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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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Dark waters/Volunteers wanted/Pig farm mess

- May 24th, 2007
Something Fishy: James Crossman, a student with the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at MSU, netted a 25 pound sturgeon as part of a Sturgeon Viewing Guided Tour hosted by Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council and Sturgeon for Tomorrow in the Black Lake watershed.
Each spring, the sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) head up select rivers to spawn along the rocky riverbanks, almost oblivious to nearby human activity, making these rare fish susceptible to poachers and illegal harvest.
The lake sturgeon is a threatened species in Michigan and a rare species throughout the United States. That’s why a group of conservation officers, volunteer off-duty National Guard personnel, and other volunteer groups concentrate in these areas 24-hours a day during spawning season to safeguard the fish from poaching. Photo by Marci Singer.

Dark Waters?
Some residents of Alba are questioning the wisdom of a plan to pump contaminated water from the Bay Harbor kiln dust pollution site into a well in northern Antrim County.
CMS Energy, which is responsible for the toxic kiln dust cleanup, owns the property on which the proposed disposal well is located. The company would like to truck in 135,000 gallons of runoff water daily for disposal in the well in Star Township. The company claims that the geology of the site is ideal for the project, being largely impermeable limestone.
The EPA is reviewing the permit application for the project, which is drawing opposition from Star Township residents.

Volunteers Wanted
The Traverse City Film Festival needs volunteers, supplies and fundraisers for the July 31 - August 5 event.
Contact jane@traversecityfilmfestival.org or call 231-392-1134 if you are able to help the festival with an in-kind donation this year.
The festival is also hosting a Film Trailor Contest to promote the event. All trailers must be in English and should be a maximum of 30 seconds in length. They may be of any genre (comedy, drama, documentary, horror), with a limit of five film submissions per person. Submissions should be mailed in DVD format to:TCFF Competition Submission, PO Box 4064, Traverse City MI 49685.
Info? Go to www.traversecityfilmfest.org.

Pig Farm Mess
How would you like a big, smelly pig farm next door to your property?
That could be a reality for some Michigan residents due to four bills (SB 501, 502, 503 & 504) that would dramatically weaken Michigan’s regulation of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).
The Sierra Club of Michigan says the bills are on a fast track in the State Senate.
Among other things, the bills would, “chill the public’s right to file complaints with the DEQ regarding potential violations of environmental laws by banning anonymous tips and threatening fines for “unverified” complaints.“
The Sierra Club also charges that the bills would allow for the degradation of Michigan‘s water resources by weakening discharge regulations from highly-polluting factory animal farming operations.
Info at www.michigan.sierraclub.org

TUFF TUG: Watch out polluters and alien species: the 22-foot aluminum Baykeeper tug is on patrol.
The tug is used to patrol the Grand Traverse Bay, along with educational events and monitoring the water quality of the region’s lakes and streams.
A project of Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay at Northwestern Michigan College, the tug helps boost public awareness on the importance of water quality in the region. “We are excited to be out showing the public our boat. It is a visible symbol of our commitment to preserve and protect our waters now and for future generations,” says John Nelson, the Watershed Center’s Baykeeper.
 
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