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Letters 11-28-2016

Trump should avoid self-dealing President-elect Donald Trump plans to turn over running of The Trump Organization to his children, who are also involved in the transition and will probably be informal advisers during his administration. This is not a “blind trust.” In this scenario Trump and family could make decisions based on what’s best for them rather than what’s best for the country...

Trump the change we need?  I have had a couple of weeks to digest the results of this election and reflect. There is no way the selection of Trump as POTUS could ever come close to being normal. It is not normal to have a president-elect settle a fraud case for millions a couple of months before the inauguration. It is not normal to have racists considered for cabinet posts. It is not normal for a president-elect tweet outrageous comments on his Twitter feed to respond to supposed insults at all hours of the early morning...

Health care system should benefit all It is no secret that the health insurance situation in our country is controversial. Some say the Affordable Care Act is “the most terrible thing that has happened to our country in years”; others are thrilled that, “for the first time in years I can get and afford health insurance.” Those who have not been closely involved in the medical field cannot be expected to understand how precarious the previous medical insurance structure was...

Christmas tradition needs change The Christmas light we need most is the divine, and to receive it we do not need electricity, probably only prayers and good deeds. But not everyone has this understanding, as we see in the energy waste that follows with the Christmas decorations...

CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS 

A story in last week’s edition about parasailing businesses on East Grand Traverse Bay mistakenly described Grand Traverse Parasail as a business that is affiliated with the ParkShore Resort. It operates from a beach club two doors down from the resort. The story also should have noted that prior to the filing of a civil lawsuit in federal court by Saburi Boyer and Traverse Bay Parasail against Bryan Punturo and the ParkShore Resort, a similar lawsuit was dismissed from 13th Circuit Court in Traverse City upon a motion from the defendant’s attorney. Express regrets the error and omission.

A story in last week’s edition about The Fillmore restaurant in Manistee misstated Jacob Slonecki’s job at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course. He was a cook. Express regrets the error.

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Third Coast Bicycle Festival

Erin Crowell - August 23rd, 2010
On a Roll: The Third Coast Bicycle Festival
By Erin Crowell
Just over a year ago, Bill Palladino handed his nephew the keys and title to his 2002 Saturn Vue and walked away from car ownership -- well, pedaled away is more like it.
The Traverse City independent consultant prefers cycling as his main form of transportation. Being the thorough creature that he is, Palladino broke down his vehicle-vs.-bicycle usage into two separate financial charts.
What was one of his main discoveries? “In most cases individual vehicle ownership has a negative net effect on local economies. This means that on average more vehicle-related expenses leave the community than stay locally,” he reports in the online article “Making the Leap - Going Carless” (see mywheelsareturning.com).
In other words, biking--along with other forms of alternate transportation--has very little negative impact on the local community. Actually, few will argue that the actual benefits of a biking community lies solely in the realm of economics.

A WEEK OF WHEELS
Think of a town that embraces bicycles. There’s less traffic, noise and pollution. Life seems to slow down. Look around the local neighborhoods of Northern Michigan. The region continues to grow as a biking community, with several trails and biker-friendly road projects; and most outstandingly, the group of cyclist teams and races held throughout the year.
This week marks the culmination of such events with the Third Coast Bicycle Festival, held Aug. 22-29 throughout Traverse City and the surrounding area. Eight organizations will present their activity, normally spread throughout the summer calendar.
Palladino, head of the Fixed Gear Symposium event, is one of the several bike-minded persons that, as he says, just seemed to think about such a festival at the same time.
“We wanted to compress all these events into one week that would really have an impact on the community,” says Palladino.

THE EVENTS
The week starts with the popular Traverse City Triathlon on Sunday; and will wrap up with the road cycling enthusiast’s popular Cherry-Roubaix, a three-day event of sprints, criterium and road racing.
Roubaix officials are expecting larger registration numbers than the first two years, according to Tim Barrons, head of marketing and one of the four race directors of the Roubaix.
Additionally, the Roubaix is one of several featured events that will make the Third Coast Bike Fest a memorable one for all types of spectators and cyclists.
“(The festival) is reaching out to the fringes of cycling,” he explains. “It’s not just the road racers or tourists. It’s kids, families, safety demos…people who take part in the trial or BMX events. We’re introducing them to all aspects of bicycling.”
The more adventurous crowd will enjoy the 2 Wheel Technique trials, where participants will execute what is called “observe trials” of riding up, over and off various obstacles – including park benches, fences, steps and more.
For a different type of competition, spectators can check out the Fixed Gear Symposium’s bike polo match happening on Saturday; as well as the Twin Bays CycloCross– a cross-country circuit race that will take riders directly through the Traverse City Microbrew & Music Festival tent on Friday at the Grand Traverse Commons.
“Getting this festival together hasn’t been a burden for really anyone,” Barrons explains, “because we’d be doing all these events anyway. The concept is all the same: we’re here to promote the fun you can have.”
While Traverse City continues to pedal forward, many--including Palladino--agree there’s many miles to cover when it comes to creating a bicycle, and alternative transportation-friendly community.
The Third Coast Bicycle Festival is just one of those milestones.
“I’m hoping people will come into town this week and think, ‘Wow, this place really embraces the biking lifestyle,” says Palladino. “It’s not just crazy road racers wearing lycra spandex costumes, it’s about kids riding safely and families learning to fix their bikes. It’s so much more.”


Go the Distance:

Highlights of the Third Coast Bicycle Festival include the following:
• Cherry Capital Cycling Club Group Rides – various distances and locations throughout the Grand Traverse region, held all week
• Fixed Gear Symposium rides and challenges, including the mechanics race on Friday, bike polo on Saturday and the “Hell Yes” Sprints on Saturday evening.
• Friday Night Live – held on Front Street in downtown Traverse City, 5:30-9 p.m., featuring a children’s bike rodeo, bike sprints and live music.
• The Twin Bays Racing CycloCross on Friday evening, featuring a cross-country ride through the tent of the Traverse City Microbrew & Music Festival at the Grand Traverse Commons
• The Cherry-Roubaix, featuring the Old Town Criterium, where cyclists race through the brick-paved streets, like a traditional European race, is happening on Saturday. Sunday features the 13.7-mile road race near Cedar.

For a complete schedule of events, including registration and spectator info, visit tcbikefest.org.

 
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