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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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Rennie‘s Food & Spirits

Dining Carina Hume Rennie’s Food and Spirits in Boyne City offers family dining, fresh ingredients and continues a family tradition of hosting and entertaining for owner Bill Sommerfeldt. Open since May 14, the restaurant – with a name in homage to Sommerfeldt’s past – enjoyed a successful summer season. “It’s actually my grandmother’s middle name,” he explains; Jennie Rennies was born in Sommerfeldt’s family’s Inn and Toll House in Scotland.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Levering Antiques

Features Carina Hume After a fire claimed her business in April 2006, Levering Antiques owner Mary Marks realized she had no choice but to rebuild. Now open in a renovated brick building next door in downtown Levering, the shop continues to offer an eclectic collection of rustic Rittenhouse, cottage and Michigan-oriented antiques.
Mary Marks is a transplanted Michigander at heart. “I moved here in 1979 from San Francisco,” says Marks. “My sister was in radio and I had come up in 1978 where she was a disc jockey-up in St. Ignace. I fell in love with Northern Michigan in the middle of February.”
Thursday, August 9, 2007

The art of the guitar

Art Carina Hume Clay piggy bank artist Tyler Bier and girlfriend Anna Farrell have collaborated to offer a line of colorful, handmade, clay guitars at the Bier Art Gallery and Pottery Studio. A variety of mini guitar replicas are available for purchase, and a demonstration of the artists’ creative process will take place on Saturday, Aug. 11 at the gallery, located six miles south of Charlevoix.
Thursday, June 14, 2007

Echoes of the past:Artists North

Art Carina Hume t’s 88 degrees out and glass blower, Lynn Dinning, is standing in front of a 2,100 degree furnace. Talk about suffering for her craft...
A former member of Artists North, the once-vibrant group which got its start in the 1970s, Dinning, as well as Northern Michigan’s arts community, has learned to evolve.
Formed in 1975, Artists North was the most widely known artist group in Northern Michigan at the time, promoting artists from Antrim, Charlevoix and Emmet counties.
Thursday, June 14, 2007

You gotta have art

Art Carina Hume You can visit at least one arts & crafts fair every weekend all summer long in Northern Michigan, many of which feature scores of talented local artists as well as those who travel all season long from across the country. Here’s the rundown on an art fair near you:

15 & 16: Cheboygan’s Annual Summer Arts & Crafts Show, 6/15, 4-9 p.m., 6/16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Washington Park.
23 & 24: Summer Solstice Art Show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., East Park, Charlevoix
24: Old Towne Arts & Crafts Fair, Union Street, TC,10 a.m.-5 p.m.
30: Art Rapids! A juried fine arts fair with live music and kids’ events in Memorial Park, Elk Rapids. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. www.artrapids.org
30: Mackinaw City Juried Arts & Crafts Show, 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Conkling Heritage Waterfront Park
Thursday, June 14, 2007

Feast Market & Cafe

Dining Carina Hume If good food is your passion, why not create your own and share it? Owners of the new Feast Market and Café in downtown Petoskey, Scott and Sarah Schornak, decided to do just that.
Offering inventive and flavorful dishes for dining in or taking out, the name of the new café says it all. “I wanted something to incorporate the vision that I had of what ‘Feast’ meant,” explains Sarah, “and
that was just lots of food and celebration and enjoying whatever you’re doing, whether it’s an event, a holiday, every day or lunch.”
Thursday, June 14, 2007

Paul Nelson, Bay Views leading man

Features Carina Hume He’s a Petoskey High School graduate – class of 1978 – who calls New York home. But each summer, Paul Nelson can be found in Bay View, where he’s been vacationing with his wife, Elizabeth, since 1989. As new director of theatre arts, Nelson has big plans for Bay View theatre and hopes all of Northern Michigan will take part.
Thursday, June 14, 2007

St. Ignace Car Show

Features Carina Hume In 1975, in honor of its bicentennial, Ed Reavie and Jack Goll organized the first Straits Area Antique Auto Show in St. Ignace. That summer, 130 collector cars showed up in the tiny town without a stop light. Thirty-two years later, the nationally-known event – as well as its 11-year-old counterpart, Antiques on the Bay – attracts car enthusiasts from across the country.
Thursday, May 24, 2007

Scovie‘s Waterfront Grille

Dining Carina Hume Forget Jimmy Buffett. Who needs Margaritaville when freshly cooked Caribbean fare is just a short drive away? Scovie’s Waterfront Grille in Charlevoix offers family-friendly dining with a taste bud-tempting kick.
Owners Scott and Vi Forreider, known for their self-named Scovie’s Gourmet shop and deli in downtown Charlevoix, have created a new island-themed dining destination.
Open since March and equipped with a liquor license not available at their downtown venue, Scovie’s Waterfront Grille offers good food and Lake Charlevoix views. “We thought the town of Charlevoix could really use another family-oriented space that people could go to two or three times a week,” explains Scott Forreider. “The price point is a lot less than most of the higher end places in town but not quite diner mentality.”
Six months and 10 pages worth of taste-tested meals later, and Forreider had his menu.
Thursday, April 26, 2007

Art Appeal: Gallery on Main

Art Carina Hume Northern Michigan plays host to a hotbed of talented artists, and Bay Harbor’s Gallery on Main is no exception. The gallery, open since Memorial Weekend 2005, boasts a tremendous variety of work – from pottery to prints to furniture to paintings – certain to please local residents and vacationers alike.
“We can hold about 25 artists,” says Larissa Flynn, gallery manager and artist herself. “About half are from the area, here year-round. The other half are kind of scattered around Michigan or spend their summers here.”
Large windows create a welcoming entry and the compact space is neatly arranged with groupings of artists’ work spread throughout the gallery.
“I try to have a wide range of things to appeal to many different tastes,” says Flynn. “We have abstracts, we’ve got bronze wildlife sculpture; we try to keep it Northern Michigan.”
Thursday, April 26, 2007

Camp Daggett

Features Carina Hume Looking for an alternative to the typical PowerPoint business seminar to rally the troops? Make an appointment for your group with Camp Daggett’s Adventure Center.
Tucked in the woods near Walloon Lake, the Adventure Center offers a fun, challenging program guaranteed to get participants moving, working together and supporting each other -- all skills that are critical to an organization’s success.
Thursday, April 26, 2007

Savoir Faire

Features Carina Hume Want some European flair in your home without having to leave the country? Make the trip to Savoir Faire, located on Main Street in Bay Harbor, for one-of-a-kind home accessories. Whether you’re looking for pieces reminiscent of your travels, or home accents with a sophisticated feel, Savoir Faire has what you’re looking for.
Thursday, March 22, 2007

They‘re on a Swirl in Petoskey

Dining Carina Hume The Swirl – the art of mixing great food, fantastic wine and live music in a spectacular setting – is a new collaboration between the Crooked Tree Arts Center and Esperance, the Charlevoix store known for its gourmet food.
Each month through May, patrons aged 21 and up are welcome to visit the arts center’s galleries and experience the sounds and tastes of another culture.
The Swirl’s premiere took place on Monday, Feb. 19, as groups and singles of all ages gathered at bar tables in the art-filled surroundings of the Edith Gilbert Gallery, tasting wines, nibbling Spanish-inspired hors d’oeuvres and enjoying the sounds of a live trio.
Thursday, March 8, 2007

Healthy Alternatives

Dining Carina Hume In 1997, recent college graduate Wade Kelso followed his dream of owning his own business, and opened Healthy Alternatives. Sports nutrition and supplements were high on the store’s priority list.
Ten years later, business is thriving, and the store is well-stocked with a tremendous variety of natural and organic items – from makeup to food to cleaning and pet products – as well as its popular high quality vitamin supplements.
Thursday, February 22, 2007

Kirby finds his groove

Features Carina Hume He’s been making furniture almost as long as he’s been making music, but Kirby Snively finally seems to have found his groove. Combining rustic and contemporary elements of woodworking, he’s created a high-end, “contempo-rustic” look, all his own.
Born and raised in Northern Michigan, Snively and his sister Kelli, also a well-known artist in the area, inherited their father James’s artistic skills. Upon graduation from Harbor Springs High School, Snively headed to Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, graduating with a degree in furniture design in 1982.