Letters 10-17-2016

Here’s The Truth The group Save our Downtown (SOD), which put Proposal 3 on the ballot, is ignoring the negative consequences that would result if the proposal passes. Despite the group’s name, the proposal impacts the entire city, not just downtown. Munson Medical Center, NMC, and the Grand Traverse Commons are also zoned for buildings over 60’ tall...

Keep TC As-Is In response to Lynda Prior’s letter, no one is asking the people to vote every time someone wants to build a building; Prop. 3 asks that people vote if a building is to be built over 60 feet. Traverse City will not die but will grow at a pace that keeps it the city people want to visit and/or reside; a place to raise a family. It seems people in high-density cities with tall buildings are the ones who flock to TC...

A Right To Vote I cannot understand how people living in a democracy would willingly give up the right to vote on an impactful and important issue. But that is exactly what the people who oppose Proposal 3 are advocating. They call the right to vote a “burden.” Really? Since when does voting on an important issue become a “burden?” The heart of any democracy is the right of the people to have their voice heard...

Reasons For NoI have great respect for the Prop. 3 proponents and consider them friends but in this case they’re wrong. A “yes” vote on Prop. 3 is really a “no” vote on..

Republican Observations When the Republican party sends its presidential candidates, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people with a lot of problems. They’re sending criminals, they’re sending deviate rapists. They’re sending drug addicts. They’re sending mentally ill. And some, I assume, are good people...

Stormy Vote Florida Governor Scott warns people on his coast to evacuate because “this storm will kill you! But in response to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that Florida’s voter registration deadline be extended because a massive evacuation could compromise voter registration and turnout, Republican Governor Scott’s response was that this storm does not necessitate any such extension...

Third Party Benefits It has been proven over and over again that electing Democrat or Republican presidents and representatives only guarantees that dysfunction, corruption and greed will prevail throughout our government. It also I believe that a fair and democratic electoral process, a simple and fair tax structure, quality health care, good education, good paying jobs, adequate affordable housing, an abundance of healthy affordable food, a solid, well maintained infrastructure, a secure social, civil and public service system, an ecologically sustainable outlook for the future and much more is obtainable for all of us...

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Red Carpet Run

Erin Cowell - July 27th, 2009
Red Carpet Run
Film Fest debuts 5K masquerade & revives the ‘Golden Mile’

By Erin Crowell 7/27/09

This Saturday, memories will come flooding back for some Traverse City residents -- memories as clear as the images on a filmstrip.
Added to this year’s bigger-than-ever Traverse City Film Festival are two races. One, reminiscent of the Cherry Festival, circa late 1990s: an elite, invite-only mile race. The other, a 5K Fun Run.
Bryan Burns and Eric Houghton of the Traverse City Track Club (the same organization that hosts the Bayshore Marathon) have spearheaded the project of bringing elite runners back to the Traverse City area for the “Golden Mile.”
“We used to have the Golden Mile race for the Cherry Festival, but for whatever reason, it was discontinued,” says Burns.
For the TC Film Festival Golden Mile, athletes from all over the country will compete for $1,000, with an added bonus to any man breaking the four-minute mile mark; and the woman to get under 4:30.
For those unfamiliar with mile pace, that is flying.
“It’s a very exciting event,” says Houghton. “We’re pretty sure Geena Gall will be racing.”
Gall, a two-time NCAA 800-meter champion from the University of Michigan, recently qualified to run at the World Championships in Berlin, set for August 15-23.
“So far, we’ve got seven men and seven women confirmed for the race,” says Burns. “The field is top notch. It would rival anything in high caliber.”

While some of the country’s most elite athletes will have their time to shine, runners from the area may have their own “moment on the red carpet” with the Film Festival 5K Fun Run.
Runners are encouraged to dress in costume for the race. And although a costume is not required, the runner with the best costume wins a round-trip airfare ticket to anywhere in the U.S.
Judging the contest will be comedian Jeff Garlin (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), and creativity is a must for this contest.
“This race will be as fun for the spectators as it is for the participants,” said 5K Race Director Doug Petersen. “Our goal is to not only make this another great running event but to make it the craziest, most fun run entrants do.”
The 5K race was inspired by the “Bay to Breakers,” a race out in California that embodies the concept of whacky and off-the-wall costume racing.
“The race is well known out there,” says Petersen. “People really get into it. It used to be well-known for its naked runners.”
Runners are encouraged to wear more than just their “birthday suits” when they cross the finish line at the Film Festival 5K, which will be a red carpet in front of the State Theatre.
Over 60 volunteers from the Traverse City Central, West and St. Francis cross country teams will help in course marshaling and athlete assistance for the Golden Mile.
“We’ve also got a couple dozen volunteers from the Film Festival and from the Track Club,” says Houghton. “It’s a collaborative event.”

Races will be Saturday evening, starting with The Golden Mile. It will begin at the corner of Front and Union streets and circle through the downtown blocks. The women are set to begin at 7:30 p.m., with the men following at 7:40 p.m. Runners in the 5K will be able to watch the mile race before departing by bus at 7:45 p.m. to Northwestern Michigan College. There, the race will start at 8 p.m. in Elm Lot and runners will head west towards downtown, where they will finish on the red carpet.
Costume judging and awards ceremony for the Golden Mile will happen at the Film Maker’s Party, located in the Wade Trim Parking Lot, at 8:30 p.m. Those registered for the races receive half off the entry fee to the party.

For more information, and to register for the Film Festival 5K Fun Run, visit traversecityfilmfest.org/events.

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