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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Bead Hollow

Kristi Kates - October 18th, 2010
Jewelry begins at Bead Hollow
By Kristi Kates
Buffy Monahan ‘drew a bead’ on a new profession after getting yelled
at one too many times serving legal papers on people in Minneapolis.
“Before we decided to do the bead store, my husband and I owned and
operated our own legal processing company in Minneapolis,” she says.
“It wasn’t a difficult decision to make considering the line of
business we were in - it’s not fun serving people papers. Basically
you drive all over the cities going door to door, making people angry.
It’s so much nicer being a bead store owner,” she laughs.
Before opening their Bead Hollow shop in downtown Petoskey on May 1,
Monahan and her husband also owned a bead store in Duluth, Minnesota,
for a couple of years.They made a decision to move to Petoskey in part
for personal reasons.
“I am a Michigan native, and I wanted to move back closer to my
parents who live in Alanson,” Monahan says.  “My mom convinced me and
my husband that Petoskey would be a great place for our store.
Petoskey has such a unique collection of shops that I knew there was a
good chance we would fit in.”
Located in Petoskey’s Gaslight District, Bead Hollow is a riot of
color, grouped by shades, with brightly-lit strands of beads hanging
from the wall and in bowls. The shop is often abuzz with crafty
activity, things Monahan has enjoyed since she was a kid.

“I have been interested in making jewelry ever since I was little,”
says Monahan. “I used to go to the local craft store and buy wire and
beads to make my own earrings.”
“If a person has never been in a bead store, then it can be a little
overwhelming at first,” Monahan says. “The beads on the wall already
appear to be necklaces and bracelets; but these are just strands of
beads waiting to mixed and matched with others to create a unique
piece of jewelry. There are strands on the walls, and individual beads
in dishes.”
Customers are assisted in crafting their own jewelry from Bead
Hollow’s extensive selection of beads and findings (the hardware and
clasps). And if customers aren’t as crafty as they might like to be,
no problem - Bead Hollow can put together the design for them.
“We’ll mix and match with the customer until they’re happy with the
design, and then we build it for them; we can usually do this within
the hour while most people browse the other downtown shops,” Monahan
says. “On the rare occasion that it’s really busy for some reason,
they can pick it up the next day.”

The designs that customers can make are endless. Monahan purchases her
beads from vendors all over the world, as well as from local artisans
who have brought in what she calls “an awesome assortment.”
“As far as the beads, we have the popular Czech glass, German vintage
glass, Chinese crystal and Swarovski Crystals, Tibetan beads, African
beads and a few strands of South West Turquoise,” Monahan says. “We
have silver that’s made right here in the U.S., as well as from Bali
and Thailand. We also have a wonderful collection of beads, pendants
and findings from the Philippines, Greece, Italy, France and Japan.”
Finished jewelry pieces are also available in the shop, for those who
want to acquire their jewelry a little more quickly; and Monahan has
plans in place for the fall/winter season in downtown Petoskey.
“We’ll be participating in just about all the downtown Petoskey events
throughout the fall and winter,” she says, “I’m really looking forward
to Halloween and the Holiday Open House.”
Monahan will also be offering classes this fall; jewelry-making
classes for starters, and some other classes that will teach
participants how to make their own felt beads (“felt beads are so cute
when mixed with other beads,” she says) and house decorations.
And guys, don’t feel left out - Monahan has plans for you, too.  “I’ve
found that a lot of men like to come in and make something for their
girlfriends or wives,” Monahan smiles, “they pick out and arrange the
beads - and we’ll put it together for them.”

Bead Hollow is located at 218 Park Avenue in downtown Petoskey,
telephone 231-347-BEAD (2323); they may also be found online at

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