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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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Holiday Inn West Bay/Sleeping Bear Weighs Options

- April 12th, 2007
HERE TO STAY
The Holiday Inn West Bay in Traverse City is trying to stamp out a destructive rumor that has been whispered around town over the past year. In short, there’s no truth to the claim that the landmark hotel will be sold and turned into condos.
“These rumors could not be further from the truth. We have recently entered into an agreement to extend our Holiday Inn franchise until 2012,” said William Wolfe, president of the Castrop Wolfe Development Company, which manages the hotel. “The Holiday Inn West Bay is a long-standing Traverse City landmark. We are committed to being a Holiday Inn and maintaining a standard of excellence in serving the people and visitors of Traverse City, both now and in the future. The Holiday Inn West Bay is here to stay.”
Over the last couple of years, the company spent $600,000 on renovations on the Holiday Inn for items such as all new guestroom furniture, an updated telephone system and upgrades to Shimmers Nightclub.
The bayside hotel also has a new general manager, Deborah Brown, who brings a track record of success at major hotels in Ohio to her new post in Traverse City.


SLEEPING BEAR
WEIGHS THE OPTIONS
After being sharply criticized several years ago for proposing a wilderness plan without adequate public input, the staff at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore are knocking themselves out to make sure that members of the public are kept in the loop.
In late March, the park mailed 2,400 copies of a 12-page glossy newsletter to interested parties. The General Management Plan/Wilderness Study newsletter offers updates on the park‘s future direction, along with reminders of upcoming public meetings.
Postage-paid comment cards have also been included to seek public input on the four courses of action proposed for the park. Those options range from taking no action to improve the park, to that of concentrating visitor usage in specific areas and encouraging more natural, primitive conditions throughout the rest of the park.
The preferred option for Sleeping Bear‘s future is expected to be selected by this fall, or the summer of 2008 at the latest, with implementation in the winter of 2008.
The park also has a new web forum to seek public input. Check out the latest plans and air your opinion at www.nps.gov/slbe.
 
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