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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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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.
 
 
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