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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, May 30, 2015

Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

Features Mike Terrell Looking for a quick summer getaway that involves a boat ride on Lake Michigan? Consider Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Via the Ludington/ Manitowoc car ferry, the lake crossing is fewer than 200 miles and takes less than five hours to complete. Once you’re off the ferry, it’s only a 45-minute trip to your destination.
 
Saturday, May 30, 2015

Get Out for the Paint Out!

Features Kristi Kates All artwork must be brought back to CTAC between 3pm and 4pm. After the day’s painting has concluded, the second part of the Paint Out event begins. CTAC offers juried prizes in a range of categories from Best Landscape and Best Waterscape to Best Portrait and Best Cityscape.
 
Saturday, May 30, 2015

Beautiful Blooms

Features Kristi Kates The 66th annual fest will run June 5-14 this year, in sync with the lilacs’ own schedule. Some of the flowers have already begun to bloom, but the majority should be in full force by festival week if the Chamber of Commerce has anything to say about it.
 
Saturday, May 30, 2015

Meijer Appears in Acme, but the Fight Rages On

Features Patrick Sullivan Steven Smith has been consumed by an Acme Township development for 14 years. The site where a new Meijer store is emerging from a former farm field has been the subject of lawsuits and bitter political battles, the scene of environmental violations and the source of fervent discussions about growth.
 
Saturday, May 30, 2015

Acme Activist Faces Charge

Features Patrick Sullivan In April, the Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) named him Volunteer Activist of the Year. In March, he was charged with misdemeanor trespassing by Grand Traverse County prosecutors for an alleged intrusion into the Grand Traverse Town Center in Acme.
 
Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Giant Guide to up North

Features Kristi Kates Location: M-88, across from the Antrim County courthouse This open air market offers a great assortment of organic food, vegetables, crafts and other local specialties. Whether you’re a casual cook or a professional chef, there’s plenty of fresh food to browse and buy.
 
Monday, May 25, 2015

New Distilleries on the Horizon

Features Clark Miller Starting a craft distillery appears to be something like the dream of sailing around the world: it’s costly, takes lots of planning, and there is no guarantee it will succeed.
 
Monday, May 25, 2015

Eau de Vie: The Water of Life

Features Beth Milligan French for “water of life,” eau de vie is a clear, unsweetened brandy made from mashed fruit pulp that’s been fermented and distilled. It’s characterized by its high alcohol content — usually 80 proof or higher — and, most notably, its intense fruit flavor.
 
Monday, May 25, 2015

Touring the Bay View Wine Trail

Features Kristi Kates For those unfamiliar with northern Michigan, wine might not be the first thing that springs to mind, but there’s a unique microclimate along Michigan’s northwest coast — a product of the exposed bluffs and the winds off the bay — that makes this a welcoming place for grapes to grow.
 
Monday, May 25, 2015

Booze Flowed Freely Through

Features Patrick Sullivan Authorities in here enforced Prohibition with as much zeal as they did elsewhere in the country. For much of the 1920s, police in the Traverse City area made many Volstead Act arrests, but it appears most attention was paid to out-of-town bootleggers or moonshiners who peddled poison.
 
Monday, May 18, 2015

The Blinding Whiteness of Northern Michigan

Features Patrick Sullivan Northern Michigan isn’t just white in the wintertime. It’s white all year round. Depending on your exact location, it’s between 94 and 97 percent white. That makes it an interesting and complicated place for the few African Americans who call northern Michigan home.
 
Monday, May 18, 2015

Make it a Memorable Memorial Day

Features Kristi Kates 1. LIVE A LITTLE HISTORY Historic Greenfield Village is a great place to visit even without the excuse of a three-day weekend.
 
Monday, May 18, 2015

Behind the Scenes at the Fort

Features Kristi Kates A mix of French and British soldiers, French-Canadian voyageurs, colonial civilians, Native Americans and various traders brought the Fort to life. All of these are represented in the Fort’s modern day pageant, a nearly twohour-long, on-site reenactment of one of the battles that took place at the Fort.
 
Monday, May 18, 2015

Up North Memories

Features Kristi Kates “There are a thousand little cabin things that make my heart ache to go back whenever I think about them,” she said. “The cottage experience is something completely removed from the hectic routine of day in and day out. It’s a place where I don’t have to be anything at all but myself — soggy and sandy and dirty and happy.
 
Monday, May 18, 2015

Michigan's Kirtland's Warbler

Features Mike Terrell “They come from all over the world to just catch a glimpse of the Kirtland’s warbler, considered one of the rarest birds in the world,” explained U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologist Chris Mensing, as he prepared to lead me and a small group of others in search of the elusive bird in Grayling a few years ago.
 
 
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