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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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Monday, April 27, 2015

Helping one of The Earth’s Oldest Species

Features Mike Terrell Instead of roaming the Great Lakes, Black Lake sturgeon are now confined to their namesake lake behind the Alverno Dam, limiting their gene pool even further with only a small number left in that body of water. Fish can go downstream to Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, but can’t come back up.
 
Monday, April 27, 2015

Holly Hack, A Woman’s Voice

Features Holly Hack, broker-owner of Traverse Citybased EXIT Realty Paramount, was invited to participate in the realtors’ roundtable, but a scheduling conflict kept her away. Still, we wondered about her perspective on real estate growth and life as a woman owner.
 
Monday, April 27, 2015

The Fracking Debate

Features Patrick Sullivan Cheap natural gas and slowed industry activity have quieted the fracking debate in northern Michigan recently, but that calm may soon be over. In March, The Sierra Club declared fracking should be banned in Michigan, and another group seeking to end the practice plans to collect signatures to put an anti-fracking initiative on the ballot in 2016.
 
Monday, April 27, 2015

Divine Intervention

Features Ross Boissoneau When selling a home, the first thing most people do is stick a sign in the yard declaring it FOR SALE, but some sellers put a little something extra in the ground for some additional help: a statue of St. Joseph. According to legend, burying the patron saint of the home and family will help a home sell quickly.
 
Monday, April 20, 2015

Food Sovereignty for the Odawa

Features Kristi Kates TROUBLING TREATIES “Before the land session treaties of 1836 and 1855, the Odawa tribe was self-sufficient, growing our own food, supporting and maintaining ourselves,” explained John Keshick III, Odawa Tribal Council member and also a member of the LTBB’s ad hoc Agricultural Workgroup crew.
 
Monday, April 20, 2015

Northern Michigan Environmental Watchlist

Features Patrick Sullivan “One of the hurdles we face with the lakes, particularly in our region, is the beauty of them,” Inland Seas Educational Association Executive Director Fred Sitkins said. “Because there’s not a large floating garbage patch out there, it’s not there in a lot of people’s eyes.
 
Monday, April 20, 2015

2015 Earth Day Celebrations Roundup

Features Kristi Kates April 22nd, 2015 is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day! First held in 1970, this annual event features celebrations held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection of the earth and its resources, and Michigan is no exception. Here are a few upcoming highlights.
 
Monday, April 20, 2015

What’s New at Raven Hill Discovery Center

Features Kristi Kates High windows let in abundant natural light, but allow for uninterrupted exhibit space; whitewashed wooden planks line the walls, so each exhibit can have a serene background. And the floors – currently being made ready for their first appearance – are a story all their own.
 
Monday, April 20, 2015

Local Forests Under Siege

Features Nick Beadleston While trees play an enormous aesthetic role in the character of our community, they are much more than just pretty scenery. Trees -- particularly those adjacent to bodies of water -- are integral components of a stable ecosystem. Their loss can have a devastating impact on the health of entire landscapes.
 
Monday, April 20, 2015

Gardeners of All Stripes

Features Ross Boissoneau HOBBY GONE WILD Chris Hoos and Jill Yaple, Maple City Years gardening: 20 plus years each Favorite flowers/vegetables to grow: Chris – frying peppers and fava beans Jill – peas and peppers, sunflowers and zinnias Sources for plants/seeds: We buy a few seeds in stores as we see them, but mostly we order seeds from catalogs, e.
 
Monday, April 20, 2015

How to Get Started

Features Ross Boissoneau Shuker says the easiest plants to grow are the ones that require the least amount of water and maintenance, and that will grow in soil conditions that are not ideal. Some examples are succulents, sedums, lavender and ornamental grasses. All prefer hot, dry conditions and need little attention or deadheading.
 
Monday, April 20, 2015

Where to Turn

Features Ross Boissoneau First, there is a plethora of gardening stores. From Crystal Gardens in Frankfort to Garden Goods in Traverse City to Elk Rapids Floral and Greenhouses to the grocery stores and big box stores that stock seeds, plants and tools, you can find most everything you need and advice on what and how to plant.
 
Monday, April 13, 2015

2015 Fashion Color Forecast

Features Kristi Kates “Soft” and “cool” are the buzzwords for this year’s spring/summer season. Colors are running more subdued than in previous warm weather seasons and there is no neon in sight. From Pantone (fashion’s color authority), Women’s Wear Daily, Style.com and the pages of Vogue, let’s learn what colors fit this description so you can prep for your summer clothing shopping spree. Hint: you’ll see a whole lot of earth tones and a ton of dresses.
 
Monday, April 13, 2015

Comic Take on Downton Comes to Opera House

Features Ross Boissoneau The lone actor onstage at the Opera House, on April 29 Kempner will switch instantaneously from cook to earl, maid to aristocrat, but he won’t stop there, inviting in various celebrity visitors. After all, don’t Russell Brand and Rickey Gervais deserve to be part of “Downton Abbey?” Kempner thinks so and, apparently, so do the audiences.
 
Monday, April 13, 2015

The Case That Haunts Kalkaska

Features Patrick Sullivan For years, stacks of evidence and pages of arguments piled up. In 2013, newly-elected Kalkaska County prosecutor Michael Perreault agreed to honor requests from wrongful conviction clinics at the University of Michigan and Northwestern University to authorize new DNA tests.
 
 
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