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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An American Century visits Petoskey

Kristi Kates - July 20th, 2009
An American Century
Visits Petoskey

By Kristi Kates 7/20/09

“As far as how long it will take to tour the collection, I have had people
return over and over again - because they say they cannot take it all in
at one time,” says exhibit curator Gail DeMeyere.
DeMeyere - who is also CTAC’s visual arts/education director - is
referring to the newest exhibit recently opened at Petoskey’s Crooked Tree
Arts Center: the prestigious An American Century: Paintings from the
Manoogian Collection.
It is somewhat unprecedented to have a collection of this magnitude in a
smaller town, even one as arts-focused as Petoskey; but luckily for
Northern Michigan residents and art appreciators, Richard Manoogian
himself has several friends that live in the area, “and his love of art is
something that he is passionate about sharing with others,” DeMeyere

Manoogian began actively collecting American art in the mid-1970s; today,
he and his wife Jane are still collectors of great American art, and their
current collection is known to be remarkable for its quality and scope.
While the collection primarily focuses on the 19th century, it also
includes superb examples of American art from the late 18th and early 20th
centuries; the collection reflects Manoogian’s belief that “it is
important for people to appreciate the unique character, diversity, and
quality of American art.”
DeMeyere also notes that through Manoogian’s generosity, the funding of An
American Century was provided in full.
“Without this type of support on a grand scale, this exhibition simply
would not be possible given the current conditions that the arts are
experiencing today,” DeMeyere continues, “I do need to say, too, that the
primary force in getting the Manoogian Collection to Petoskey and the
Crooked Tree Arts Center this summer is Richard’s long time friendship
with local resident Ruth Petzold, whose work is also on display at CTAC;
her photography work is a pure joy, and reflects her respect for our
natural world both above and below the water.”

An American Century represents 33 works from a much larger collection
owned by the Manoogians. The works in An American Century include
representations from the Hudson River School of painting, which is
considered the first true American school of landscape painting; Jasper
Francis Cropsey is one of the first-generation Hudson River School
artists, represented in this collection with a work entitled Spring in
c. 1860.
The earliest work in the exhibition is a series entitled The Voyage of
Life, of which each painting spans over seven feet in length; the four
collected works take up an entire wall in the Crooked Tree Arts Center
gallery, and were considered the magnum opus of their painter, Thomas
Cole, although the series was actually completed by DeWitt Clinton
Boutelle when Cole succumbed to pneumonia in 1848.
From the mid 1800s, the Manoogian Collection moves through works of the
late 1800s and early 1900s, including works by artists James McDougall
Hart, David Johnson, George Cope, William Merritt Chase, John George
Brown, and the legendary John Singer Sargent.

“This exhibition seems to strike an emotional chord with all who enter,”
DeMeyere enthuses, “as I walk the galleries it is interesting to me how
different pieces resonate with each new viewer. From one standpoint, there
is the sheer beauty of the American impressionist works of Frederick
Frieseke’s The Garden Pool, or William Merritt Chase’s Portrait of
Caroline Allport; and from the other side, there is the crowd favorite of
Cassius Coolidge’s The Poker Game.
“I also do not want to leave out the emotional impact of the Hudson River
School works, or John Singer Sargent’s Portrait of S. Weir Mitchell, she
continues, “I was just asked what piece in the collection was my favorite,
and I had to honestly say all of them. It seems that every time I enter
the galleries I fall in love with a new work. I have spent a great deal of
time looking at each painting, and I am struck with awe and respect for
the sensitivity, beauty and placement in history that these works

“An American Century: Paintings from the Manoogian Collection” and
“Sea/Safari/Chill: the Photography of Ruth Petzold” will be on display at
the Crooked Tree Arts Center through August 8, 2009. The galleries are
open Monday through Friday from 9-5, Saturday from 10-4, and Sunday from
12-4. There is a $10 recommended donation for the Manoogian exhibition. 

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