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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 1-27-14

- January 27th, 2014  

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Concerns about “AirWalk” near Glen Lake

Before my husband and I permanently moved to Glen Lake eighteen years ago we lived in three different communities in Ohio and Indiana. All three are classic examples as to why zoning and the maintaining of the zoning are so very important.

One village was zoned strictly, remained small and has a charming “New England village” character. The second started very small, grew like a weed and has all the unattractive characteristics that come to mind when zoning is ignored, i.e. quick food restaurants, huge signs, strip malls etc. The third also started as a really small village and now is a city of 55,000! But, because the elected officials had the foresight, the zoning was strict, logical and consistent and today the city remains a lovely place to live in, visit or just drive through.

One other place I must mention. My family visited Gatlinburg, Tennessee in the 1940’s. It was a quaint little village tucked in the beautiful Smokey Mountains. Fast forward to 1980’s; my husband, two friends and I drove through Gatlinburg…and out of there as quickly as possible. It is a truly ugly tourist trap!

Obviously, one entertainment skywalk would not make it a Gatlinburg…but it would be a beginning.

My husband “found” Glen Lake when he was fourteen and fell in love with it. Thanks to slow growth, our lovely Sleeping Bear National Park, and responsible zoning, we remain an area that is naturally one of the most beautiful areas in the world. We already have breathtaking views of both forests and waterways…please help keep it that way.

Josephine & John McCormick Maple City

Sidewalk Solutions

I’d like to weigh in my 2 cents on all things snow removal for Traverse City’s sidewalks. Especially the stretch of sidewalk that remains COMPLETELY covered with snow on and around Garfield Road south of S. Airport in Garfield Township.

Do you, dear reader, where ever you reside in Michigan, ever FEAR FOR YOUR LIFE as a result of the pedestrian experience of walking in the road when there are little other choices? Esp. those who live in my neck of the woods? Garfield Township south of S. Airport, on Garfield Road?

Do I actually expect to get hit by a car while walking along that road? NO. Why? I wear a dorky yellow safety vest. Now you see me... now you STILL see me, if you are operating a vehicle AKA driving north or south along Garfield (or S. Airport for that matter ---East or West respectively---) Every day I end up either A) Taking a bus in that neighborhood, B) Driving a car or C) Walking in this vicinity.

It’s no pedestrian’s paradise; exactly the opposite. If I take my prior question as rhetorical, then YES sometimes I FEAR FOR MY LIFE when walking in this car-laden area.

Since local township officials would likely need a SERIES of complaints from residents to actually clear these sidewalks, I’d like to suggest the following...

If it’s a choice between walking in the threefoot high snow banks or walking in the road AND you decide to walk in the road, wear a safety style vest with bright colors.

Already have one? Great! Don’t have one already? Ask me for one. I’ve got a few spare. You’ll know it’s me, good old Joe, because I will be wearing a safety vest along with my other winter gear, hat, scarf, gloves and beard. BTW DeWeese and Wal-Mart sell them as well. $12.50 in safety gear is probably worth it if it can prevent getting struck by a vehicle.

Joe Connolly • Garfield Township

Pay Your Taxes, NFL

No matter which problem is being discussed or argued, it always comes down to say one thing, support the opposite with dollars. Detroit need money, Michigan needs money, but the football obsessed still watch their games, buy the trinkets, etc and never question that the thing they support doesn’t support them.

For two decades, the NFL has been granted tax exempt status. Along with subsidies by local and state governments, the owners and players get richer every day. Still no “fans” object. Isn’t it about time to demand the code be changed and profiteers pay their share of taxes? The same goes for cruise lines, which pay no taxes but are willingly supported by an endless supply of travelers. These same travelers fail to grasp the slave labor that the ships use. So believe what you will, but make your money echo your views.

Anna Moested, Honor

 
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