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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 2, 2016

Northern Michigan Outdoor Expo

Features Kristi Kates Already digging out your camping gear and cleaning your tackle box? If so, you’ll love the second annual Northern Michigan Outdoor Expo, an event to help you make that yearly transition from winter to spring with a host of vehicles, products and activities all aimed at making the most of the great outdoors.
 
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Meet The Founders

Features A quarter century ago, the Northern Express burst on the northern Michigan scene, its first issue declaring it was “exploring the world of recreation.” Through the years the paper has never shied away from controversy, has broken news, helped launch local music acts, and helped millions of people over the years find something to do. Today, 1,300 issues later, the paper remains a vital source for news, entertainment, and “the world of recreation.”
 
Saturday, April 2, 2016

1991: What Else Happened?

Features Kristi Kates Express founders Bob Downes and George Foster had big news in 1991. In addition to their day jobs, the friends had decided to invest their respective life savings (about $2,000 each) in a new venture, called Northern Express Weekly. So what else was going on as 1991 — and 25 years of Express — began? Here’s a look back.
 
Saturday, March 26, 2016

What's Thriving Michigan?

Features Sheri McWhirter Nathan Havey’s Thrive Consulting Group has been engaged by the Michigan Association of Chamber Professionals to create Thriving Michigan.The goal is for Michigan to reach what Havey calls “the tipping point” for this concept: when about 15 percent of companies self-identify as conscious capitalism businesses by January 2019.
 
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Nathan Havey

Changing The Way Northern Michigan Business Thinks

Features Sheri McWhirter

Nathan Havey is a myth buster — a business myth buster — and he wants to change the way business takes place across Michigan. “We are trying to shift the paradigm of business,” said Havey, 33, who moved to Leelanau County in August 2014 from Washington, D.C.

 
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Pugsley

Features Patrick Sullivan The 38-year-old convict was several years into a 5-to-30-year sentence for running a downstate meth lab, keeping his head down as chance for release approached. Then, the unthinkable happened at Pugsley Correctional Facility, the low-level security prison near Kingsley.
 
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Another Slice of Life Inside

Features Patrick Sullivan

One former northern Michigan resident ended up at Pugsley while serving a five-to-ten-year sentence after a felony conviction. The ex-con, who talked in the condition of anonymity, recalls his time spent in prison as an extraordinary waste of taxpayer dollars noting recidivism rates that exceed 40 percent within three years.

 
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Mr. Weather: Jim Keysor

Features Kristi Kates Driving to work is an autopilot program for most people, especially when their workday begins in the dark, as Jim Keysor’s does much of the year. When you’re a meteorologist, though, carefully observing the road conditions and precipitation on your way to the office is part of your job.
 
Saturday, March 26, 2016

What Exactly Is El Niño?

Features Kristi Kates Meteorologists still aren’t sure what causes this climate cycle that seems to recur every few years; this round of El Niño, one of the strongest on record so far, ramped up last fall. It typically causes a milder winter and has done just that in many areas this season.
 
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Small Airports Offer Fun and Flight

Features Ross Boissoneau People fly to get from one place to another, but for users of the area’s smaller airports it’s about more than that. Cherry Capital Airport, Manistee’s Blacker Airport and Pellston Regional Airport may handle the most passengers, but pilots of small planes — sometimes very small planes — have numerous other options scattered across the region...
 
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Meet The Great Lakes!

Features Kristi Kates

Whether you’ve lived here your entire life, relocated here, fly up to ski or drive up just for the summers, how much do you really know about the lakes that surround us? The largest group of freshwater lakes in the world — each in their own separate basin — forms a connected body of fresh water that continues to the St. Lawrence River and the Atlantic Ocean. While the lakes are similar in some ways, they also each have their own unique characteristics and highlights.

 
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Speed Across Lake Michigan

Features Kristi Kates The shortest distance between two points is a straight line — not always so easy to follow when you’re in a state surrounded by water and you’d like to get to another state sooner rather than later. That’s where the Lake Express comes in. Here’s the scoop.
 
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Bringing Light Back to the South Fox Island Lighthouse

Group Hopes to Make One of the State’s Least Accessible Parks a Little More Welcoming

Features Patrick Sullivan

Bruce Rollins always wanted to be a lighthouse keeper. That romantic and isolated occupation was a dying job even back when he was in high school in the 1960s, though. He became an engineer and eventually retired in Texas. A year ago, he spotted a two-line classified ad in a boating magazine that read, “camper-keepers wanted.”

 
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Great Lakes Cruise Company

Features Kristi Kates With ship names like the Grande Caribe and the Pearl Mist, you might picture yourself plying the warm currents between Cozumel and Miami or perhaps making the rounds of the jeweled islands of the Bahamas, but one company is marketing cruises that echo the vessels, amenities and activities of more tropical locales — on the waters of our own Great Lakes.
 
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Spring Break Staycation Spots

Features Sheri McWhirter

Northern Michigan offers a lot of options for those who choose a staycation spring break. Many local residents don’t experience much of what the area offers unless they’re hosting out-of-town guests. Spring break is the ideal time to visit local points of interest, whether that includes whole family outings or day-trip dates, and many of the following suggestions will cost little or nothing at all.

 
 
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