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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 6/2/08

- June 2nd, 2008
Tax cuts cost jobs
Our politicians are using their kidneys instead of their brains. Look at the latest example.
A large number of our politicians want to eliminate our state taxes on gasoline during the summer to promote tourism.
What! Do tourists come only in the summer? Now do you call that a solution? I call it “They are using their kidneys again.“
If they keep cutting taxes, how will we repair our roads so the tourists can drive to Northern Michigan? Who will pay to keep our roads free of snow so the tourists can come during the winter? Who will pay for the police and deputies to enforce the laws to keep us safe?
TAX CUTS COST JOBS
And to top it off, not too long ago these same politicians were extolling the wonderful power of the free market to solve all our problems.
What’s wrong? Don’t they like the free market’s solution to our energy problem?

Richard R. Riker • Mackinaw City

Lyme racket?
Anne Stanton’s recent piece on Lyme disease was welcome for the fact that it warns us of a potential danger as we venture outdoors this spring. But I am surprised at her entirely uncritical treatment of the “Lyme-literate” physicians and of the whole idea of chronic Lyme disease.
Just last year Forbes magazine ran a fairly interesting article on this matter of which Stanton seems entirely unaware.
Chronic Lyme disease may exist, but it’s far from clear that it does. And patients are not the final word on whether it does: patients know they have symptoms; they don’t know whether they are infected with Borrelia burgdorferi.
And vaguely described “test results” don’t help the reader much. There are a lot of questionable lab practices out there -- the CDC in fact warned against the possible prevalence of false positive results for Lyme in 2005. When Stanton tells us someone has tested positive for Lyme, what test are we talking about? Is it one that actually works? Is it an approved test? If not, how do we know it works?
And anyone using colloidal silver for Lyme has to be treated with a bit of skepticism, no? What next? Crystals? Magnets? Mild electric shock?
And the prolonged use of antibiotics this article describes has already been subject to fraud judgments in Michigan and elsewhere, has it not?
I can’t speak to all the cases described in Stanton’s article, but I can’t help but wonder: Wasn’t any research done for this piece? Don’t you think that the legitimate science on this disease--there is a fair deal out there -- deserves a bit of notice?

Oran Kelley • TC

Sewer blues
The article by Anne Stanton titled “Northport’s Sewer Blues” was the best I have read -- well balanced and informative.
The initial push for a Northport sewer was predicated on false environmental information that stated the septic tanks in Northport were 85% failed or failing. The “factual” environmental issues remain on the court table after Judge Thomas Power stated the case has merit. All concerned environmentalists need to study the issues as presented by members of the Northport FORUM through our legal counsel. The issues are not over until they‘re over.
The original group of responsible citizens who extensively and exhaustively researched the Northport issues remain as one with the assistance of the FORUM members. The original group, comprised of one engineer, one economic expert, and several environmental experts, have consistently approached the Northport Council since the sewer‘s inception in an attempt to communicate concerns. Those concerns were never addressed by the council. Those concerns will remain before Judge Power as part of the FORUM‘s merit case.
Our Constitution was written with the intent of protecting the rights of every human being. One right is the right to have issues heard, discussed, understood, and to arrive at balanced solutions. Since the Northport Council set aside our constitutional process, it now becomes the responsibility of the FORUM members to uphold that process.
Judge Power realized that the case has merit and will be heard -- costly as it will be for both sides. The time has come for every Northport citizen to be heard now and in the next election. Join the FORUM and protect your rights!

Ronald J. Schobel • Suttons Bay

 
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