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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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The thrill of death-defying flight

Anne Stanton - June 15th, 2009
The Thrill of Death-Defying Flight Without the Agony of, Um, Death

By Anne Stanton 6/15/09

If you have an intense love for remote control airplanes, here’s your chance to take it to a new altitude.
The Traverse Area Model Pilots is offering newbie pilots the free use of four remote control airplanes, complete with advice and instruction for those who show up at the airfield on Tuesday evenings. 
The group also announced its new site for flying the planes—a former dump site at the end of the north/south runway of Green Lake Township Airport off Youker Road (about three miles south of Interlochen Corners.)
Families are welcome to come and see the new field on Saturday, June 20 starting at 9 a.m., and see what model airplane flying is all about. Flight club member Ben Komrska says the June 20 event is going to be a “big deal,” with a baseball contest drawing 130 kids, fire department demos, a martial arts demonstration, Boy Scout troops, and lots of good stuff to eat.
The 75-member club opened the new field this spring after spending last year cleaning it up.
The club received approval in 2006 from the Green Lake Township Board to use the end of the runway and former dump area in exchange for improving the area.  The former dump closed in the 1970s, and was left with scattered junk and mounds of dirt. 
The club, along with many volunteers and businesses, contributed hundreds of hours of time and $17,000 to fix up the area.  Volunteers removed the junk along with the thorny Locust trees and diseased oak trees that had overgrown the area. They leveled the ground, covered it with donated topsoil, and installed a sprinkler system. 
“New grass is growing on the X-shaped runways and the area looks great,” said Komrska. 
The mini flying field has a separate entrance gate next to the Township compost gate located on Youker Road at the south end of the airport. 
For more information and pictures of past club events, check out the website of traversemodelpilots.com.
 
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