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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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Scott Haggard

Erin Crowell - July 18th, 2011
Great Scott! Son of country legend Merle Haggard truckin’ our way
By Erin Crowell

While music has always been in his blood, Scott Haggard—son of country
music legend Merle Haggard—is first and foremost a truck driver.
“I drive an 18-wheeler and spend anywhere from five to six days a week on
the road,” said the 43-year-old Alabama native.
It wasn’t until around 2005 that Haggard decided to follow in his father’s
footsteps as a serious musician.
He taught himself to sing and play rhythm guitar, eventually building a
musical resume that included performances at the Mobile Country Music
Association, the Florida Sunshine Opry, Rattlesnake Rodeo in Alabama and
the Nashville Palace.
Haggard will perform two shows in Northern Michigan – first, at the Blue
Pelican, in Central Lake, on Wednesday, July 20, with the Lonesome
Fugitive Band (see story, p.28); the second performance will be Saturday,
July 23, at the Southside Hideout in Buckley. This outdoor concert will
feature several names, including Top 40 Country Music Star Jeff Bates,
Mark Wills, Sarah Darling, Colt Ford and Kenny Olson Cartel.

ESTRANGED
Haggard was born in Opp, Alabama to Lanorah Margaret Bowden, a jailer for
Covington County. Bowden had met Merle Haggard in the spring of 1968, a
brief relationship among the musician’s five marriages.
Years later, someone had gotten the word to Merle that he had a baby boy,
but the superstar never responded.
“So I was raised by my stepdad,” said Scott Haggard, “and I never had any
contact with (Merle) until 2004 when I met him at a concert and told him
who I was.”
Merle brought Scott back to his tour bus to hear more.
“He kind of held his head down and said, ‘yeah, I remember that,’” Scott
Haggard recalled about he and Bowden’s encounter. “He excused himself and
went to the back of the bus.”
Since then, their relationship has been sporadic, at best. Scott has met
every one of his half siblings except one, clarifying a DNA test confirmed
him as Haggard’s son. He will speak with his father from time to time,
“eating with the band backstage every now and then,” but his father is
still stand-offish.

IN HIS SHADOW
“I’m just gonna do this thing on my own,” Scott Haggard noted proudly
while on a recent haul with his wife Vicki . “That’s how (Merle) did it.”
Haggard has written his own music, including two songs that address his
current relationship: “Living in the Shadow of Merle” and “Do You Love
Me.”
“I’m working on some more songs that ain’t completely finished yet. I’d
love to become a fulltime musician, you know? Things seem to be getting
bigger and bigger so that’s a good thing.”
Until then, Haggard will continue to perform part time while spending the
majority of his days hauling his load along the East Coast, which—as he
put it—“depends on the week.”
“Sometimes I haul paper and recycling stuff. It’s nothing glamorous,” he
laughed.
 
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