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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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CMTV@Crystal Mtn./Protected Farmlands/Winter Festivals/Charlevoix says goodbye/Oryana Soyworks/Food Network in Honor

- January 14th, 2008
WATCH CMTV AT CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN
Brand new this season at Crystal Mountain’s website (www.crystalmountain.com) is CMTV, a live look at the Crystal Mountain slopes and a weekly video Mountain Report that will air each Wednesday with host Nick Nerbonne. The Mountain Report is only one facet of CMTV’s offerings, as CMTV is also slated to feature videos providing skiing and snowboarding tips, recaps of special events, a photo
gallery, and opportunities for snowboarders and freestyle skiers to submit their own videos to sister website www.ridecrystal.com’s Fame Page.

PROTECTED FARMLANDS
Everyone who loves local fruit - including strawberries and those popular honey crisp apples - will be glad to hear that two of the farms that are major producers of the fruit have been forever protected. The Leelanau Conservancy signed agreements in December that will protect 360 acres and three farms. All of the land is within a six-mile radius; one farm has frontage along M-204 near Suttons Bay, and the other two are in nearby East Leland.
“It’s been a long arduous road, but it’s truly been an honor working with these growers; these farms tell the story of what is happening in Leelanau County farming today and also are a great start toward protecting the rich agricultural heritage in the M-204, East Leland area,” said the Conservancy’s farmland protection specialist Tom Nelson. “They represent a seed that has been planted, and with a lot of hard work, will bear fruit in helping to keep farming alive and retaining our great farm families as an integral part of the fabric that is Leelanau County.”

WINTER MEANS FESTIVALS
It’s a big festival weekend for those either living in or willing to drive Up North. On January 17-19, head up to Mackinaw City for their Winterfest, which is set to include lots of outdoor games, ice skating, specials at local businesses, and their famous Outhouse
Races. The 8th Annual Bay Harbor Winter Ice Festival takes place January 18-19, and will include ice sculptures, the annual “Ice and Spice” Chili Cookoff (Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. - taste the chilis for
just $5), costumes, and much more, all in downtown Bay Harbor.

CHARLEVOIX SAYS FAREWELL
Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce President Jacqueline Merta is leaving the Chamber, having submitted her resignation at the very end of 2007. Merta, who is leaving to pursue new ventures, initiated many events that are now popular in Charlevoix, including the Apple Festival, Indoor Sidewalk Sales, Taste of Charlevoix, and the Downtown Farmers Market. Long-time Charlevoix resident Erin Bemis was named as the new Chamber president. In other Charlevoix news, the town also says farewell to quirky, eclectic local favorite C2 Gallery, which closed its doors at the end of last year, but may still continue its web presence at www.c2gallery.net.

ORYANA SOYWORKS
Traverse City’s popular local natural foods market Oryana has just launched their own line of organic soy foods products, which they’re calling Oryana Soyworks. Manufactured right at the market, the soy foods are being produced using traditional Japanese methods, with the line so far including dairy-free spreads and salads, hand-rolled vegetarian sushi, and both curried and smoked tofu. The Oryana Soyworks brand is only available at Oryana’s Lake Street location for now.

FOOD NETWORK IN HONOR
Honor organic foods company Food for Thought is slated to be on the Food Network’s “Unwrapped” program on Monday, January 14 at 9 p.m. EST. The “Unwrapped” show goes behind the scenes at various food locales, and Food for Thought’s products were chosen for their distinctive taste and 13-year commitment to organic products; the company uses a “local at any cost” philosophy in their products. Food for Thought’s appearance on “Unwrapped” will be part of a special report on cherries (FFT’s Cherry Salsa Atento will be the featured product) and their usage in various food lines.

 
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