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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Tour de Tart

Robert Downes - August 9th, 2010
Tour de TART: Wheels spin for bike trail fundraiser
Pedaling for a good cause is what the Tour de TART is all about, with at least 500 cyclists expected to turn out this week to ride the trail between Traverse City and Suttons Bay.
“We’re celebrating the 10th year of the Tour this year and we’re really hoping that we’ll have 600 riders turn out,” says Pam Darling, outreach coordinator for TART Trails, Inc.
The Tour will be held this Friday, Aug. 13, with cyclists starting between 4-6:30 p.m. in the parking lot at Brick Wheels and McLain Cycle on 8th Street in TC. Riders will proceed along the West Bay bike path, hooking up with the Leelanau Trail to pedal a total of 19 miles to Suttons Bay.
Darling notes that the tour was launched 10 years ago by McLain Cycle as a way to promote the Leelanau Trail, which was then in development. When the Leelanau Trail was incorporated into TART, the fundraiser passed on as well.
As in the past, the ride culminates in a party at Suttons Bay Marina Park with a meal being catered this year by EuroStop Café and music provided by Blind Dog Hank.
How do you get back to town? A shuttle bus service runs from 7-9:30. Darling notes that approximately 150 riders find ways to get back to TC on their own, with some opting to ride the return course.
Riders who already live in Suttons Bay or Leelanau County can catch a shuttle bus to TC from Marina Park promptly at 4 p.m. to begin their ride.

RAISE A TOAST
“We’ve got lots of new things happening this year,” Darling says. “Besides having the event catered by EuroStop Café, we’ll also be serving rootbeer floats with Coldstone Creamery ice cream and root beer from Northwoods Soda. And this year, riders will also be able to purchase local beverages, including beer from Right Brain Brewery, hard cider from Tandem Ciders and wine from Chateau de Leelanau.”
She adds that this year’s picnic will be a zero-waste event, with composting and recycling provided by Bay Area Recycling for Charities.
The flat course includes 12 miles of pavement and seven miles of hard-packed limestone. It’s not unusual to see young children riding the Tour with their parents. There are also snacks and rest stops along the way for those who need a breather.
The entry fee is a donation of $35 for adults and $5 for kids. Day-of-the-ride registration is available from 4-6:30 p.m. at Brick Wheels, although pre-registration is required for the return shuttle.

The Tour gets in gear rain or shine with all proceeds benefiting TART Trails. For more info, contact TART at 941-4300 or see http://www.traversetrails.org/events/tourdetart .

-- by Robert Downes

 
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