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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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- January 13th, 2005
DONATIONS WELCOME: A Tsunami Relief Fund has been established at the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation to help Asian victims of the massive tsunamis on Dec. 26.
“We are working collaboratively with the United Nations Children’s Fund, (UNICEF), CARE, USA and the International Red Cross to receive donations,” said executive director Jeanne Snow.
Anyone wishing to contribute to The Tsunami Relief Fund may send their donations in care of the Regional Community Foundation, 250 E. Front Street, Suite 310, Traverse City, or visit their Web site at www.GTRCF.org to make an on-line donation.

BANNER YEAR: 2004 was a year of achievement for the Little Traverse Conservancy. A total of 2,102 acres and nearly four miles of water frontage on Northern Michigan’s lakes, rivers, and streams were protected from future development, primarily through conservation easements which allow the landowner to retain the property while receiving tax breaks for not developing it.

IT ROCKS: Are you a musician itching for rock & roll glory? Then take a flyer on “Northern Michigan Rocks Vol. V,“ the fifth CD in a series showcasing local rockers.
Terri Ray, program director for Double Rock KLT, says the station is seeking submissions for its fifth compendium album. Typically, more than a dozen bands make the cut out of numerous submissions. Contact the station for details on how to submit your recording. The cut-off date is Feb. 18.

SPEAKING OF artistic endeavors, the Blissfest Organization is inviting all area artists to submit logo designs to be used for the 25th annual Blissfest Music Festival. The winning logo will be used on the Blissfest T-shirts, posters and flyers. The winner will receive $250, a weekend pass to the festival and a T-shirt. Entries must be postmarked no later than Feb 1. Send to jim@blissfest.org or mail to Blissfest Music Organization, 325 E. Lake St., Petoskey, MI 49770.

 
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