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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A Yen for Yoga

Erin Crowell - June 14th, 2010
A Yen for Yoga New fitness center opens in downtown TC
By Erin Crowell
There’s a new yoga place in downtown Traverse City – however, Yen
Yoga, soon-to-be open on East Front Street is more than just a yoga
studio. The 7,000 square foot studio will be home to several
health-minded activities including spinning, Pilates and kettlebell
“We’re not just a gym or yoga studio, we want to foster inspiration
for people to get healthy,” says Yen Yoga director Sara Harding. “We
really want to be a community more than anything.”
Owned by brothers Paul and Mike Sutherland, Yen Yoga aims to be the
fitness Mecca of Northern Michigan. And although the doors haven’t
officially opened, it hasn’t stopped people from walking in and
checking out the new space.
“I think people are excited and it’s fun to be a part of that,” says
Harding who is also the communications director for the FIM Group in
Traverse City. “We already have a ton of fans on Facebook—like 500 I
think—which to me, sounds like a lot.”
Others getting excited about the new studio include local fitness instructors.
“We’ve recruited a lot of the best instructors in town,” says Harding.

Kettlebell instructor Erik Peterson was one of those excited
instructors, who also happened to be one of the many people that came
in to check out the studio first-hand.
“I was doing an interview downtown and happened to have my kettlebells
with me. My brother and I went to high school with the Sutherlands,
and so I came in and talked with Mike for a bit.”
Kettlebells are round weights of various sizes with handles.
Participants perform a variety of moves – lifting, swinging and
dropping the weights – for a full-body workout. Peterson says the
routine complements the other exercises at Yen Yoga.
“Yoga and Pilates have their strengths, but neither really addresses a
cardiovascular and strength component quite the way kettlebells can,”
Peterson says. “I see it really fitting in. The four disciplines cover
a broad range of qualities that one is looking at in terms of overall
fitness and health.”
Peterson will teach his kettlebell classes four days a week.

Yen Yoga will offer a variety of classes including gentle yoga for
beginners and senior citizens, kids yoga, Yen Vinyasa Flow, Pilates
bar, and men’s yoga, among others.
The space boasts three fitness studios, along with one spinning
studio. The spinning studio will have 27 LeMond stationary bikes –
“the best state-of-the-art bikes on the market,” as Harding says.
The bikes will be placed on a five-tier platform, facing a large
mirror with a projection screen that can play real-life race footage
during classes.
“It’s nice to have something else to look at other than the
instructor,” says Harding, who is also a certified spin instructor.
“You feel like you’re right in the race.”
One studio was designed specifically for hot yoga—a “kinder” version
of Bikram—where students practice yoga moves in 90 to 100 degree
Studios can hold between 20-30 people, depending on the exercise
performed. Yen Yoga also offers showers, lockers and temporary storage
space for personal items.
The lobby area, which is decorated in wood trim and soft earth tones,
has a retail area with Zobha and Blue Canoe organic clothing; along
with a sitting area.
Yen also has something many local studios don’t have.
“We really wanted to be downtown,” says Harding. “It’s right next to
the parking deck and, during certain times of the year, it’s only 50
cents an hour to park.”
Peterson says the location also offers an opportunity for the lunch
crowd to get in some exercise.
“It has potential to capture a lot of the noon-time business crowd,” he says.

Yen Yoga will celebrate its grand opening this week, June 14-19. There
will be an opening party on Thursday, June 17, from 5-8 p.m. with wine
and cheese. Check out free classes on Friday, June 18, and Saturday,
June 19. Check their website for more information at
yenyogafitness.com or stop in at 332 E. Front Street in downtown
Traverse City.

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