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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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Bike trails ramble on

Robert Downes - June 15th, 2009
Bike Trails Ramble On
6/15/09
Cyclists and hikers had plenty to celebrate on National Trails Day, June 6, this year. U.S. Senator Carl Levin cut the ribbon on a new hiking and mountain bike trail that connects Traverse City to Kalkaska.
The new trail was built by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club, connecting the VASA Trail to pathways in Sand Lakes Quiet Area and the KART Trail in Kalkaska. The trail will make for a much-improved mountain bike route through the forests to and from Kalkaska.
In May, cyclists also celebrated the opening of a new cycle/pedestrian bridge across the Boardman River in Traverse City.
The bridge is a key link in extending a new bike trail entirely around Boardman Lake, said Bob Otwell, executive director of TART (Traverse Area Recreation and Trails, Inc.).
TART constructed a two-mile trail in the east side of Boardman Lake in 2007. “Now that the bridge has been built, we can start working on completing the remaining two-and-a-half miles of trail on the east side of the lake,” Otwell said.
The lake trail is expected to be completed over the course of the next year or two, along with the paving of another stretch of the Leelanau Trail, which runs from Traverse City to Suttons Bay.
Not all of the Leelanau Trail will be paved, however; a long rural stretch will be surfaced with crushed limestone, as is the case with similar trails outside Gaylord and Beulah. -- Robert Downes

 
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