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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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.

“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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