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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, December 19, 2015

Raise a Glass to 2016

Features Beth Milligan Nothing says New Year’s Eve like champagne. But picking up a few bottles of high-end bubbly can quickly add up. Beverage Manager and Sommelier Travis Tache of Petoskey’s Seventeen says several brands in the $30-$40 range “knock out” their more expensive counterparts in both quality and taste.
 
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Local Spartans, Wolverines Catching Bowl Fever

Features Al Parker

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day have a special significance this year for University of Michigan and Michigan State University football fans.

Both squads are matched up in high-profile bowl games and football fever is growing among Wolverine and Spartan fans.

 
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Here’s Our Too Early Oscars Scorecard

Features Meg Weichman The critics weighed in, year-end lists have been made, guild nominations are being revealed, and shortlists have been announced. Yes, it’s that time of the year again — awards season. So while you can have your Golden Globes, your Independent Spirit Awards, and your BAFTAS, when it comes down to it, there’s only one show that matters: the Academy Awards.
 
Saturday, December 19, 2015

2016 New Year of the Monkey

Extra Kristi Kates While you will probably have to return to work on Monday, Jan. 4, most Chinese will get at least five days off to celebrate their New Year’s holiday. The Chinese New Year is aligned with the Chinese zodiac, with each of its 12 animal signs representing a year and running a 12-year cycle before repeating.
 
Saturday, December 12, 2015

The Mainstay's Musical Rebirth

Music Kristi Kates From the roots of the downstate party band Funktion has arisen a new musical outfit that’s added folk and grunge to an already-established funk-soul sound.
 
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Beat the Winter Blues with Music

Music Kristi Kates JUMPSTART JAMS “We’ve all heard of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder),” said Blissfest guru Jim Gillespie. “And a lot of folks experience what’s just called the winter blues.
 
Saturday, December 12, 2015

A Modest Proposal

Other Opinions Grant Parsons You swallow that nonsense about Hitler’s victims going meekly? Well, the NRA has made U.S. citizens meek. The assault weapon, a human-killing machine, is sold everywhere. We can’t ban this retail product, sold for profit, that kills cops and kids indiscriminately, repeatedly, horribly, predictably, time-after-time, because the NRA won’t let us.
 
Saturday, December 12, 2015

But You Didn't Know

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle For example, I’ll bet you didn’t know the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has conducted no research on gun violence and its injurious consequences since 1996, despite a consensus that such violence represents a genuine public health threat.
 
Saturday, December 12, 2015

A Local Pastor and a Local Atheist Debate UnCrossed: Let’s Welcome, Not Reject Refugees

Other Opinions Rev. Dr. William C. Myers, Gary Singer The question for Christians is not: Is it safe to care for refugees? The question is: How shall we care for refugees safely? Those responsible for providing aid and assisting refugee families in resettlement must do everything possible to keep the process safe.
 
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Dates 12-12-2015

Dates Jamie Kauffold Get in the Christmas spirit with the Jingle Bell 5K! This non-timed fun run takes runners & walkers in a counter clockwise loop around the streets of downtown Traverse City on Sun., Dec. 20, starting at the Park Place Dome at 5:30pm. Admission, $15. Festive attire encouraged & wear reflective clothing.
 
Saturday, December 12, 2015

The Front Porch Cafe

Dining Kristi Kates That dream was realized seven years ago and, after updating the building and the kitchen facilities, Rasmussen now manages The Front Porch Cafe. The restaurant is overseen by a board of directors that manages the finances.
 
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Letters 12-14-2015

Letters

Help-Wanted Signs We, a small group of local, small business owners, meet informally every few months to discuss the ups and downs of surviving on the endangered species list of “mom & pop” retailers in the day of the big box and the revered Internet...

Evil Guns Miracles do happen, because I just survived another safe hunting season here in northern Michigan by not getting killed by one of those evil guns. My gun unfortunately did not kill any deer but it probably would have if it had seen a buck. I was just there to carry that damn gun around and if need be to drag a dead deer home...

Exaggerated Idea Statement Regarding Stephen Tuttle’s column two weeks back, I agree with Mr. Tuttle that Republican candidates need policy questions....unlike what we saw with MSNBC...

Better Ideas Needed NPR claimed “the shooting in San Bernardino, Cal., was the 355th mass shooting in the U.S. this year — or more than one per day on average so far in 2015.” We may not all have faith in the same news sources, but clearly we’ve become a society in which massacres are becoming a daily routine...

ISIS’ Real Genesis In his recent column “What Do They Want”, Jack Segal fails to connect easy dots that can readily explain much of ISIS’ behavior. The bombing of the Russian airliner is clearly linked to the bombing of Syrian targets by Russia a month prior. So too, the French attack is a direct response to the year-long bombing of ISIS targets ordered by President Hollande. While the attacks can only be described as heinous, they are easily understood as collateral...

The Real Muslim Facts Contrary to the assertions made in a letter in the Dec. 7 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...

The Trump Limbo Donald Trump is confused. He has mistaken the presidential campaign for a Limbo dance competition. How low can you go...

Vote On Height I am opposed to the proposed nine-story building in Traverse CIty. I believe that the size of the project is going to forever alter the way we view our town. This development could possibly benefit approximately two hundred residences that will be a part of this project. Assuming for the moment that each of these will house two people, this means that potentially 400 residents will stand to benefit. Should we, for the sake of 400, permanently alter our skyline? Instead of five stories, we will be looking at a building that will overshadow the surrounding neighborhood and adjacent buildings...

 
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Glimpse Into the Past

Features Patrick Sullivan Rudolf Paziener arrived in the Boardman River Valley in 1922, it was known as “plains country” because loggers has stripped the land of trees as far as you could see.
 
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Up North Cheese Finds!

Features Kristi Kates It’s a fact; we love cheese. Recent USDA figures show U.S. cheese consumption at an all-time high, up 42 percent over the past two decades. Modern Farmer notes the top selling cheeses in the United States are mozzarella and cheddar, with the average American consuming 10 pounds of each per year.
 
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Studio Anatomy's Creative Evolution

Features Kristi Kates But when Good News closed and musician/ recording engineer Brian Chamberlain took over the space in the summer of 2012, he found that the good vibes had ostensibly departed along with the business. Inside, Chamberlain was met with “a disaster” that would take a lot of work to put right again.
 
 
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