Letters 10-24-2016

It’s Obama’s 1984 Several editions ago I concluded a short letter to the editor with an ominous rhetorical flourish: “Welcome to George Orwell’s 1984 and the grand opening of the Federal Department of Truth!” At the time I am sure most of the readers laughed off my comments as right-wing hyperbole. Shame on you for doubting me...

Gun Bans Don’t Work It is said that mass violence only happens in the USA. A lone gunman in a rubber boat, drifted ashore at a popular resort in Tunisia and randomly shot and killed 38 mostly British and Irish tourists. Tunisian gun laws, which are among the most restrictive in the world, didn’t stop this mass slaughter. And in January 2015, two armed men killed 11 and wounded 11 others in an attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. French gun laws didn’t stop these assassins...

Scripps’ Good Deed No good deed shall go unpunished! When Dan Scripps was the 101st District State Representative, he introduced legislation to prevent corporations from contaminating (e.g. fracking) or depleting (e.g. Nestle) Michigan’s water table for corporate profit. There are no property lines in the water table, and many of us depend on private wells for abundant, safe, clean water. In the subsequent election, Dan’s opponents ran a negative campaign almost solely on the misrepresentation that Dan’s good deed was a government takeover of your private water well...

Political Definitions As the time to vote draws near it’s a good time to check into what you stand for. According to Dictionary.com the meanings for liberal and conservative are as follows:

Liberal: Favorable to progress or reform as in political or religious affairs.

Conservative: Disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditions and limit change...

Voting Takes A Month? Hurricane Matthew hit the Florida coast Oct. 6, over three weeks before Election Day. Bob Ross (Oct. 17th issue) posits that perhaps evacuation orders from Governor Scott may have had political motivations to diminish turnout and seems to praise Hillary Clinton’s call for Gov. Scott to extend Florida’s voter registration deadline due to evacuations...

Clinton Foundation Facts Does the Clinton Foundation really spend a mere 10 percent (per Mike Pence) or 20 percent (per Reince Priebus) of its money on charity? Not true. Charity Watch gives it an A rating (the same as it gives the NRA Foundation) and says it spends 88 percent on charitable causes, and 12 percent on overhead. Here is the source of the misunderstanding: The Foundation does give only a small percentage of its money to charitable organizations, but it spends far more money directly running a number of programs...

America Needs Change Trump supports our constitution, will appoint judges that will keep our freedoms safe. He supports the partial-birth ban; Hillary voted against it. Regardless of how you feel about Trump, critical issues are at stake. Trump will increase national security, monitor refugee admissions, endorse our vital military forces while fighting ISIS. Vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence will be an intelligent asset for the country. Hillary wants open borders, increased government regulation, and more demilitarization at a time when we need strong military defenses...

My Process For No I will be voting “no” on Prop 3 because I am supportive of the process that is in place to review and approve developments. I was on the Traverse City Planning Commission in the 1990s and gained an appreciation for all of the work that goes into a review. The staff reviews the project and makes a recommendation. The developer then makes a presentation, and fellow commissioners and the public can ask questions and make comments. By the end of the process, I knew how to vote for a project, up or down. This process then repeats itself at the City Commission...

Regarding Your Postcard If you received a “Vote No” postcard from StandUp TC, don’t believe their lies. Prop 3 is not illegal. It won’t cost city taxpayers thousands of dollars in legal bills or special elections. Prop 3 is about protecting our downtown -- not Munson, NMC or the Commons -- from a future of ugly skyscrapers that will diminish the very character of our downtown...

Vote Yes It has been suggested that a recall or re-election of current city staff and Traverse City Commission would work better than Prop 3. I disagree. A recall campaign is the most divisive, costly type of election possible. Prop 3, when passed, will allow all city residents an opportunity to vote on any proposed development over 60 feet tall at no cost to the taxpayer...

Yes Vote Explained A “yes” vote on Prop 3 will give Traverse City the right to vote on developments over 60 feet high. It doesn’t require votes on every future building, as incorrectly stated by a previous letter writer. If referendums are held during general elections, taxpayers pay nothing...

Beware Trump When the country you love have have served for 33 years is threatened, you have an obligation and a duty to speak out. Now is the time for all Americans to speak out against a possible Donald Trump presidency. During the past year Trump has been exposed as a pathological liar, a demagogue and a person who is totally unfit to assume the presidency of our already great country...

Picture Worth 1,000 Words Nobody disagrees with the need for affordable housing or that a certain level of density is dollar smart for TC. The issue is the proposed solution. If you haven’t already seen the architect’s rendition for the site, please Google “Pine Street Development Traverse City”...

Living Wage, Not Tall Buildings Our community deserves better than the StandUp TC “vote no” arguments. They are not truthful. Their yard signs say: “More Housing. Less Red Tape. Vote like you want your kids to live here.” The truth: More housing, but for whom? At what price..

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Beach Boot Camp

Erin Cowell - June 28th, 2010
Shake Your Booty...Looking for that killer beach bod? Try Beach Boot Camp
By Erin Crowell
Living in Northern Michigan, we’ve grown accustomed to “the big
reveal” of summer – how just a few precious months of warm weather
allows us to shake off the layers and show off some skin.
Up to this big reveal, we grind it out in the gym – pounding the
treadmill and pumping iron. But once it’s time, we drop the weights,
along with all incentive to keep that killer beach body.
“Who wants to stay inside and work out when it’s nice outside?” asks
Joe Lorenz, personal trainer at Fit For You Health Club in Traverse
That’s why Lorenz, along with fellow FFY trainer Ryan Heary, started
the Beach Boot Camp, a fast-paced outdoor fitness class that utilizes
the sand for optimum training that fights bulge and boredom.

It’s a Tuesday evening, late June, and Lorenz and Heary wait in the
parking lot for their students to arrive for class. The two are easy
to spot: young, tan, athletic and oozing with healthy optimism. They
bounce and stretch in place, sipping water in the 83 degrees.
It’s only the first summer for Beach Boot Camp, but the trainers say
the response has been positive.
“We get a lot of people in… usually 10 to 12 per session,” says
Lorenz. “We even get a few people from out-of-town joining in for the
That’s because Boot Camp is right on the shores of the Holiday Inn
West Bay. As the eight women that make up the class start to gather
(Lorenz says the majority of participants are female), beachgoers
glance over their shoulders to see what’s happening.
“Alright, let’s warmup,” says Lorenz, and the group takes off for a
jog around the parking lot. Heary stays and does lunges with Shelly
Glaesmer, one of the class’s regulars who joined because of her knee.
“I thought it would be easier on the joint,” she says.
When asked if Beach Boot Camp is hard, Glaesmer says her heart rate is
anywhere from 135 to 170 beats – “pretty hard” by those standards.
“But it’s worth it,” she adds.
Lorenz and Heary tell their participants to prepare for the class by
eating well and drinking enough fluids beforehand.
“Otherwise, it’s really just what you put into it,” Heary says.

Boot Camp starts on the grass.
“We’re gonna smoke their upper body doing sit-ups and pushups then
we’ll go to the sand,” says Leary.
And smoke ‘em they do.
The group sweats and grunts underneath the hot sun, rising and falling
with the command of “Up!”, “Down!”
While they’re only pushups, each repetition is slow – overloading the muscle.
“We’re confusing the muscle,” says Heary. “When you hold it for a few
seconds longer, it engages the muscle.”
The group flips over for sit-ups.
“Aww, yeah!” Lorenz yells, keeping up morale.
“It’s hard to be in a bad mood on the beach in Northern Michigan,”
says Lorenz. “We could be killing them, and they’d still have a smile
on their faces.”
Working out in the great outdoors is referred to as “green exercise”;
and as little as five minutes per day has significant effects in mood
and self esteem as reported in a 2005 study published in Environmental
Science & Technology journal.
“Living up here and training you see a decline during the summer,”
says Lorenz. “People just want to be outside. It was just a natural
thought process for us to do this.”

Laurie Radtke has been doing the Beach Boot Camp since it started in May.
“I figured since half my pay goes to the bay, I might as well enjoy
it,” she says, referring to the old saying. “It’s a hard class, but
boy do you feel good afterward!”
At this time, the group has moved to the sand. They kick off their
shoes and gather around a rope that looks like it could have come
right off the Tall Ship.
They squat, touch the rope, jump straight up and repeat.
A couple sitting on a beach blanket nearby ask, “Are those lifeguards?
What the heck are they doing?”
The group finishes and takes a quick five-minute break. At this point,
one participant has to stop. She comes back from the bathroom to grab
her keys and wishes everyone well.
“She puked,” says Heary.
“And there you go,” adds Lorenz. “She probably didn’t eat enough
before she came.”
Walking and running on sand burns between 20 and 80 extra calories per
mile, versus on a solid surface. So all the movements done on sand by
the Beach Boot Camp serve as accelerated calorie burners.
“The sand acts as a balance ball and your muscles have to work to
stabilize, which increases toning effects,’ says Lorenz.
The trainers switch up the exercises each class, always surprising the
muscles with different movements. Some days it’s sideways shuffles
through the sand, another day it’s hauling cinder blocks out of the
“We keep it interesting,” says Heary.
After one hour of intense work, the group finishes. The women huff and
puff, hands on knees, faces red and sweaty.
“Hear that beeping?” Glaesmer says, looking down at her heart-rate
watch. “159. Whew, it’s like this every time.”
The women are ready to call it a night when Lorenz tries to rally the
group with an impromptu tug-o-war. There’s mumbling and heads shaking,
but ultimately the trainers win.
Each trainer takes an end and the women claim their spots on the
30-foot rope. With the sun lowering and the Nauticat boat ready to
leave port in the background, the group picks up the rope.
“Ready, set, GO!”

Hosted by Fit For You Health Club, Beach Boot Camp is held every
Tuesday and Thursday on the shores of Holiday Inn West Bay, in
Traverse City, from 6-7 p.m. Classes are $15 each or $169 for a
four-month membership. More information is available by calling Fit
For You at 231-922-7285 or online at traversecityhealthclub.com.

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