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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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Photographic fundraiser clicks for Holly Nelson

Katie Hudson - July 5th, 2007
Local photographer Holly Nelson loves to capture the light. “I always look for the right lighting, which is what photography is all about,” she says.
The 27-year-old Honor native has recently come out of a dark time in her life. Last December, she was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on her pancreas.
It was an islet cell tumor, a rare form of cancer that affects about one in a million people, doctors told her. It usually strikes men and older people, and it doesn’t run in Nelson’s family, which made her case even more unusual.
“It was kind of devastating at first, but I never let it get me down. I just kind of took it as, God must have wanted it to happen to me and He’s given it to me for a reason,” Nelson says.
She had extensive surgery in January to remove the tumor. Doctors had to remove some of her stomach and part of her pancreas.
The operation was successful, but Nelson continues to go for CAT scans and bloodwork every month. “They said it can come back at anytime, anywhere in my body. I have to keep a close eye on it,” she said. “But I feel back to normal, finally.”
However, insurance only covers 60% of her medical costs, so Nelson is raffling off some of her color photos at a fundraiser this Saturday, July 7, in an effort to help cover her medical expenses.
The raffle will be held at her family’s gallery, Gallery 31 in Honor, from 5-8 pm. There will also be door prizes throughout the evening, as well as live music, local wines and refreshments.

NATURE & LANDSCAPES
Nelson, who earned a degree in photography from Grand Valley State University in 2002, has been shooting photos for about nine years now. “I’ll take a picture of anything,” she laughs.
She works at Thompson Pharmacy in Traverse City, doing photography on the side, but she hopes to one day pursue her art full-time. Before her family opened Gallery 31 in 2005, she worked at a gallery in Frankfort, gaining background and experience.
Nelson concentrates primarily on nature and landscapes. “It’s all done locally,” she says. “Almost every day shooting, I just drive around until I see something. I’ve been starting to play around with nature. I’ll do closeups of the water when the light’s hitting it.”
Three of her photos will be raffled off at Saturday’s fundraising event: “Red Sunflower,” “Pt. Betsie Lighthouse,” and “Lake Michigan Sunset.”
“A lot of people mistake them for paintings, especially the sunflower one,” Nelson says.
Raffle tickets are $5 each, or 5 for $20, and can be purchased at Gallery 31, Thompson Pharmacy, and the Crystal Lake Art Center. Prizes will be drawn at 6 pm, but patrons do not have to be present to win.
To see Nelson’s photos, or for more information about the raffle and fundraiser, check out www.gallery31.net.

Writer Katie Huston is a new summer intern at Northern Express.
 
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