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Letters 02-08-2016

Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

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That‘s how they roll:Smart Commute Week

Robert Downes - June 6th, 2011
That’s How They Roll…Biking to work for Smart Commute Week
By Robert Downes
Buffy Bimgarden is trading in her hose & high heels for cycle shorts and clip-in pedals on the commute to work this week, while Clyde Clipperhorn is ditching his 4x4 monster truck in order to mountain bike to his construction site.
Okay, Buffy and Clyde don’t actually exist, but they represent the appeal of Smart Commute Week, which urges commuters of every stripe to bicycle, walk, carpool, or take public transportation to work this week, June 6-12.
“Smart Commute Week has been growing every year since it got started 17 years ago and it’s wonderful,” says Lee Maynard, the trail planning and programming director of TART Trails (Traverse Area Recreation Trail).  “Plus, last year, Petoskey and Harbor Springs started their own Smart Commute Week with the Top of Michigan Trails Council, so it’s become a regional event.” 
Smart Commute Week is a nationwide event, but Maynard notes that Northern Michigan celebrates it later in the season for comfort’s sake.  “Other communities celebrate it in May, but because it’s chilly up here, we hold it in June,” she says.

TEAMS PLAYERS
In addition to encouraging individuals to bike to work or take alternative transportation, the week offers a Smart Commute Challenge for teams from various workplaces in TC as well as Petoskey/Harbor Springs.
Pam Darling, who serves as TART’s marketing and outreach director, says that when the Challenge got started in 2001, there were just 13 teams registered.  Last year, that number grew to 64 teams, and this year could produce more than 80.
So what’s so “smart” about biking to work?
“For every mile commuted ‘smartly,’ one pound of carbon dioxide is prevented from entering the atmosphere,” Darling says.  Plus, one might note that you’re likely to look a lot better in your swimsuit this summer if you start pedaling more often…
Although the evidence is anecdotal, there seems to be a trend in more people biking to work, Maynard says.
“We as an organization have a consensus that more people are biking to work these days, especially with the rise in gasoline prices.  Our office is located off an alley in town and in the winter, even with snow flying, we see more people riding past our window than ever before.  Maybe it’s because of the gas prices, or just because they’re enjoying a lifestyle change.”
So, how does Maynard, 26, roll?
“I’ve been bicycling my whole life, but I’m a cruiser biker, not a Spandex cyclist,” says the transplant from Athens, Georgia.

BREAKFAST, TOO
As in the past, there will be daily breakfasts for cyclists from 7-9 a.m. at venues around Traverse City.  In Emmet County, breakfast sponsors include The Grain Train and Roast & Toast.  The partial schedule:

Monday, June 6:  
• Pangea’s Pizza (TC)
• Higher Grounds Coffee (TC)

Tuesday, June 7: 
• Central Grade School Smart Commute with the Mayor. Walking school buses & bike trains.
• Breakfast at Oryana Natural Foods 

Wednesday, June 8: 
• BATA offers free Cherriot bus rides (TC)
• Commuter Breakfasts 7-9am
• Breakfast at Old Town Coffee (TC)
• Breakfast at BATA Transit Center (TC)

Thursday, June 9:  
• Breakfast at Munson Medical Center (TC)
• Breakfast at Munson Community Health Care Center

Friday, June 10: 
• Take a Bike Train to Breakfast in TC: 3 trains to choose from:
• 1. Tom’s 14th Street 2. Tom’s West Bay 3. TART Trail head at Cherry Bend Road
• Breakfast at The River peddle and paddle rentals at Clinch Park
• Bike Swap drop off at The Old Town Parking Garage 5pm-8pm

Saturday, June 11: Bicycle Block Party & Bicycle Swap
• Breakfast sponsored by Fixed Gear and Another Cuppa Joe at building 50, 8-10am
• Bicycle Swap at Old Town Parking Garage 10am-6pm
• Bicycle Block Party 400 S. Union St. noon-6pm
• Porterhouse Productions Presents the Dandy Horse Festival Music & Beer Tent featuring The Ragbirds, 6pm. 

Sunday, June 12: 
Bicycle Swap Sale 9am-noon (TC)
 
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