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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Melissa Dow is Fit 4 Life

Robert Downes - January 11th, 2010
Melissa Dow is Fit 4 Life
By Robert Downes
Personal trainer Melissa Dow, NASM-CPT, is in super shape, thanks to a lifetime commitment to fitness as well as an innovative TRX suspension strap system made By Fitness Anywhere.
TRX stands for Total-body Resistance eXercise. The straps work on your own body resistance as you pull yourself up from different positions. It’s hard to imagine until you see a demonstration, but the TRX straps are capable of working every muscle group -- abs, arms, legs, the works.
“You can have a full body workout in 25 minutes,” says Melissa, who offers training sessions in her own Fit 4 Life studio in Traverse City, as well as at the Rock Bottom trainers gym at Building 50.
“The TRX system was originally made out of parachute straps and a martial arts belt by a Navy SEAL for conditioning out in the field,” she says. “They work every muscle group on the body.”
The straps wrap up in a bundle about the same size as a pair of shoes and Dow notes that it’s the perfect go-anywhere fitness system. “I know people who train on the beach or at the playground,” she says. “You can take these anywhere and hang them on a door, a tree, or on playground equipment.”

The TRX system looks like a lot of fun, but also offers a workout that adjusts to any level of fitness -- from seriously strenuous to easy-does-it. The key is the blend of balance and resistance. “This is what’s called functional training because you use multiple muscle groups to do the workout.”
Dow says the system has been used by mixed martial arts athletes as well as by NFL teams. Also by persons of all ages: “I’ve instructed a woman who’s 80 years old, and also a high-level tennis player who’s 14. I also offer group classes designed for all levels at the same time because you can adjust your workout to your ability.”
In addition to the classes she offers as a personal trainer, Dow is also a dealer for the TRX system, which retails for $189, including the apparatus, a DVD and a guidebook.

For information on TRX classes or sales, contact rockbottomgymtc@gmail.com or Fit4LifeTC@att.net

With a spectacular physique and a sunny personality, Melissa Dow is an inspiration for anyone who wants to get in top shape for the coming year.
Her philosophy on life is exemplified by a necklace she wears from Taolei designs. “The symbol means ‘Strength’ -- I wear it all the time,” she says. “My true belief of the single best word to describe what I strive for: strength in body, mind, spirit, and conviction.”
Originally from Indiana, Melissa moved to Traverse City four years ago after a long stint living in Washington, D.C. She has had a career as a professional dancer as well as a personal trainer and enjoys cycling, sports and having fun with her two kids.
“As a fitness professional, it is important to me to get high quality, durable clothing,” she says. “I locally shop Dunham’s and MC Sports for great deals on the reliable items by Under Armour and Nike.”
Here’s the lowdown on Melissa’s workout apparel:

Hair (by Jen Ashcroft at Salone de Capelli)................................................?
Necklace (Taolei designs).........................................................................?
Top (Lululemon - “individually hemmed to fit”).........................................$45
Workout pant (Brasil Sul “Margarita”)....................................................$90
Shoes (Brooks -- Running Fit).................................................................$70


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