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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The art of the guitar

Carina Hume - August 9th, 2007
Clay piggy bank artist Tyler Bier and girlfriend Anna Farrell have collaborated to offer a line of colorful, handmade, clay guitars at the Bier Art Gallery and Pottery Studio. A variety of mini guitar replicas are available for purchase, and a demonstration of the artists’ creative process will take place on Saturday, Aug. 11 at the gallery, located six miles south of Charlevoix.

The son of Ray and Tami Bier, owners of the Bier Art Gallery, Tyler has been working with clay for the last seven years.
“I started making piggy banks after my grandpa passed away, when I was about 13,” says the 20-year-old. Tyler Bier spent many years watching his grandpa on the potter’s wheel, but credits his parents for his clay skills. Ray is known for his functional stoneware pottery, while Tami creates whimsical and detailed clay sculpture as well as stoneware.
The gallery is housed in a converted red and white schoolhouse on US-31 that showcases a mixture of regional and national artists’ work in pottery, glass, wood, photography and more.

Dating since high school, Tyler and Anna decided to combine their artistic skills to create something new. “My parents were encouraging us to do something for the gallery because Anna’s good at art,” says Tyler.
The result is an impressive display of one-of-a-kind clay guitars, over a foot high and more than four inches wide. The couple sold three in their first month, with prices ranging from $165 to $195.
A guitarist in the Charlevoix-based band Painting Tradition since he was a freshman in high school, Bier admits the clay pieces are modeled after some of his own guitars.
“I own probably six guitars,” says Tyler, “so we looked at those and made our guitars after them.”

Creating a clay guitar piece takes eight hours, but combined with glaze and two firings, the finished project takes two weeks.
“They’re all slab built,” explains Tyler. “It’s really time consuming. We roll out slabs of clay, then cut out shapes of guitars, put them together, fire them, glaze them, fire them once more, then string them.” Copper speaker wire is used for each guitar’s strings.
Special orders are always welcome for those wanting mini replicas of their own guitars. Just bring a picture for the artists to create from.

Bier Art Gallery will host a demonstration day on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. to coincide with Charlevoix’s Waterfront Art Fair. Tyler and Anna, as well as other artists represented by the gallery, will be on hand to explain their work. Tyler has been participating and demonstrating his clay work for demonstration days since his early teens.
Clearly, art is a part of Tyler’s and Anna’s lives, but they’re not sure how much of a role it will play in their futures. Tyler is a junior business major at Grand Valley State University and Farrell will be joining him there as a freshman this fall, but neither have decided on specific career paths.
“Art is fun,” Tyler says with a laugh. “We’ll see how it goes.”

Bier Art Gallery and Pottery Studio is located six miles south of Charlevoix on US-31 and is open daily from 10a.m.-6p.m. or by appointment.
Call 231-547-2288, 866-880-5624 or
visit www.biergallery.com for more information.

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