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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Fall of Females

Erin Cowell - September 13th, 2010
The Fall of Females: Celebrating Women at the Dennos
By Erin Crowell
This fall, the Dennos Museum introduces its exhibition Celebrating
Women, a photography exhibit by Paola Gianturco, featuring festivals
that honor women’s roles, rites of passage, attributes,
accomplishments and spiritual lives. Accompanying the exhibit will be
a series of lectures, luncheons, artist workshops, demos, concerts,
films and other events that honor women in all capacities of life.
“I am excited about this project,” says Gene Jenneman, director of the
museum. “It has involved many people internally and externally to make
it all happen and I think it will be an exciting experience for the
community with much to offer.”
The project is not confined solely to the museum, but rather is a
community-wide celebration, with events happening throughout the
Traverse City area, including a guide of works by women artists
featured at the Michigan Legacy Art Park, in Thompsonville; and a
showing of films by female directors at the State Theatre every Sunday
in September. Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect to see in the
upcoming weeks:

“Celebrating Women”
September 19-January 2, Dennos Museum Center
See the photos by Paola Gianturco that inspired the community-wide
project. Images include the following celebrations: India’s Kali Puja,
celebrating women as warriors; Morocco’s Marriage Festival,
celebrating women as initiators; and Swaziland’s Reed Dance,
celebrating women as virgins. Open during regular museum hours:
Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

“Cuadros: Stitching Memories”
Sunday, September 19, 2 p.m., Dennos Museum Center
Discussion featuring Rebecca Davis, curator of Stitching Stories of
Miracles and Memories—an art exhibition at the museum that features
embroidered and appliquéd fabric pictures called Cuadros—and Barbara
Cervenka, co-director of ConVida, a non-profit dedicated to promoting
the cultures and history of the Americas through popular art. The
presentation on the art exhibit will feature demos by Peruvian artists
Julia Linan Retuerto and daughter Veronica Principe Linan.

“Anita Mayer Luvera: One Woman’s Creative Journey”
Thursday, September 23, 7 p.m., Dennos Museum Center
Internationally recognized weaver and fiber artist, designer and
author Anita Luvera Mayer will discuss her work; artist workshop to
follow: “Mud Pies Workshop for Adults with Anita Mayer,” happening
both Sept. 23 & 24, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Workshop features multiple
material and technique stations. Cost, $100 and due at registration.
Call 995-1029.

An Afternoon with Miss Michigan
Sunday, September 26, 3 p.m., Dennos Museum Center
Katie LaRoche, current Miss Michigan, will speak about her experience
competing in the Miss Michigan and Miss America competitions and what
these competitions say to us about what we value in women. The
presentation also includes a discussion on her platform issue, human
trafficking of women.

“Body Issues in Contemporary Art”
Thursday, September 30, 7 p.m., Dennos Museum Center
Suzanne Eberle will discuss the works of artists like Janine Antoni
and Karen LaMonde who use traditional and contemporary art practices
to explore gender-driven issues of the body, focusing on women’s
personal and psychological discontent with themselves.

“Great Leading Women – and the Men Behind Them”
Sunday, October 3, 2 p.m., Dennos Museum Center
Daniel Mulhern, Michigan’s “First Gentlemen,” shares his observations
about the strengths and challenges faced by women who lead and the new
horizons for men. Following the presentation will be a Q&A session,
book signing and the opportunity for a one-on-one discussion with
“The Art of Henna and Sari Draping”
Sunday, October 10, 2 p.m., Dennos Museum Center
Learn about Meh’ndi (a.k.a. Henna or temporary body art) of India, as
well as sari draping and Indian culture with Anshu Varma; workshop to
follow with $10 due at registration. Call 995-1029 for more

“International Affairs Lecture Series”
Thursday, October 21, 6-7:15 p.m., Milliken Auditorium
Presentation by Dr. Pauline Muchina of UNAIDS in Washington on the
challenges facing Subharan Africa – which includes AIDS, poverty,
gender-based violence and governance. Cost, $10 (students and
educators are free). Call 995-1700 for tickets.

The celebration begins with the “Strong Women Unite! Luncheon,” held
Sept. 16, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Dennos Museum Center, honoring
the influential and giving women of Traverse City as recognized by
Athena Grand Traverse. Cost, $22. Register online at

“Celebrating Women as Spiritual” Brown Bag Lunch”
Monday, Nov. 8, noon-1:30 p.m.
Join Northwestern Michigan College religion professor Misty Sheehan
and local spiritual leaders for a discussion/lunch.

Films by Women Directors
Every Sunday in September, 1 p.m., State Theatre
Part of the Cinema Guild Series, see the complete schedule at

“Independent Lens: Women Who Change the World”
Saturday, November 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Dennos Museum Center
Film series presented in partnership with CMU Public Television,
featuring independent documentaries and fictional films throughout the
day. See the schedule with film descriptions at www.dennosmuseum.org.

“The Women of Lockerbie” by Deborah Brevoort
October 8-23, 8 8p.m. (3 p.m. on Sundays), Old Town Playhouse Studio Theater
Dramatic play under the direction of Mychelle Hopkins and produced by
Sheri Wallace about the aftermath of Pam Am flight 103’s crash and the
women who find love over hate. Visit oldtownplayhouse.com for more

Friday, October 29, 8 p.m., Milliken Auditorium
African soul artist Somi performs a concert of seductive, world
rhythms. Tickets are $25 in advance; $28 at the door. Call 995-1553.

“Four Bitchin’ Babes”
Friday, November 12, 8 p.m., Milliken Auditorium
Comedic/musical performance by four women and their visual
performance, featuring social commentary on everything from babes and
boys to Botox. Tickets, $25 in advance; $28 at the door. Call

“Celebrating Women in Jazz”
Saturday, November 17, 8 p.m., Milliken Auditorium
All-woman jazz group featuring Laurie Sears on saxophone and flute,
Laura Caviani on piano, Marion Hayden on bass, Gayelynn McKinney on
drums and singer Claudia Schmidt, performing original music and jazz
standards. Tickets, $25 in advance; $28 at the door. Call 995-1553.

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