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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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Best Heroes!

- March 26th, 2012  

Michael Moore


His critics may label him a hypocritical, Filmmaker, but was also voted one of Northern Michigan’s heros.

He may be a divisive figure on the national stage, but most in Northern Michigan agree Moore has been great for TC. He spearheaded the renovation of the State Theater and he was one of the founders of the Traverse City Film Festival. He’s also been involved in the ongoing restoration of the Vogue Theater in Manistee.

The past year saw the publication of Moore’s memoir, “Here Comes Trouble,” which chronicles his life growing up in Flint and getting into local politics at a very young age, through what it was like to become the public face of opposition to the Iraq war.

Moore has also recently been deeply involved in the Occupy movement, in New York, across the country, and in TC.

In December, he addressed members of Occupy TC at the Horizon Book Store basement.

It was part update on the national movement, part stump speech, and part motivational sermon on keeping Occupy going through the winter.

Moore generated controversy locally when he announced that he would cancel the 2012 Comedy Arts Festival, which in two years had become a welcome dose of entertainment for a cold, gray February weekend.

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