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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The Starkermann Challenge

Erin Crowell - May 10th, 2010
The Starkermann Challenge: 4 events, 3 days, one tough race
By Erin Crowell
Running is hard. So are triathlons, the multi-sport event that
combines running, swimming and biking into one race. Now, imagine
those disciplines spread out through the course of one weekend.
This is the Starkermann Challenge – a three day, four event race that
starts with a run on Friday, a triathlon on Saturday morning, 20- to
40k time trial bike ride on Saturday evening, wrapped up with a
duathlon (run, bike, run) on Sunday morning.
Think you’re up for the challenge? You’ll get your chance May 14-16 in Gaylord.

The race lives up to its name – Starkermann translates to “strong man”
in German, a word that describes both male and female athletes that
take on the entire race weekend. However, participants have the option
to compete in individual events and/or compete on a relay team.
“You can pick and choose,” says Kenny Krell of 3 Disciplines Racing,
the company that handles and coordinates all aspects of the race.
“It’s definitely something for both beginners and seasoned athletes.”
Those options include two competition levels: the more advanced
Starkermann and the Starkermann Junior, with distances geared toward
the beginner competitor. Friday evening hosts a one-mile seed sprint
for Juniors, a 5k seed run for Starkermann. On Saturday morning,
athletes hit the Gaylord Sportsplex pool for a portion of the
triathlon, which includes a 2.2 mile run, 20k bike and a 400m swim for
beginners; a 4.4 mile run, 30k bike and 400m swim for Starkermann.
Saturday evening is a 20k time trial bike ride for Juniors and 40k for
Starkermann. The challenge ends on Sunday morning, with a duathlon:
one mile run, 10k bike, two mile run for Juniors; 5k run, 30k bike and
5k run for Starkermann.
Events take place all over Gaylord, at venues that include the Otsego
Club, Tree Tops Resort and the aforementioned Sportsplex.

One of the most challenging areas of the course includes the hill
behind Tree Tops Resort – “Alp du Huez, as the locals call it,” says
Dr. Donovan Adendorf, a chiropractor at West Bay Chiropractic in
Gaylord, and five-time Starkermann participant.
“I haven’t done the whole challenge, but the bike portion is the most
challenging thing in Michigan,” Adendorf says.
The South Africa native says Starkermann helps him prepare for the
triathlon season, a summer that includes at least one Ironman (2.4
mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run) and two to three triathlons
per month.
“I’m really slow,” Adendorf says modestly. “Starkermann kicks the
season off for all of us in the north.”
Krell agrees.
“We designed the whole thing so it would prepare people for the
upcoming race season,” he says. “For example, last year we had sleet
and snow and it was 28 degrees. The lowest wind was 20 miles per hour.
A bunch of people emailed us and said, ‘I didn’t know what you meant
by preparing us for the season, but now I know!’ They start
remembering everything they went through in Starkermann.”
Weather is always part of the challenge. The race consistently runs in
unpredictable weather patterns, mostly held in freezing temps and
during some type of precipitation.
“Starkermann never has great weather,” says Krell. “In all the years
we’ve hosted and the years I participated, I can only think of one
time that it was nice.”

Krell participated in Starkermann before he took on the fulltime job
of running 3 Disciplines, a race company that—along with the Gaylord
race—is host to 50 multi-sport races a year, held throughout Michigan
and across the country.
Krell and partner Annmarie Kern started 3 Disciplines eight years ago,
launching the company in Arizona and bringing it back to their home
state of Michigan. Now, the company calls Gaylord home, an oasis from
the hectic world of racing.
“We have a summer home up here and three years ago we came up after
one of the races. I said to Annmarie, ‘I just have to live up here,’”
says Krell. “You just feel calmer and less stressed.”
Athletes from around the country will invade Gaylord on the weekend of May 14.
“Last year we had around 200 athletes and represented five states,”
says Krell. “It’s a weekend where there’s typically not much going on
in Gaylord, so it’s great having a group coming for an entire
Krell says whether you’re a weekend warrior or at the top of your
class, Starkermann is a race that has something for everyone.

Ready for the challenge? Register for the Starkermann Challenge,
happening May 14-16 in Gaylord, by visiting 3disciplines.com and
clicking on the events tab. Email your questions to
info@3disciplines.com or call 231-546-2229.

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