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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The Motorcity Moves Up North

Kristi Kates - June 2nd, 2014  

Petoskey, meet Detroit. Detroit, Petoskey. That’s the basic idea behind Detroit @ CTAC, a new conceptual multi-media exhibition that aims to “celebrate in a positive way the excellence being achieved in the arts in the Motor City” by “bringing The D North.”


Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Gail De- Meyere and Cindy McSurely are the ladies behind the project.

“As the curator at CTAC, it is my job to be on the lookout for intriguing art experiences,” said DeMeyere, who was born in Detroit and raised in its suburbs. “It became increasingly disturbing to me to hear about all of the turmoil and blight [in Detroit], because I had different experiences of positive and creative things happening there.”

DeMeyere said she had been aware of a strong and vibrant art culture in the city for some time, as she still has family downstate, and she wanted to find a way to tell people in Northern Michigan about it.

“There are amazing people with amazing talent that are being swept under the layers of negative press that Detroit is experiencing,” she said.


McSurely is equally supportive of this undervalued artistic scene.

“I do not wish to offend or lighten any of the challenges that the city of Detroit currently faces,” she said. “But I have been visiting the city over the course of this past year, and I have become a huge fan. I find myself a little defensive whenever I read something focusing on the negative.”

The installation of Detroit @ CTAC has already begun, DeMeyere said, the galleries “exploding” with major works of art.

“There are the realist works of painter Stephen Magsig, the eloquent sculptures of Lois Teicher, the vibrant abstract works of Gilda Snowden, and the whimsical hanging sculptures of Mary Fortuna,” she said.

Twenty different artists will be exhibiting, all working in very different styles, all telling part of the story of their city.

And that’s only the beginning.


The pre-launch for Detroit @ CTAC was held in Detroit a couple of weekends ago, an

appreciation party for all the artists, speakers, filmmakers, and organizations who will be joining CTAC Up North this summer.

“It was our way to give our out-of-town guests a sneak peek,” McSurely said.

And there’s a lot to peek at. In addition to the visual art, there will be 13 lectures, five films, two major concerts, and several other special events throughout the summer.

For opening weekend, the documentary “Louder Than Love – The Grande Ballroom Story” will be screened, with director Tony D’Annunzio on site for questions.

A celebration with Blissfest Music Organization, Jennifer Westwood and Friends will perform at CTAC, and an afterglow party will follow.

The Detroit Circus will be performing during CTAC’s D’Art for Art July 16 and 17; Detroit fashion will be represented with a Creative Industry Runway and Trunk Show in August; and August will also bring a concert from Motor City Horns and Thornetta Davis.

Even the Man in the City Sculpture Project, 40 sculptures on rooftops in Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, is making its way north.

“There will be 20 locations added throughout Northern Michigan, on display through fall of 2015,” McSurely said. Look for them soon!”


The goal, DeMeyere said, is to help foster a more complete understanding of the working environment in Detroit to Northern Michigan, and to build a bridge between the two communities.

“Artists thrive on the sharing of ideas and communicating of concepts,” she said. “This show’s intent is not just to elevate the artists of Detroit, but to bring their knowledge and intellect to Petoskey to elevate the artists and community here as well.”

Bridging the communities is the idea that the arts scene in both places is “vibrant,” McSurely said.

“I think what Detroit and Northern Michigan have in common is a vibrant arts scene,” she said. “All of this passion and energy for the arts is very reflective of the arts statewide.”

The mission of Detroit @ CTAC coincides with the mission of the Detroit arts scene itself, too, which currently has think tanks, entrepreneurs, and visionaries working to revitalize and redefine the struggling city.

“That is the Detroit I know,” De Meyere said. “The creators there are energized with the Detroit spirit that blends pride with determination. The creation of great art is derived from great emotion – in Detroit, you have both.”

Detroit @ CTAC runs June 5 through Sept. 6. For a full schedule of events and more, visit crookedtree.org/detroit-at-ctac.

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