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Voter Suppression And Choice In 2013, five Supreme Court justices, each appointed by Republican presidents, knocked the teeth out of the Voting Rights Act. Immediately a majority of Republican-dominated states began passing laws aimed at suppressing the votes of their majority Democrat demographics: minorities, students and the elderly. These laws – requiring voter IDs, cutting early voting, eliminating same-day registration, closing selected polling places, banning straight-ticket voting, etc. — never flat-out deny a person’s right to vote; they just make actual registering and voting more difficult, and therefore make it more likely that individuals in certain groups will not vote. Think of voter suppression as a kind of reverse marketing strategy, one aimed at getting people not to do something...

Free Parking Patrick Sullivan’s good story on parking overlooked one source of “free parking” that has become an increasing problem in Traverse City: spill-over into adjacent neighborhoods. Instead of discouraging people from bringing cars downtown, we’re allowing them to park on both sides of narrow residential streets all day long...

Real American Duality Isiah Smith didn’t really put his deep thinking hat on before writing the “American Duality” commentary. First there’s geography. His daughter feels safer in Sweden than in the United States, at least partially because of the violence in Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minnesota. Really? Safer than in northern Michigan, which is further away from Dallas and Baton Rouge than Stockholm is from Ansbach, Paris or Brussels and no closer to Minnesota than Sweden is to Germany? Did Smith miss recent supremely violent events in those places? Alrighty then...

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Skin deep 4/4/11

- April 4th, 2011
Skin Deep… ‘Bodies Human: Anatomy in Motion’ gets under your skin
A blend of the fascinating and the macabre comes to the Dennos Museum
Center this spring and summer with arrival of over 100 human specimens in
their most ‘revealing’ moments.
The exhibit is “Bodies Human: Anatomy in Motion,” which runs April 10 -
Sept. 4 at the museum on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College in
Traverse City.
“’Bodies Human’ is education, health, science, and art all in one amazing
exhibit,” said Gene Jenneman, director of the Dennos Museum Center. “It
brings a rare opportunity for the people of northern Michigan to see an
exhibition that until now would only be found in much larger communities.”
The exhibit offers a look inside our skeletal, muscular, respiratory, and
circulatory systems in over 100 human specimens. It includes whole bodies,
individual organs and transparent body slices that have been preserved
through a process of plastination, a technique that replaces bodily fluids
with reactive plastics.

BLACK LUNGS TOO
In addition to showing bodies in various athletic positions that
illustrate the body’s muscular structure, the exhibit aims to educate the
public about the inner workings of the human body and show the effects of
poor health, good health and lifestyle choices. For example, a smoker’s
tar-coated black lung shows the ravages of smoking.
Jenneman notes that nearly 20 million people, including young children,
have seen similar exhibits around the world. The exhibit offers an
opportunity for parents to talk to their children about health-related
issues such as smoking, diet, and lifestyle choices. Children under the
age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult to view the exhibition.
The “Bodies Human” exhibit is produced by Lynx Exhibits of El Paso, TX.
Lynx obtained the human specimens for this exhibition from a U.S. supplier
to the medical community who works with a plastination laboratory in
Taiwan, where the bodies are prepared for educational and scientific
purposes. See http://www.bodieshuman.com for more information.

Admission to the exhibition is $15 adults and $12 for children ages 5-12;
$10 for museum members.

Exhibition Preview
A preview reception of “Bodies Human” will be held Saturday, April 9 from
7-9 p.m. The reception will offer wines and champagne donated by Black
Star Farms and L. Mawby Vineyards, hors d’ oeuvres and musical
entertainment .
Physicians who work with the Traverse Health Clinic will be available in
the galleries to answer questions about what attendees are viewing in the
exhibition.
The Traverse Health Clinic is the only local network including volunteer
physicians and practitioners delivering healthcare to the uninsured.
Nearly 500 practitioners donate their time to ensure that the region’s
uninsured and needy get the healthcare they need. The Clinic serves more
than 2,400 individuals each month, providing enrollees primary care,
specialty, vision, dental, mental health and outpatient services.
The reception is supported by the FIM Group in Traverse City and Johnson
Clark Printers. Tickets: $40 per person – all proceeds jointly benefit
the Traverse Health Clinic and the Dennos Museum Center. Call
231-995-1553 for info.



 
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