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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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Awards

- October 4th, 2010
Northern Express takes high honors in MPA press contest
Independent alternative Northern Express Weekly took a number of
significant prizes in the 2010 Michigan Press Association contest,
earning the most awards in the paper’s nearly 20-year history.
With a weekly distribution of up to 33,000 papers in a 13-county area
in northwestern Michigan, the Northern Express was in the MPA’s weekly
“B” class, earning the following:

• General Excellence - 2nd place
• Design - 2nd place
• News Enterprise Reporting - 1st place for reporter Anne Stanton’s
story “Doubt,” on Anne Avery-Miller suspected of killing her son.
• Feature Story -- 1st place for reporter Erin Crowell’s story on a
young female undertaker.
• Local column -- 3rd place for Robert Downes’ Random Thoughts.
• Life Style Section -- Honorable Mention

On the advertising side of the contest, the Express earned the following:

Best Ad Idea:
• 2nd Place - Posh Pet Boutique
• 3rd - Place Threads
Best Color Idea:
• 2nd Place - Hanna Bistro Bar
Best promotional Ad:
• 1st Place - Upcoming Issue
• 2nd Place - Bikes, Boats & Blades

Best Ad Series:
•1st Place - Grandpa Shorters
Best Real Estate Ad:
• 1st Place - Midtown Development

“We’re extremely proud of our staff and their intelligence, drive and
creativity,” said co-publishers George Foster and Robert Downes in a
joint statement. They credited the paper’s success to writers Anne
Stanton, Rick Coates, Erin Crowell, Kristi Kates and Stephen Tuttle,
among others, along with design staff Colleen Zanotti, Kyra Cross and
Kristin Rivard, and ad execs Jan Staycer, Kathy Johnson, Peg Muzzall
and Randy Sills, with office manager Lynn Gerow and circulation
manager Matt Malpass rounding out the Express team in addition to many
talented freelancers.
Despite Michigan’s depression-level economy and downturns for most of
the state’s newspapers, the Express is also on track for its best
financial year ever, with revenues up 11% over 2009.
Continued growth for Northern Express has meant hiring a new full-time
reporter this year in addition to taking on several new freelance
columnists and feature writers.
Publishers Downes and Foster note that Northern Express Weekly is one
of the few remaining independent, locally-owned newspapers in
Michigan, contributing much to the paper’s success. The Express will
celebrate its 20th year in May, 2011.

 
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