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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Carina Hume - May 4th, 2009
Put Your Best Face Forward
Mother’s Day idea: skin care pampering

By Carina Hume 5/4/09

As a mom, finding time for “me” is scarce. But an opportunity to experience customized skin care from knowledgeable, certified staff, along with skin products that really work and a younger looking me – what’s not to love about that?
I opted for a visit to Cosmetic Skin & Laser Center, with locations in Traverse City and Petoskey.
“Our slogan is, ‘All cosmetic, all the time,’” says Courtney Sumpter, P.A.-C, who is clinical director of both non-surgical centers. “We take care of fine lines, broken blood vessels, brown spots, excessive hair -- just any sort of cosmetic things that are bugging people.”
Opened by Dr. Gustav Lo, and Sumpter in 2001, Cosmetic Skin & Laser Center has seen tremendous growth over the past eight years.
“Initially, [the business] started off doing just hair removal and some microdermabrasion,” says Sumpter. “But, it’s getting to the point where a lot of the population has a cosmetic provider -- sort of like a hairstylist. They might come in every month and they might come in twice a year, but people have little issues that they want dealt with and that they know can be treated.”

“When you’re 20 years old, you get new skin cells to the surface every 20 days,” says Sumpter. “As we age, the skin cell turnover slows down, so it’s nice to get just a few of those dead layers off, and your skin looks more radiant.”
Popular procedures include anti-aging, aesthetic, skin rejuvenation and hair removal.
“We do a lot of laser hair removal, and honestly, a lot of it is facial hair,” says Sumpter. “A lot of women develop facial hair post-pregnancy or they’ve had facial hair since they were young. We do laser hair removal anywhere, and after five treatments your hair’s permanently gone – like 80 percent of it.”
More aggressive treatments – like lasers, heavier peels and injections – are often requested by clients concerned with brown spots, wrinkles and unflattering skin texture. “We’re the biggest Botox practice north of Grand Rapids,” Sumpter says. “And that includes dermatologists, plastic surgeons, everybody.”

After an initial free consultation, I was scheduled with aesthetician Sarah Schornak, whose 11 years of experience guides
her in choosing the right products for each client’s skin.
A personal concern – teenage acne – led to her career in the skin care profession. “I was always interested in what makes the skin tick,” Schornak says. “It definitely is trial and error to find the right fit for your skin; and then, unfortunately, skin changes with age and hormones.”
An array of treatments – nothing too severe for my sensitive skin – comprised my facial experience: warm water cleansing, steam, warm towel mask, toner, moisturizer, eye and lip treatments, along with a relaxing hand massage somewhere in the middle of it.
“One thing that’s nice about the facials – especially when people do the peels and the microdermabrasion – is the exfoliation helps break down that layer that builds up on the skin which kind of holds everything in,” says Schornak.
“And, it also keeps everything out, including the products that you want to be using on your skin. So, quite often after people have treatments, they feel like their products are working a little bit better because they can get on to the skin and they’re absorbed.”

Three main factors go into skin rejuvenation, Schornak says. These include a Retinol treatment of some kind; skin exfoliation “to help even out the skin tone and texture and help clean out the pores and minimize pore size”; and the use of an antioxidant during the day to help protect the skin.
An explanation of the products selected for my skin was included in my visit: NIA 24 face wash and eye repair cream to help prevent further sun damage, Eau Thermale Avène to help my skin’s redness; and SkinMedica facial cleanser and eye cream and ultra sheer moisturizer – the most nourishing I’ve ever used – for daily protection.
A return visit might include a bareMinerals makeup demonstration or laser treatment to lighten a few brown spots. I’ll probably learn to live with my biggest wrinkle – my concentration line right between my eyes – but there would definitely be a fix for that, if I ever wanted one.

To contact the Cosmetic Skin & Laser Center in Petoskey, call 231-347-7395 or visit them at 116 W. Mitchell St. In Traverse City, call 231-935-0414, or visit them at The Village of Grand Traverse Commons, 800 Cottage View Dr., Suite 1080. Check them out on the web at www.petoskeyskin.com.

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