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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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Bayshore Marathon

Erin Cowell - May 19th, 2008
Sure, it donates mountain bikes and defibrillators to the police department and helps pay coaching fees to area high schools that are low on funds. And, it has resurfaced five area running tracks. But, what the Traverse City Track Club is best known for is the race that brings over 3,500 runners to the Grand Traverse area.
The 26th Annual Traverse City State Bank Bayshore Marathon should prove to be another big event for the club. Both the marathon and half marathon races have been filled, with 1,700 runners in the marathon and 1,500 in the half marathon. The club also expects close to 1,000 runners in the 10k.
Set for Memorial weekend this Saturday, May 24, the race is an “out and back” course that stretches along the west side of East Bay. Runners start and finish at the Traverse City Central High School track. The marathon and half-marathon start at 7 a.m., with the 10K kicking off at 7:15 a.m.
In order for such an event to run smoothly, the Track Club relies on careful planning and plenty of volunteers. Most of the event involves volunteers, with only two paid positions for the director and person in charge of registration, said club president, Dave Taylor. Currently, there are 17 local non-profits organizations involved with the race, many of which will be in aid stations along the course.
“It seems like running an aid station would be a simple task, but it has to be done the right way,” Taylor said. “We have a clinic for the volunteers on how to run a good aid station.”
Besides the team-building aspect of volunteering, non-profit groups will walk away with around $500 to go towards their individual needs, Taylor said. The aspect of giving back to the community runs consistently throughout the rest of the race.
“Property owners (along the race course) give out water and blast music in their yards,” Taylor said. “We really want to keep encouraging spectators to continue with that.”
Taylor also points out the positive economic impact the race has on the Traverse City area.
“From personal experience as a marathon runner, people will bring two to three people for support. That means a lot of people will be staying in the area during the Memorial weekend,” he said.
Traverse City has long had a history in the sport of running. Established in 1961, the TCTC is the longest-standing running club in the U.S., Taylor said. When the club started, running was not as popular as it is today, hence its traditional name as a “track” club. For 47 years members have gathered at Traverse City Central High School every Wednesday evening as part of the club’s summer running program. For $10, runners can race each other for points or use the time for conditioning purposes.

For more on the Bayshore Marathon & 10K and the TC Track Club see www.bayshoremarathon.org.
 
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