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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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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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