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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Saturday, October 8, 2016

A Conversation With 2015 ArtPrize Winner Ann Loveless

Art Kristi Kates In 2015, in an unprecedented accomplishment, Loveless won again, snagging the grand prize honor and another $200,000 for her co-entry, a 5-foot-tall, 25-foot-long “photo fiber” work called Northwood Awakening.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Vibrancy of Color, Nature

Art Al Parker Working in his home studio, White uses bold colors and contrasts, along with layers of transparent glazes. He varies his methods of adding and subtracting paint from the canvas. Most of his color mixing is done directly on the canvas, working wet into wet or wet over dry.
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Shrine of the Pines

Art Kristi Kates Mirror and window frames made of twisted branches worthy of an Edward Gorey tale. A wooden rocking chair so carefully crafted it rocks for minutes from a single push. A 300-pound door made of pine logs that pivots on a wooden ball. And a 700-pound handmade table carved from a single tree root.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Twists and Turns

Art Al Parker Working in acrylics on canvas, Acme artist Marcia Hales creates colorful paintings full of sweeping curves and contours. Her current works are jam-packed with layers and lines that attract and challenge a viewer’s eye. “I’ve done other media, including print making, pastel chalk and gouache, but now I really enjoy acrylics,” she explained.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

A Vivid Life

Art Al Parker “At first, people sort of trickled in, and we spent time getting the inventory built up, but the pace is picking up nicely now,” said the Illinois native who moved to Traverse City in 2013. Hollenbeck’s paintings, as well as the color pencil drawings and ceramics by her husband, Arnie, fill much of the gallery.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Artist Murphy Hendry Reflects On His Glasswork Creations

Art Al Parker Hendry’s works range from scenic landscapes to insightful portraits to sports team logos — he just finished a Michigan State piece for a client — to colorful abstracts. All are painstakingly created with hand-cut shards of glass and mirrors carefully attached, one by one, onto pine boards.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Art Shows Galore!

Art Al Parker Almost every weekend from Memorial Day to Labor Day there’s a high quality art show in northern Michigan. Here’s a glimpse at some of the region’s most popular shows and art fairs..
Saturday, June 11, 2016

The Artistic Interpretations Of Nancy Adams Nash

Art Al Parker Traverse City native Nancy Adams Nash knew early in life that her destiny was in art. “I remember on my first day of kindergarten, we were let out for recess,” she said. “I saw an easel in our classroom, and I knew that I wanted to paint at that easel instead of going out for recess.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Jewelry Designer Dana Fear Makes All The Right Moves

Art Al Parker Born in Traverse City, Fear moved to Indiana with her family as a teenager. At her high school in Fort Wayne, she immersed herself in art, taking several classes in painting, drawing, and sculpture. But it was a jewelry-making class that really fired her imagination.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Two Decades Of Art From Kevin Barton

Art Kristi Kates people know very early in life what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Artist Kevin Barton, celebrating his 20th year as a working artist this summer, is one of those people.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Kevin Nealon’s Not Overwhelmed

Art Kristi Kates only 8:30am in Los Angeles, but if Kevin Nealon isn’t a morning person, you’d never know it by the cheerful voice on the other end of the phone. Comedian/actor Nealon, whose specialties include observational comedy and satire, is embarking on a U.S. stand-up tour in a few days.
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Father and son team up with boat kits

Art Ross Boissoneau Al Jankowski has been enamored with boats most of his life, a trait he passed to his son Kurt. Now the two are sharing that love with others through the Old Mission Boat Company, a startup that sells boat kits. The hook: They say the boats are designed so that someone can start the build one weekend and have it in the water the next.
Saturday, April 9, 2016

Two by Tennessee

Plays by Williams Set to Take the Stage at Interlochen and Parallel 45 Theatre

Art Kristi Kates American playwright Tennessee Williams may have been slow to success, toiling for years before receiving any recognition, but once he hit it, he really hit it with a series of plays that are considered stage essentials even today, with many of them also adapted to film.
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Gene Jenneman Shifting Focus at the Dennos

Art Kristi Kates Rumors fly fast in northern Michigan. Lately, one of the rumor mill’s favorite subjects has been the Dennos Museum’s longtime Executive Director Gene Jenneman; the grapevine says he’s stepping down. While Jenneman is definitely looking toward the future, his next step is merely a shifting of roles, not an entire changing of the guard.
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Frank Caliendo: A Career in Comedy

Art Kristi Kates Frank Caliendo’s career includes plenty of tomfoolery, or should we say Frankfoolery? You’ve probably seen the American comedian and actor on any number of shows, especially if you’re a sports fan; in addition to appearances on MADtv, The Bob and...