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Letters 08-01-2016

Voter Suppression And Choice In 2013, five Supreme Court justices, each appointed by Republican presidents, knocked the teeth out of the Voting Rights Act. Immediately a majority of Republican-dominated states began passing laws aimed at suppressing the votes of their majority Democrat demographics: minorities, students and the elderly. These laws – requiring voter IDs, cutting early voting, eliminating same-day registration, closing selected polling places, banning straight-ticket voting, etc. — never flat-out deny a person’s right to vote; they just make actual registering and voting more difficult, and therefore make it more likely that individuals in certain groups will not vote. Think of voter suppression as a kind of reverse marketing strategy, one aimed at getting people not to do something...

Free Parking Patrick Sullivan’s good story on parking overlooked one source of “free parking” that has become an increasing problem in Traverse City: spill-over into adjacent neighborhoods. Instead of discouraging people from bringing cars downtown, we’re allowing them to park on both sides of narrow residential streets all day long...

Real American Duality Isiah Smith didn’t really put his deep thinking hat on before writing the “American Duality” commentary. First there’s geography. His daughter feels safer in Sweden than in the United States, at least partially because of the violence in Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minnesota. Really? Safer than in northern Michigan, which is further away from Dallas and Baton Rouge than Stockholm is from Ansbach, Paris or Brussels and no closer to Minnesota than Sweden is to Germany? Did Smith miss recent supremely violent events in those places? Alrighty then...

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Me Style: Rooted to Nature

Robert Downes - April 28th, 2008
Walk into Rooted to Nature and you’ll be overwhelmed with the rainbow of creative, fun clothing made from organic materials and natural fibers.
Located two miles south of Elk Rapids at 11672 US 31 South, Rooted to Nature is packed with clothing options from around the world, with fabrics made from renewable resources such as bamboo, soy, hemp, cotton, merino wool and other natural fibers.
But that’s not all: natural materials are married to artful, imaginative ideas, such as as line of t-shirts died with different colors of clay. And you’ll find children’s clothing, including wool-knit sweaters in earth tones that are adorable as well as durable.
“We’re also bringing products from India and Nepal,” says Cody Montgomery, who backpacked through both countries recently, bringing back exotic hand-made apparel with workmanship that’s impossible to mass produce.
A recent photo school graduate, Cody is the son of Buck and Cathy Montgomery who run the store with nephew Nick Cassell. Rooted to Nature opened in February of 2007 and is a family effort that combines many talents.
“Nick was the one with the idea for the store,” Cathy says. “He had been working in outdoor retail for eight years and thought the time was right for an outdoor casual apparel boutique in Northern Michigan.”
Originally from Royal Oak, the Montgomery’s have summered in Northern Michigan for years on Deepwater Point in Acme and Torch Lake. “We always wanted to come back here to live and thought that this would be a good area for this kind of concept -- natural fiber clothing made from renewable materials,” says Buck, who was formerly a consultant in the Detroit area for family-run businesses.
Buck is an ardent booster of the merino wool products at the store. A cyclist, he says nothing beats the sheer, silky wool from New Zealand for sports apparel. Product lines include SmartWool, Ibex and Icebreaker. “Merino wool is antimicrobial and wicks water away,” he says. “It does everything that polyester synthetics do, only better.”
Cathy says the family would like to create a scene of like-minded retailers at their location south of Elk Rapids, “kind of like an eco-mall.” In the meantime, the family is doing their best to spread the word on the value of renewable, natural fiber clothing, including a website at www.RootedtoNature.com.


 
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