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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Winter sports calendar

Erin Crowell - December 6th, 2010
Winter Sports Calendar: A guide to putting your best foot forward
By Erin Crowell
Hear that?
Didn’t think so – It’s hard to hear your foot landing in soft powder
as you run a snowshoe race or mid-glide in the North American Vasa.
The point is, just because the temperature has dropped doesn’t mean
you should do the same with your motivation.
Here’s a list of winter races to keep you going:

HILL:
12/18, 1/8, 1/16 1/22-23, 2/12, 2/26-27 -- Middle Earth Snow Series
Tour at various locations in Northern Michigan. Visit
middleearthsnowseries.blogspot.com for details.
12/29-30 -- Holiday Rail Jam at Boyne Mountain, open to all skiers and
snowboarders. Boyne.com
12/17-19 -- NASTAR Open at Crystal Mountain Resort, where top three in
each age division for males/females advance to the 2010
Nature Valley NASTAR Championships in Colorado. crystalmountain.com
1/9, 2/13 & 3/13 -- Sunday Slam Snowboard & Freeskier Competition in
the terrain park at Nubs Nob, Harbor Springs. Visit nubsnob.com.
3/5 -- Dynastar/Lange Challenge, giant slalom open to all ages at Nubs
Nob. $8 entry fee. Visit nubsnob.com to register.
3/19 -- 49th Nubs Nob Open, giant slalom.

X-COUNTRY TRAIL:
12/26 -- Holiday Classic 8k & 12k at Boyne Valley Lodge, Walloon Lake.
1/1 -- Nubs Nob Freestyle 11k in Harbor Springs.
1/2 -- Boyne Highlands Classic 5/11k cross-country
1/8 -- Cross-Country Winter Trails Day, participating resorts around
the area will offer FREE rental to kids & adults new to the sport.
Visit wintertrails.org for more info.
1/8 -- Paintball Biathlon at Crystal Mountain Resort, cross-country
ski a loop while shooting paintballs at a set of targets.
crystalmountain.com for details
1/9 -- Grand Rapids Langlauf 5/15k Freestyle at Hanson Hills Rec Area, Grayling
1/22 -- Cote Dame Marie Loppet 15k/30k Freestyle at Hanson Hills Rec
Area, Grayling
2/5 -- 34th Annual White Pine Stampede from Mancelona to Shanty Creek
Resort: 40km, 20km & 10km classic and freestyle competitions.
whitepinestampede.org
2/11-12 -- North American Vasa 12/27/50k race at Timber Ridge Resort,
Traverse City. Visit vasa.org for info.
3/5 -- 15k Freestyle at Boyne Highlands, Harbor Springs. boyne.com
3/6--Cammy Potter Slopestyle Competition at Crystal Mountain Resort.
crystalmountain.com

FOOT:
1/8 -- Winter Trails Day, participating resorts around the area will
offer FREE rental to kids & adults new to the sport of snowshoeing.
Visit wintertrails.org for more info.
1/17 -- Frozen Foot Race, 5 mile road race in downtown Traverse City.
Call 933-9242 for more info.
1/22 -- Bigfoot Snowshoe Race at Timber Ridge Resort, Traverse City,
featuring 5k & 10k distances. Rentals available. Call
932-5401 for more info.

 
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