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 rides a painted horse in Northport

Jolynn Paige - July 19th, 2007
Art rides a Painted Horse
in Northport
By Jolynn Paige

Many would say that the village of Northport at the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula has been in a bit of a slump over the past several years. Businesses have closed, including the town’s major employer, Leelanau Memorial Hospital. Families have been forced to move away due to lack of work, and the town’s school has seen a drop in enrollment.
But a renaissance is on the horizon, in the form of a declaration by the prolific and populous art community of Northport shouting out, “We are here. We love this place and we’re not going anywhere. Come join us!”
Woody Palmer, for example, is undaunted by stories of doom and gloom.
Over the course of the past several years, Palmer has transformed an old downtown warehouse into what is now The Painted Horse Gallery – an airy, classy gallery to be proud of.
“I bought a main building in the center of Northport with the dream of transforming it into useable, attractive commercial space,” Palmer says.

Adjacent to the gallery is a fabulous little bookstore – Dog Ears Books – owned by Northport year-rounder Pamela Grath.
“We are planning all kinds of wonderful events for the future here,” said Grath. Goals include hosting artists’ workshops and authors’ visits in the bookstore/gallery’s new home.
A native of Ada and a talented landscape painter, Palmer’s vision is to create a professional, eye-pleasing space with great art and books in the hope that people will come.
Indeed, those who have come have been impressed.
“We had a woman wander in here a few days ago. She spent a bunch of time looking at the work, and she came to us and said that she’d been to galleries all over the world, and this one was her favorite,” said Palmer.
The past year of blood, sweat and tears has been worth it to him because he believes in the town. “I love Northport, and I think it has a great future ahead of it,” he says.

Palmer’s expertise in design architecture, his “second career,” is evident in the gallery’s color scheme, lighting, wall space, and ceiling.
“When I first saw this space, I fell in love with the wood-beam ceilings and skylights. We wanted to create the feeling of both a clean, inviting barn and an upscale gallery. I think we did it. I’m pleased with the way it’s turned out.”
He was drawn to a barn scheme because he and his wife, Bonnie Marris, a wildlife artist and partner in sweat equity, share a passion for horses.
“We have four horses – three of them painted – and that is why we named our gallery The Painted Horse,” said Marris.
“We hope that this is a shot in the arm for Northport,” she added. “This is just an incredible place, with so many wonderful, talented, creative, and loving people. It deserves all the best that we can give.”
In addition to Palmer’s landscapes and Marris’s oil paintings of wildlife, the gallery includes works by several Northern Michigan artists.
Palmer said there will be more art events in the near future for the town. “There are six galleries all together in Northport. We are joining together and working together to create events and art walks throughout the summer.”
The Painted Horse Gallery in Northport is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the summer. The following artists’ work will be on display and for sale, with prices ranging from $200-$10,000. Call 231-386-7209 for info.

Mary Beth Acosta, collage artist
Chip Gadek, furniture and wood sculptor
David Grath, painter
Philip Kellogg, sculptor
Bonnie Marris, painter
Gene Rantz, painter
Donn Palmer, painter
Woodruff (Woody) Palmer, painter
Bill Perkins, rustic furniture maker
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