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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Robert Downes - May 5th, 2008
When Sally Pomante walked into the spotlight at the Leelanau Sands Showroom to claim the title of Miss Grand Traverse last month, it was a familiar moment. After all, she had won the same bodybuilding title as the “best of the best” 11 years ago.
Today, Sally, 51, looks rock-solid and ripped from her long hours in the gym and months of an extreme diet. At the April show, she won the masters 35-and-older class as well as the ‘short’ class in order to take the top title. Not bad for the mother of two grown children, Jen, 17, and Sara, 22. “In fact, I’m also a grandma, since Sara has two boys, ages three and one,” she says.
A resident of Kalkaska, where she lives with six pet dogs and operates her Champion Cleaning Company, Pomante has always been attracted to physical pursuits. She raced stock cars as an 18-year-old back in the day when she was running a ‘68 Camaro around the track in Elmira. She also tried figure skating and still enjoys kick-boxing.
But it’s body-building and sculpting where she really shines. She started weight-training in the wake of a divorce at the age of 38, winning both the Miss Grand Traverse title as well as first prize at the Bentley’s Gym show in Petoskey in 1997.
A member of Fit For You gym in Traverse City since 1995, she trains with owner Jeff Gauthier as well as personal trainer Steve Rife.

“Steve says I’m an extremist, but I feel that if I’m going to train, I’m going to make sure I win,” she says with a laugh.
Her win was literally a dream come true.
“Last year I had a dream that I should get back in competition,” she recalls. “And the dream was so real. I was at the gym and Jeff said in my dream: ‘You need to get back to training and get back in the gym,’ so I started training for the show on October 7th.”
That meant an hour-long workout Monday, Wednesday and Friday, isolating specific muscles for training. She’s continued her training beyond last month’s show: Monday it’s chest, biceps and calves; Wednesday means emphasis on the back, triceps and abs; and Friday it’s shoulders, legs and abs. On the ‘between’ days, she does an hour of cardio, usually kick-boxing.
But weightlifting is only half of what goes into winning a bodybuilding contest. “I started an intense nutrition program last November for the show on April 5th,” she says.
That meant a regimented diet that typically included 12 egg whites and oatmeal for breakfast; a snack of no-fat cottage cheese and yogurt in mid-morning; a lunch of chicken breast and potato; afternoon snack of a rice cake and peanut butter; and dinner being grilled fish and fresh green vegetables.
“Then at the end of your training, you don’t eat any carbs at all,” she says. “The only sweet I was allowed to have was from a yam.”
Two days before the show, things got really extreme, with Pomante being unable to drink any water for 55 hours. Cutting off liquids dehydrates the body enough to provide maximum muscle definition. “After the show, I went and chugged a liter of water.”
Currently, she’s weight-training with her daughter Jen, who is a junior at Central High School in Traverse City. “She’s quite an athlete,” Pomante says, noting that her daughter is in varsity basketball and is a catcher for the softball team. “Once the summer comes, we’re going to train together with Jeff at Fit For You, where I’m gearing up for body-sculpting. I don’t know if I’ll compete in Miss Grand Traverse again, but I might compete in Grand Rapids or Detroit.”

Kimberly Purdy Update:

TV 9&10’s Kimberly Purdy was the subject of an article by Rick Coates in April, regarding her competition in the GT Bodybuilding and Figure Championship. How did she do?
Kimberly took first place in the ‘tall’ women competition and second place in the masters women, ages 35-and-older.

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