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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 2, 2016

Spring Things Up at the Chili Cook-Off

Features Kristi Kates COMMUNITY BENEFITS Tickets for the Chili Cook-Off are $10 per person, which gets you eight 4-ounce samples of chili (and you can buy extras if you’d like.) To bolster the DTCA’s limited budget, the proceeds from this event help support other downtown events that are offered to the community at no cost, from Friday Night Live to Santa’s Arrival.
 
Saturday, January 2, 2016

Faith, Family and Freedom: Traverse City’s Ukrainian Community

Features Nick Beadleston “They live here; they shop here; they go to our schools, our hospitals, but I don’t think most people in Traverse City know they’re here,” said lifelong northern Michigander Edward Richardson, who taught English to some of the area’s first Ukrainian immigrants.
 
Saturday, January 2, 2016

Celebrate Winter in Mackinaw City

Features Kristi Kates From Jan. 14–17, the yearly Winterfest takes over Mackinaw City with a full schedule of fun winter activities. The fest is without leadership this year, as the Mackinaw City Chamber of Commerce is hoping to hire a new director, but the chamber’s Kelly Vieau has stepped up to the plate and is doing her best to oversee much of the proceedings.
 
Saturday, January 2, 2016

Head Over the Hills to Boyne to Try a New Winter Sport

Features Kristi Kates Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs and Boyne Mountain in Boyne Falls are teaming up with the Great Lakes Winter Trails Council for Winter Trail Days, Jan. 9–10. The program promotes the silent winter sports: Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, horseback riding, hiking and fat-tire snow biking.
 
Saturday, January 2, 2016

Blissfest's Winter Persona

Features Kristi Kates While the yearly Blissfest Folk and Roots Music Festival in Bliss, Mich. is more of an “all for one and one for all” kind of event, Blissfest’s Winter Concert Series, much like winter itself, is a little more subdued and focused.
 
Saturday, December 19, 2015

2016’s Most Anticipated Albums

Music Kristi Kates With Adele and Coldplay both smashing it out of the park right as 2015 draws to a close; Taylor Swift, The Weeknd and One Direction still hanging in there; and Christmas albums filling out the rest of the Billboard Top 10, the charts ended the year full to the brim with hits.
 
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Make A Wish

Other Opinions Thomas Kachadurian It’s the season to dream. Children everywhere imagine the toys and treats on Christmas, yet parents walk a careful line. We want our children to have the joy of surprise and magical feelings of granted wishes. It’s a delight to watch young children discover gifts they never imagined.
 
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Safest Place for Christmas

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle We seem to have almost made it to Christmas without those darned liberals trying to kill it. At least they are accused of attempting to do so every year around this time. Since no one is trying to kill it this year, we’ve been mercifully spared any books by anyone claiming to save it.
 
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Free to Choose

Other Opinions Jack Segal I was in Los Angeles recently and found my way to the “Museum of Tolerance,” a beautiful complex in West L.A. that also houses the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Outside, a line of beat-up Los Angeles County school buses were parked, having brought loads of inner city kids to the museum to learn about this complicated issue of “tolerance.
 
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Dates 12-19-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Spend your New Year’s Eve with folk, jazz, funk, blues & soul by Blake Elliott & the Robinson Affair while supporting the ‘Pipe Up’ Campaign at Betsie Bay Furniture, Frankfort from 7-10pm.
 
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Letters 12-21-2015

Letters

Too Much Attention Our culture has entered into the theater of the absurd. Because it has become popular to distrust anything and everything our government and Obama are doing, we have given in to an angst that makes us do and say ridiculous things...

Care for Others At a time of year when we normally hear calls for peace and love, we are inundated with harsh and hostile rhetoric from politicians and presidential candidates calling for endless war, carpet bombing, closing mosques, barring refugees, and deporting immigrants. Cutting any and all assistance for the poor and their children also seems to be on the agenda...

Climate and Our Congress The United Nations has approved unanimously, by almost 200 nations, a landmark climate accord which promises to move our planet forward to preserve our way of life and those of our children and progeny (New York Times, 12/12/15)...

Dangerous Worldviews Letter writer Gordon Lee Dean should be reported for possible inclusion on the terrorist watch list, immediately. I am serious. He calls our twice-elected president a “tyrant.” He believes he has a “Godgiven right” to use his arsenal against not only terrorists, but also against “government gone wrong,” whomever that may be, and however he happens to define that phrase...

The Real Muslim Facts Contrary to the assertions made in a letter in the Dec. 7th issue, most Muslim immigrants assimilate to mainstream American culture just fine, and they are more law-abiding and productive than almost any other immigrant group. The most educated female religious group, only behind Jewish women? Muslim women. Most importantly, the vast majority of the world’s Muslims are against religious violence and against ISIS. All of these facts come from Gallup and the Pew Research Center.

9 Stories of Rebranding We love Traverse City because it’s beautiful and offers so much to all of us. We can see the skyline and the nature around it. People of all ages object to River West because we don’t want tall buildings, a crowded city, and more traffic that would destroy our quality of life. This project will turn our lovely downtown into another big city with tall apartment complexes, condos, and business developments. Goodbye, pretty town...

Ending Wars Will End Terrorism We are such a frightened people. We are inundated daily with fear: In our local and national news, packaged as entertainment in which we have no way to defuse except to be uninformed. Consider now we want to build an actual/virtual wall around the U.S. Our politicians are building up the fear as we speak. Fear works! It separates us and makes being different become bad and dangerous. Fear makes it easy to control our thinking and hence control our decisions...

 
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Behind The Bell Ringers

Features Kristi Kates The year was 1891. It was a damp and dark Christmas Eve in San Francisco. The officer in charge of the city’s Salvation Army office had noticed the poor folks down at the wharf — the disadvantaged and the homeless, alone and struggling on this holiday night.
 
Saturday, December 19, 2015

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

Here’s Your Guide to Welcoming 2016!

Features Kristi Kates

Whether you like lots of glitter, the great outdoors, casual street food or gourmet goodies, northern Michigan has several options for your Dec. 31 celebration. Here are highlights from some of the bigger events around the region so you can pick your location to welcome 2016.

 
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Northern Michigan’s Crystal Ball

Features Patrick Sullivan Development, big and tall, will be the hottest topic in Traverse City for the foreseeable future. Debate has raged for months over whether the city should allow the construction of a nine-story building, a project that would either promote density,...
 
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Detroit Auto Show Revving up for Next Month

Features Ross Boissoneau Despite a major recession and retooling, Detroit is still the Motor City and it’s still the site of the biggest car show in the country. The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), aka the Detroit Auto Show, takes place Jan. 11–24 at the newly renovated (to the tune of $300 million) Cobo Center.
 
 
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