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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 06-04-2012

- June 4th, 2012  

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Anthem great

Did anyone see Traverse City’s own Levi Britton sing the National Anthem at the Cubs’ game two weeks ago? He stepped up like he owned the place, and did us proud!

Jon Fiebing • TC

Stop the bullying

Where were you Tuesday night (May 15)? I attended the very sensitive Bullycide Project at Lars Hockstad Auditorium. As I looked around at the many empty seats, I could almost hear the voices saying, “I have something painful that I need to tell you. Please listen and hear me.”

Bullying: See it. Hear it. Stop it.

Adell Maksimowicz • Interlochen

Slowpoke insensitive

Re: Sorensen’s “cartoon” clearly depicting denial of a woman’s right to vote: the woman depicted is clearly a person of color. Who else will you insult?

Are you really that racist? Are you aware how long, and at what cost it took for nonwhites to be able to vote?

Careful how you cartoon. The feelings you hurt may be yours someday.

Lawrence Klein • Kalkaska

Effluent unsafe

Last winter two forum articles appeared in the Record-Eagle regarding the Homestead Resort’s ongoing disposal of sewage in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The first was by Tom Van Zoeren, a retired park ranger, and pointed out the concerns that many citizens share about dangers this system poses to park users.

The second article from the Homestead was an attempted refutation of Tom’s information that contained information I feel is inaccurate and appeared designed to confuse the public.

Unfortunately the Record Eagle limited Tom’s article length, but allowed the Homestead’s response to go beyond established forum article limitations. The Record Eagle further refused to print at least two letters to the editor that I know of (from Tom and me) that attempted to correct the Homestead’s subterfuge.

Part of the Homestead’s defense rests on the fact that the DEQ permit deems their effluent safe “for partial body contact.” However, they neglected to state that some of the spray turns to mist and illegally drifts well outside the permitted boundary, risking inhalation by park users--a level of contact that is not safe or legal.

The partially-treated effluent is intended to go directly into the ground without human exposure.

Until then, there is potential for it to contain pathogens such as enteroviruses, cyst-forming protozoa, and certain bacteria (Park Service guidelines recommend use of a gas mask, goggles, and coveralls by their employees when in the area, yet unsuspecting park hikers could easily wander into this drift zone).

I encourage all concerned park users to visit www.homesteadsewage.org to review the evidence.

Timothy Young • Empire

 
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