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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Jill‘s Gallery

Erin Cowell - November 15th, 2010
Five Friends in Art: Jill’s Gallery offers a fall open house
By Erin Crowell
Unlike most art sales that bring the work of several strangers
together, the Second Annual Fall Open House & Art Sale combines the
work of five sisters and friends. Expect lots of color and variety
when these five Northern Michigan female artists present their work in
support of a local cause at the Second Annual Fall Open House & Art
Sale at Jill’s Studio, in Traverse City, on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 9
a.m.-5 p.m.
Gallery owner Jill Hinds, along with sister Jeanne Hinds, sister
in-law Jan Hinds and friends Nan Bedick and Lisa Wilkins Schulte will
donate 10% of all artwork sales to the Father Fred Foundation, the
Traverse City non-profit that provides food, clothing and assistance
to Grand Traverse area residents in need.
Last year the open house raised around $4,000 for the foundation and
brought in over 150 visitors to the studio, said Hinds.
“It was extremely busy,” she added, “and that was mainly inviting just
friends and family and others we knew. Last year it was just seeing
how it goes.”
While Schulte’s work has appeared in galleries throughout the area
including Gallery 50 in Traverse City, Michigan Artists Gallery in
Suttons Bay and Kuhlhaus Gallery in Harbor Springs, the other four
women utilize the open house as their primary means of selling
“Jan does the craft shows, otherwise for the three of us, this is our
once a year big way to expose our work and do the commercial thing.
Then the rest of the year it’s just creating and exploring,” said

While the five artists work in different mediums, all have dabbled in
another – making the open house a true evolutionary exhibit.
Since retiring in 2004, Jill Hinds has explored painting, particularly
“en plein air” (where the artist works on a piece outdoors) – a
contrast to her 25 years teaching visual communications and computer
graphics at Northwestern Michigan College.
“When I was first teaching, everything was hand done like hand
lettering…even sharpening the pencil to do the lettering,” said Hinds.
“Then everything turned into computer graphics and I missed that pure,
raw creativity that comes from sketching and drawing.”
Today, Hinds “gets her hands dirty,” as she puts it, spending a
majority of her time painting in acrylics and pastels.
Sister-in-law Jan Hinds started working with basket weaving in 1981
when she eventually became allergic to most of the weaving materials.
Then, by adding acrylic paint to cotton paper, Hinds discovered color
and a new medium mix of painting and crafting.
Jeanne Hinds first started working primarily with crochet and knitting
when she shifted her focus to recycled and discarded materials.
“Artists evolve. This is what we do,” said Schulte, who has recently
turned her focus from pastel to acrylic painting. “You get an idea,
you run with it and that leads to another idea. I’m heading in more of
an abstract direction, but of course that could change mid-flight.”
Color has become a considerable preference for many of the artists,
along with utilizing the natural beauty of the area.
Bedick, a resident on Old Mission Peninsula, said she is constantly
influenced by the lakes, skies, vineyards and orchards, using pastels
or acrylics for her work.
Schulte agrees.
“I love to paint landscapes,” she said, “and I love to work with
color, slinging it around and manipulating the paint.”
Working outside has also become a favorable escape for Hinds, as well.
“There’s just something nice and pure about being outside and
painting,” she said. “It’s just freeing versus being at a computer.
Otherwise you’re just plugged in.”

All art sold at the Annual Fall Open House & Art Sale will be
available for under $200 and will include postcards, jewelry, scarves,
paintings, baskets and more. Refreshments will be served during the
event, which runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jill’s Studio is located at 347 N West
Silver Lake Road, just south of Traverse City. For more information on
the event and artists, email Jill Hinds at jills_studio@me.com.

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