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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M-22 Triathlon

Erin Cowell - June 15th, 2009
Are You Up to the M-22 Challenge?
Triathlon kicks off first year in Leelanau County

By Erin Crowell 6/15/09

There were a lot of words thrown around last week during the volunteer meeting for the inaugural M-22 Challenge. Words like “sweet,” “cool,” and “right on.” These words reflected the attitude of those in attendance, preparing for a race that will marry the beauty of Northern Michigan with the spirit of athleticism.
The M-22 Challenge will make its debut on Saturday, June 20. Located at the Little Glen Lake Picnic Area in Glen Arbor Township of Leelanau County, the event is named for its location along the scenic M-22 highway. It is also part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
The Challenge is in the same realm of a triathlon, in that it combines three disciplines into one event. However, instead of a traditional swim/bike/run format, Challenge participants run/bike/paddle their way to the finish line.
Presented by Broneah Kiteboarding and M-22 store creators/owners Matt and Keegan Myers, the Challenge comes from an idea the brothers had while working out at the gym.
“We’ve been thinking about it for awhile,” said Matt Myers. “We thought about workout circuits and bringing that concept outdoors. We also wanted to create something that would be more inviting to others, not just for kite boarders.”

The non-traditional race starts with a two-mile run and a steep and sandy climb up the Sleeping Bear Dunes, overlooking Lake Michigan. From there, athletes run back down the dune to a groomed trail, reach highway M-109 and sprint back to the event site.
From there, they transition into a 17-mile bike ride around Big and Little Glen Lake, which takes them through downtown Glen Arbor, sections along the Crystal River and M-22 and Inspiration Point.
After the ride, pedals are traded for paddles as athletes take their kayak, canoe or standup paddle board out and back one mile on Little Glen Lake. Although fixed paddles are prohibited, athletes can use any self-propelled craft they can dream up.
“It’ll be interesting to see what people show up with,” said Matt Myers Sr, the event coordinator for the M-22 Challenge.
Myers, who is the father of Matt and Keegan, worked several years organizing events for the Father Fred Foundation. The brothers said it was only natural for them to choose their father for the position. “Dad knows everybody’s grandmother and children,” said Keegan.

Volunteers aren’t the only ones describing the race as “sweet”; the local community has repeatedly shown support for the race through money, gift and service donations.
“People are really excited about it. So many have stepped up,” said Matt Jr., “People like Michael Reese of Traverse City. He’s really helped make the race happen with his contributions.”
Local businesses like Oryana and Pure Water Works of Traverse City have donated fuel for athletes, including granola bars, Gatorade, water and fruit.
“The Leelanau County Road Commission even volunteered to sweep the road for the bike portion the night before the race,” said Myers.
During the volunteer meeting, sponsorship director Barbara Weber reported a list of businesses, local and national, who were already interested in supporting next year’s race.
Crystal River Outfitters of Glen Arbor will provide kayaks for participants who need one for the race. Athletes using their own boat or board will be allowed to drop off their equipment at the race site the night before the event. Volunteers will monitor the area from dusk until dawn. Chances are, at least one or two of those volunteers will be a Myers, says Matt Sr.
“We’ll be up for a couple of days,” he said. Not everyone will be keeping watch the night before, but all the volunteers are vital to the success of the race, Myers said. “We especially want to thank our volunteers,” said Matt Jr. “We have about 50 volunteers right now, but we’re always looking for anyone interested in getting involved.”

Like traditional races, the M-22 Challenge will award the top athletes with trophies, provided by TC Mirror & Waterjet Cutting. Trophies will be the M-22 Challenge logo cut from stainless steel and will be mounted on granite.
Awards go to the top three male and female finishers. The first man and woman to reach the top of the dune earns the “King and Queen of the Dune” award.
While some athletes will compete to win (See sidebar), others are encouraged to simply enjoy the area.
“A lot of people are going to take it easy, especially on the dune,” said Matt Jr. “Anyone can do it. You see grandma and grandpa walking up the dunes all the time.”
The purpose of the M-22 Challenge is to test athletes against the natural terrain of Northern Michigan, that means a personal challenge for each individual. “This race is about keeping people active and healthy,” said Matt Jr.
“We just want to do a really good job and put on a first class race,” Matt Sr. added. “I want people to say, ‘I really want to come back here.’” Now, that would be pretty sweet.

Early registration is open online through June 17. However, registration and check-in will be available June 18, from 5-7 p.m. at the M-22 store in Traverse City. The store is located at 121 E. Front Street, Suite 104. Cost for the race is $75. Participants without a kayak are encouraged to reserve one in advance through Crystal River Outfitters of Glen Arbor.
Those interested in volunteering may send an email to challenge@m22online.com.
The race will be June 20 at the Little Glen Lake Picnic Area. Event staging begins at 7 a.m. with a race start time of 9 a.m. For directions and more information on the M-22 Challenge, visit www.m22challenge.com.

One Man’s Quest....

By Erin Crowell

Kegan Gill wants to be the first winner of the M-22 Challenge. The multi-discipline race (a two-mile run, 17-mile bike and one-mile paddle) is making its premier, this Saturday, in Leelanau County. Gill, a 23-year-old native of Traverse City, has been training for the event for the past three months.
An avid kite boarder, Gill learned about the race through fellow boarders Matt and Keegan Myers. The brothers, who own Broneah Kiteboarding and the M-22 store in Traverse City, created the race out of an interest to bring exercise outdoors.
“The race is going to push people for sure,” said Gill. “I thought it would be a good motivator to stay in shape, give me something to do.”
That something to do includes a regimented training schedule of running, biking and kayaking, along with strength training.
Gill bikes or runs every Tuesday and Thursday. On Sunday, he completes the entire race route at the event location, which includes kayaking Little Glen Lake (his chosen mode of transportation for the paddle portion).
The running portion of the race begins with a dune climb. Gill has prepared himself for this unusual element by running up the dune every week. He also trains three days a week at Leading Edge Fitness, located near Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City.
The unorthodox exercise routines used at Leading Edge has helped Gill become stronger and faster for the race, he said.
Routines include a fast circuit of jumping, pushing and lifting, most notably the exercise of flipping a 300-pound tire end-over-end, then pounding it with a mallet for several repetitions.
Training for the M-22 Challenge has served a double purpose for Gill. In November, he will be leaving for the Navy Officer Candidate School in Rhode Island. Gill is using training for the Challenge as training for candidate school.
“I want to become a Navy pilot, so this is the perfect motivator to get in shape,” he said.
Gill isn’t estranged to the racing circuit, especially triathlons. He has competed in six other races in the past few years and says he feels comfortable with the race format.
Because it’s the inaugural race, Gill isn’t sure what to expect as far as competition.
“I probably won’t be the fastest out there, but I’m going to try my best,” he said.

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