Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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The Rough Riders of 2 Wheel Technique

Erin Crowell - April 4th, 2011
The Rough Riders of 2 Wheel Technique: Are you ready to take on the ‘Pipe of Death’?
By Erin Crowell
“Like riding a bicycle.”
It’s a comparative statement we use when describing life – the revisiting
of something we thought once forgotten, but relearned as if second
nature…easy peasy, you could say.
Think about it. How many 30-year-olds do you see swapping spots with their
child after teaching them how to ride? Little Tommy cautiously holding the
back of the bike seat as giggling Dad rides nervously down the driveway?
Hopefully zero; because riding a bike is something you only have to learn
once, right?
Jonathan Pool believes there’s more to riding a bike than just pedaling
forward, and many of us could use a refresher.

2 Wheel Technique is a Traverse City-based group dedicated to the art of
balance… on two wheels. Pool, an avid cyclist, started the group after
moving to the area in 2003 from southeastern Michigan.
“When I moved here, I was the only one in the area with trials
experience,” said Pool about the biking discipline where mountain bikers
attempt to cross terrain, using any obstacle such as boulders or logs,
without putting a foot on the ground.
Observed trials are also known as technical mountain biking.
“I started mountain biking seriously in the early ’90s,” he said. “I had a
friend who could ride over anything. He could even ride up stairs without
putting a foot down. I was so envious.”
The group meets every Tuesday during the summer and rides at local spots,
as well as across the state (Marquette) and out-of-state (Ray’s Mountain
Bike Indoor Park in Cleveland).
“Hardcore” members tackle obstacles such as the boulders in Clinch Park
and the break wall rocks on West Grand Traverse Bay. Another favorite spot
is “The Pipe of Death,” as Pool says the kids have nicknamed it – a
200-foot-long pipe near Union Street Dam.
Sometimes the obstacle can be an available parked car—with permission by
the owner, of course—or a ledge.
“ I can get over a two-foot-high ledge pretty easily,” said Pool.

As a strategic advisor, Pool shows his clients their potential.
“I help someone identify who they are at the core, then provide a personal
core statement that helps them to see and achieve what they can do… some
things they may never thought were possible.”
It’s a mission that has flooded other aspects of his life, including 2
Wheel Technique.
“I live out my core purpose of helping people accomplish goals. I help
them get over that log.”
When it comes down to it, getting over that log is all about breaking down
to the basic components and taking the process step by step, according to
While not everyone may be interested in learning how to traverse a river
by fallen tree or riding over Lake Superior boulders, 2 Wheel Technique
allows cyclists of all abilities to become better.
“Our group is about learning to ride the bike with confidence and control,
whether it’s off a trail or on the road. While our sport may be labeled
‘extreme,’ our techniques apply to safety. That includes riding in
traffic, maneuvering curbs, making turns… knowing how to control your bike
can dramatically improve your safety.”
Pool points to one common obstacle in the area: sand.
“We have a lot of it and not everyone knows how to ride through it,” he
explained. “We teach you to ride with light hands and heavy feet. When you
pull all those subtle things together, it opens a whole world of
Riders range from eight to 15 on a given day, and are a variety of ages.
“One of the best things I love about 2 Wheel Technique is that there are
no age barriers. There will be teens teaching six-year-olds, then working
with 60-year-olds,” said Pool.
Whether you’re looking to improve your biking skills or just hopping on
for the first time, 2 Wheel Technique can help make your bicycling
experience easy peasy.

2 Wheel Technique will host demos at several events throughout the summer,
as well as their weekly rides (day subject to change). For more
information, visit them online at 2wheeltechnique.com.

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