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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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Ideas Worth Spreading in TC

Kristi Kates - May 5th, 2014  
Bill Clinton’s done TED. So has U2’s Bono.

Featuring luminaries from all walks of life, TED – or technology, education, and design –started in 1984 as a Californiabased conference where a broad spectrum of speakers shared ideas.

Today, independent events – like the one coming to Traverse City – help share ideas in communities around the world.

Ideas InviTED

“TED … has grown to support world changing ideas,” said TEDx TC planning team member Sara Harding.

Harding said the conference will include both video presentations and live speakers.

“These elements will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a regional group,” Harding said. “We want to create the ultimate ‘brain experience,’ and curate a journey that features ideas and inspiration.”

Thinkers PresenTED

Innovative speakers and ground breaking concepts are perennial themes of TED, a formula that will be replicated in Traverse City. This year’s theme is “game changers.” Mari Kuraishi; Emmy Award-winning producer Danny Forster; and leadership speaker John U. Bacon.

Each speaker will have 18 minutes to “affect a significant shift in the current manner of our thinking or doing,” Harding said.

“We are honored to host speakers from all around the country and all walks of life,” she said. “They are extraordinary and brave, and we are grateful for the time and talent they will be bringing to our event and sharing with our audience.”

Harding and her team have invited 16 presenters from a variety of fields who embody this mentality, Harding said.

“They are challenging preconceptions and pushing boundaries,” she said.

Among them are Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill; Google Technologist John Militello; GlobalGiving co-founder

People ConnecTED

In addition to TEDx TC, now in its fourth year, big thinkers might also want to watch for TEDx TC Salon events, smaller local happenings that hash out big topics.

So far, three TEDx Salon events have been held; Harding said three more are slated after TEDx TC.

“Our first was on light pollution, our second was on Russian politics, and our most recent one was on water,” she said about the salon events, which are free of charge. “They will continue to focus on our theme of game changers.”

No matter which event attendees choose, Harding promises “new ways of thinking.”

“The goal is to have each person walk away feeling enlightened, motivated and dedicated to making a difference in their lives as well as the lives of others,” she said.

TEDx Traverse City is scheduled for May 14. Tickets to both the live event and simulcast are sold out; to get on a wait list visit tedxtraversecity.com.

 
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