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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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Technology, Protection & fun

Scott Stillings - December 8th, 2005
Winter stores are crammed with new stuff for those skiers, snowboarders and other assorted crazies on your shopping list.
From high-tech clothes to zippy sleds to piles of cranium covers, you’ll find gear your mother never imagined for having fun in the snow.
Remember those old leaky nylon jackets and snow pants? Throw ‘em away.
Your old knit hat is going in the trash, too.

At Petoskey’s Bahnhof Sport you can zip into the highest of high-tech Spyder iPod two-piece ski suit. Control your iTunes right from it’s specially equipped sleeve! Holy tunes Batman, what would Dick Tracy think? Gary Hunter, veteran Bahnhofer, also notes that the new designer Rossignol Pucci clothing line is “very sexy” and sure to be a hit under the tree.
There goes your nylon parka with that Walkman skipping along in the pocket.

Johan Roth from Traverse City’s Don Orr Ski and Beach Haus heads right for your feet and your head. Best at Don Orr’s? The new Tecnica Diablo ski boots. “The Diablo is the only boot to combine performance with recreational comfort,” claims Roth.
Johan also sees a big gain in helmet sales. Who is buying helmets? “Lots more adults and professionals like instructors and patrols” says the Don Orr staffer. Guess helmets aren’t just for kids and racers anymore.
Time to replace that old stretched-out knit toque.

Brick Wheels owner Tim Brick, one of this author’s personal favorite crazies, says the latest and greatest winter toy is the new Airboard Sled. Calling it “an inner tube on steroids,” Traverse City’s #1 Brickhead says the bullet shaped body board has a hard rubber bottom for sledding over rough spots. Fist grips allow you to hang on for dear life and supposedly steer the Airboard like a luge sled. Watch out Olympics!
So much for your Flexible Flyer.

Grayling’s Cross Country Ski Shop is all about function and maximum fun. The semi-fitted, 4-way stretch Sporthill ATV pant “blocks wind up to 35 mph” according to funster and shop owner, Dick Fultz. Its fancy polypropolene pulls moisture away from your body and the ATV’s new bell-bottom design makes if fit great over skating and telemark ski boots. Fultz’s best stocking stuffer? The Swix beverage (make that beer) opener with blue Swix shot glasses and pint mugs.
It’s the end of your wet butt. Or… at least you won’t care.

Tim Webster in Gaylord’s Dan Webster Pro Ski and Golf Shop combines technology and safety. The new Giro IPod compatible helmet features interchangeable ear pads for your headphones. The lightweight snowboard and ski model known as the Bad Lieutenant is “Cayenne hot” according to Tim. With your iTunes blazing in your ears, you’ll be riding like Hannah Teter starring in “First Descent,” a full-length snowboarding docu-drama in a theatre near you.
Now you’re going to have to learn how to download music.

At the base of Boyne Mountain, Boyne County Sports’ Dan Turcott says his hottest items are Nordica skis and, well, helmets. The new Nordica’s “ski well and have the best shelf appeal” says Dan. He prefers the Speedmachine 10 and the Hot Rod models because “they ski great in all conditions. They’re slightly wider with lots of shape.” Dan’s other top seller? “Helmets, helmets, helmets.” Sound familiar? New helmets are “more fashionable and widely accepted” with sales divided “about 50/50 between kids and adults.”

So, this winter your head will be warmer, safer and full of song. You’ll be drier, turn easier and have comfortable feet. Sounds like a great winter on the slopes. Once you’ve finished shopping.

Ski Bum and Express contributor Scott Stillings does it daily on the slopes around Northern Michigan.



 
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