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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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Letters 12/25/03

Various - December 25th, 2003
The plague of Hepititis C

I am writing in response to Ms. Boursaw‘s article (There and Back Again, Dec 11). The article was bittersweet for me to read as I have been there.
My father was the unsuspecting recipient of a blood transfusion in the very early pre-screening 1990s. He was eventually diagnosed with hepatitis C and was put through the gauntlet of all things that hopefully, and for him eventually did, lead to a transplant.
Unfortunately my father did not get the outcome that so many hope for after a transplant. A whole new battle began within six weeks of his transplant. He lost the battle approximately a year and a half later.
It is hard for me to believe that almost two years have passed since my dad was born to eternal life at the way too young age of 50 due to this horrible illness that so many people are blind to.
People need to get themselves informed about this plague, but should not succumb to incorrect or insufficient information. I have been a professional body piercer in Traverse City for more than five years. It is widely acknowledged that one possible route for the transmission of any bloodborne disease is through the practice of body piercing and tattooing. The only way that this may happen is through the use of unsterilized or improperly sterilized instruments! Young people in particular must take heed; you need to be getting pierced and tattooed
by licensed professionals who use properly sterilized equipment. Quit
doing this stuff in your basements, bathrooms and wherever! It is no
joke that you could live to regret it and end up with this horrible
illness!
I have seen first hand the consequence of “ghetto“ tattoos resulting in hepatitis in a very young woman at U-of-M who was consequently waiting for a liver. Just pay the money and get it done right, professionally. Also, if you want to be an organ and tissue
donor just signing your license is not enough. You must register with
the state in order for your wishes to be carried out. I miss my dad
every day. He never got to see his grandson while he was alive. I
would not wish this tragedy on any one. As the bumper sticker on the
back of my truck reads.... “don‘t take your organs to heaven, heaven
knows we need them here!“ There is a severe shortage. If you haven‘t
already done so, register with your state‘s donor registry today.

MELANIE VILLANUEVA
 
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