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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 30, 2016

Nailed It!

Features Kristi Kates Spring is here, summer’s around the corner and, with it, the arrival of a whole new slate of nail colors perfect for the bright days of the new season. But, don’t just swipe on a single shade; this year, it’s all about nail art, from abstract to precise.
 
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Tribute to Moms on Mother’s Day

Features Felicia Topp They play many roles in children’s lives, from cook to chauffeur to dispenser of endless advice. And ultimately, they are the women who will have the biggest influence on our lives. In tribute to moms everywhere, we asked area residents and community leaders to share their stories and recollections of their own moms.
 
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Conscious Style from Yana Dee

Features Kristi Kates From the Keweenaw Peninsula in the U.P. to Traverse City, Yana Dee has made quite a journey to become a successful fashion designer. Even though she’s built a strong local following, this is one fashionista who won’t be pinned down.
 
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Step On It!

Features Kristi Kates Laced high up the calf with that distinctive criss-cross, gladiator sandals are back in vogue this season, whether you prefer them plain or jazzed up with details worthy of a night on the town.
 
Saturday, April 30, 2016

“Danish Girl”

Author David Ebershoff Visits National Writers Series

Features Clark Miller A masterful study of conflicted sexual identity and the many forms love can take, “The Danish Girl” explores the lives of Danish landscape painter Einar Wegener (1882–1931) and his wife, the artist Gerda Gottlieb (1886–1940). The novel also served as the basis for the award-winning feature film by the same name.
 
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Help Wanted

Features Patrick Sullivan PHOTODETECTOR MAKERS WANTED A few years ago, Traverse City’s Electro- Optics Technology, Inc. needed people to make things like photodetectors, optical isolators, fiber collimators and other laser technology you’ve never heard of. It appeared it would take a type of worker that didn’t exist in northern Michigan.
 
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Captain Maurie and Crew Look Forward to Another Half-Century

Features Ross Boissoneau “Blessed” might not be a word you hear often in a business discussion, but it’s one you hear over and over in conversation with Allen, his family and staff at the landmark haberdashery in downtown Traverse City.
 
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.
 
 
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