Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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A Day at the Races

Erin Cowell - June 14th, 2010
A Day at the Races
By Erin Crowell
Weekend warriors, rejoice! This summer is full of competitive races for you to show off your seasonal training – from running and biking to paddling and swimming. So, check off that calendar and get hungry for some Northern Michigan competition.

June 12
M-22 Challenge: run, paddle, bike—Glen Arbor

June 19
Ellsworth Pig Roast 5k Fun Run
Higgins Lake Sunrise Run one mile, 5k, 10k, half marathon — Roscommon

June 26
Run Charlevoix Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k & 10k
HomeRUN 4 Chris Cross-Country 5k —Traverse City
East Jordan Freedom Festival Sprint Triathlon

July 3
Manistee Asics Firecracker 5k & 1k
Warrior’s Run 5k & 10k—Fife Lake
Dork Brother’s 4th of July 5k—Alpena

July 4
36th Paul Revere 3 & 10 mile run—Harbor Springs
Boyne City Independence Day Run: 10k & 2 mile
Firecracker 5k—Beulah

July 10
National Cherry Festival, Meijer Festival of Races 5k & 15k —Traverse City
Boyne Mountain Challenge: MMBA marathon, kids & downhill mountain bike ride

July 11
Inter’Rockin Triathlon & Duathlon—Interlochen

July 17
Alpenfest 10k, 5k, one mile run—Gaylord
Northern Michigan Sports Medicine Bear River Crawl (Run) 10k, 5k—Petoskey
26th Annual Indian River Kiwanis Summerfest 5k & 10k
Finnish Line 5k Run/Walk—Kaleva

July 18
Little Traverse Triathlon—Harbor Springs

July 22
Wish A Mile 300 Bike—Traverse City to Chelsea

July 24
Venetian Festival-Drenth Memorial 5k, 10k & Ryan Shay Mile—Charlevoix
G.R.A. 10k Run—Grayling
Arcadia Daze 5k Run

July 24-25
Au Sable River Canoe Marathon—Grayling

July 25
Mackinaw Multi-Sport Mix Triathlon

July 31
Film Festival Costume 5k—Traverse City
Lumberman Triathlon: various distances—Cadillac
Alden Run 5k & 10k

August 1
1, 2 & 3 mile Open Water Swim Challenge—Harbor Springs

August 7
Roscommon County Fair 5k Run/Walk
Harborun 5k & 10k—Elk Rapids
Nautical Festival Mile Run—Rogers City

August 8
Fired Up For Kids half marathon, 3 mile & 1 mile—Petoskey

August 14
Crystal Lake Team Marathon—Beulah
Festival by the Bay Wellness Walk & Run 5k—Petoskey

August 15
Petoskey Epic Triathlon & Duathlon
Rubber Ducky Festival 5k—Bellaire

August 21
Mark Mellon Memorial Triathlon, 5k—Gaylord
Rubber Ducky 5k—Bellaire
Endurance 7 Mile Trail Run—Grayling

August 22
Cheboygan Straits Kayak Challenge 8 mile & 4 mile
Ludington Lighthouse Triathlon & Duathlon, various distances
Traverse City Triathlon, sprint & Olympic distances

August 27-29
Cherry-Roubaix Sprint, Road and Crit Bike Race—Traverse City

August 28
North Country Ultra Trail Run: 50 mile, 26.2 mile, 13.1—Manistee

August 29
Breakwater Triathlon — Petoskey

September 4
Beaver Island Marathon, half marathon

September 5
Barefoot Triathlon sprint & Olympic (individual & team)—Traverse City

September 11
40th Annual Mackinac Island 8 Mile Road Race

September 18
Harbor Springs Marathon, half marathon

September 26
Aspen Attack Trail Race 8k, 15k—Gaylord

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