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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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No groping please

- December 9th, 2004
No groping, please

In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, U.S. Rep. Dave Camp (R-Midland) has demanded that Transportation Security Administration (TSA) policies for ‘patting-down’ air travelers be immediately reviewed and a report be issued to Congress on what safeguards are in place to protect the flying public.
Camp issued the letter after reading press reports of abuses and receiving a number of complaints at the Select Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Infrastructure, which he chairs.
One report by the Washington Times had travelers equating the new procedures to “sexual groping”. According to the TSA, “screeners are to use the back of the hand when screening sensitive body areas, which include the breasts (females only), genitals, and buttocks.”
The Washington Times, however, reported that, “Female passengers say the experience is humiliating and men also are complaining of unexpected checks of their private regions. When former Rep. Helen Chenoweth, Idaho Republican, was flagged as a high-risk passenger with a one-way ticket from Boise, Idaho, to Reno, Nev., she refused to be patted down and was forced to drive to her destination.”
“Reports of excessive tactics - especially by security personnel of the opposite gender - are extremely disturbing,” said Camp, whose committee has direct oversight of the TSA.
In his letter to Sec. Ridge and David Stone, head of TSA, Camp wrote, “The dangers we face as a nation and as air travelers is very real. I support TSA’s renewed vigor for detecting explosives at airport checkpoints. However, I am concerned that screeners have not received adequate training with respect to conducting pat-down searches, particularly with respect to searches of the more sensitive areas of passengers’ bodies. To date, I have not been made aware of a serious effort by TSA management to adequately address the complaints of the public.”

Helper Santa
Santa Claus is doing his part to help out the Grand Traverse Dinner Train which has been literally stopped in its tracks after losing trackage rights from the Tuscola and Saginaw Bay Railway.
However, Santa Claus will visit with children on the Dinner Train each Friday and Saturday from 9-11 a.m. until Christmas, as planned with no charge to the customer.
The man behind the beard is Jeffery Schatzer, who has done extensive research into the history of Santa Claus. His new book, “The Bird in Santa’s Beard,” is available for purchase at the Traverse City Railway Station.
“The biggest kick of all for me is to be able to relate to each child one-on-one and answer their questions,” says Schatzer, who grows his own 8-inch beard for the season. “Children have all kinds of concerns and it’s important to be able to help them be realistic but still keep the magic of Christmas alive.”



On the slide
Work is progressing on the new Mountain Grand Lodge and Avalanche Bay indoor waterpark at Boyne Mountain resort in Boyne Falls.
At 88,000 square feet, the aquatic playground aims to become the Midwest’s largest indoor waterpark resort. Austrian streetscapes, avalanche rumblings and Boyne memorabilia will be incorporated into a maze of waterfalls, tubes, waves and pools. The park is expected to open prior to Memorial Day, 2005.
 
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