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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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Run for shelter/ Zoo-de-Mack/Get paddlin‘

- April 6th, 2009
Run for Shelter
Local runners can combine their love of racing with a good cause on Saturday, April 18 at 9 a.m., with the Run for Shelter to benefit the Goodwill Inn Homeless Shelter.
The course for the 5K race begins at Willow Hill Elementary School, Traverse City. It tracks along West Bay, through the surrounding neighborhood, and ends back at Willow Hill.
The Goodwill Inn Homeless Shelter provides emergency shelter and donated foods to the homeless in Northern Michigan. The Inn also provides job placement, housing, and vocational and children’s services. It is owned and operated by GW Homeless Services, Inc.
The run/walk was envisioned by local business owners Karl Bastian and Bill Lancaster. Bastian is the co-owner and creative director for the advertising agency, Greenlight Marketing. Lancaster is owner of Lancaster Photography. Both Bastian and Lancaster are avid runners. Greenlight is the presenting sponsor and is managing the marketing for the race.
“I think this is a great thing for our community, especially in these tough economic times” Bastian says. “People get to enjoy the beauty of our area while supporting a great cause. We’re looking forward to a solid turnout.”
Course, registration and volunteer information is available at the official race site; runforsheltertc.com.

Zoo-de-Mack pedals to its 20th anniversary
Northern Michigan’s biggest party on wheels celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with a 51-mile ride from Boyne Highands in Harbor Springs to the Mackinac Bridge.
The Zoo-de-Mack kicks off Friday, May 16 with a party at the Zoo Bar at Boyne Highlands. The Saturday ride takes up to 2,400 cyclists to the Straits, including a lunch stop at Legs Inn, Cross Village. From there, it’s on to post-ride parties in Mackinaw City and on Mackinac Island. There are shuttle options for returning to Harbor Springs on Sunday, or cyclists can enjoy the ride back through the ‘Tunnel of Tree’s’ on M-119.
The entry fee is $50 through May 2. Check out www.zoo-de-mack.com for details.

Get Paddlin’
Looking for a resource to take full advantage of your new kayak? Check out the Traverse Area Paddle Club.
“Within a 60 - 90 minute drive from Traverse City, there are 24 different four-to-six hour paddling trips available on local rivers,” notes John Heiam, the club’s webmaster.
Heiam also suggests three books by local authors to get into canoeing or kayaking:
• Paddling Michigan by Kevin Hillstrom and Laurie Collier Hillstrom
• Canoeing Michigan Rivers by Jerry Dennis and Craig Date
• Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Superior & Michigan by Bill Newman, Sarah Ohmann and Don Dimond
“If people would like to find others to paddle with, and find out more about places to paddle, they can join the Traverse Area Paddle Club by going to our website: traverseareapaddleclub.org,” Heiam adds. “The dues are only $15 a year for an individual or $25 for a family.”



 
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