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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She‘s biking to build

Robert Downes - November 2nd, 2009
She’s Biking to Build
Kristine Perria will cycle across the country for Habitat for Humanity

By Robert Downes 11/2/09

Pedaling across the nation to raise funds for affordable housing is the goal of Kristine Perria, a student at the University of Michigan who is combining her love of cycling with an interest in social justice.
“On June 18t I will be setting off from Boston on a cross-country bike trip with an organization called Bike and Build,” Perria says. “Two months, seven housing projects and 3,705 miles later, I will roll into Santa Barbara, California with 30 fellow bikers.”
A 2007 graduate of St. Francis High School who is presently in the secondary education program at U-M with several science majors, Perria has had a long-time interest in cycling and running.
“When I was young, my parents, two younger sisters and I would frequently take bike rides together on the weekends,” she says. “We carried on this tradition when we moved to Traverse City in 2003. My passion for cycling also stems from my love of running. I ran cross-country and track in high school. Since then, I have permanently made physical activity and the team spirit a part of my life.”

During her summer breaks, Perria commuted by bicycle between jobs at the Grand Traverse Resort and Hagerty Center in town along the TART Trail. “These trips definitely constituted one of my favorite parts of summer,” she says. “The exhilaration and efficiency of a bike ride is unbeatable.”
Her interest in social justice issues on campus led her to Bike and Build, which organizes cross-country cycle trips that benefit affordable housing groups such as Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together. Over the past seven years B&B has donated $2,305,345 to numerous affordable housing projects, with funds raised through four million miles of cycling by thousands of young adults.
Perria’s own hands-on experience inspired her to take on the ride. “I have worked with Habitat for Humanity in Traverse City, Jackson, Detroit and New Orleans. I love construction and I am very passionate about the affordable housing issue,” she says.
But half the challenge of cycling cross country is raising $4,000 in order to participate. Of that amount, $2,000 will go toward an affordable housing grant program, $500 goes toward an affordable housing group of the rider’s choice (Traverse City Habitat for Humanity), and the rest goes toward trip expenses, which Perria expects to pay out of her own pocket.
She’ll also have to do some training to get in shape for 3,705 miles of wind-in-your-face cycling from east to west across the nation: “My longest trip to date is about 40 miles from Charlevoix to Petoskey and back with my dad over the summer,” she says. “With Bike and Build, I will be averaging about 75 miles a day, so I have a fair amount of training to do.”
Persons interested in making a donation should go to: www.bikeandbuild.org . Click on “donate” and select Kristine Perria. You can also follow her progress at: www.bikeandbuild.org/rider/3629

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