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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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What‘s new at Northern Express

George Foster - March 30th, 2009
What’s new at Northern Express
George Foster 3/30/09

Here at the bustling compound of the Northern Express Weekly administrative offices, we received a revealing phone call last week. The caller wondered if the Express had gone out of business. It seems our newspapers were missing from their usual shelf in a local business when the caller stopped by to pick up his copy.
The absence of papers was actually due to a different problem - the Express papers had all been gobbled up at the location in question. While some of the other free publications seem to always languish on the newsstands, Northern Express is more popular than ever.
With newspapers across the country crumbling around us daily, it isn’t surprising that some may wonder about our paper’s prospects as a viable business. Well, just look through this issue for your answer. It is our most successful Best of Northern Michigan issue ever. More importantly, after 18 years of publishing, overall distribution and advertising sales of Northern Express continue to grow.
Yet, as the economy reboots itself, no business can afford to hang its hat totally on the past. We are always looking for ways to improve the Express. As a part of our strategy for continued growth in the future, we are happy to announce a new online product, the Virtual Express, mirroring our printed newspaper that many of you have read every week for years.
Don’t worry, the printed Northern Express will always be with us. You can still expect to find the printed copy in the same 600 locations in 13 counties every week. In addition to the printed paper, every page of the newspaper is now being reproduced online in the same form as our printed edition.
The advantage of the Virtual Express is that we now have your back. Last week’s desperate caller has a copy at his fingertips online when his favorite hangout runs out of Northern Express. Looking for a past article that is long gone? Just log on to
www.northernexpress.com and look in our archives.
Once on the Virtual Express, I personally get a kick out of the “flipping page” technology (click the lower corners of the paper). Listening to the sound of pages turning is the next best thing to holding a newspaper. Follow the instructions on page 7 of this issue to read the Northern Express online. Once on the Virtual Express, don’t forget to zoom in up to 400 percent to enlarge articles or ads. Also, the system provides easy access to advertiser websites with a simple “point and click,” along with many other user-friendly features.
Your buddies at the Express have debated endlessly how we could have a better presence online and still not undercut the success of our printed product. The Virtual Express seems to be the answer. Now you can find the same Northern Express online that reads in newspaper form, page for page.
While celebrating the winners and other contenders in this extremely competitive Best of Northern Michigan issue, we would be remiss if we didn’t thank the readers and advertisers of Northern Express for their amazing support over the last 18 years. You are the best.

 
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