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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Ski Tips

Scott Stillings - December 8th, 2005
So, your girlfriend already snowboards and says you’re going to learn. Lucky you. Or, you’ve always wanted to ski and just didn’t know where to start. Here are just a few of the deals for learning winter fun.

Crystal Mountain snowboard instructor Anna Cavender recommends their Learn to Ski or Learn to Ride lesson packages. Both include a 2-hour group lesson and rental skis or snowboard. Offered daily, it’s just $50. After your lesson, if your instructor says you’re good enough to go up the chairlift and get down safely, you can buy an all area lift ticket for an additional $10. Crystal also has great deals on multi-day packages. To save your spot call 800-YOUR-MTN.

Wolfgang Russold, Director of The Austrian-American Snowsports Academy at Boyne Mountain, says their Guaranteed Learn-to-Ski/Snowboard program is the way to go. The $49 price tag includes a 2-hour lesson, rentals and a beginner area lift ticket. Guaranteed? Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus. Wolfie guarantees if you’re not turning and stopping by the end of that first 2-hour lesson you’ll receive an additional lesson at no charge! Available 7 days a week, twice daily. 800-GO-BOYNE for reservations and details.

At the Winter Sport Schools at Nub’s Nob Julie Roth says to try their nightly Learn to Ski/Introduction to Snowboard package. It’s only $25 for a 1-hour beginner group lesson, all rental gear and free use of the Nub’s beginner area and chairlift. Those good enough can receive a $5 all area night lift ticket if their instructor says OK. Taught the 5 nights a week that Nub’s Nob is open including holiday and weekend nights. It’s a 5 p.m. start and you must be 3rd grade or older. Julie notes “You can save $5 off with a coupon from The Express!” Nice plug for the magazine. Reservations? 800-SKI-NUBS.

Scott Anderson, Shanty Creek Snow-sports Academy Director, says The Discover Michigan Skiing and Snowboarding lesson packages are his best deal. Running from January 3 through 31 it’s a mere $30 for adults age 15 and up. Including a lesson up to 2 hours in length, rentals and an all area lift ticket, Scott offers it on the Summit Slopes every day except Saturday during the dates listed. By the way, it’s $40 for snowboarding for the same package.

At non-profit Mt. Holiday in Traverse City you can learn skiing or snowboarding every weekend all winter long. Kim Peltier says a 1 hour beginner group lesson is just $12 per person if you bring 3 students. Lessons are offered on the hour. All day rental is $20 and the least expensive lift pass is their rope tow ticket for $15. Please call 24 hours in advance for reservations and available times. “You can just show up” Kim says “but to insure the time you want, please call.” Mt. Holidays phone? 231.938.2500.

Lynne Frye of The Cross Country Ski Headquarters in Roscommon has the best deal of all. Starting December 24 every Saturday through the winter you’ll get a free introductory cross country lesson at 4 o’clock. Yes, that’s free. Free free. Any Saturday arrive around 3 in the afternoon and get a 3 hour cross country rental for just 10 bucks. Take your free cross country lesson at 4 and ski on their trails for free as an all facilities pass is included with your rental. You’ll learn how to glide along, get up after falling and gain some confidence before heading out. Lynne says “Come as many times as you want and we’ll teach you both skating and classic cross country skiing, free.”

Make this the winter you get outside and start sliding. You’ll love the unforgettable experience and your snowboarding girlfriend won’t make fun of you. If you’re lucky.

Express contributor Scott Stillings has taught skiing since 1972 and shows it.






 
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