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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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Dominic Fortuna‘s new dinner theater

Staff Reports - March 25th, 2004
Guess Who‘s Coming to Dinner?

Dominic Fortuna, voted “Best Entertainer“ by Express readers, is backing a new dinner theater in Acme, expected be up and running this summer.
The Williamsburg Showcase Dinner Theatre & Convention Center will be located in the former film theater on M-72 across from Travino‘s Restaurant.
Last weekend, Fortuna‘s company, Dominic Entertainment, Inc., auditioned singers and musicians for the debut revue-style show, “My Generation.“ Watch for upcoming announcements on the theater‘s opening, or see www.dominicentertainment.com.

BATA buddies up

The Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA) in TC is reaching out to new bus passengers by introducing a “buddy system” on how to use the fixed-route Cherriot system.
Interested bus passengers can contact a BATA Buddy who will provide Cherriot route schedules, point out bus stops, and explain how the system operates. BATA Buddies will also travel to people’s homes and board a Cherriot bus with the new passenger to show them how easy it is to use the bus system.
“Many people are interested in using public transportation, but they’re a little intimidated because they haven’t been on a bus in many years, they don’t feel comfortable using a bus schedule, or they don’t know where our Cherriot buses go,’ said BATA Executive Director Joe DeKoning. “Though BATA provides over 400,000 passenger rides annually, some people are unaware of how easy it is to use the system. It takes only one trip to get used to the Cherriot, and then you realize the many benefits that public transportation provides.”
The Northern Michigan Alliance for Independent Living (NMAIL) is implementing the buddy system. Interested Cherriot riders who would like to work with a BATA Buddy can call NMAIL at 922-2359 at least 48 hours before they plan on using a bus. NMAIL will then contact a BATA Buddy, and have that person come a new passenger’s home at a designated time. The BATA Buddy will board the bus with the new passenger until the trip is completed.
There are five Cherriot bus routes that make scheduled bus stops at over 150 locations Monday through Saturday. Some of the more popular Cherriot bus stops include the Grand Traverse Mall, Grand Traverse Crossings, Meijer, Tom’s and Oleson’s Shopping Centers, Cherryland Center, Traverse City Area District Library, Northwestern Michigan College, Munson Medical Center, and downtown Traverse City.
Cherriot rides are $1, or 50 cents for senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and children under 12 accompanied by an adult.
For more information, call BATA at 941-2355 or NMAIL at 922-2359.

Concert to benefit Northern Lights opposition

Manistee Citizens for Responsible Develoment, a group opposed to the proposed Northern Lights coal-burning power plant, is planning a benefit concert to raise funds to help scuttle the project.
Planned for Friday, April 2 at 7 p.m. at the Little River Casino in Manistee, the concert will include performances by Daisy Mae, Jody Gaskin, the MPE Band, Tim Joseph, Steppininit and Seth Bernard. Tickets are $20, or $15 for seniors.

Chick Chat

Believe it or Not File: a recent request to hear “Traveling Soldier“ by the Dixie Chicks revealed that WTCM 103.5-FM still has a ban on playing country music‘s most popular group a year after singer Natalie Maines criticized President Bush while on tour in England.
Dissing Bush hasn‘t hurt the Dixie Chicks: Pollstar.com reports that they were the fourth-highest grossing musical act in the world last year, raking in $39.8 million. Each of their 65 U.S. concerts grossed more than $1 million.

 
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