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 Wilkeys‘ Photography

Emily Manthei - January 21st, 2008
It was a fairy-tale wedding that only photos could describe: a beautiful winter bride, dressed in snow-white furs and surrounded by real snowflakes, caught up in the romance of a special day more than fifteen years in the making – yes, fifteen years. When Dan and Ruth Wilkey were finally married, their story was a tale of love, loss, and reconciliation that spanned more years than many modern marriages.
The wedding was an epic story and a picture-perfect occasion. Wedding photos began to circulate. Ruth became one of the few brides who actually watched her wedding video. So it was no surprise to many of their friends when Dan, a talented long-time hobby photographer, and Ruth, a musician, piano teacher, and artist herself, returned to weddings – this time as professional photographers.

For them, it started two years ago at Dan’s brother’s wedding, where he shot candid photos of the ceremony, displaying them via laptop at the reception. The “official” wedding photographer liked them so much she suggested Dan start doing professional wedding photography, and “Photography by Yosh” (Dan’s somewhat mysterious nickname) was born from Dan and Ruth’s bustling, artistic Petoskey cottage.
Ruth, who bases a number of musical enterprises under her Creative Cottage banner, explains.
“We’re both artists, with diverse male/female sensibilities. So our finished work portrays aspects that appeal to both the bride and the groom – romance and action,” she chuckles. “We also bring joy, remembering vividly our own wedding day. We love weddings.”
And what brings magic to this duo’s work is that empathetic enthusiasm for each client’s special day. Dan and Ruth’s separate impressions, plus memories from their own day, help them capture the diverse aspects of every ceremony. While Ruth follows the bride during the pre-ceremony preparation, Dan captures the action of the ceremony and the once-in-a-lifetime moments between the bride and groom.
They trade places, filling in all the details throughout the event, capturing dozens of moments. And once the guests are ready for socializing and dancing, they start a slide show of the ceremony’s photos in one corner of the room, fulfilling the whole party’s desire for immediately sharing memories of the event – one of their most unique offerings.
The only problem? Ruth can never decide which wedding she likes best. “Every time we shoot a wedding, we go home thinking ‘that was the best one ever!’”

While most of their photographed weddings take place within the Harbor Springs to Traverse City area, Dan and Ruth have travelled as far as Grosse Pointe and Mackinac Island for weddings, but consider their Petoskey base a special destination.
With the serenity of Little Traverse Bay, and grandiose venue options as diverse and beautiful as the Stafford hotels, Bay Harbor, and a wide range of churches, “We couldn’t ask for greater natural beauty and venues as a backdrop for lovely photos. We offer couples coming from downstate the advantage of knowing other vendors and venues in the area, and can assist them in their planning,” offers Ruth, who is just as excited about each and every bride’s special day.
In fact, she has started to co-ordinate with wedding planners to offer other creative services as well. Her newest musical venture, Creative Cottage Young Musicians, is a performance group made up of some of her most talented piano students, hired out for weddings and family events. Meanwhile, Dan finishes post-production on the photos just weeks after the ceremony, giving their business a much faster turnaround than most wedding photographers, an added incentive for their clients.

This is what puts Photography by Yosh in a bit of a different class than many other wedding photographers: each wedding party always feels like they’re being given something a little extra special, something a little more personal than what more generic wedding photographers offer. With both Ruth and Dan’s gregarious personalities and attention to detail, it seems more like having a close personal friend capture the most important day of your life – someone who uniquely knows you.
And besides great photos, you would be hard-pressed to find photographers who love weddings as much as these two do.
“We get to hear great messages and reminders about the gift of marriage – the magic and the commitment to love and respect each other even when it’s not easy.” Ruth smiles as she thinks back on her own winter wedding. “We have a very special story ourselves, and we get to remember it each time we work alongside another couple who are embarking on their adventure together.”
Photography by Yosh may be reached by calling the Creative Cottage call center at 231.838.2114 or by visiting Yosh’s online gallery at http://photo.net/photos/DanielWilkey. Some of their wedding photography work may also be viewed in this issue’s edition of Northern Seen (page 30)

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