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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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Challenged artists find A New Dimension

- October 12th, 2009
Challenged Artists Find
A New Dimension
10/12/09
Artists coping with physical, emotional and cognitive challenges will have their moment of glory this Sunday with a chance to participate in an art exhibit entitled “A New Dimension” at the BATA Transfer Station in downtown Traverse City.
“The exhibit is an opportunity to unify artists who live day-to-day with challenges, along with a chance for the public to meet them and celebrate their abilities and talents,” said organizer Michelle St. Amant.
The event will feature an artists’ reception from 12:30-3:30 p.m. with a performance by jazz guitarist Ron Getz. A donation of $5 will be accepted at the door.
All proceeds from the exhibit will
benefit Andre’s Place, a program established by
St. Amant in memory of her son. Born with a rare genetic disorder, Andre grew to develop mental impairments, scoliosis, autism and a severe seizure disorder in his teens. He fell victim to fatal seizures at the age of 18.
The exhibit is open to artists 18 and older who are living with challenges. Entry forms for art in all mediums are available at the BATA Transfer Station on Hall Street; Disability Network on State St.; The Art of Framing and Gallery on 14th St. and DeYoung’s Art Supply on E. Front St.
One artist exhibiting will be Kristin Moody, who didn’t realize she had Asperger’s syndrome (a form of autism) until she was diagnosed as an adult. She had other challenges as well while growing up: At the age of four, she began receiving daily growth hormone injections for nine years to reach her current height of 5‘4“. She had a tumor removed from behind her ear at six and had surgery to raise her ribcage off her heart and lungs at age 12. At 23, she had her first real part-time job as an art assistant to artist Angela Schuler’s and her workshop series “Children’s Art for Autism.”
But through the years, Kristin found solace and liberation in her artwork, including a fanciful series of computer-drawn “Merfolk” mixing the forms of human beings with creatures of the sea. She’s one of many artists that St. Amant hopes to bring together in the spirit of sharing and creativity.
St. Amant is organizing the exhibit to commemorate her son Andre and his love of the arts, including music, movies and humor. Andre’s Place will offer a studio, art materials, instruction and a gallery in in a supportive environment for challenged artists, ages 18 and older.

“A New Dimension” is open to the public, Sunday, Oct. 18 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at the BATA Transfer Station, 115 Hall St., Traverse City.

 
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