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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New salon offers glamour photos

Erin Crowell - January 7th, 2013  

For one hair or wax appointment, clients at the Hair Lounge in downtown Traverse City are transported, for a moment, to the urban feel of a city landscape. With just the tops of buildings—including nearby businesses and churches—in view, the hair studio gives the impression of a city loft.

With the grand opening just a couple weeks prior, Foiled is just introducing its services to the public, one of which includes a photography studio.

Foiled owner, Audrey Cole, says a photographer will be available to bring out the ‘best’ in her clientele. Her salon area includes a 15-foot-wide seamless white wall for taking photos.

“It’s going to be used for fashion for girls who want to do Vogue type shoots or before and afters. Anything a woman would want for a photo, she can do here. You can’t beat this natural light,” said Cole, gesturing to the six large windows that reach the 13-foot ceiling.

Groups such as bridal parties can rent out the space for such activities as pre-wedding prep, bachelorette fun or makeovers.

“We’ll also be bringing in clothing that will be available for under $50,” said Cole. “You can clothes, hair and a picture all in one spot.”

Sounds a bit like Glamour Shots. “But with way more class,” Cole laughed. “It’s also a space for events and women to get ready for weddings, parties, special occasions, or just a night on the town,” she adds.


Clients aren’t the only ones going through makeovers. What used to be a haven for kids and teens to play video games is slowly turning into its own revitalized business nook. “They’re re-doing the whole old arcade,” Cole said about the two-story space. “There are new businesses coming in and I’m really excited to be part of this group of up-andcoming entrepreneurs.”

At just 26-years-old, Cole was inspired by her mother (who owns the French Bulldog in Charlevoix, along with a photography business).

“It’s a lot of work but its no comparison when it comes to deciding what you want and how you want to do things,” said Cole, a Traverse City West graduate who started working at Valerio’s before managing the salon at Macy’s.

Cole was originally going to open her own salon at the space above Hannah Bistro (now Bistro Foufou), before a fire started in the kitchen. The damage and repair meant raising the rental rate for Cole’s salon space.

“I decided I was going to find a normal job,” she said. “I wasn’t giving up on my dream but instead I worked at Macy’s. It was just too corporate. Not for me.”

Cole purchased her current space, formerly the home of Collective Ink, this past August where she spent months pulling layers of tile and drywall to reveal the building’s wood floors and brick walls.

The end result is a classic, yet modern looking salon. There are three stations available for other stylists but for now, Cole said it’s just her working the scissors.

“I just want to get the stuff figured out before bringing others on board,” she said.

Foiled Hair Lounge is located at 140 E. Front St. (upper level) in Traverse City. Visit foiledhairlounge.com or call 231-633-6140.

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