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Letters 08-03-2015

Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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Looking Inside an Active Northern Michigan

Cody Sovis - May 5th, 2014  
Pumpkin Pedal & Beyond

For area cyclists, the second annual Pumpkin Pedal in Traverse City on April 27 was a perfect way to send off an all too cold northern Michigan winter and herald the spring. Despite strong winds and chilly temperatures, more than 100 riders turned out to celebrate two-wheeled fun, great beer and some rare views.

It all kicked off at Jolly Pumpkin, where riders of all abilities geared up to circumnavigate the Old Mission Peninsula by bike.

Riders chose either a 20- or 40-mile route, with some of the more serious riders making portions of the ride “mini races,” pausing to regroup inter mittently.

No matter the speed, what’s impressive at these community rides is the overwhelming sense of community and support: For every rider a wave, and to some, a bit of vocal encouragement and the reminder of cold beer and great food waiting at the end.

Area riders soon moved their attention to Mud, Sweat & Beers (held this past weekend), the Zoode-Mackinac Bike Tour on May 17, Conquer The Village on May 24, the Harbor Springs Cycling Classic on May 31 or smaller area races in May and early June. Here comes the season!

Cody Sovis is an avid cyclist, writer and Nutella consumer from Traverse City.

 
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