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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Take a walk for art

Kristi Kates - June 9th, 2008
Put some of the best promotional minds of Petoskey together, add a little “gotta have art,” and what do you get? Petoskey’s annual Gallery Walk, now in its ninth year as one of downtown’s favored events for locals and tourists alike.
It only takes a quick stroll through Petoskey’s quaint downtown area to see that there’s a strong art presence, especially where landscape art (a big draw for visitors) is concerned; if you’ve ever wanted your walls to capture every single mood of the bay and the surrounding area, you could certainly do that by acquiring art from Petoskey’s extensive selection of galleries.

“Carlin Smith, Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce president, and Liz Ahrens, Crooked Tree Arts Center’s executive director, put their heads together with the intent of coming up with an event that would promote the growing number of art galleries in downtown, and that would further enhance Petoskey’s downtown image,” Downtown Director Becky Goodman explains.
Goodman is enthused about the numbers, which grow each year, right along with the event itself as more and more people find out about it.
“We have had people from around the country,” she says. “Many resorters have even begun their summer stays based on the date of the Gallery Walk. We also draw a strong Northern Michigan group.”
As far as gallery participants, there’s a strong group of those, too - this year’s roster includes over a dozen locales, among them Ciao Bella! Garden and Home Gallery, Northern Art Wildlife Art Gallery, Valerie Fine Art, Cold Nose Productions, and of course The Crooked Tree Art Center’s Art Tree Gallery.

The event is unique in that, as much as it’s an artistic exhibition, it’s also quite the social event and something akin to a scavenger hunt, complete with prizes. Special Gallery Walk maps are the key to it all - attendees can pick up free maps at the Petoskey Chamber of Commerce downtown, or at any of the participating galleries, starting about a week before the event and the night of. As people visit the galleries, each gallery will give them a “dot” sticker to put on their map, and by the end of the Gallery Walk, participants turn in their maps and receive a numbered ticket for each sticker; extra stickers can also be earned by purchasing items during the event.
Once the Gallery Walk is over, a whole new level of fun begins; the more dots you collect, the more chances you have to win when the numbers are drawn later that night, with winners receiving original works of art donated by the galleries.
And that’s not all - there’s also an afterglow party held in the Rose Garden of Stafford’s Perry Hotel, with the Jim Owen Trio providing entertainment.
But even with all of these diversions, it’s still the art that’s the focus.
“My opinion, from a downtown professional’s point of view, is that the galleries we have in Petoskey are lovely additions to the business mix that creates a shopping experience that is on a par with some of the best shopping districts in the country,” Goodman says. “The galleries draw people who love beautiful things, and there are many beautiful things to be shopped for in all of our downtown.”
Goodman, who is responsible for downtown revitalization projects, is also a fan of landscapes, but likes historic poster and commercial art as well; so for her, the more galleries and the more diverse they are, the better.
“I would love to see more galleries in downtown,” she continues. “I also coordinate Petoskey’s Art in the Park, and I am very proud of that prestigious and fine event. I think there is room for new artists, and I would welcome talking to anyone who is interested in finding gallery space.”

Petoskey appears to be quickly catching up to Traverse City in the range and amount of art that is becoming available to the public. Goodman thinks that Petoskey’s art is “premiere, of course!” - but she also believes there’s room for everyone. She’s quick to give credit where credit is due, as well; Goodman turned over her Express photo op for this article to the “very deserving” and quirkily-named T. Jones, the volunteer chair of Gallery Walk, who has chaired the event since its inception.
It’s all about downtown Petoskey, and all about the art for Goodman, who just wants to see a good turnout and more support of the arts throughout the region.
“I actually tend to not be so territorial when it comes to art in Northern Michigan,” she explains. “I’m proud to live in an area where there is such an emphasis on art, and where there are so many people earning their livings in such a fulfilling way. It spills over into everything else. I’m sure it relates to the fact that we live in such a beautiful place; we attract people who appreciate beautiful things.”

Petoskey’s Annual Gallery Walk is set to take place June 19 from 5:30 p.m.
to 9 p.m., while The 23rd Annual Art in the Park is set for Saturday, July
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