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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Mary Moore runs across Africa

Anne Stanton - November 1st, 2010
By Anne Stanton
If you want to know how tough Mary Moore is, you need to look no
further than her resolve to log in the required 15 miles each day for
her upcoming run across Ethiopia.
Moore is the newest female member of a team of 10 that will run 240
miles in 12 days in the mountainous African country. The team’s
trainer recommended a 15-mile-a-day training regimen, but it isn’t
always easy for Mary, who is a single mom of an eight-year-old boy.
Sometimes to fit in all 15 miles she’ll run six to eight miles inside
her two-bedroom complex—around and around two rooms and a
hallway—while her son, Liam, sleeps. She also runs with Liam, her
“personal trainer,” as he rides a bike on the area trails.
Moore is the only Northern Michigan woman who has joined the Run
Across Ethiopia event, which will begin January 8. The team’s mission
is to raise money to build schools for the poorest of the poor, and
that’s what captured the interest of Moore, who is the oldest of the
three women on the team and the only mom. She believes it’s important
for women to be on the team, especially since they’ll be running with
Ethiopian women along the way.
Moore isn’t worried about her ability to run 20 miles a day for 12
straight days (more or less; the team is running from village to
village, so on some days the run will be closer to 30 miles).  She
considers her real challenge is in raising a total of $15,000. Each
participant has to raise the same total, in order to amass a
meaningful balance to build the three new schools.
Fortunately, with the help of an encouraging friend, Moore has raised
$5,000. Folksinger Claudia Schmidt has also agreed to help and will
perform at a December 1 fundraiser at City Studio (tickets are
avilable at Higher Grounds). Her brother will hold a fundraiser at the
Red Mesa Grill on November 23.
Moore stressed that all the team members are trying to raise money and
need help, too.  Her main point of focus is to raise money and
awareness for the cause itself.

Moore moved to Traverse City in 2006 from Colorado, where she spent
most of her childhood. She didn’t know she was a good runner until she
ran a marathon in 2001 and tied for first place with her girlfriend,
Kelly Arrelano.  Moore lived in Leadville, a town that’s infamous for
the Leadville 100, a 100-mile treacherous, high altitude trail race
which was founded by Ken Chlouber. (Her favorite book, “Born to Run,”
is populated by runners and characters she met in Leadville.)
 “Kelly and I were having fun running; neither one of us had ever done
a marathon before but we decided, ‘We are going to do this, we are
going to run a marathon!’ Our goal was to finish together and feel
good. Well, we were running and Ken Chlouber, who was at the race,
yelled out to us,  ‘One of you girls is going to be first, only one!’
So we got closer, and we grabbed hands and went over the line exactly
together. I don’t remember what my time was, but the reporter
described me as Mary Buzzsaw Moore. I guess they thought I looked
funny running, because I ran with a quick and choppy gait, like a Paso
Fino horse.”
 Moore went on to run two more marathons and, in 2004, entered the
Leadville 100 when Liam was 2 1/2 years old. She ran 73 miles her
first year and 63 miles the second year (she hadn’t trained well that
year). She said participants have to finish in under 30 hours to be
considered “official finishers.”
“The first year, I could have completed it had I not gone a marathon
pace,” she said. “It’s a mental thing. If I had sat down and had a cup
of tea, I could have finished it. It’s a mental game. It’s fun; its
like giving birth to a kid because you don’t remember how painful it
is. You just remember it like a big adventure. You see a lot of the
same people who try it year after year. There’s a little old man from
Germany, and he finishes every year. He fast hikes and makes it in 29
hours, almost the same time every year.”

In the winter, Moore runs in snowshoes on the Vasa trail or on the
snow-packed snowmobile trails near her home in her tennis shoes.
“Running in snow shoes is really good exercise.  You have to pick up
your feet higher when you’re running,” she said.
Moore runs with whoever -- no matter how fast and slow--and she often
trains with fellow Ethiopian teammates Hans Voss and Chris Treter.
 Matt Desmond, who is also running in Ethiopia, said Moore is a
natural: “She just floats.”
Moore said she’s learning to become an easier-going runner.
“Chris lumbers along, la-dee-dah-style, and it reminds me of just a
peaceful, Buddhist style of running; it’s easy to see he just enjoys
it. I love the running. It’s meditative and I can just kind of
transcend any bad day I’m having. It squelches any grayness. It makes
everything bluer, and in Michigan that’s important.”
Lately, Moore has her challenges. She interprets for Spanish-speaking
people during doctor visits, but her job with Northwestern Michigan
Health Services ended with the departure of the migrants and will
resume next summer.
“Maybe my economic situation isn’t the best right now, but this race
gives me a chance to help people who are in much worse shape than I
am.  I am definitely thankful for what I have!”

To donate to the cause, go to onthegroundglobal.org or call Mary Moore
directly at 1-231-590-5068.

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