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Letters 07-06-2015

Safety on the “Bridge to Nowhere” Grant Parsons wrote an articulate column in opposition to the proposed Traverse City pier at the mouth of the Boardman River. He cites issues such as limited access, lack of parking, increased congestion, environmental degradation, and pork barrel spending of tax dollars. I would add another to this list: public safety...

Vote Carefully A recent poll showed 84% of Michiganders support increasing Michigan’s renewable energy standard to at least 20% from the current 10%. Yet Representative Ray Franz has sponsored legislation to eliminate the standard. This out of touch position is reminiscent of Franz’s opposition to the Pure Michigan campaign and support for increased taxes on retirees....

Credit Where Credit Is Due I think you should do another article about the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund giving proper credit to all involved, not just Tom Washington. Many others were just as involved...

I’ve Changed My Mind The Supreme Court has determined that states cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions. This has happened with breathtaking suddenness. It took 246 years for Americans to decide that slavery was wrong and abolish it, but it’s been only a couple of decades since any successful attempt was made to legalize same-sex marriage, and four years since a majority of the American public supported legalization...


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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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