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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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Get your giggles on: Rotary show

- April 25th, 2011
Get Your Giggles On: Rotary Show rolls out 69th red carpet
Singin’, dancin’, pokin’ fun at local issues and goring sacred cows…
what’s not to like? The 69th Annual Rotary Show unrolls its irreverent
roster of skits this Wednesday-Saturday, April 27-30, 8 p.m. at Lars
Hockstead Auditorium in Traverse City.
“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and the theme is ‘Having Fun
While Getting the Job Done,’” says Sid Lammers, of Trend Window & Design,
who served as president of the club last year.
All of the money we raise goes to our Good Works Fund to support worthy
causes,” he adds. “Typically, we raise $50,000 in ticket sales and in the
ads from local businesses that are published in our ‘Good News’ paper.”
The satirical skits at the show tend to be ripped from the front pages of
the local news over the last year, with good natured ribbing and cornball
humor applied as needed. The performers are club members themselves, who
polish their acts for months in anticipation.
A 28-year member, Lammers has been singing in the Rotary Show chorus for
the past 20 years but notes that its roots go back much further. “We’ve
been putting on the Rotary Show since 1942 and it’s the oldest fundraiser
in the region.”
One might also add one of the most successful fundraisers: over the years,
the show has raised more than $21 million for the Rotary’s Good Works
Fund, which contributes to many local causes, including arts & culture,
basic human needs, the environment, youth, seniors, families, recreation
and health & safety. A grant of $1,000 might help low income families to
buy car seats for their kids, or help to fund a food pantry or a youth
dental clinic.
Are you likely to share a sense of camaraderie along with the laughs? You
bet -- anyone who’s anyone in Traverse City makes this show a ‘must’ on
their list of entertainment options.

General admission tickets for this year’s show are $10, available in TC at
the Terrace Shopper, Annie’s, Petertyl’s, State Theatre, and online at
www.treatickets.com.

 
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