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 nature side of Kaye Krapohl

Al Parker - June 6th, 2011
The Natural Side of Kaye Krapohl
By Al Parker
Kaye Krapohl finds the perfect view atop Sleeping Bear Dunes, pulls out her gear and settles in to interpret the stunning scene before her. 
“Here’s my ‘very technical’ approach to painting,” she says with a laugh. “Get a clip board, gessoed paper, or piece of wood, grab whatever paints will fit into my Oryana cloth bag, roll brushes up in a dishtowel, grab a small china plate and water in a water bottle. Get on my bike or travel to a nice location and paint. I take a backpack, sit on a rock and do my little sketches.”
Then she returns to her in-home studio in Traverse City and turns those ‘little sketches’ into 24x36-inch or 38x38-inch things of beauty. Her favorite medium is oil on wood with very thin washes.
Nature dominates Krapohl’s works, mostly landscapes of stunning appeal and accuracy. Her acrylics, oils and watercolors capture clouds, rivers, lakes, marshes, streams and sunsets from across northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. 
“I do landscapes because it’s there,” she explains. “You can always expect my work to give a sense of being there in the present. The greatest compliment anyone could give me is ‘I can hear the snow crunch’ or ‘I can smell the river.’”

Krapohl’s works are on display at Gallery 22 near Suttons Bay, at Kuhlhaus Gallery in Harbor Springs and at The Good Work Collective in Traverse City.  Starting June 5, an impressive collection of Krapohl’s landscapes will be on display at Hanna Bistro in Traverse City.  
“I am showing my new large bay/cloud paintings and river paintings- a combination of local rivers and the large paintings resulting from a Two Hearted (River) trip at Hanna Bistro over the summer,” she explains. 
About 15 of her paintings will be displayed all summer at the popular eatery, with works switched out in July and August. 
“Each month it will be like a visit to a new area while you enjoy Hanna’s amazing food,” she adds.  “The work is all for sale with prices listed and 10 percent going toward the Watershed Center,  an organization that works to keep the bays and river clean.... without these watershed features I would not have a subject!”
Asked about her favorite local artists, Krapohl is generous in her praise.
“Bill Hosner is a world reknowned pastel artist and Angela Saxon is a wonderful local landscape painter,” she says. “I also like the works of Richard Kooyman, Glenn Wolff, Joan Richmond, Charles Murphy and sculptor Bob Purvis.”

Krapohl’s interest in art began early downstate in tiny Napoleon, near Jackson. 
“I always knew, since I was three or four, that I’d be an artist,” she recalls with a laugh. “I always painted. I remember being in the third grade and we had no art class. I talked Mrs. Lathrop into letting me teach art. So I taught the class to draw a horsie.”
Krapohl sold her first work of art – a watercolor chickadee – at the age of 11. She earned a BFA at the University of Michigan, then studied printmaking in London, England. Her works have earned dozens of awards at juried competitions and is featured in select corporate collections, including the U-M President’s Collection, Traverse City Chamber of Commerce, Munson Medical Center, Foote Hospital in Jackson and the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa.
She’s been the recipient of the Hallmark National Gold Medal, National Endowment of the Arts Award and a Governor’s Resident Artist Award. Last year she was National Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore Artist in Residence.
An avid cyclist and cross country skier, for many years in the 1980s and ‘90s she was a perennial winner/participant in the White Pine Stampede and VASA races. 
The public may recognize her as the founder of The Women’s Winter Tour, now in its 14th year as a cross country ski event. The tour has raised more than $100,000 for local charities such as Madeline’s House and Zonta House, both operated by the Women’s Resource Center. 
“My essence as a person is to give back to my community,” she says. “My love of skiing, hiking and biking have all led me to want to express how incredibly beautiful the landscape (of northern Michigan) is.”
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