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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, April 23, 2016

A Closer Look At School Funding

Other Opinions Christie Minervini There has been a lot of discussion surrounding Traverse City Area Public Schools’ (TCAPS) decision to close two — possibly three — elementary schools over the next two years. Officials have blamed decreasing revenues, aging facilities, and declining enrollment for the needed closures.
 
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Dates 04-23-01

Dates Jamie Kauffold From radio star to travel expert & author, Anne Craig Cinnamon is living her dream. Meet her at the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Connecting Women in Business Group Luncheon on Tuesday, Apr. 26 at the Library Conference Center of NCMC from 11:30am-1pm.
 
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Spike’s Keg O’ Nails

Dining Kristi Kates They call it Home of the Spikeburger, The Meeting Place of the North and The Friendliest Place in Town. Spike’s Keg O’ Nails has collected a lot of nicknames over its whopping 83 years in business — and its popular Friday night fish fry is nothing to sneeze at, either.
 
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Letters 04-25-2016

Letters

Taking Our Trees Seconds ago this pine tree was alive. Well, Mr. Cook — our County Road Commission head —and Peninsula Township government … by not weighing in (I guess it’s not your problem or responsibility to communicate with residents), you allowed the County Road Commission to bulldoze down huge swaths of lakeside trees in order to increase the bike lane. This can’t be happening. I have no clue why they would cut trees down that help block snow from creating drifts on Peninsula Drive and help keep the beach area intact. Plus, they are not increasing the width of the road when they repave. I just don’t get it. This is amateur hour at county and township government...

Government Service Unrewarded I served the federal government for XX years with the [agency], [doing XX]. I also worked in the private sector, [doing XX]. When I retired, I was surprised to learn my Social Security benefit would be $XXX less per month than my colleagues and neighbors who had never worked for the federal government. This is all because of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) under the Social Security law...

Which Greased Palm Now that “Chicago values” have utterly corrupted the executive and judicial branches of our federal government, this November We the Plebeians shall either vote to right the governing integrity of the United States constitution’s twin pillars of limited government and separation of powers or turn and step collectively onto the blood soaked road to serfdom...

The Political Mess And Challenge As citizens we are faced with a real challenge. The media and the political candidates have taken over a year to attack those whom they are opposing. The unfavorable ratings of those who may be nominated are above 50 percent. That should be no surprise, considering the length of time given to bloodying one another with opinions that have little relationship to truth. The polling companies, which confess they are not reliable, make everything a game of winning...

CORRECTIONS In last week’s issue we had photos with the incorrect stories on page five. The dance photo should have accompanied the story about grants to nonprofits. The image of Crooked Tree Arts Center Petoskey should have accompanied the story about the ArtPrize exhibit at CTAC.

We also reported the incorrect day for the Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City. The correct date is Sat., May 28.

We apologize for these errors.

 
Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Buoyancy of Boyne City

Features Beth Milligan In the last 10 years, something has shifted in this community of just less than 4,000 residents. Visitors still flock to the resorts, but now they’re also likely to be strolling Boyne City’s downtown streets in the summer, taking in winter concerts...
 
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Meet Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix

Features Kristi Kates While the exact dates may not be certain, the namesake is. Originally named Pine River, both the city and the county of Charlevoix were later renamed, sometime between 1836 and 1854, in honor of Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix, a fascinating character whose name would carry on in northern Michigan, as well as across Canada.
 
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Bet You Didn’t Know!

Features Kristi Kates • John and Harriet Miller, said to be Boyne City’s earliest settlers, were reportedly led to the area by a dream Harriet had in the mid- 1880s of a cabin on a bear-shaped lake. John Miller named the river leading to that lake (Lake Charlevoix) after one in Ireland: the Boyne River.
 
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Life on the 45th

Features Kristi Kates The 45th parallel north is a line of latitude running all the way around the globe. To northern Michiganians, it’s also a very special mark of the region where we live, as evidenced by its use in such local projects and companies as Parallel 45 Theatre, Latitude 45 Cycling Store, Parallel 45 Vines and Wines, Studio 45 Dance and 45th Parallel Realty.
 
Saturday, April 23, 2016

A Modern Day Take on Strang

Features Patrick Sullivan A Strangite Mormon Diaspora occurred after James Jesse Strang was assassinated in 1856. There was no census taken to determine what happened to his followers; they are thought to have scattered to Utah and Wisconsin and elsewhere. For a time, the Mormon religion seemed to vanish from northern Michigan.
 
Saturday, April 23, 2016

What’s New in Boyne and Charlevoix

Features Kristi Kates With the success of their taproom on Union Street in downtown Traverse City, opened in 2011, Jim Smolak and Matt Cozzand have made the decision to expand their venture farther north.
 
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Short’s Brewery Hits a Dozen Years

Features Kristi Kates Joe Short discovered a passion for brewing in college. After doing some homebrewing, he left school and went to work for some “real” breweries to learn more; before long, he decided he wanted to break out of the mold and do his own thing.
 
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Beaver Island’s Historical Divide

Features Patrick Sullivan Once, the island was home to a Mormon king, a charismatic and despotic leader who commanded that his followers adhere to his strict, splinter brand of Mormonism. James Jesse Strang’s followers were chased from the island following his assassination in 1856 and, since then, the place has cultivated an Irish identity, one that’s survived to this day.
 
Saturday, April 16, 2016

DJ Man-O-Wax and The Reminders

Music Kristi Kates early February, the first performance of the “Caravanserai: American Voices” touring series took place in Traverse City, featuring Palestinian-American multi-instrumentalist Ronnie Malley and Indian- American virtuoso vocalist Zeshan Bagewadi.
 
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Father and son team up with boat kits

Art Ross Boissoneau Al Jankowski has been enamored with boats most of his life, a trait he passed to his son Kurt. Now the two are sharing that love with others through the Old Mission Boat Company, a startup that sells boat kits. The hook: They say the boats are designed so that someone can start the build one weekend and have it in the water the next.
 
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Nuclear Nightmares

Other Opinions Jack Segal After the attacks on Paris in November 2015, authorities discovered video surveillance footage of what appeared to be an ordinary residence. But further investigation revealed that the house being monitored belonged to a senior official of the Belgian nuclear industry.
 
 
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