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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 7/8/04

Various - July 8th, 2004
Lesson on the job
Thanks for your good article, “The lesson of 2004” from the June 17 issue.
Concerning your question, “Will a college degree actually do the grads of 2004 any good...?” The answer unfortunately is “no,” if President Bush‘s new immigration plan is adopted.
It provides for matching a “willing worker” with a “willing employer.” In other words, if one gets a good education (and runs up a big debt in the process thereof) and gets a good job, someone can come into the country and underbid the position. The result will be a world labor market, the wages in which will be low indeed. And benefits too.

John Tanton • Petoskey

Petoskey‘s labyrinth peril
I have begun to take actions to “not allow” the membership of “The Labyrinth Project of Northern Michigan” to donate a labyrinth to the City of Petoskey and locate it on the property of the new public library.
My research into the origins of the labyrinth turned up some profoundly disturbing information. Labyrinths are said to have been used for over 3000-3500 years. We are told by those who promote their use that labyrinths are ancient and have been part of the sacred landscape through human history. Those who use the labyrinth describe them as patterns with power and purpose. They are called “divine imprints” that symbolize an archetype of wholeness.
One of the “primary functions” of a labyrinth is to create an altered “state of consciousness” whereby a labyrinth visitor will be better able to make contact with the deeper regions of his or her soul. Here is one woman’s account of what that contact with the deeper regions of her soul felt like as she reached the spiritual climax of the “labyrinth walking ritual”:
“Upon walking to the centre of the circle, she immediately sensed a dark spiritual vortex sucking her down.” (Anglican Renewal Ministries of Canada article.)
Does this sound like an activity you would like your children or grandchildren to experience when they visit the Petoskey Public Library?
Apparently once a “pilgrim” has entered the labyrinth, their mind becomes confused as the design manipulates it into an altered state, whereby at some point in the process it is believed as the labyrinth walker‘s psyche is shifting, a contact with a “celestial being” for enlightenment will occur.
I think I have supplied you with enough information to understand why under no circumstances should the City of Petoskey be allowed to accept this “Trojan Horse” from the friends of the Crooked Tree Arts Center.
I also wish to admonish the elected and appointed members of city government for not diligently investigating the “true” intentions of the labyrinth gift givers before they said to themselves as they rubber stamped the project, “I bet this will make us a cool city!”

Steve A. Redder • Petoskey

 
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