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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Local clothing brand, AFRNT, inspires fashion and talent

Erin Crowell - April 15th, 2013  

Randy Myers always knew he wanted to do something within the fashion industry but he didn’t know exactly what or how he would get started.

“Whether I didn’t have capital, a business partner, a network of people that could help me along, I just had all these barriers and I got to a point where I couldn’t get it out of my system,” said the 29-year-old Cadillac area native. “I would stay up late at night just ultimately depressed that I wasn’t pursuing it.”

Eventually, Myers slowly began to pursue his dream, taking the necessary steps to produce a clothing line, which he calls AFRNT (pronounced A front).

The clothing brand, which stands for “All for Reaching New Talent,” not only represents a lifestyle of creative thinkers but a supportive one for those struggling with something Myers did for so many years:

Taking a passion and pursuing it, head on.


Myers has produced the designs for AFRNT—which embodies the feel of an Up North, bohemian surfer lifestyle— but the clothing is promoted by its target demographic, ages 18 to 25, including area models and photographers.

“I wanted to hit a certain target audience with fashion and trends, modeling and photographing. I wanted to hit that target market that is most impressionable and utilize it in a positive way,” he explained. “I want it to be the kind of inspiration where we don’t have people playing video games five years after high school.”

Myers believes young adults have become so focused on what they should do that they miss the opportunity to actually do something with their lives, something they are genuinely passionate about.

“They look back and have missed their purpose,” he added. “I want to inspire more young people to understand the value of doing things that are passionate to them (and) truly see and understand the value behind connecting with what you want out of life, not following in the footsteps of others and not falling into what society views as happiness.”


The brand has inspired young adults from across the country to do just that.

“I get messages often,” Myers said. “I got one a couple days ago from a girl living in Kansas who used to live here and has been following the brand. She told me, ‘Being in photography, I like your work but you’ve inspired me to do something I’ve always wanted to do, which is make kids tutus.’” What do kid tutus and AFRNT have in common? Nothing, said Myers, except the inspiration and motivation behind the product.

Like any T-shirt, bumper sticker or logo, people wear clothing because they want it to represent something about them – whether it’s a lifestyle, belief, character trait or life outlook, a brand is a representation of oneself.

For those who wear AFRNT, whether it’s a logo tank top, a skull feather bracelet, label scarf or signature beanie, the brand is a representation of pursuing one’s passion, whatever that may be.

Each purchase of AFRNT clothing supports Myers’ mission to help not only his models and photographers grow, but to provide support and a type of “coaching” to those who reach out to him.

“Like any business, I have a product that I utilize,’ he explained. “I utilize my product as a tool to expose the young people I work with. As I grow, they grow.”

And the support doesn’t stop at his brand. “At this point, I have such a genuine interest in helping someone succeed that they can contact me and we can go down to Brew and chat for an hour or two. I’m very much open to that,” he explained.

What it comes down to for Myers is having a creative, supportive network of individuals.

“If I sell a couple T-shirts along the way, great,” he said.

For more information on AFRNT clothing and products, as well as to contact Randy Myers directly, visit afrnt.com.

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