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Letters 08-01-2016

Voter Suppression And Choice In 2013, five Supreme Court justices, each appointed by Republican presidents, knocked the teeth out of the Voting Rights Act. Immediately a majority of Republican-dominated states began passing laws aimed at suppressing the votes of their majority Democrat demographics: minorities, students and the elderly. These laws – requiring voter IDs, cutting early voting, eliminating same-day registration, closing selected polling places, banning straight-ticket voting, etc. — never flat-out deny a person’s right to vote; they just make actual registering and voting more difficult, and therefore make it more likely that individuals in certain groups will not vote. Think of voter suppression as a kind of reverse marketing strategy, one aimed at getting people not to do something...

Free Parking Patrick Sullivan’s good story on parking overlooked one source of “free parking” that has become an increasing problem in Traverse City: spill-over into adjacent neighborhoods. Instead of discouraging people from bringing cars downtown, we’re allowing them to park on both sides of narrow residential streets all day long...

Real American Duality Isiah Smith didn’t really put his deep thinking hat on before writing the “American Duality” commentary. First there’s geography. His daughter feels safer in Sweden than in the United States, at least partially because of the violence in Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minnesota. Really? Safer than in northern Michigan, which is further away from Dallas and Baton Rouge than Stockholm is from Ansbach, Paris or Brussels and no closer to Minnesota than Sweden is to Germany? Did Smith miss recent supremely violent events in those places? Alrighty then...

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Inspired From Birth

Art Al Parker Amy Ferguson is a unique individual — artistic right from the cradle. “I’ve been creating art since I was a young child, so I can’t exactly remember how I first got started,” says the 21-yearold. “I know I was drawing from observation as early as five years old.
 
Monday, February 2, 2015

One Of Our ‘Next’ Artists Emerges

Art Al Parker Gleason, the youngest of John and Laura Gleason’s four children, gained notoriety last year when her 2014 National Cherry Festival poster took fi rst place in the Student Graphic Arts category. The colorful image was subsequently printed on hundreds of souvenir mugs and caps.
 
Monday, January 12, 2015

Enduring Cancer With Art

Art Al Parker Perhaps DeShano’s focus on redeeming what seems lost is born from the fact that he has been battling cancer off and on for more than a decade. He understands that items — and people — that have been battered and stressed often possess a certain elegance.
 
Monday, January 12, 2015

Something Cool at Bay Harbor’s Ice and Spice Festival

Art Kristi Kates - That’s a lotta ice ice 10,000 pounds of ice are brought to Bay Harbor for the event. The carvers, who Denise calls “artists in every sense of the word,” travel to Michigan from around the country and Canada to carve their designs from 300-pound blocks of ice with chainsaws, picks and carving tools.
 
Monday, December 22, 2014

Bringing The Second City to Traverse City

Art Kristi Kates You may have heard of a few of these people: Bill Murray, Bonnie Hunt, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Mike Myers, Tim Meadows and Tina Fey. They are just a few of the many Second City alumni who helped solidify the troupe’s legacy of cutting-edge funny.
 
Monday, December 22, 2014

The Write Stuff

Art Al Parker In her Petoskey home studio, Janet Hoffman clips phrases from the pages of her own handwritten journals. These intimate glimpses into her thoughts, questions and dreams are the medium for her intricately detailed works. Her clean cursive handwriting is uniform and legible, giving her eye-catching creations a uniform, rhythmic quality.
 
Monday, December 1, 2014

Revisiting Holiday Traditions

Art Kristi Kates While the lineup of guests at your holiday table might be different and trends in tree decorations and wrapping paper constantly shift, you can almost always count on hearing multiple renditions of “Santa Baby” in every store and seeing performances of “The Nutcracker” and “A Christmas Carol” in every town, year after year.
 
Monday, November 24, 2014

A Lifetime’s Work

Art Al Parker Every day, in 20- or 30-minute sessions, Gretzinger expands Jerry’s Map, as the project has become known on the Internet. Jerry’s Map has even been showcased in a documentary available on Vimeo. He’s added farmlands, airports, capitol buildings, cemeteries and more, diligently constructing an entire civilization.
 
Sunday, November 16, 2014

Tuesday With the Reeds: 1,000 Michigan Moments

Art Kristi Kates UNEXPECTED CAREERS Todd Reed began his writing career by first attending Northwestern Michigan College and then Michigan State University, where he earned a journalism degree. A job at the Ludington Daily News sidetracked him to photography when he was handed a camera to go with his typewriter.
 
Monday, November 10, 2014

Build Your Own Snow Shoes

Art Kristi Kates

Invented nearly 6,000 years ago in central Asia, snowshoes are as much a part of the modern winter fabric of northern Michigan as parkas, snow shovels and winter weather advisories.

While there are a plethora of storebought snowshoe options to choose from, sometimes it’s just cooler to make your own; that’s where Alan Wernette, park interpreter for Ludington State Park, comes in.

 
Sunday, November 2, 2014

From Autos to Art

Art Al Parker During her 30 years as an assembly line worker at the Ford Motor Company plant in Wixom, Mich., Margie Guyot took on every task except spray painting and welding.
 
Monday, October 27, 2014

The Lord of the Gourd

Art Kristi Kates Sometimes artistic success arrives with time, patience and focus. Other times, it shows up almost by accident. Pat Harrison of Leelanau County shares the story of his coincidental journey from graphic designer to pumpkin-carving expert.
 
Monday, October 27, 2014

Taking the Wheel

Art Al Parker After graduation, Bechler landed a job teaching art in Onsted, Michigan before moving to Benzie County in 2000, where he now teaches art at Benzie Central Middle School. During his non-teaching hours, Bechler and his wife Stacey team up to create colorful, creative clay pieces.
 
Sunday, October 19, 2014

Twisted Vines and Hanging Vessels

Art Ross Boissoneau A spin-off from last year’s Manistee Arts Institute’s multi-media exhibition, Twisted Vines and Hanging Vessels runs Oct. 24 through Nov. 2. The 2013 exhibit included glass, pottery, fiber arts and photography.
 
Monday, October 6, 2014

Galleries Host Tour During Color Season

Art Ross Boissoneau On Sunday, a closing reception is held at 3pm at Lake Street Studios in Glen Arbor. At that reception, those who have visited each of the participating shops are eligible for a drawing. Each gallery donates a piece of art, with as many winners as there are participating galleries.
 
 
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