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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, February 16, 2015

Michigan Products Go Global!

Features Kristi Kates WE CHOOSE TO STAY IN MICHIGAN BE- CAUSE: “As a kid, my father (Spoon Foods co-founder Justin Rashid) summered at a farm in Wildwood, 12 miles east of Petoskey. When it came time to figure out where to settle, he remembered what a wonderful childhood he’d had here, so that’s where he and my mother ended up, and that’s where Spoon Foods began.
 
Monday, February 9, 2015

2015 Traverse City Winter Comedy Arts Festival

Features Beth Milligan From one of the country’s biggest political comedians to a blockbuster film director to a roster of returning standup favorites and up-and-coming comedic talents, the 2015 Traverse City Winter Comedy Arts Festival has something for everyone. Here’s our guide to the star-studded lineup of guests stepping up to the mic Feb.
 
Monday, February 9, 2015

Are You Kidding?

Features Patrick Sullivan Local improv group Good On Paper offers workshops in on-the-spot performance and two standup comedy promoters, Falling Down Stairs and Rotten Cherries, run open mic nights that give would-be wags a chance to test their stuff. Now, locals can watch comics take to the stages around town several nights each month.
 
Monday, February 9, 2015

February Festival

Features Kristi Kates The first day of spring is only about six weeks away, but there’s still a whole lot of winter fun to be had around northern Michigan! Check out these February winter festivals that’ll have you dining, bowling, skating, dating and more.
 
Monday, February 9, 2015

Skating is Great!

Features Kristi Kates Got a chill? Warm up in the lodge’s cafeteria or snag pizza in the Slopeside Lounge. COST: Complimentary COOL FACTOR: The ski hill towering above the rink as you skate is as close as you can get to an alpine feel without heading to the U.P. It’s got the highest vertical drop in lower Michigan at 552 feet.
 
Monday, February 9, 2015

A Freshwater Valentine

Features Kristi Kates Boyne City’s popular Chocolate-Covered Boyne event takes place Valentine’s weekend (February 13-14) and, in addition to all of the shop sales and foodie fun, the city’s Freshwater Gallery is putting on its annual themed concert to amp up the holiday..
 
Monday, February 9, 2015

Everything You Need to Know About the Traverse City Winter Comedy Arts Festival

Features Kristi Kates Princess Bride. And, in case you didn’t get your tix quickly enough, the State will air a simulcast of Bill Maher’s performance. Also returning to Comedy Fest are Doug Benson and his roster of guest comedians in the must-see “Doug Loves Movies,” a hilarious podcast all about movies that’ll be recorded live at the Old Town Playhouse.
 
Monday, February 9, 2015

Discomfort in the Spotlight

Features Patrick Sullivan Fisher: I’m a dock installer. I have not been in trouble in 20 years. I do my job. I go home every night. I raise my son by myself. My ex-wife, we raised one 50-50; I raised one all by myself. He turned out to be a great kid. Graduated high school. He’s now playing junior hockey.
 
Monday, February 2, 2015

Keys to Attracting YPs

Features Beth Milligan In December 2011, Governor Snyder delivered an address to the Michigan Legislature on the state’s “talent disconnect.” .
 
Monday, February 2, 2015

How Much do We Change in High School?

Features Katie Gray, Petoskey High School Last Halloween my best friend with a 3.9 GPA lay passed out cold, surrounded by her own vomit. The circumstances that lead to this weren’t unique by any means. She drank a lot, she smoked a lot, then she ate a lot, and no one was surprised by the result.
 
Monday, February 2, 2015

What's Next For Me

Features “Next.” Such a broad word. There are tons of things that could be next. I’ve learned while growing up, that often times, the things that are next for me or things I’m looking forward to are very different from other kids my age. With that in mind, I want to talk about something I think every kid eventually considers: deciding whether to go to college.
 
Monday, February 2, 2015

We're All the Same

Features Jillian McCreery-Piotrowski, Petoskey High School Imagine you’re this guy: I reach for his hand, and watch as fear trembles through the twitch of his thigh to the convulsion of his arms. We’re taught to be afraid of them, but all I feel is anger. Over my left shoulder sit two teenagers smacking their lips together as if their tongues were the last piece of gum on the earth.
 
Monday, February 2, 2015

Questioning our Defenders

Features Brett Kimbrue, Petoskey High School Think of it this way. A solider comes home after a tour, having lost friends who are basically family members he fought and bled with for nearly a year or more. He stays awake at night, sleeps alone; the smallest things can bring him back to where he was.
 
Monday, February 2, 2015

Weight of the World

Features Tara Canda, Gaylord High School Teenagers also feel pressure from the inside. Not only are we pressured by the secular world around us, but teenagers are being pressured by themselves. The pressure to conform to society’s standards weighs down on teens around the globe. Teenagers are self-conscious to a fault.
 
Monday, February 2, 2015

Learning Online

Features Jodee Taylor Nearly one third of high school students in Traverse City Area Public Schools take an entire class online, says Dan Overski, the district’s online learning coordinator and an assistant principal at West Senior High. He says flexibility in scheduling is the biggest reason students sign up for an online class.
 
 
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