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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 3-10-2014

- March 10th, 2014  

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Proposed Airwalk Project, Kasson Township

We recently were made aware of the proposed “Air Walk Project” for Kasson county several months ago. Although we have only lived in this area since Nov., 2012, the main reason we moved here and established residence was that it was an area of natural beauty where one could enjoy the best of Michigan’s outdoor living. We are opposed to the Air Walk project because of its adverse impact on the congestion to the area, due to increased vehicle traffic, the additional road wear, and the accompanying trash and pollution, air, night light, and surface. The potential for increased night light pollution is assured as to operate a parking lot, restaurant, and outdoor night activities will require additional lights.

Eco-tourism has not been shown to protect the environment. It leads to environmental damage, loss of wildlife, congestion, and an influx of people who do not care about the impact of their visit nor do they have to live in the area full time and clean up the messes they leave.

Have we considered the effect the sky walk would have on the natural beauty of the area, i.e., a huge structure across the sky line? What about in the winter? What will the owners do with their sky walk and restaurant and other facilities in the winter? How will these influence the natural beauty of the area? If for some reason the business does not profit and the owners decide to close it down, what will then happen? Will we have a eye sore to deal with as they walk away? Will they sell it and if so, then what will be there? Who will pay for the increased road traffic and management of traffic? There are a lot of questions that need to be considered. Most of the scenarios will end with Leelanau county, i.e., primarily the residents of Kasson Township, having to clean up someone else’s mess and pay for it.

Let’s protect the Kasson Twp’s beauty and not allow it to be destroyed by presumed well meaning but harmful commercial ventures. The Air Walk project’s main goal will be profit for those who own it. Once here, they will place the natural environment second and profitability first.

Dr. Kenneth and Rebecca Abate Maple City

Why Increase War Funding?

By the end of this year, the U.S. will have fewer than 10,000 troops left in Afghanistan. The U.S. won’t technically be at war with any country. So why does President Obama want to increase the amount of money our country allocates to war funding?

Christina Crawford, Traverse City

CORRECTION:

In the Project: ICE feature in our March 3 issue, we mistyped 1800 as the date that NOAA’s temperature records began; that date was meant to be 1880, and is of pivotal importance in regards to climate change issues. Additionally, in secondary editing after the article was submitted, producer/director William Kleinert’s name was misspelled repeatedly as “Kleinart,” and Express apologizes sincerely for this error.

 
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