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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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The Ripple Effect

- June 28th, 2007
The glory of the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore is revealed with maximum impact at the new Ripple Effect Studio and Gallery in the Village of Empire.
The gallery provides a summer worksite and exhibit space for acclaimed large format photogra-pher Jeff Ripple. A resident of Naples, Florida, the photographer has exhibited in more than a dozen solo and group museum exhibits, won numerous awards nationwide, and has authored nine books of natural history.
Ripple fell in love with Sleeping Bear Dunes and the Leelanau Peninsula after being married last year on Good Harbor Beach and spending the summer in the Empire area with his new wife, Pam Lincoln. The couple lived during the summer in a 23-foot travel trailer with their dog, Bear, outside Lincoln’s barn. “I was and remain constantly surprised and inspired by the drama of the skies over the lake and the gentle, rolling hills,” says Ripple. “This studio will allow me to produce new work with little or no interlude between exposing the film and making a print for exhibit.”
He spent the better part of five months scouring the national lakeshore for inspirational images and has opened the gallery with eight pieces from his series, “Wild Sleeping Bear,” in addition to images from his native Florida, Colorado, the Appalachians, and the Caribbean. He will unveil an additional four to six pieces from “Wild Sleeping Bear” within the next couple months, in addition to new oil and acrylic paintings inspired by the Leelanau County landscape, most of them painted on location en plein aire.
Ripple Effect Studio and Gallery is, as its name implies, the photographer’s summer working studio and a gallery showplace for his photographs, which range in size from a modest 11x14 inches to more than 38x60. The images reflect the artist’s devotion to protecting the natural environment, his fascination with the ephemeral play of light on textures and forms in the landscape, and his reverence for wild places. They are entirely wild landscapes, with little or no evidence of people or civilization. Ripple works in both color and black & white and is self-trained in large format photography and printmaking.

Ripple Effect Studio and Gallery is located at 10085 West Front Street in Empire and is open through the end of September, seven days a week and by appointment.
 
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