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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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Letters 1/15/04

Various - January 15th, 2004
Cop cameras
I would like to exert my belief that the time has come in the Grand Traverse Region to advocate the use of police car video cameras. This is an effective tool which can be initiated for the safety and vindication of law enforcement personnel at a minimal cost.
Just as importantly, it can be vital in alleviating the unforeseen misuse of authority. As citizens of this community there are times when we might find ourselves at the mercy of trusted law enforcement officials for one reason or another. Regardless of age, gender, color or creed the playing field must remain equitable. Furthermore, it is unavailing to challenge a system when the authority and the magisterial powers are pre-disposed to the veracity of alleged infractions.
With the utilization of video cameras in squad cars, we not only uphold the integrity of the officers, but we preserve our constitutional rights, validate mutual respect, and deter the potential for physical dereliction.

Mark Waggener • TC

Dean‘s momentum
Does Dr. Howard Dean have the “big mo“ (that all-important momentum) going into the February caucus? Possibly. Consider that the Traverse City Meetup started with less than 10 people and in less than six months managed to splinter off into five, possibly six more groups just in this area!
The towns in our area that are hosting their own Dean For American Meetups are Cadillac, Big Rapids, Suttons Bay, Frankfort, Rapid City/Alden, Beulah and Traverse City. The phenomenal growth speaks volumes about Gov. Dean and his ability to motivate voters within and outside of his party.
Persons interested in attending a Meetup can go to www.meetup.com and find details for their area.

Deb Bull

Doomsday Democrats
To anyone who has been following the Democratic strategies and debates,
it‘s interesting to see how their campaigns have evolved. In the very
beginning, the popular theme was to be, of course, anti-President Bush.
Now all other major candidates are anti-Howard Dean. Joe Lieberman might
as well put that on his bumper stickers and yard signs.
In fact, as a whole the Democratic Party has yet to come up with a single idea that
isn‘t just anti-Bush. How do we fix the economy? Undo what Bush has done!
How do we protect the homeland? Undo what Bush has done! Face it,
progress is being made on all fronts under this President and still the
DNC can‘t come up with a better strategy than predicting doomsday. What
are these people going to do in their third or fourth year, when there‘s
no Republican plans to roll back and no country left to serve?

Eric Kephas • via email


Tax-free education
It‘s interesting to me that in all the candidate scraps about taxes, what slips under the radar of most reporters, commentators, and J.Q.Public is that it‘s possible to pay for education and health care for all without raising taxes. Congressman Kucinich‘s plan is to cut 10% from Pentagon corporate pork bloat instead. The win-win idea stems from the dividend we never got after the cold war ended (we‘re still building cold war weapons). There‘s info at ww.kucinich.us

Dr. John Hurd • via email

The Battle of John Mayer
A response to Sharron May‘s letter regarding the CD review of John Mayer (1/1).
It‘s good to know that there are still people out there who passionately support the musicians that they believe in! However, I‘m still sticking to my lukewarm opinion regarding the review of John Mayer‘s latest CD. Whereas artists like Sinatra and Sting (the two musicians that you chose to list as “one-trick voices“) have become an indelible and important part of the American pop music landscape, I‘m willing to bet that Mr. Mayer, in spite of his few good points, will be but a blip on the radar in less than five years.
If I‘m still writing for Express in five years, we‘ll have to compare notes! In the meantime, if you‘re looking for some great male singer-songwriters, you might want to check out Ryan Adams, Rufus Wainwright, Damien Rice, Ben Lee, Pete Yorn, John Wesley Harding, and the late great Jeff Buckley and Elliott Smith. And thanks for reading Modern Rock and 4Play!

Kristi Kates • via e-mail at expressmodernrock@hotmail.com

 
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