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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 2-24-2014

- February 24th, 2014  

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Manistee Belonged in Story

In Patrick Sullivan’s article there was no mention of the county that would have put the cherry on top his premise on the divide between rich and poor. The omission of Manistee County left off one of the counties with the highest welfare rates. Besides, we think we are part of the Up North scene; we don’t think we’re just chopped liver.

Steve Szilvagyi • Onekama

More crony captalism

I really enjoyed Stephen Tuttle’s recent article titled “A line in the tar sands. Mr. Tuttle has a way of making you think on both sides of an issue. Maybe it was because of limited space, but he omitted the fact that Obama got elected, and re-elected, in part with the environmentalist help so he has to appease that part of his base. So therefore, if they say delay it, it gets delayed. Also, as Stephen wrote, railroads are now transporting that oil. What’s missing is the fact that Warren Buffet owns that railroad, and he’s a big contributor to Obama and the democrat party, so in my eyes it’s just more crony capitalism. We have seen in the past just what Obama’s crony capitalism has bought us, absolutely nothing, not to mention the propping up of Wall Street fat cats (most of them huge bundlers for Barry and the gang) with millions of dollars a month wrapped up in phony baloney bonds. Where’s O.W.S. when you need them? Funny how the protesters disappear when it’s their guy doing the funny business!

Kelly M. Croff • Alanson

Tax Junk Food or Ban Boxing?

So, if you break it down to its simple basics, Bill Bustance likes oatmeal and thinks it shouldn’t be taxed. He doesn’t like Cheerios and thinks they should be taxed and the revenue should be used for roads (Huh?!). I don’t like boxing, a sport with a high potential for causing serious injury, even death. So, we should ban boxing. I assume my preferences will carry as much weight as those of Mr. Bustance, especially since they are much more well thought through and infinitely more defensible.

John Michael Casteel • Traverse City

 
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