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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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Mike Terrell - December 7th, 2009
XC Xcitement
6 must-do ski trails in Northern Michigan
By Mike Terrell
As an avid cross-country skier, I’ve skied delightful trails in every corner of the Lower Peninsula. Here’s a rundown on a few of my favorite trails offered by the DNR, National Forest Service, and National Park Service. Each of the trail systems mentioned has a variety of paths to suit all levels of cross-country skiers, from those seeking easy, meandering glides, to those looking for more difficult terrain with hills and thrills. Enjoy, and good touring to you.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
This is some of the most spectacular cross-country scenery found around the Great Lakes. Dunes, panoramic views, and jaw-dropping overlooks set amid beautiful woodlands, it’s got it all. Seven trails are designated for skiing within the 70,000-acre national park, many of them overlooking Lake Michigan shoreline. The more popular trails are Scenic Drive, Alligator Hill, Bay View and Platte Plains, which is also the easiest of the trail systems.
None of the trails are groomed, but they are normally skier-tracked and well marked. Distances range from a mile-and-a-half up to 14 miles. Maps are posted at trailheads and can be picked up at the Visitor Center located on M-72 in Empire. You need an annual or day pass for your vehicle, which can also be obtained at the Visitor Center.

VASA Pathway
This popular pathway – an estimated 25,000 skiers hit the trail each winter – is one of the busiest in the region, but you can always count on fresh tracks every time it snows. It’s groomed religiously by volunteers for both skate and classic styles of skiing. Winding through the picturesque Pere Marquette State Forest, it offers four routes from an easy skiing 2K to the long 25K hill-laden racecourse. The North American VASA Race takes place on this course the second weekend of February each winter, a tradition that started about 30 years ago. For the latest trail conditions you can click on www.vasa.org.

Big M
Located in a corner of the Udell Hills in the Manistee National Forest west of Wellston, Big M is resurrected ski area. Formerly a small, community-run alpine ski area that folded years ago, it was brought back in the late 1980s as a Nordic ski area by the Manistee Cross Country Ski Council. The organization regularly grooms about 20 miles of single-track that range into the surrounding hardwood hills. It’s a nice mix of loops that offer several varied distances and difficulty levels. A warming hut is open on weekends. Maps are posted at the trailhead and available to take with you.

Black Mountain Pathway
One of the newest DNR cross-country ski areas, the Black Mountain Recreation Area’s 31-mile trail system opened in 1993. The trail system is groomed by both the DNR and a volunteer group that has picked up where the state has cut back. It offers both double-tracked and single-tracked trails. A separate six-mile skating lane used to be groomed around the lower portion of the mountain, but DNR budget cutbacks have kept that closed the last couple of winters.
Located about 15 miles southeast of Cheboygan, Black Mountain looms over the east side of Black Lake. Four sets of trailheads scattered around the base of the mountain provide plenty of access to this remote area. Limited views of Lake Huron (six miles distant as the crow flies) and Black Lake can be seen from the top of the long ridgeline. Three-sided picnic shelters, built along the ridge, offer a cozy break on a cold, blustery day. Maps are posted at the trailheads.

Corsair Trails
Located on National Forest Service land northeast of East Tawas, the Corsair Trail system is one of the longest groomed networks in the stare. Nestled in the beautiful Silver Valley area, the 35 miles of trails, all single-and-doubled-tracked, offers as nice a variety of length and difficulty as you’ll find in the Lower Peninsula. Covering scenic, rolling terrain and a small river valley the system can be as challenging or as easy as you want. The trails meander across open meadows, through stands of sweet smelling pine and towering hardwoods, and along swift-flowing streams.
The area is groomed at least weekly and more often if needed by a local volunteer group that prides itself on providing an excellent trail system. They have been at it since the 1970s. A warming hut at the trailhead is normally open daily during the season. For more information on the area and to get the latest trail conditions, you can call 800-55-TAWAS.

Ogemaw Hills Pathway
The Ogemaw Hills Pathway is a beautiful classic single-track trail that’s perched on a terminal glacial moraine above West Branch. Fifteen miles of groomed trails meander through a mixed pine and hardwood forest and caters to all ability levels. You can see evidence of old homesteads – rock fence lines, old orchards and foundations – all along the trail. A panoramic overlook of the Saginaw basin is found along the southern edge of the moraine. You can see for miles and trace the edge of the moraine curving south. Maps are posted at the trailhead, and you can call the West Branch CVB for more information and to check on trail conditions at 800-755-90 91

 
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