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Letters 08-03-2015

Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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Chair-ish Auction Offers Seat-of-the-Pants Art

Lee Harper - August 5th, 2004
“A Chair is a machine to sit in.”
-- Architect Frank Lloyd Wright, 1902

“To Know a chair is really it, you sometimes have to sit,” said poet Theodore Roethke in his 1966 poem, “The Chair.”
Indeed, and one might also add that the current rage for chair art in Northern Michigan also means enjoying your favorite seat’s artistic qualities.
Currently, chairs for charity are on exhibit and sale in downtown Traverse City. A similar fundraiser, the CHAIRish the Arts Live Auction will be held Friday, August 13 at the Crystal Lake Art Center in Frankfort.
CHAIRish the Arts will kick off at 6 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and a preview of chairs created by local artists. At 7 p.m. the live auction begins featuring auctioneer Tom Marshall. Admission is $10 which includes an auction paddle and preview hors d’oeuvres. All proceeds will benefit the Crystal Lake Art Center.
America is a chair-using culture. We sit on them almost everywhere we go -- at school, in the car, at the dentist’s office, in movie theaters, and many places intended for both work and leisure. The habit traces its roots back to ancient Egypt when pharaohs used chairs to raise themselves above those of lower rank who generally sat on the floor.
The Crystal Lake Art Center will showcase its collection of over 50 creative chairs, functional and nonfunctional. Designed by local artists, the chairs of wood, metal, and cloth can be used on the beach, the porch, in the dining room, or can function as an art object for the home.





 
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