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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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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Crossed

A Local Pastor and a Local Atheist Debate Is Secularism A Belief System?

Other Opinions Rev. Dr. William C. Myers, Gary Singer Rev. Meyers: In Coralville, Iowa, our children participated in a school district event creating a “mock” community. Students played shopkeepers, bankers, civic leaders, police officers, or fire fighters. Others functioned as consumers, taking advantage of the services provided.

Singer: One of this country’s fundamental founding principles is the absolute separation between church and state. To me, that seems simple; Congress can neither establish nor prohibit religious exercise. Unfortunately many religious people want more. They are convinced that any prohibition to their specific public behaviors should be illegal.

 
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Dates 01-16-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold Guitarist, singer & songwriter Willy Porter plays Freshwater Art Gallery, Boyne City with Carmen Nickerson on Sat., Jan. 23 at 8pm. With 10 albums to his name, his most recent “Human Kindness,” Porter’s songs speak about questions, struggles & triumphs of human existence.
 
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Bourbon's 72

Dining Janice Binkert The calm, elegant interior, cozy fireplace and unobtrusive wait staff at Bourbon’s 72 stand in sharp contrast to the 56,000 square feet of bright lights, chiming bells and bustling activity just outside its doors.
 
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Letters 01-18-2016

Letters

Last Word on Muslims This is the last response I’ll write on Islam in America, as I feel the subject has become repetitive at this point. I’ve been to Dearborn and I have a few close friends there. It’s a lovely place, not the theocratic hellhole that many are trying to smear it as. But putting personal experience aside, the fact that Muslim immigrants assimilate more easily in the United States than in Europe because of our melting-pot culture is borne out by the data — like it or not...

Please Explain, Rep. Inman Will Rogers once said, “I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.” Well, the facts coming out of Lansing in the closing minutes of last year’s legislative session would have given him plenty of material. Perhaps our local politician, Rep. Inman, could enlighten his constituents on his support for SB 571...

Snow Thanks Very impressed, TC. After mucho snow Saturday night, my family and I enjoyed a lovely early Sunday morning walk downtown on already cleared sidewalks...

Sympathies We are heading into the eighth year of Barak Obama’s presidency. Nothing surprises me any longer about conservative Republicans’ inability to deal with facts...

Useless Words So, ah, it seems that some words have been suggested to not be essential to the English language. Well, I mean, can’t a person, like, you know, use those unessential words if they so desire? The simple fact is, I’m thinking, it should be fine to use these words...

 
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Wall-To-Wall Harleys

Local has incredible, if hidden, collection

Features Alexa Hughes We’ve all heard the expression, “You never know what goes on behind closed doors.” Truer words couldn’t be said of longtime Wexford County resident Gene Payne and what lies behind the doors of his garage. That’s assuming you could even find his home; if you’re lucky enough to be invited.
 
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Hagerty Cycling Team Sets the Pace for Local Endurance Athletes

Features Clark Miller Elite level bicycle road racing is a team sport — one that requires cyclists to train together and use carefully-planned strategies so that their strongest teammate has a better chance to win. To compete nationally, it also takes some funding. The reality of a northern Michigan–based competitive road racing team became possible in 2007 when two things happened.
 
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Elio Motors Says the Future is Now

Features Kristi Kates Super-compact cars and electric vehicles are the stuff of the future, as everything from trade magazines to sci-fi movies would attest. They’ve had a slow start in the U.S., although they’re already commonplace in much of Western Europe. However, a new, innovative American car company has their GPS pointed in the direction of change.
 
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Winter Astronomy

What to See in Northern Michigan's Night Skies

Features Kristi Kates Skygazing is a frequent pursuit in the summer months, when the weather’s warm and it’s easy to sit outdoors well past midnight. In the winter, it takes a little more effort to get out there and see what the night sky has to offer. Is it worth it? Our two experts definitely think so.
 
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Clip N’ Keep: 2016 Car Shows Guide

Features Kristi Kates There are car shows aplenty all summer long in northern Michigan, as soon as the weather gets mild and car owners feel brave enough to bring their prized vehicles out of winter storage. Want something automotive to look forward to? Clip and keep this guide to plan your route to some of the biggest car shows in the region for 2016!.
 
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Go Fighting Whities!

Is the use of Native American imagery in Petoskey sports teams offensive?

Features Patrick Sullivan

What would happen if a high school football team decided to call themselves the “Fighting Whities” and used a Caucasian stereotype as a mascot?

Fred Harrington said it wouldn’t fly — neither would mascots portraying Jewish, African American, Italian, Asian or any other racial identity. So why, he asks, are Native American mascots, like the one used by the Petoskey Northmen, acceptable?

 
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Catching Up with Jim Hawley

Music Kristi Kates Music has always been a part of Jim Hawley’s life. When he was a kid, he’d listen to his grandmother play piano. In grade school, he’d find local bands practicing in their garages, and would sit and listen. By high school, he’d become friends with a guy who played guitar, and that friend started teaching Hawley how to play.
 
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Truth Is In That Grave

Other Opinions Grant Parsons Just outside Washington, D.C., at Quantico National Cemetery, civilian and military volunteers walk between the rows of gravestones with armloads of pine wreaths tied with red bows. The grass green, the sky blue, the ranks of gravestones straight and true — sentinels, sentinels, sentinels silent now.
 
Saturday, January 9, 2016

A League Of His Own

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle The majority group believes his poll numbers are overstated, a result of researchers using a target universe including all Republican voters instead of those most likely to vote. On the other side are those now claiming Trump’s support is understated because many of his supporters are embarrassed to admit it.
 
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Dates 01-09-2016

Dates Jamie Kauffold The Petoskey Regional Audubon Society presents Adventuring in Peru & Ecuador at Northern Lights Recreation, Harbor Springs on Tues., Jan. 12 at 7pm. Harbor Springs couple Doug Fuller & Martha Lancaster (pictured) will share details, pictures & stories of their trip.
 
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Paleo Or No?

A look at “The Caveman Diet”

Dining Kristi Kates “High blood pressure, arthritis, high cholesterol, digestive issues,” she listed. “I, myself, was approaching middle age, so I wanted to find out, how do I avoid those things? Is there something we’re doing our whole lives that finally catches up...
 
 
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