Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Confessions of a first time marathoner

- May 5th, 2005
For her very first marathon, Jennifer Belfry wanted to cross the finish line with an even greater sense of accomplishment than finishing this May’s 26.2-mile Bayshore. That’s why she and 12 teammates decided to lend their legs and fitness ambitions to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program.
And Jennifer is going the extra mile this Wednesday, May 4, helping to organize a fundraising benefit at Union Street Station in TC, where she works as a waitress.
“Mike Moran is going to DJ the benefit as an ‘80s party with people invited to wear costumes,” she says of the Traverse City singer-songwriter. “He’ll be selling his own CDs at $2 each, with $1 going to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.”
Belfry, 26, and her teammates April and Michelle Bolton and Hadryn Holton will be waitstaffing the event, with tips and the sale of purple Livestrong bracelets going towards finding a cure for blood cancers.
This isn’t just Belfry’s first marathon -- it’s also her very first race.. sort of. “I did one three-mile race in cross-country back in high school, but that was it,” she says.
She and her teammates have been running five days a week and gathering as a group each Saturday for long runs of up to 20 miles to prepare for the Bayshore on Memorial Day weekend. The team includes
Anita Bills, Michelle Bolton, April Bolton, Kimberly Chinavare, Hadryn Holton, Lorie Robb, Paul Schneider, Jennifer Scott, Julie Seidel, Alexander Stevens, Kristi Stocki, Tamara Stone-Vanover, mentor Kendra Smith and coach Evie Rhynard.
Many teammates have been touched by the death of a loved-one from leukemia or lymphoma. Belfry, who also owns a cleaning business, says she was motivated to join Team in Training when her former business partner, Michelle Bolton, lost her younger sister Ericka to the illness. Michelle and her sister April will be running the San Diego Marathon in Ericka’s memory.
Belfry has been running since the 10th grade, getting her start with the cross-country team at TC Central Senior High. She comes from a family with a running tradition: her mother still holds state records in the downstate town of Bath. And she ran with a baby jogger when her daughter Olivia was born.
Still, she notes that jumping into a marathon is a new direction for her and many on the team.
“A bunch of us are misfits because we’re doing this race but we’re not really endurance athletes,” she says with a laugh. “But it’s a good way to change your life.”

Movin‘ on: Although the Waterfront Hotel and Reflections Restaurant are being demolished to make way for a new condo time-share facility, the Waterfront Conference Center will carry on under new management.
The popular Traverse City conference center has been acquired by ParkShore Resort, which operates a hotel just down the road. Congrates to Dan Hilliker, former director of sales at the Waterfront Inn, who has been named the new general manager of the Park Shore Resort.
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