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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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Letters 5/19/08

- May 19th, 2008
Life with Lyme disease
This is to express my appreciation for the wonderful informative article on the frustration of individuals living with Lyme’s disease (May 12 by Anne Stanton).
In 1995 I came down with Lyme Disease and had a terrible time getting it diagnosed. It started with a very painful rash affecting first my ankles, then quickly spread up to my knees and was followed the next morning with flu-like symptoms.
I had to have my daughter drive me to Urgent Care where the doctor treated me with cortisone drugs. The rash and fever went away but joint pain increased and spread. I also witnessed episodes of dizziness and loss of hearing.
My doctor’s office tested me for rheumatoid arthritis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, etc., and gave me drugs that did nothing.
Finally, I was lucky to have a carpool member with family out East suggest I might have Lyme’s disease. Because I was a library media specialist, I did some research and found I had 20 some symptoms out of 60 or so listed. My doctor didn’t agree with the diagnosis, but after having negative results on all the tests, he was willing to prescribe 21 days of tetracycline and my symptoms went away. This was done within 30 days of the onslaught of the disease and so I have completely recovered. But, it was just luck.
I wasn’t tested for Lyme because my doctor felt the tests were inconclusive.
Since then, I have tried to raise awareness that Lyme does exist in this area but most medical personnel remain skeptical. When discussing the vaccine for my dog with the vet, she even said it didn’t exist in this area until I told her of my experience. Your article was so well researched and written, I am sure that it will be helpful in raising awareness for all in this community. Again, thank you.

Barb Berry • via email

A disaster for
Michigan‘s water future
The Great Lakes Compact adoption has passed the Michigan House and Senate, but it remains tie-barred to enactment of water legislation to implement it and set standards for Michigan’s future.
The Senate version, Substitute SB 860a and SB 212, is a disaster for Michigan’s water future, legalizing 25% of the flow of streams to be diminished by groundwater withdrawals from Michigan; a massive amount of water. It also continues to legalize “fish reductions” when fish, like water, are property of the state, a public resource held in public trust to be protected and managed for benefit of citizens.
The House version is a little better, but still not satisfactory, because of these two primary issues, and because there is little public notice, opportunity for hearings, or comment on water withdrawals in Michigan.
It is URGENT that everyone who can contact Senator Birkholz and Rep. Rebekah Warren, telling them to not compromise these principles and to not adopt legislation until these principles have been addressed.
Neither the Senate or House version should be adopted until this occurs.
Please oppose Senate and demand additions that strengthen the House version before it passes.
-- Rep. Rebekah Warren, 517-373-2577
-- Sen. Patricia Birkholz,
517-373-3447
-- Sen. Michelle McManus,
517-373-1725
-- Sen. Jason Allen, 517-373-2413
-- Rep. Howard Walker, 517-373-1766
--Rep. David Palsrok, 517-373-0825

Jim Olson • TC
(Jim Olson is an attorney specializing in the defense of environmental resources.)

Who‘s to blame?
I recently received an email sent to constituents from Congressman Dave Camp. With typical partisan gamesmanship, he tried to scapegoat Nancy Pelosi for our high gasoline prices.
In his words, “Of course, when she was in the minority Pelosi promised big things... she promised a plan to immediately lower gas prices. Well, that plan has remained a secret these past 16 months and gas prices have shot up $1.20 since she and the Democrats took over Congress. That’s right... the nationwide price for gas has gone up $1.20 since January 1, 2007. Call it the Pelosi Premium.”
By what stretch of logic can she be held accountable for the current high cost of gasoline? The price of crude oil was $30 a barrel when George Bush took office in 2001, and it’s been increasing ever since. It’s now at a record high of $125 a barrel – a fourfold increase! In addition, during the same period, the value of the U.S. dollar on the world market has crashed by more than 30%.
Wouldn’t higher gasoline prices have something to do with these little facts, Mr. Camp? Call it the “Bush Premium.“
The pain this country is feeling has been increasing steadily for seven years. Now, with deepening crises on many fronts, we seem to have finally reached our national pain threshold. That doesn’t mean that someone new to the scene is responsible for it.
Don’t try to “pass the buck” for our current malaise, Mr. Camp. We’re smarter than that.

Robert Chapman • via email

(Rep. Camp‘s comments on the gas crunch are included with those of other legislators on page 10.)

 
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