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Monster track? Do it!
In response to the recent “Monster Motocross Track” article: The vision of Mark Hall and the concept of introducing a national motocross track into Northern Michigan is an outstanding idea. Honestly it’s a no-brainer, do it!
I almost feel some of the opposition still view motocross/motorcycles as the “bad” sport, destructing wildlife and making noise. In the ’80s and ’90s it might have been viewed as such, but look at it now. National races and the ability to make a career then were very limited, sponsorships were few. The sport has grown immensely with national branded companies putting forth the bill such as Toyota, Geico Insurance, Ford, Nike, Makita, and of course Monster along with some other drink companies to name a few.
My point is this is the same as when snowboarding first came out; it had a small following and now every kid can’t wait to get the newest Shaun White outfit or his endorsed HP laptop. These sports are now family oriented and attract lots and lots of fans, television spots, and company endorsements. What would be the problem of bringing these companies and fans to our Northern Michigan area?
I understand the issue of peace and tranquility of having retirement homes in Northern Michigan, but those people have achieved their retirement and income to live off of. Some of the rest are still trying to make it. You don’t see me complaining every time someone pops up a retirement home and invades my peace and quiet around my 80-acre property. It’s not necessarily all about what the people want, it needs to be focused on the good it can do for the community and local area.
Yes, motocross races will increase noise for the times that the facility is active, but you’re going to have that with anything. We already have loud boats screaming across the lake and through the river at night, and thousands of cars passing on I-75.
Years ago, Pellston was the site for a small track for the local circuit and was shot down because of noise (because motorcycles are louder than airplanes). Then an adult surplus store went in down the main street from the elementary, middle, and high school that was hardly contested. Seriously?
However, the amount of events needs to be clear and present on what and when they will happen at the facility and clearly distinguish hours of operation.
We need to help boost not only the economy but to also promote family activities. There are lots of people in our area who pack up and head to the Red Bud National every year in Buchanan, Michigan. We need more amenities, and the addition of casinos or zip lines is not the answer.
Call me crazy or a late 20-something, business/hospitality/tourism graduate, motorsports enthusiast, Northern Michigan local, $1 million+ business operator that can’t wait for this to move forward. I support this 150% and would love to have the opportunity to take my future family to watch the pros in Northern Michigan. I would love to help bring this to the community any way possible!
Jed Avery • via email
Planner off the mark
Your June 24 cover story about the proposed Indian River motocross track attributed to Cheboygan County’s community development director Steve Schnell is a mystifying description of the role of planning commissions in our society.
According to the article, “Schnell said the role of a planner for a county or township is to help any developer who comes to them to figure out how to get their plan through bureaucratic hoops.”
Weren’t planning commissions created to help ensure that proposed development fit the plan a community envisions for itself? Is it true that the role of planning commissions has changed?
Is Mr. Schnell’s description of that role as one of service to developers rather than service to a community accurate? In Mr. Schnell’s view does “service to a developer” equal “service to a community”?
Daniel Robbins • via email
New art in Northport
Thanks for your article about the revitalization of Northport. At the end you mentioned art galleries will open.
A number of new galleries have already opened this year. These include: Peninsula North Gallery owned by Carnie and Julian Bunker, carrying local art and jewelry; Charlottes Art, owned by Charlotte Seager, carrying visual and healing arts; and Red Mullein, owned by myself, which carries visual and fiber art, including work by reknowned local artist Judy Rantz, artisan jewelry, and silk jackets from Japan. We carry the only significant collection of Japanese silk in the Midwest.
Artists in Northport are also establishing a Northport Arts Association, which has started Art in the Park on Friday evenings accompanying Music in the Park. The association will help artists find venues for their work and organize an annual juried art show. Anyone interested in joining this group can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
So art is alive and well in Northport and another reason to visit this lovely lakeside village.
Clare Gengarelly • Northport
In his recent column, Stephen Tuttle stated that the U.S. Supreme Court in the past week “issued two decisions that could unravel generations of accepted law and practice.” He is correct, and if anything, too generous.
The Supreme Court has not only done that, but unraveled nothing less than the U.S. Constitution that its justices instead swore to uphold. But, interestingly, Tuttle failed the mention the third decision that MOST accomplished that result.
Perhaps his article was written just prior to release of the “gay rights” rulings. Regardless of the subject matter, whether “gay marriage” or anything else, whether liberal, conservative, or otherwise, what the Supreme Court precedent did was prevent state voters who successfully pass ANY ballot initiative, from organizing to then defend that new law in court, even against the most frivolous lawsuit - like the one that led a judge to overturn California’s Proposition 8 based on his personal gay lifestyle, and diametrically opposite to the Equal Protection Clause.
Now, there is no sense in passing any ballot proposal in any state unless that state's governor agrees with it, and will do his/her sworn duty to defend it in court, contrary to what California’s executives did. This prevents citizens from passing laws that their governor disagrees with personally, and effectively spells the end of democracy in the U. S.
The silver lining is that it equally means that extremist groups like the ACLU no longer have any “standing” in court either.
Tom North • Burt Lake
Porter Creek Fish House is located in Boyne City and not in Charlevoix as stated in a recent article.
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