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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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Letters 2/26/04

Various - February 26th, 2004
Year after year, the developmental boundaries grew; Crestview Plaza was erected. There was talk of the eyesore it had created on the lovely landscape outside of town. A few of the downtown stores became empty. Some were replaced with banks and offices. Some buildings were removed entirely.
Who could help but notice when a portion of Little Traverse Bay became obstructed by a new, taller medical building? That picture-postcard welcoming view had changed. Who notices that change now?
Familiar, family-run motels on our main corners are now ubiquitous chain drug stores. Our farmlands have become parking lots dotted with squares of commercial sameness. Can you recognize if you‘re in Petoskey, or Anywhere U.S.A.?
More downtown stores are gone. The empty storefronts represent the abandoned dreams of many people who once believed in our community. If you are distressed by the growth you have witnessed, you have the opportunity to promote the antidote to sprawl -- the infusion of life-giving commerce in our downtown.
If you long to restore what sets this community apart from so many carbon copy communities that do not have a viable downtown, please support the smart growth proposed for our downtown. The addition of housing, hotel, storefronts, service businesses, jobs and parking translates into new life blood for our downtown.
Walk the downtown streets. See how many businesses are gone or closed for the season. Talk to the business poeple that are still holding on, committed to maintaining our unique downtown character. We must have year-round visitors and our community‘s support of the downtown for it to continue to exist. Throughout our community, skylines have changed; the landscape has changed. We must work to promote and improve what sets Petoskey apart -- our downtown.

Mary Ellen Lapp • Petoskey

There‘s a difference

The President has accepted at least $6.5 million in funds bundled by
Washington influence peddlers last year alone, 10 times what Sen. Kerry
has accepted from lobbyists over 15 years.
The only way to eliminate special interest influence in the White House is to reform the presidential funding system, and move toward clean money elections.

MaryAlice Lynott • Kewadin


 
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