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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Local Spartans, Wolverines Catching Bowl Fever

Features Al Parker

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day have a special significance this year for University of Michigan and Michigan State University football fans.

Both squads are matched up in high-profile bowl games and football fever is growing among Wolverine and Spartan fans.

 
Saturday, November 21, 2015

For the Love of Rust

Art Al Parker “I saw this old Ford truck sitting deserted in the woods and took a photo of it,” she said. “And one time I sent my granddaughter to a junkyard to get me photos of old cars. Then I work from the photos. In addition to the cars, I really love doing portraits.
 
Saturday, November 7, 2015

Sheryl Langdon's Beautiful Balancing Act

Art Al Parker “When I’m making jewelry, certain stones literally seem to tell me what to do with them,” she said. “I try to balance the raw with the refined, the heavy with the iridescent, the old with the new, the dull with the sparkle to help them to be seen in a different and elegant way.
 
Saturday, November 7, 2015

Expanding Health Care Services for Our Veterans

Features Al Parker If all goes as scheduled, northern Michigan veterans will soon have a new annex providing some specific health care services. Officials have agreed to lease a 16,000-square-foot building at 880 Munson Ave. in Traverse City to house services for veterans needing physical therapy, primary care and mental health services in their homes.
 
Saturday, October 17, 2015

John Krieger and His Many Bodies of Work

Art Al Parker Now retired from the car game, he’s gone from designing fins on cars to designing fins on fish, his recent specialty. His colorful, unique fish are made of the same clay used in car models and they range in size from about 3 to 10 feet long, although recently he’s been asked to create a couple of fiberglass fish in the 20- to 25-foot range.
 
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Raising The Stanley Cup, Now Raising Men In Kalkaska

Features Al Parker Former National Hockey League player Krzysztof Oliwa keeps up a hectic schedule as the owner, general manager and head coach of the Kalkaska Rhinos of the U.S. Premier Hockey League. The team, made up of 16-20 year olds, just began its 2015– 16 season that runs through February.
 
Saturday, September 19, 2015

Learning From Accidents

Art Al Parker Tom (T.J.) Krueger is uniformly informal when he creates his innovative pieces at his Greilickville studio. “I like to work in my three-piece suit,” he laughed. “T-shirt, shorts and sandals.” Krueger is a bundle of energy, always in motion, and his works display that restless spirit.
 
Friday, September 11, 2015

Kris Ellis Ritter – An Artist at Play

Art Al Parker Growing up she was anything but the “art kid” in school. “I had my first discouragement in kindergarten when my teacher leaned over the corner of a table yelling ‘No, no, no, Kristine. Don’t do it like that. Do it like her!’” she recalled. “I put my crushed sense of self away and did the picture like the other girl.
 
Friday, August 28, 2015

The Heart and Soul of Elizabeth Paxson

Art Al Parker “My parents were both artists who met at the Art Institute of Chicago, where my dad won a fellowship to travel Europe in 1937,” said Paxson. “My mother was a ballerina. She toured with the San Carlo Opera Ballet by train all over the U.S. and Canada during the depression – gave it up to marry my dad, but she was also a talented artist.
 
Friday, July 31, 2015

A Versatile Artist Finds Success

Art Al Parker “In fifth grade, a nun told me I would never be an artist because my handwriting was so bad,” recalled Guntzviller, who now paints, sculpts and draws in her spacious Antrim County studio. “I reacted by getting angry, withdrawing and making more art. I put myself through college, earning a fine arts degree at Wayne State by working nights.
 
Friday, July 17, 2015

The Artistic Pursuits of a Late Bloomer

Art Al Parker After awhile, Nemecek put aside acrylics and oils in favor of pastels and watercolors. She even developed her own watercolor technique that she calls her “squiggles approach,” seen in many of her recent works. Utilizing her background with leaded glass, Nemecek adapted that technique to several of her eye-catching watercolor works.
 
Monday, June 29, 2015

An Evolution in Abstract

Art Al Parker Growing up, Lauren Everett Finn was more likely to be holding a golf club than a paintbrush. “As a kid, I liked to draw, but it wasn’t something I did all that often,” recalls Finn. “I was an active tomboy in Rochester, Michigan.
 
Saturday, June 27, 2015

Something for Everyone at the New Cherry Republic

Dining Al Parker

Traverse City’s new and expanded Cherry Republic now boasts an impressive dining facility with the ability to satisfy the urge for something cherry and so much more. Grand Café, which opened in May, invites guests to relax and refuel in an open, airy room under sturdy northern Michigan pine beams.

 
Saturday, June 6, 2015

Artistry from Northern Michigan Gems

Art Al Parker Maple City artist Liz Saile crafts eye-catching jewelry using predominantly northern Michigan gems and minerals such as Leland Blue, Thomsonite and the always popular Petoskey stone.
 
Saturday, June 6, 2015

Farm to Table in Boyne City

Dining Al Parker “We’ve had really great community support,” said owner Mark Warner, who moved from Bay City earlier this year. “We’ll be doing a vigorous farm-to-table menu, working with dozens of northern Michigan suppliers. Our menu is flexible, based on what’s in season, but the emphasis will remain on quality.
 
 
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