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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 05-14-2012

- May 14th, 2012  

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Tuttle right on Time

That article was 100 percent spot-on!

My uniquely effective high school English composition instructor directed his students, with each assignment of a paper that required citations of source material, “If you decide to include Time Magazine in your bibliography, please save me the trouble and go ahead and put a red ‘F’ at the top of your paper.”

His disdain for their editorial standards was total, and appropriately so.

I have my personal nominee for “Time Magazine Nonsensical Cover Hyperbole:” a couple of years ago the cover displayed the well-known photo of Bono, arms thrown wide to display the American flag lining of his jacket; the superimposed title asked “Bono - Can He Save the World?” It’s time (hmmm, very apt) for the editors of that rag to admit that they know they are publishing a comic book, but they’re too lazy to learn to draw cartoons.

Good job, Stephen.

John Parsons • Traverse City

Cartoon insulting

I was insulted by Jen Sorensen’s cartoon in the April 30th edition of the Express. The illustration and implication that people that run large companies spend their careers trashing the earth, buying politicians, mistreating and insulting their employees and then retiring to a life of philanthropy is just another tired and worn-out incorrect caricature.

While there may be a small percentage of the populace that is this kind of person, the vast majority of people that have succeeded and prospered in America invested in themselves and their companies, as well as invested in their communities throughout their careers, not just at the end.

My guess is that most people that pick up the Express may only take the time to look at the pictures and read the cartoons, like this one.

Sadly, when many readers should be learning the details from the great stories and features that you offer, they will only be getting reinforcement of a tired, incorrect and over used stereotype that appears in a chintzy cartoon.

Rob Ford • Elk Rapids

Ticket policy flawed

Lily Tomlin @ Opera House tickets - the City Opera House requires the purchase of 3 events in order to buy Tomlin tickets! I am on limited income but have always wanted to see her performance. Crappy policy! Was going to buy 2 tickets.

Paul Goodman • Beulah

EDITOR'S NOTE: Tickets for all events at the City Opera House are currently available in season ticket packages. This is true for all performances, not just those by Lily Tomlin.

Gunsmiths not weird

I always read the Express when I eat at Big Al’s Pizza in Manistee and have always had respect for it until now.

Concerning issue Vol. 22 No. 18 in “News of the Weird,” I am offended and confused as to why Mr. Shepherd would mark a man who likes hobby gunsmithing as “weird.”

Granted, some gunsmiths can be a little opinionated, but this biased story doesn’t belong in “News of the Weird,” and, in fact, there is no story at all.

Nolan Kerry • Manistee

 
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