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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Cycling Salamander

Kristi Kates - August 1st, 2011
“As a child in the ’70s, I used to spend hours looking for salamanders
along Lake Charlevoix, where my parents had a cottage on the south arm,”
says Rebecca Glotfelty, owner of the Cycling Salamander gallery in
Charlevoix. “The gallery’s name stems from my childhood love for
salamanders, and my love for mountain biking.”
Celebrating her 10th anniversary as the proprietor of the Cycling
Salamander gallery in Charlevoix this year, Rebecca is an artist,
storyteller, director of the nonprofit video/film organization Real People
Media, and, of course, gallery owner. 
Opened in 2001, Glotfelty’s gallery venture followed her ownership of the
Sweet Pea Gallery in Marshall, Michigan, as well as her work with the
co-op Gallery 127 in 1999.
It was in 1999 that Glotfelty met Ray Bier, owner of Bier Studio and
Gallery in Charlevoix. That meeting would prove to be a turning point.

“Ray invited me to come work for him for a couple months,” Glotfelty says.
“I jumped at the opportunity to spend autumn in Northern Michigan. While
working for Ray, I learned that the former Staffel Studio and Gallery was
for sale. With Ray’s prompting, my then-husband Chet Morris and I
purchased the property and started renovating the gallery, house, and
property. Cycling Salamander opened in 2001.”
In addition to her love of salamanders and cycling, her brother’s
childhood plays a part in the gallery, as well.
“One year, my brother found a newt in the ‘red eft’ stage - they’re
orange,” she says, “hence, the orange salamander as our logo.”
The salamanders theme continues throughout the gallery in several
ways.“I’m currently writing the story of Zeke - the Cycling Salamander. I
plan to publish the book next year. Diane Hanway, an incredible Cycling
Salamander artist is illustrating it. Animator Jim Middleton of Battle
Creek, created our whimsical logo, which adorns our t-shirts, which we
sell in the gallery. And our kinetic Cycling Salamander sculpture, which
you can see from US 31, was made by Mancelona Artist John Unger,”
Glotfelty says.

Sculpture is a big part of the Cycling Salamander. In addition to the
artworks within the gallery, Glotfelty has gathered a variety of outdoor
works. These are complemented by the gallery’s garden, which is planted
with native perennials and annuals, including one that visitors find
particularly intriguing.
“Every summer, gallery visitors exclaim, ‘what is that beautiful
fragrance?,’” Glotfelty explains, “and many are surprised when I tell them
it’s milkweed.”
Her goal for the gallery, including outdoor spaces, is to “create a space
in which art and nature can be viewed together,” she says.
“I want people to appreciate the environment surrounding the gallery as
much as they appreciate the artwork.”
The property features a pond, maple and apple groves, and a meadow.
“When we pur-chased the property, no other gallery in the area featured an
outdoor sculpture garden,” she says.
Today, sculptures by Larry Halbert, William and Karla Tye, John Mishler,
Karin Kirulus, and Bill Walthers are included in the garden, with more
works added each summer. Popular works by Ritch Branstrom are also on

Indoors is a whole other range of artwork.
“Currently, the gallery is showing two group shows in addition to our
regular gallery space,” Glotfelty says, “Voices: Getting Off the Fence is
on display now through September 17. It is a fine art show that comments
on contemporary issues, including war, love, and politics, and features
artists like Manistee’s Mark Hoffman, Petoskey’s Trisha Shattuck,
Kalamazoo’s John Running-Johnson, and Grand Rapids’ Karen Godfrey.”
The second show is titled Clear, Blue, Water, a group show featuring
glassworks in which the themes are depicting water or are blue in color.
“That show includes ‘Captured Moments of the Great Lakes,’ which are plein
oil paintings by Lori Feldpausch, as well
as works by Rick Shapiro, Joel Ellis, Delilah Smith, and Barbara Dorchen,”
Glotfelty says.
Speaking of plein air painting, the gallery also offers a variety of
participatory events that are ongoing throughout the season.
Plein Air painting, in which guests are invited to utilize the gallery’s
grounds as a painting environment, takes place on Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m.
to 6 p.m., and the ‘Morning Coffee and Song’ event takes place Wednesdays
through August 31, and invites musicians to enrich the gallery’s
environment with music over coffee and other beverages.
“Musicians of all levels are welcome,” Glotfelty says.
Glotfelty is working hard to keep an eclectic and varied level of artwork
and events circulating through her gallery. But she feels it’s worth it,
as many of the artists are, or have become, her close friends.
“Most people who come to the Cycling Salamander for the first time are
surprised to find such high quality artwork at a rural gallery,” she says,
“I am blessed to know and represent talented Michigan artists on a regular
basis. All my artists are exceptional and all deserve mentioning - but I
have over 50, so that would be impossible.”

The Cycling Salamander Gallery is located at 02217 US 31 South in
Charlevoix, Michigan, telephone
231-547-2333. Please call for gallery hours. They may also be visited
online at

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