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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, February 6, 2016

Unique Ideas For Your Valentine

Features Kristi Kates The restaurant, the flowers, the chocolates, the card are all safe and very nice bets, for sure, but, if you want to treat your Valentine to something a little different and a lot more memorable, here are a few ideas to add a unique sparkle to this year’s holiday.
 
Saturday, February 6, 2016

Lace Up Your Skates for Pond Hockey

Features Kristi Kates Ten years ago, the community of St. Ignace decided it was time to start a special events committee, to help make the most of the little town at the northern end of Michigan’s magnificent Mackinac Bridge. The summer season was a sure thing, given their location, so the challenge was to emphasize the St.
 
Saturday, February 6, 2016

A Michigan Oil History Primer

Features Patrick Sullivan People drilled for oil in Michigan before there were cars to fill up at gas stations. Prospectors drilled for oil in Port Huron in the 1880s. They cooked it and turned it into axel grease for wagons, said Dr. William Harrison, director of the Michigan Basin Core Research Laboratory at Western Michigan University.
 
Saturday, February 6, 2016

Atop The Ice

Writer Arrives in Northern Michigan, Tries Ice Fishing

Features Doug Weaver

We plunged over the shoreline hill and into the crystalline fog; the surefooted Ski- Doo quickly gripped the ice below. The fog made it hard to see, but Annette was driving and knew the way. Like my first time on a horse, I held white-knuckled to the snowmobile’s passenger handle, not knowing what to expect — but I liked it.

 
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Bad Civics

Features Stephen Tuttle They conduct research from time to time. In August 2015 they attempted to find out what college graduates know about basic civics. They surveyed 1,000 grads. It took them until January to release the results, and no wonder. The results weren’t altogether encouraging.
 
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Have a (Snow) Ball!

Features Kristi Kates Downtown Boyne City is stuffed with winter festivities for their annual Winterfest, which starts inside with Indoor Sidewalk Sales and the Farmers Market, and continues outdoors with everything from a snow sculptures contest to sledding, ice skating and cross-country skiing at the Avalanche Preserve Recreation Area.
 
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Putting The Exchange In Foreign Exchange

Features Patrick Sullivan This school year, Rotary is hosting three foreign students in Traverse City. At the same time, there are students from Traverse City Central High School and Traverse City West Senior High School studying through Rotary’s foreign exchange program in Brazil, Germany and Columbia.
 
Saturday, January 30, 2016

A Drifter Out To See The World

Local Sees Syrian Refugee Crisis Up-Close

Features Patrick Sullivan Winowiecki, a Kingsley High School graduate, travels and writes about traveling on his blog, headedabroad.com, whenever he can; he’s also a student at Lake Superior State University, where he majors in creative writing and marketing. Last fall, the 21-year-old came face-to-face with desperate Syrian refugees and he found it heartbreaking.
 
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Robot Battle!

Features Patrick Sullivan One might think schools from northern Michigan wouldn’t stand a chance in robot competitions against Detroit-area teams sponsored by General Motors or Delphi that have some of the world’s best engineers on speed dial. One might think that, but one would be wrong.
 
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Five Music Tech Standouts for 2016

Features Kristi Kates You’re running, listening to your motivational tunes, and that cord just keeps getting in the way or you just don’t want to be tethered to anything in the first place.
 
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Six New Hair Trends for 2016

Features Kristi Kates Knotted hair was another trend seen from a plethora of designers during runway season, mostly of the disheveled kind. Make a knotted bun at the back of your head and then undo it slightly, and you’ve got the look. It’s easy, but also semi-polished, as seen at Jason Wu via Allure, Edun, Lela Rose, Rachel Antonoff, and Rag and Bone.
 
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Wedding Traditions Morph and Change

Features Ross Boissoneau “We call it a sand ceremony,” said Barb Ellis of the Homestead Resort in Glen Arbor, a popular destination wedding site. Some use sand from the resort’s own Lake Michigan beach, others opt for colored sand, some for something with personal significance.
 
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Six New Makeup Trends

Features Kristi Kates 2016 is not going to be a subtle fashion year. From bright lip treatments to exaggerated facial features, from cartoon-colored eyes to glitter on just about everything, the calm tones of the past couple years are making way for some loud and fanciful visual statements.
 
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Technology Reshaping Weddings

Features Ross Boissoneau “Some of the money shots are high over the water looking back on a cliff, hovering over water near a gazebo, second story balcony shots and flying backwards along the beach as the bride and groom walk into the sunset,” she added.
 
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Celebrate Snowmobiling at New Gaylord Festival

Features Kristi Kates “Gaylord is located in the snowbelt of Michigan and we wanted to celebrate the fact that we are the premier destination for snowmobiling,” explained Kelly Combs, special events coordinator for both the Gaylord Area Chamber of Commerce and the Gaylord Area Convention and Tourism Bureau.
 
 
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