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Letters 08-03-2015

Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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Photographic fundraiser clicks for Holly Nelson

Katie Hudson - July 5th, 2007
Local photographer Holly Nelson loves to capture the light. “I always look for the right lighting, which is what photography is all about,” she says.
The 27-year-old Honor native has recently come out of a dark time in her life. Last December, she was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on her pancreas.
It was an islet cell tumor, a rare form of cancer that affects about one in a million people, doctors told her. It usually strikes men and older people, and it doesn’t run in Nelson’s family, which made her case even more unusual.
“It was kind of devastating at first, but I never let it get me down. I just kind of took it as, God must have wanted it to happen to me and He’s given it to me for a reason,” Nelson says.
She had extensive surgery in January to remove the tumor. Doctors had to remove some of her stomach and part of her pancreas.
The operation was successful, but Nelson continues to go for CAT scans and bloodwork every month. “They said it can come back at anytime, anywhere in my body. I have to keep a close eye on it,” she said. “But I feel back to normal, finally.”
However, insurance only covers 60% of her medical costs, so Nelson is raffling off some of her color photos at a fundraiser this Saturday, July 7, in an effort to help cover her medical expenses.
The raffle will be held at her family’s gallery, Gallery 31 in Honor, from 5-8 pm. There will also be door prizes throughout the evening, as well as live music, local wines and refreshments.

NATURE & LANDSCAPES
Nelson, who earned a degree in photography from Grand Valley State University in 2002, has been shooting photos for about nine years now. “I’ll take a picture of anything,” she laughs.
She works at Thompson Pharmacy in Traverse City, doing photography on the side, but she hopes to one day pursue her art full-time. Before her family opened Gallery 31 in 2005, she worked at a gallery in Frankfort, gaining background and experience.
Nelson concentrates primarily on nature and landscapes. “It’s all done locally,” she says. “Almost every day shooting, I just drive around until I see something. I’ve been starting to play around with nature. I’ll do closeups of the water when the light’s hitting it.”
Three of her photos will be raffled off at Saturday’s fundraising event: “Red Sunflower,” “Pt. Betsie Lighthouse,” and “Lake Michigan Sunset.”
“A lot of people mistake them for paintings, especially the sunflower one,” Nelson says.
Raffle tickets are $5 each, or 5 for $20, and can be purchased at Gallery 31, Thompson Pharmacy, and the Crystal Lake Art Center. Prizes will be drawn at 6 pm, but patrons do not have to be present to win.
To see Nelson’s photos, or for more information about the raffle and fundraiser, check out www.gallery31.net.

Writer Katie Huston is a new summer intern at Northern Express.
 
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