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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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Community Festivals Light Up the Season

- December 3rd, 2012


Community Festivals Light Up the Season
'Tis the season for partying in your hometown, with open houses and shopping specials
across the region.
   Christmas in the Village (pictured) unwraps the pleasures of Building 50 and the Grand Traverse Commons on the west side of Traverse City. Other major events include:
  • Ladies Night in downtown TC on Thursday with refreshments, entertainment and 
    shopping specials.
  • Harbor Springs Open House on Saturday, including sleigh rides.
  • Downtown Petoskey's Holiday Open House with caroling, entertainment and a tree  
    lighting.

Following are some additional must-do's this week.  For the full list, check the Hot Dates calendar at www.northernexpress.com
Tuesday 12/4
-- A Celtic Christmas: All-female band, Cherish The Ladies, perform Irish-American holiday songs at Corson Auditorium, Interlochen, 7:30pm. Tickets, $28 for adults; $9 for students.
-- Christmas Traditions: Mary Stewart Adams of the International Dark Sky Park discusses
the celestial phenomena at the root of worldwide Christmas traditions at the Crooked Tree
Arts Center, Petoskey, 10am. Free. 

Thursday 12/6
-- East Jordan Holiday Community Night: Soup cook-off, 5:30pm; light parade, 6pm; Christmas caroling, 6:15pm; Santa visit, 6:30pm; s'mores, crafts, tree sale and more.
-- "The Good Doctor": Neil Simon's comedy at the Old Town Playhouse, TC, 7:30pm;
Sunday, 3pm. 947-2210 for tickets.

Friday 12/7
-- Annual Mt. Holiday Comedy Fundraiser: Open mic and amateur comedy competition at Mt. Holiday, TC, 6-10pm.  
-- "White Christmas": Irving Berlin's 1954 holiday musical performed at the Ramsdell Theater, Manistee, 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm.
"The Good Doctor": (See Thurs.)

Saturday 12/8
-- Jingle Bell Jam Concert: fundraiser for Toys for Tots/Gifts for Teens program in Manistee County. Happening at the Manistee Eagles, 7pm, with live music by Redline, Triple Shot,
Wild Card, Junk Monkey and Rock Supply. Food, snacks and cash bar provided for ages
21 & older.
-- Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old Time Christmas: Happening throughout Manistee.
Jingle Mingle party starts at 4:30pm, at the Ramsdell Inn; parade starts at 5:30pm.
-- Bikes for Tikes Program: Country music concert featuring Brian Glenn Nolf with the Lonesome Fugitive Band, Ruby Johns and Nashville recording artist Shelagh Brown at Leelanau Sands Casino Showroom, Peshawbestown, 7:30pm. Cost, $10 with 100% of proceeds to benefit the Bikes for Tikes program. Hosted by Sunny Country 101.9.
-- Holiday Concert: Presented by the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and the NMC Grand Traverse Chorale, Chamber Singers and Children's Choir at Lars Hockstad Auditorium,
TC, 7:30pm; Sunday, at 3pm.

 
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