, Daniel Gerhartz and Hosner.
Gil Dellinger, a featured artist in Before Their Eyes at CTAC will offer pastel and acrylic demonstrations on Saturday, July 9. Location and times will be announced July 7. Please visit www.crookedtree.org for more details.
On Wednesday, July 12, the Harbor Springs Women’s Club will present its 23rd Annual Art Fest at Nub’s Nob in Harbor Springs. From 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. visitors ($4 entry fee) will see a variety of arts and crafts. “You name it, it’s there,” says Ruth O’Gawa, member of the H.S. Women’s Club, “watercolor, oil, fabric art, ceramics, a wide range of jewelry and painted, woven clothes.”
The annual art fest is a fund-raiser for area organizations. “The proceeds go to community needs,” continues O’Gawa, “Manna Food Pantry and Women’s Resource Center scholarships.”
D’Art for Art, the area’s biggest fund-raiser, sponsored by CTAC, takes place the evening of Thursday, July 13 at Brek-N-Ridge Farm in Harbor Springs. A $500 ticket guarantees each couple an original work of art, a “meet the artist-preview the art” cocktail reception, dinner, music and the satisfaction that comes from supporting the arts. Tickets go fast for this annual event. Visit www.crookedtree.org for more information.
Petoskey’s foremost art tradition, Art in the Park, takes place on Saturday, July 15 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. “It’s a special event for the regional area,” says Becky Goodman, downtown director for Petoskey’s Chamber of Commerce, “and it’s more to get people to visit our downtown community.”
Featuring 125 artists out of nearly 300, the show is the area’s largest juried event. Local artist Joey Haderer runs the popular Children’s Area where kids can buy inexpensive pieces of art or create their own. Local service organizations, Zonta and Habitat for Humanity will offer food booths.
The third annual Native American Indian Art Fair sponsored by the Andrew J. Blackbird Museum will be held Saturday, July 22 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in Harbor Springs’ Jean Jardine Park. Many area Native American artists and historians will be showing their wares. “We expect to see everything from quillwork to beading, from traditional to contemporary,” says Kathy Lott, executive director of the Harbor Springs Chamber of Commerce and museum board member.
A Plein Air Paint-Out will take place Saturday, July 29 at CTAC. All artists are welcome to participate in this day-long event. Registration will be 8-9 a.m. and artists must return with their finished artwork by 6 p.m. framed and ready to display. (A framing station will be setup at CTAC – artists must bring their own supplies.) On Sunday, July 30 there will be an opening reception of all artists’ work from 2-4 p.m. Work will remain on display and for sale in CTAC’s lower gallery until August 27.

Bay Harbor swings into the art scene with its seventh annual Summer Art Fair on Aug. 4 and 5. The festival will feature a juried fine arts show and craftspeople along with music and children’s entertainment. Admission and parking is free and everyone is welcome. Visit www.levyartfairs.com for more information.
On Saturday, Aug. 19 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. the 30th Annual Juried Arts & Crafts show will be held in downtown Petoskey’s Pennsylvania Park. “When (the Petoskey Jaycees) disbanded,” says Carrie Selby of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northern Michigan, “they turned it over to us.” The show – a fund-raiser for Big Brothers’/Big Sisters’ volunteer mentoring program – will continue to offer nearly 100 booths selling a variety of items and will coincide with Petoskey’s Festival on the Bay.

For more detailed information on the above events, please visit the Petoskey Chamber of Commerce website at
www.petoskey.com or the Harbor Springs Chamber of Commerce website at

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