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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Summer Arts

A round-up of the season’s most creative events

Al Parker - June 17th, 2013  

Art lovers in Northern Michigan can find a high quality show almost every weekend through Labor Day this summer. Here are details on some of the most popular shows and art fairs across the region.

• While not a typical art show, the Dennos Museum in Traverse City will host “Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution,” an exhibition from the National Geographic Society though the summer. It begins June 16 and runs through Sept. 22 at the museum. The photography of Tim Laman captures images of the 38 species of these elusive birds in New Guinea for the first time. A number of activities are planned in coordination with the exhibition. For more information, visit www.dennosmuseum. org/birds or call (231) 995-1055.

• Boyne City’s Peninsula Beach Park hosts the SoBo Art Festival on June 28-29. There’s a juried art show featuring an interesting mix of works, art demonstrations and activities for youngsters.

• Celebrating its 15th year, The Summer Solstice Art Show in Charlevoix’s East Park is known for its high quality art displayed on the shores of Round Lake. Whether you are interested in oils, watercolors, acrylics, sculpture, pottery, photography, furniture or jewelry, you’ll find it here. The two-day event is set for June 29-30. For information, call (231) 547-2101 or visit Charlevoix.org.

• Since 2006, Elk Rapids has hosted Art Rapids! where some 70 talented artists from as far away as Florida and Missouri display, demonstrate and sell their works in Veterans Park. Juried categories include oils, acrylics, watercolors, mixed media, drawings, pastels, sculpture, metal, photography, jewelry, glass and ceramics. This show is a fixture for the final Saturday in June. This year it’s June 29. For info, visit artrapids.org.

• On June 30, the National Cherry Festival Arts and Crafts Fair will be held along Union Street in Traverse City. More than 100 artisans will offer wares and works at this juried event. To learn more, visit downtowntc.com or call (231) 922-2050.

• Celebrate the Fourth of July with a visit to the Harbor Springs Art Fair at the city’s Zorn Park. This one-day event features talented artisans from across Michigan and is one of the standout activities held on the holiday. For details, call (231) 526-7999.

The Beulah Art Fair is traditionally held the first Saturday after Independence Day. This year that’s July 6. An interesting variety of media will be displayed by regional artists at this juried show. For details, call (231) 325-6642 or go to visitbenzie.com.

• The 30th annual Harbor Springs Women’s Club Art Fest is scheduled for July 10 at Nub’s Nob. This juried event attracts dozens of artists from across the country. Admission is $3 for adults, free for children 12 and under. Call (231) 526-6496 for details.

• The 16th annual Leland Artist’s Market is set for July 14. It features 80 booths and artists on the lawn and inside the venerable Old Art Building. You’ll see fine art paintings, sculptures, photography, pottery, tiles, glass, jewelry, woodcarving, basketry, fiber arts, folk art and gourmet food items. For information, call (231) 256-2131.

• Charlevoix’s East Park is the setting for the city’s annual Arts & Crafts Show on July 14-15. This show offers a mix of fine art and hobby crafts. With more than 150 artisans on site, this show offers something for almost everyone. For details, call (231) 547-2101.

• On July 17, the 42nd annual Glen Lake Women’s Club Art Fair will be held at the Glen Arbor Town Hall. More than 90 artists will display their creations in a variety of media, including pottery, glass, jewelry and more. For details, call (231) 326-6084.

• Petoskey’s Pennsylvania Park will host the annual Art in the Park on July 20. Some 130 artists will be displaying their works. Whether you’re a newbie to the art world or a seasoned collector, this show always offers tempting treasures.

• The 53rd annual edition of the Traverse City Outdoor Art Fair will be held at Northwestern Michigan College on July 27. More than 100 vendors will be at this show which has turned into a summertime tradition for art lovers. There’s always an impressive assortment of works in many media. For details, visit artcentertraversecity.com.

The Bay Harbor Fine Art Fair marks its 15th anniversary on July 27-28. Set on the shores of Lake Michigan, this show draws thousands of visitors each year to Bay Harbor. More than 100 artists will display during the event. For info, visit bayharbor.com.

The Suttons Bay Art Festival will be held at the village’s Marina Park on Aug. 3-4. More than 100 artists will be set up near the village marina along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. To learn more, visit suttonsbayartfestival.org.

• Charlevoix’s reputation as an artistic center is proven at its annual Waterfront Art Fair on Aug. 10. This is always one of the top shows of the summer and, with more than 150 artisans chosen from more than 1,000 submissions, it offers an impressive variety of works in many media. To learn more, call (231) 547-2675.

• The 37th annual Frankfort Art Fair will be held in Market Square Park on Aug. 16-17. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, this summer mainstay attracts almost 200 artists and is known for offering items in almost every media and price range. To learn more, visit Frankfort-elberta.com.

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