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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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Whole lotta‘ shakin‘ goin‘ on

Robert Downes - February 8th, 2010
Whole lotta‘ shakin‘ goin‘ on...
Groundhog‘s Day is always a head-scratcher for me. If the little guy
sees his shadow on Feb. 2, it means six more weeks of winter.
This is considered a ‘bad‘ thing across the country or in
Punxsutawney, PA where the prognosticating rodent makes his home. But
here in Northern Michigan, ‘only‘ six more weeks of winter sounds like
a sweet deal. Generally, we get socked with 10 more weeks of winter,
with the last of the snows ending in mid-April. (And many of us can
recall snowflakes even into May.)
But at Valentine‘s Day we start to break winter‘s grip hereabouts, and
even a groundhog can see there‘s a whole lotta‘ shakin‘ goin‘ on this
weekend as one of the liveliest we‘ve seen since last July. It‘s a
harmonic convergence of good times.
The weekend kicks off on Thursday with our very own Advice Goddess,
Amy Alkon coming to town to speak at the National Writer‘s Series at
the City Opera House. Amy‘s dazzling wit, head-smackin‘ common sense,
and intellectual observations grounded in behavioral science have made
her one of the ‘stars‘ of our paper over the past 18 years and the
Express staff is thrilled to welcome her to Traverse City. Someone
give the lady the keys to the city, please.
Other major events going on this weekend:
• A big Northern Michigan shout-out to the hundreds of skiers making
their way here for the North American Vasa. This is the 34th running
of the event (remember when it used to cross Boardman Lake and finish
downtown?) and there‘s something for everyone this year -- from a
kid-friendly ski tour to a marathon course that would challenge an
Olympian.
• If your whistle needs wetting, two ambitious new festivals will
offer the region‘s finest homegrown beverages at the Grand Traverse
Resort: The TC Winter Microbrew & Music Festival on Friday night and
the Winter Wine Wonderland on Valentine‘s Day. These are both winter
versions of festivals held at the Grand Traverse Commons late last
summer/early fall which were considered a huge success.
• Save Saturday afternoon for the Great Indoor Folk Festival at
Building 50 in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Northern
Express is a proud sponsor of this free event, which will offer five
and a half hours of acoustic music and more than 60 performers from
the Northern Michigan Songwriters in the Round.
Then too, local restaurants are offering their take on Mardi Gras and
the whole V-Day thing... In short, the entire weekend bodes to be one
big party leading up to Michael Moore‘s TC Comedy Arts Festival, Feb.
19-21. So, groundhogs take note: this is your chance to get out of
that hole and shake off some of winter‘s chill. See you out there.

 
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