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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Erin Cowell - June 22nd, 2009
Run Charlevoix Hits its Stride
Two new marathons draw runners to region

By Erin Crowell 6/22/09

While stretching near the start line of Run Charlevoix, chances are you’ll see a mother to your right, securing her race bib and her toddler into the stroller she’ll be pushing in the race; to the left of you, a running veteran from Oregon, slapping his thighs as he prepares to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
At most races, this scene wouldn’t make sense. But at Run Charlevoix, athletes of different caliber, from seasoned athlete to recreational walker, can find a distance and pace suitable for their level.
While most races are comprised of one or two distances, the third annual Run Charlevoix (happening this Saturday) hosts four, two of which are divided into categories – the marathon (26.2 miles), half marathon (13.1 miles), walking marathon, walking half marathon, 10K (6.2 miles) and 5K (3.1 miles).
“We’re preparing for a thousand runners across the board,” says Run Charlevoix race director Ron Suffolk. “The first year we had 325 and we were pleased with that.
“There will be people from 33 states, Canada, Great Britain and one runner from Japan,” he added.
Suffolk is the co-founder of Good Boy Events, the Ann Abor-based race company hosting Run Charlevoix. Good Boy specializes in triathlons, but organizes this event, along with the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot in Ann Arbor and the Beaver Island Marathon, making its premier this September.

FROM 9/11 TO 1,800
Ron Suffolk, a retired incentive manager for Ford, unofficially retired from marathon running when he started organizing race events with his son, Jeff. Shortly after the events of September 11, 2001, Jeff completed an 1,800 mile bicycle ride to all of the places affected by that day – a trip that started in Kalamazoo to New York City, down to the Pentagon in Arlington, VA, to the field in Shanksville, PA and back.
“Jeff did triathlons to train for the trip,” says Suffolk.
After the bike ride and graduation from Western Michigan University, Jeff took his triathlon interest with him when he moved to Arizona.
In 2003, Jeff hosted his first triathlon in Tempe, AZ, with help from his father, along with his mother, Sharon, and sister, Jennifer.
The Suffolks hosted several races out west, with Jeff manning the helm of some of the most notable races today, including the Soma Half Ironman, Nathans Triathlon and the SheRox Triathlon.
Four years ago, the family brought their race organization skills home.
“We thought, ‘Let’s see what we can do in Michigan,’” recalls Suffolk.

The family chose Ann Arbor and hosted a 5K called The Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot.
“It sounds kind of selfish, but I asked Jeff to help with the race just to get him home,” says Suffolk. Selfishness paid off and the race was a success.
The family then set their sights north to Charlevoix, a place they visited often when vacationing with friends in Harbor Springs.
“We love Charlevoix in the summer,” says Suffolk. “I love riding my bike from there to Petoskey. I thought how amazing it was that nobody has tried doing a marathon out of Charlevoix.”
The Suffolks proposed the idea to the right people and the race was finalized 10 months later.
Run Charlevoix is currently in its third year, drawing more numbers along the way. As mentioned earlier, the race is a qualifier for the coveted Boston Marathon. The Charlevoix Marathon is considered flat and fast – few hills and fairly shady.
This draws dedicated athletes from all over, including runners whose primary goal is to run a marathon in every U.S. state.
“I get calls from runners that request certain (race) numbers,” says Suffolk.
Jeff Anerson of Lansing requested 193, as it is his 193rd marathon.
“We also encourage mothers to come out with their strollers and do the 5K with their kids,” he adds.

When old national sponsors fell through, Run Charlevoix found support locally.
“We try to buy locally when we can,” says Suffolk. “We buy the finishers medals in Traverse City. Glenn’s Market is providing food and water and all the area hotels are donating free stays for the raffle, good for 12 months to get people back here.”
Greeting racers at the end of their 5K, 10K, half or full marathon will be a display of flowers and plants from Marvin’s Gardens of Charlevoix and an 18-foot-tall inflatable arch.
Good Boy Events will donate money raised from the race to local charities, including the Charlevoix Elks Club, and the Charlevoix High School boys and girls varsity soccer and track teams. Organizations get paid to work the race, money they can use for their programs.
Good Boy also donates a portion of proceeds to Great Lakes area animal shelters. So far, they’ve donated over $180,000 for local charities.
The Run Charlevoix Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K takes place June 27 in downtown Charlevoix. Marathon walkers begin at 6 a.m., with the last race (the 5K) taking off at 8:15 a.m. Online registration ends June 25. Registration is open June 26, from 3-7 p.m. in Bridge Park. Participants may register on race day for the following times: Marathon and Half Marathon, 5:30-6:30 a.m.; 10K and 5K, 6:30-7:30 a.m.

For more information on this race and the Inaugural Beaver Island Marathon (happening September 5), visit

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