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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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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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