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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Pammy Tinsley

Rick Coates - May 2nd, 2011
The Swirly Art of Pammy Tinsley: Radio host offers twists & turns at Opera House exhibit
By Rick Coates
Pammy Tinsley grew up a “muse” for the bullies at her school. After years of verbal torment that led to her dropping out of school, she was uncertain of her talents and purpose in life. Now at the age of 50, Tinsley has focused the creative flame within her by launching into a new career path that includes radio personality, graphic designer and artist.
An exhibition of her works will be on display during the month of May at the City Opera House in Traverse City. She will host and artist reception on Tuesday May 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. that will also feature the musical stylings of Jon and Johnny, along with DJ Nesta.
For Tinsley, her life has been about either being in the wrong place at the wrong time or the right place at the right time. One of those right places was three years ago at a bar when she met up with WKLT Morning Show personalities Omelette & Finster.
“They were at Union Street and I didn’t know who they were and they started yelling over at me because I had blue hair,” said Tinsley. “They wanted to know ‘who I listened to,’ and when I said their competition they dared me to come on their show and do the drunk girl in the corner bit.”
Tinsley’s first appearance on the Omelette & Finster Show typecast her as one of the shows “Misfits.” She continued coming on doing various stunts and even went on the week-long “Misfits Trip To The Super Bowl,” in which a few of the show’s misfits headed to Florida to try and get on TV during the Super Bowl with no money or credit cards allowed, carrying whatever gear they could fit in a milk crate.
“For the first year I was doing these radio bits and people listening thought I was some drunk, homeless misfit,” laughed Tinsley. “Eventually I started interning for Omelette & Finster and people around the station were shocked to learn that I went to college, had artistic talent, and was more than some drunk girl in the corner.”

She eventually landed a weekend air personality gig with WKLT in addition to doing some production and graphic design work for the station.
As for her art, Tinsley, who grew up in Bloomfield Hills and Troy, started out at a young age.
“I remember when I was really young my grandmother would have have me draw and paint to keep me busy. She had everything from chalk pastels to watercolors,” said Tinsley. “I use to draw like crazy.”
She also took a lot of art classes in school, but for Tinsley, school would become one of those wrong places at the wrong time.
“Kids were terrible to me, I have always been overweight, I was called bubbles and they bullied me,” said Tinsley. “I was miserable, and on top of it school bored me to death, so I dropped out.”
Tinsley worked odd jobs in the Detroit area at hotels and restaurants before a friend encouraged her to move to Texas.
“I landed a job with Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Texas and a friend of mine there had a husband who worked for Crayola,” said Tinsley. “He saw some of my drawings and one day he just handed me a bunch of paint, brushes and canvases and he told me to go paint. And I said ‘I do not know how to paint’ and he said ‘yes you do’ and I have been painting ever since.”

After getting married to a career Navy man, Tinsely found herself in her early 30s living in Mt. Pleasant while her husband attended Central Michigan University.
“It inspired me to get my GED and then I started taking a full load of classes at Mid Michigan Community College and after a year of getting a straight 4.0 I applied to Central and got in,” said Tinsley. “I took just a few classes before my now ex-husband was transferred to San Diego. I ended up taking some classes out there and we moved a couple of more times before I ended up in Traverse City in 2002 and eventually graduated from NMC. It took me 13 years to get a two-year degree.”
While her degree is in general studies, Tinsley has taken several graphic art and design classes and has been using her talents to land freelance jobs and her work has appeared in several publications. Pursuing a career in radio and graphic design sidelined her painting.
“I use to paint all the time but since starting at WKLT and doing some graphic design projects I have not painted for three years,” said Tinsely. “But a few months ago when I landed this exhibition it has re-motivated me to paint.”

Tinsley has had her work displayed in art galleries in the past from Boston to Traverse City and has even sold some pieces.
“Locally I have had my work sell at Dennos Museum and I am one of three artists who have successfully sold work after displaying it at Bubba’s in Traverse City,” said Tinsley. “When this show came along I had very few pieces because I had not painted in several years and also I use to give a lot of work away to college students and people who couldn’t afford art. So I have been busy painting and going around town and borrowing some of my work back to display.”
Tinsley draws inspiration from an eclectic group of painters.
“I take inspiration from painters such as Jackson Pollack, Wassily Kandinsky, Marcel Duchamp and many of the modern painters. I paint from my heart. I often have no preconceived idea of what I am going to paint in mind. I simply pick a color, begin painting and see what flows out. I am not a routine painter -- one who paints daily -- but I consider myself a seasonal painter who paints when inspired.”
While this exhibition will not have a theme, Tinsley who prefers to work in acrylics, says that there is a reoccurring theme to her art.
“Tornados,” said Tinsley. “I paint a lot of tornados and a lot of swirly things. Tornados are a big thing for me, I have been close to a few of them, they frighten me and they are beautiful to me at the same time. I dream about them often. Tornados also describe my personality which is very stormy, when I am around people they generally know I am there.”

The Art of Pammy Tinsley will be on display during the month of May at the City Opera House in Traverse City. An artist reception will take place Tuesday May 10 from 6 to 8 pm. Additional details may be found by searching Pammy Tinsley on Facebook .

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