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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In It for the Long Haul

Erin Crowell - April 23rd, 2012  

“UltraMarathonMan” to speak in Petoskey

Dean Karnazes has a lot of numbers in his life.

In 2006, he ran 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 consecutive days (that’s 26.2 miles per run). In 2011, he ran from California to New York City, or approximately 3,000 miles, averaging 40 to 50 miles per day.

He has run a 200-mile relay race solo (running alongside teams of 12) ten (10) times. His hottest run was through Death Valley in 120 degrees, while the coldest was a trek to the South Pole in a knee-knocking 40 degrees below zero. He’s also run on every continent. Twice.

Last week during the 116th Annual Boston Marathon, while 4,000 people withdrew from the race due to 80-degree temperatures, Karnazes ran from his hotel to the starting line (26 miles) as a warm-up before running the actual marathon race.


Karnazes has accomplished all this after the age of 30. That’s the moment – despite having run a marathon at the age of 14 – he said he became a runner.

He’ll discuss his late-blossoming running career, including the ups and downs and colorful stories and characters he’s encountered along the way, when he speaks at Petoskey Middle School on May 9 at 7 p.m.

The story of how Karnazes got back into running is one such story.

“I was sitting in a bar on my 30th birthday and it was around 11 o’clock at night and I said to my friends, ‘You know what? I’m leaving. I’m going to go run 30 miles tonight to celebrate my 30th birthday,” he recalls in a phone interview from his home in San Francisco.

Like out of a movie scene, Karnazes rose from his seat because he “just felt like running.”

“I literally walked out of the bar and ran 30 miles.”

After he accomplished that, he decided to go a little farther…then a little farther still. But unlike Tom Hanks’ character Forrest Gump, who ran until his beard grew long and scraggly, Karnazes’ desire to push a little further came during a routine five-mile run in his neighborhood.

“After that initial 30 mile run, I started just doing five mile jogs, thinking my fitness was really good. Then I was running up a hill one day in San Francisco and these two guys just blew by me and they were carrying backpacks. I basically chased them up the hill and when I got to the top, they were doing pushups,” he laughed. “I was like ‘Okay, I’ve got to find out what they’re doing.’” For the father of two, it was the first introduction to the world of ultrarunning, races that exceed 50 or even100 miles.

“I thought the farthest distance was a marathon. I asked them if a human is even capable of doing that.”

The answer was yes, and more, as Karnazes continued adding new challenges and farther distances.


Karnazes is well-known for the time he called a pizza place from his cell phone and had a pie delivered to an intersection he would soon be passing while on one of his ultra runs.

“I’ll never live that story down,” he laughs. “It got to the point where a lot of pizza delivery guys would show up because my friends would call them.”

These days, Karnazes has been fine-tuning his diet, such as avoiding high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, hydrogenated oils and trans fats. But that doesn’t mean he skimps on calories.

For his run across America, Karnazes was consuming 6,000 to 8,000 calories a day, enjoying some of his favorite healthy foods like Pacific salmon.

He’s passionate about childhood obesity, making it one of his top priorities when it comes to awareness and fundraising.

“We’re losing the battle against obesity and I think we almost need to attack it.

We’re trying things like removing junk food from school vending machines and improving programs, but it’s just so endemic and cultural. There are huge populations where being overweight or obese is the norm. What we really need to do is demonize obesity.”

Karnazes raised over $177,000 hosting several 5K races during his run across America to benefit Action for Healthy Kids, a non-profit geared to getting kids moving.


While determination plays a major role in Karnazes’ ultra endeavors, he possesses a genetic advantage.

“Scientists found that I have a really efficient mechanism for removing lactic acid,” he notes of the byproduct created by muscles during excessive bouts of exercise. In other words, Karnazes feels little or no pain running eight, ten or 15 hours.

Although he doesn’t take it for granted. “I should exercise my fifth, but I’ve never had an injury…knock on the side of my head,” he laughs. “I take supplements and for saving joints, glucosamine is great. I also consume a lot of omega 3 fatty acids.”

He also does a lot of cross training; but when it comes to rest, he doesn’t do much of it.

“The longest I’ve gone without exercise is three days in the last 15 years. I had the flu and my doc said, ‘Don’t run.’ Well, I got worse so I said screw it. I ended up getting better after I went for a run.”

Karnazes says many people have enjoyed his presentations, some approaching him afterwards saying their lives have been changed.

So, regardless of your fitness level – whether you’re a runner or a marathon couch potato – it should be a fun, interactive evening, a chance to observe one of humanity’s crazy exceptions and just think, “Wow, really?!” Speaking of which, when asked what his next endeavor will be, Karnazes already has it figured out.

“This might sound crazy, but I’m going to try to run a marathon in every country of the world in one year. I’m setting a global expedition of 204 marathons in one year.”

Yeah, have fun with that.

Dean Karnazes is the author of “Ultramarathon Man,” “50/50” and “Run!” He will speak at the Petoskey Middle School auditorium, presented by Bearcub Outfitters, on May 9 at 7 p.m. Admission is a $5 minimum donation at the door which benefits the middle school’s Adventure Education Program. Children 12 & under are free. For more info on Dean, visit ultramarathonman.com.

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