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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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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.”

RUNNING PALS

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.”

THE DETAILS

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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