Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Advice from a recent grad

Features Erin Cowell There are already back-to-school signs in the store windows. But for the first time in 19 years, I don’t have to pay attention to those signs – my God, 19 years. It’s hard not to pay attention.
Every year since I was five-years-old I would get the usual school supplies: pens, pencils, notebooks, calculator. I secretly loved school, even up to my last year in college. It was the idea of newness, a fresh start, anticipation, and all those cliques. It wasn’t just the social aspect – yes, new clothes made you feel like a rock star; but it was also the studiousness of it all. I felt motivated and older, more mature.
Now, I can’t get that feeling any more. I suppose I could stay enrolled in school like it’s my job, but I couldn’t afford that. I could also crash classrooms, kind of like a wedding, but weirder.
But in the end, I feel better when I can look at my diploma and think, I will never have algebra homework EVER again.
Although I am “finished” with school, I can offer advice to those who still have to pay attention to the back-to-school signs. Keep in mind that I am not an expert, only a post-student citizen with personal experience.
Monday, July 21, 2008

Ryan Shay

Features Erin Cowell Ryan Shay was an elite runner. Among his accomplishments, he was a five-time national road racing champion, winning the 2003 U.S. marathon, 2003 and 2004 half-marathon, and the 2004 20k and 2005 15k races. Before then, he ran at the University of Notre Dame, earning the school’s first national individual track title by winning the 10,000 meter race.
But even before the national titles, Ryan Shay had developed himself as a running marvel in his school days at Central Lake High School. Before winning 11 state high school titles, he entered the sport in junior high by following in the footsteps of his four older siblings. Shay not only lived in a household of runners, but was surrounded by a running community of Central Lake friends.
Shay collapsed and died during the 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials in
New York last November due to an enlarged heart. News of Shay’s death spread internationally throughout the running community and hit home in Northern Michigan.
Monday, July 14, 2008

The Hagerty Cycling Team

Features Erin Cowell Typically you can find them cruising along the winding roads of Old Mission Peninsula. Identifiable by their jerseys, they are a blue streak whizzing past houses and the open waters of Grand Traverse Bay. Their light road bikes easily maneuver the sharp turns as they ride like a pack of wolves, each bike just inches from the other.
The Hagerty Cycling Team is a group of local bicyclists from the Traverse City area. Established in the spring of 2007, the team competes at races around the state.
Monday, June 9, 2008

The sky‘s the limit

Features Erin Cowell It’s 4 a.m., and the phone rings.
“Hello Jeff,” I say, half asleep.
“Weather looks good. We’ll see you at 4:30,” he says, in his usual chipper voice.
Monday, May 19, 2008

Bayshore Marathon

Features Erin Cowell Sure, it donates mountain bikes and defibrillators to the police department and helps pay coaching fees to area high schools that are low on funds. And, it has resurfaced five area running tracks. But, what the Traverse City Track Club is best known for is the race that brings over 3,500 runners to the Grand Traverse area.