Letters 10-17-2016

Here’s The Truth The group Save our Downtown (SOD), which put Proposal 3 on the ballot, is ignoring the negative consequences that would result if the proposal passes. Despite the group’s name, the proposal impacts the entire city, not just downtown. Munson Medical Center, NMC, and the Grand Traverse Commons are also zoned for buildings over 60’ tall...

Keep TC As-Is In response to Lynda Prior’s letter, no one is asking the people to vote every time someone wants to build a building; Prop. 3 asks that people vote if a building is to be built over 60 feet. Traverse City will not die but will grow at a pace that keeps it the city people want to visit and/or reside; a place to raise a family. It seems people in high-density cities with tall buildings are the ones who flock to TC...

A Right To Vote I cannot understand how people living in a democracy would willingly give up the right to vote on an impactful and important issue. But that is exactly what the people who oppose Proposal 3 are advocating. They call the right to vote a “burden.” Really? Since when does voting on an important issue become a “burden?” The heart of any democracy is the right of the people to have their voice heard...

Reasons For NoI have great respect for the Prop. 3 proponents and consider them friends but in this case they’re wrong. A “yes” vote on Prop. 3 is really a “no” vote on..

Republican Observations When the Republican party sends its presidential candidates, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people with a lot of problems. They’re sending criminals, they’re sending deviate rapists. They’re sending drug addicts. They’re sending mentally ill. And some, I assume, are good people...

Stormy Vote Florida Governor Scott warns people on his coast to evacuate because “this storm will kill you! But in response to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that Florida’s voter registration deadline be extended because a massive evacuation could compromise voter registration and turnout, Republican Governor Scott’s response was that this storm does not necessitate any such extension...

Third Party Benefits It has been proven over and over again that electing Democrat or Republican presidents and representatives only guarantees that dysfunction, corruption and greed will prevail throughout our government. It also I believe that a fair and democratic electoral process, a simple and fair tax structure, quality health care, good education, good paying jobs, adequate affordable housing, an abundance of healthy affordable food, a solid, well maintained infrastructure, a secure social, civil and public service system, an ecologically sustainable outlook for the future and much more is obtainable for all of us...

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The Resolution Run

Get the New Year off on the right foot

Robert Downes - December 23rd, 2013  

It’s such a great idea it’s a wonder no one thought of it before: a 5k Resolution Run on New Year’s Day to get a healthy start for 2014.

“Doing the run will help you feel better about what you did the night before,” laughs Bill Lancaster, who, along with fellow runner Karl Bastian, is organizing the Resolution Run as a fundraiser for the Traverse Health Clinic.

“Our idea was to have a fun run on a holiday, and we noted that some of the most successful runs in town now have themes, like the Zombie Run at Halloween, the Turkey Trot, and the Cherry Festival races,” Lancaster says. “That’s when families tend to be together and there’s a celebration going on.

“Plus, everyone has New Years’ resolutions, so they can get started on them that day and have fun doing it,” The run will start at Little Fleet (the new ‘food truck’ bar on E. Front Street) and proceed through downtown, winding back on neighborhood streets.

“It’s going to start later than normal,” Lancaster says. “Most runs start at 9 a.m., but we’re going to start at 11. Runners will be home in time to catch the football game.”


Lancaster heads up Lancaster Photography, while Bastian is a marketing professional. Both tend to be fans of longer runs; Lancaster is training for his second Boston Marathon and typically does two marathons and a couple of half-marathons each year, while Bastian does the same race distances.

There’s no denying that 5k’s are where it’s at these days in the race circuit, however, and that’s why they opted for that distance for the Resolution Run.

“There aren’t many 10k races in the area anymore; the only one I know of is the Bayshore,” Lancaster notes. “I think the 5k distance has become the draw for most people. It’s something any runner can do, and we also get more kids who run crosscountry because that’s the distance they tend to run in school.”


Lancaster and Bastian started the Goodwill Run for Shelter which was held in April over the past 4-5 years. For the Resolution Run they decided to benefit the Traverse Health Clinic, which provides medical, nursing and dental services for the working poor in the five-county area surrounding Traverse City.

Lancaster notes that the $35 race fee goes directly to the Clinic. Runners will receive a t-shirt, the run will be timed by Endurance Evolution, and awards will be given to the top three runners in each age group.

Sponsors include Fox Motors, Bill Marsh, Hospitalists of Northern Michigan, API, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Oryana, Little Fleet, TV 9&10, Z93, Cartridge World, JenTees and UpNorth Media.

takes place at 11 a.m. Jan. 1 at Little Fleet, 448 E. Front, TC. Packet pickup is on Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 3-6 p.m. at Cartridge World (across from GT Mall, next to Running Fit). Sign up on the Traverse Health Clinic website at http://www.traversehealthclinic.org

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