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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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Choice Bits

Round-the-region snapshots of the dining scene

Northern Express - September 25th, 2012
CITY PARK GRILL: Moderate prices are married to the imaginative  cuisine of the ‘90s, with Petoskey’s best nightlife scene to boot.  Fresh pasta, steaks and seafood. 432 E. Lake, Petoskey, 231-347-0101.  

HARRINGTON’S BY THE BAY:  A wonderful Bay view awaits the diner here.  Open for lunch and dinner serving traditional American fare . 13890  South West Bay Shore Dr. Traverse City, 231-421-9393

THE ROWE INN: Gourmet restaurant renowned for its Michigan regional  and French-inspired cuisine.  The Rowe is also famous for the depth  and variety of its wine list.  Look for an imaginative blend of wine  tasting dinners and folk nights in the “off” season.16303 East Jordan  Rd. Ellsworth, 231-588-7351. Dinner.

DINGHY’S:  The place for B-B-Q ribs, full rack or half, slow smoked  and smothered with a special sauce. They also feature a Friday night  whitefish special and are known for their homemade twice-baked potato  soup and tenderloin Caesar salad. With a full bar and open year  around, dinners run $5-15. Downtown at 417 Main St., Frankfort.  231-352-4702.

SIREN HALL: This lovely addition to Elk Rapids dining is the  
inspiration  from the people who brought you Lulu’s Bistro in  
Bellaire. An interesting and varied menu awaits the diner. Quite a  
wonderful experience. Downtown Elk Rapids, 231-264-6062.

HERMANN’S EUROPEAN CAFE: Dine in this comfortable old world  atmosphere.  Chef Hermann offers many international favorites, as well  as a variety of appetisers, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pastas  
and steaks. All beautifully prepared and served by the friendly  waitstaff.  Don’t leave without having one of their special desserts!  214 N. Mitchell St. Cadillac, 231-775-9563.

STAFFORD’S WEATHERVANE RESTAURANT:  Set in a fabulous, rambling  building perched on the channel between Lakes Charlevoix and Michigan,  the Weathervane and its extensive menu of steaks, seafood, prime rib,  pastas and salads offers one of Michigan’s most unique people-watching  opportunities as various boats and their crews pass by its windows.   Full bar service, wine list and great desserts.  106 Pine River Lane;  
Charlevoix,  231-5474311.

RIVER STREET STATION BAR & GRILL: Courtesy boat docks, indoor or  outdoor dining for breakfast, lunch & dinner.  Famous for their  Rueben’s, fish fry and prime rib.  350 River St. Manistee ,  231-723-8411.

SUGAR BOWL RESTAURANT: Family-friendly and varied, the Sugar Bowl is a  great place for a late brunch or a family dinner - their full menu  includes Greek specialties. 216 West Main Gaylord , 989-732-5524.

ART’S TAVERN:  Everything a small resort town beach bar should be,  offering burgers, whitefish, Mexican, steaks and sandwiches along with  an imaginative selection of microbrews. 6487 Western Ave.Glen Arbor,  231-334-3754.

 
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