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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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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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