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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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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