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...
In Manistee, a newly formed group of concerned citizens called the Manistee Water Guardians is working to advance the dialogue about horizontal hydraulic fracturing, known commonly as “fracking.”Fracking’s blight
What do we picture when we think of a hydraulic fracturing (un) natural gas well? Not a large, 24/7, noisy, smelly, permanent scar on the natural landscape, I’ll bet. Or an assembly of huge pumps, pipes, storage tanks and collection ponds.No to war in Syria
I generally do not agree with Stephen Tuttle’s articles but found “We Can’t Fix This” to be right on! We still have not learned that the Middle East will always be a no-win situation. If only our government could remember a little history-- if you don’t know it, you are bound to repeat it. Kudos Tuttle.
The risk of war
As we consider a military attack on Syria, I ask myself: is another war affordable? Spiritually? Financially? What are the risks? How long would it last? Are there alternatives?Small house idea
Re your article “Not a Small World After All.” The subtext of this article would appear to be that there would be less environmental impact if Centerville Township allowed smaller houses to be built. I don’t think that this is the case, however, because the primary environmental impact of housing is created by where the house is located and to what degree that location then requires the people that live there to drive in order to work/show/recreate.
I just had to share this with as wide of an audience as possible so Northern Express seemed like a good starting point! How many times do folks drive by Little Bohemia on Front St. in TC and dismiss it as “just another tavern”? I sure have been guilty of that numerous times!Move to Amend
Remember going to a party where a loudmouth monopolizes the conversation with your girlfriend? Corporations, trade associations, superpacs, and multinational companies with big money are romancing our politicians and writing legislation through the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) that definitely does not favor you and me. It is not freedom if only rich people’s voices are heard. Congress will not change unless we speak out.
Express Weekly and reporter Patrick Sullivan have written a scandal
sheet story that does not paint a true picture in the fireworks case
against James Goodyear (Express, Aug. 26). It seems that they have
cherrypicked the official police report leaving out pertinent
information and timelines to sensationalize the story...
As a past cyclist and a current driver, I see the need for both groups to co-exist on the road for everyone’s safety. Some of the issues with motorists stem from a road selection by cyclists, choosing a road that has minimal shoulder room to allow safe passage past cyclists...Ditch all traffic signs
Tear down ALL TRAFFIC signs inside Traverse City. I mean it. Every single one. Every traffic light, every speed limit sign, every stop sign...No bombs for Syria
An open letter to our senators, members of Congress, and President Obama. I urge you to do everything you can to reject bombing of Syria...
Bikes & cars, compared Okay, really? A car and a bike. A car weighs several THOUSAND pounds. Most bikes, under 40. I just read the Aug. 19 issue. In the everpopular “Public Safety” section, there are two articles about accidents involving cars running stop signs. One resulted in death, the other in injuries.
One-ton death machines Driving my F-250 diesel to work a few months ago, I started to pull away from a stop sign and, BAM - a reckless bicyclist ran the stop, sheared off the front end of my truck, and put me in the hospital for a week... SAID NO DRIVER EVER!!!
Doggone whiners... The whiners have won. Everything is regulated because of whiners. I wish people would stop whining, figure out problems on their own, forgive other people, and quit ruining America with all the whining.
The recent vitriol against bike riders is short-sighted at best and pathetic at worst. Talk of getting the police to ticket cyclists more and of licensing and insuring bicycles are solutions looking for a problem...Endless crowds
found Sam Porter’s marketing comments about his new “Spectacular
Structures” mobile venue being touted for our area perplexing. On
the one hand he comments about how we should celebrate all that is
great and good about life in Northern Michigan and laments those events
that can “close down our parks and streets.”
So many disagreeable comments appeared in your article about Fridrich Furs: Trapping... fur farms...Fridrich seems to be comfortable rationalizing the most despicable and inhumane treatment of animals to further his profession...Our poisoned roads
Once again Team Services has been caught using toxic waste chemicals from oil and gas drilling as dust control on roads. Team Services reportedly sprayed 300,000 gallons of toxic fluid on 121 miles of roads in Benzie County...Christians & science
The incessant and unnecessary conflict between science and religion continues, but we can and should learn from history. Beginning in 1534 when Copernicus published “On the Revolution of Heavenly Bodies,” until at least 1633 with church decrees against Galileo, a battle raged which bore striking similarities to the evolution versus creationism war of today...
The leakers & freedom
Stephen Tuttle’s writing exemplifies the confusion surrounding Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden. You say that names of Afghan and Chinese nationals have been released? The list please. You write that “they’ve exposed nothing illegal under current law.” If one looks at what Wikileaks published thanks to Mr Manning (http://www.bradleymanning.org/learn-more/ what-did-wikileaks-reveal), then one may be exposed to revelations describing what should be illegal acts.Exposing the insanity
I have to disagree with Stephen Tuttle about the comparison between Manning, Snowden and Daniel Ellsberg (who released The Pentagon Papers). Ellsberg had the support of the New York Times and a country that was sick of the war in Southeast Asia. The people that supported us were doomed at the end of the war. The same thing will happen in Iraq and Afghanistan.She’s following the rules
Dear Fellow Cyclists/Commuters: I am surprised and dismayed at your anger towards me and I feel you missed the point of my letter in the August 5 issue. I DO NOT feel that I am in any way above the law.Violations everywhere
I have taken a week since reading the letter to the editor about being ticketed for running a red light in downtown Traverse City. I was so filled with different emotions as I read it that I needed to take some time to sort through it all.By the book
Far too often cyclists violate traffic laws with little regard for drivers. I’m not saying that all cyclists are bad drivers and that I support this form of transportation. I wish I had the ability to ride a bike to work as Susan Ruoff does.Reckless riders
I live in TC and the behavior of some cyclists is quite frankly scary. Running red lights, wearing dark clothes without any lights and only minimal reflectors at night, riding three abreast taking up the entire street, riding on the wrong side of the road, weaving from one side of the road to the other, not signaling turns, not stopping at crosswalks when riding on the sidewalk, cutting in front of cars and jumping from riding on the sidewalk to riding on the street are all things I have seen cyclists do in the past two weeks.Negligent motorists
The recent bevy of hostile letters directed at cyclists (Letters-8/11) has me convinced that there is more going on here than just frustration over how long a cyclist sits at a red light. First of all, if the drivers of motorized vehicles that require licensing and insurance convey this much hostility in a letter, I, as a cyclist, certainly don’t want to share any road with you.
Threat from GMOs
There’s a terrific battle taking place between the biotech industry and their supporters and consumers who would like the opportunity to choose whether or not they want geneticallymodified foods (GMOs)...
Correction for Stephen Tuttle: I have lived in North Carolina for 33 years and have not always been proud of our elected officials. However, Mark Sanford was the governor of SOUTH Carolina when he had his affair and said he was on the Appalachian trail...
Gas from 15,000 psi fracking wells that use unknown toxic chemicals and millions of gallons of water per well is certainly not natural!
Detroit may well join the great Mayan cities of Mexico & Guatemala, as cities no longer fulfilling their function. Countless military, commercial and cultural centers have come and gone in our planet’s history...Cyclists: beware of police
Last week while bicycling to work I was pulled over by a Traverse City police officer in his cruiser on Front Street! I was guilty of “running a red light.”Unions are everywhere
To those who continue to oppose any labor groups; attempt to organize a union, let us look at the description of the word, “union.” It can be a bloc, club, guild, alliance, marriage, fellowship, and any coalition of groups...Health costs gone wild
Are we being doctored! Health care costs, Medicare, and Medicaid are out of control. Drug companies bombard us with commercials for medications. They urge us to ask for these pills, as they ask our doctors to prescribe them...
The Defense of Marriage Act was stuck down. It’s a bitter pill for many Christians who believe that homosexuality is narrowly defined as a sexual act devoid of human emotion...The coming water wars
is a finite resource. All the fresh water there ever was, or will be,
is on Earth now, and 20% of it is in the Great Lakes Watershed ...
I would like to thank Gary Howe for sponsoring the important film, “The Human Scale,” on Wednesday, 7/31 at Milliken Auditorium and on Thursday, 8/1 at the Bijou by the Bay. The film is about designing the future around people rather than letting cars cause such a mess...
A liberal definition
Fascinated by recent attempts to create definitions of “liberal” and “conservative,” I, a proud liberal, feel compelled to offer a fact-based definition...Supreme arrogance
I’m usually in nearly total agreement with anything Stephen Tuttle writes, but I want to take slight exception to his apparent view of our current Supreme Court in “On Life Support.”
With the tragic death of Kelly Boyce Hurlbert in the early hours of July 5th, traffic has changed...
I am probably opening a can of worms, but recent events and observations have prompted my first letter to the editor...
A bright idea
I enjoyed your article on cameras at intersections to cut down on people running red lights (re: Random Thoughts, July 15). I too, agree that this could cause some motorists to hit the brakes and cause some rear-end accidents...
Cyclists: obey the rules
Robert Downes made a point of the fact that he is a “bicycle commuter” in his column endorsing red light cameras for Traverse City...Where's Hoffa? Cadillac
Once again, a false tip has resulted in not finding Jimmy Hoffa (in a field outside Detroit). One need only to look at the Northern Express articles of December 2009 and January 2010 by Anne Stanton, to determine where Jimmy can be located...More about Northport
have to tell you I'm disappointed that your article on Northport failed
to mention the fact that the Owens (Motovino owners) “building down the
street” houses LeLu Restaurant & Bar in addition to the coffee
shop. And Northport Brewing has been working tirelessly to ready their
location to open yet this summer...
Boardman River blues
This is in response to the article posted on July 15 in the Northern Express Weekly, "The Boardman Reborn" (about paddling down the river)...
In response to the recent “Monster Motocross Track” article: The vision of Mark Hall and the concept of introducing a national motocross track into Northern Michigan is an outstanding idea. Honestly it’s a no-brainer, do it!Planner off the mark
Your June 24 cover story about the proposed Indian River motocross track attributed to Cheboygan County’s community development director Steve Schnell is a mystifying description of the role of planning commissions in our society...New art in Northport
Thanks for your article about the revitalization of Northport. At the end you mentioned art galleries will open. A number of new galleries have already opened this year. These include: Peninsula North Gallery owned by Carnie and Julian Bunker, carrying local art and jewelry; Charlottes Art, owned by Charlotte Seager, carrying visual and healing arts; and Red Mullein, owned by myself, which carries visual and fiber art, including work by reknowned local artist Judy Rantz, artisan jewelry, and silk jackets from Japan. We carry the only significant collection of Japanese silk in the Midwest...Supreme upheaval
In his recent column, Stephen Tuttle stated that the U.S. Supreme Court in the past week “issued two decisions that could unravel generations of accepted law and practice.” He is correct, and if anything, too generous...Correction
Porter Creek Fish House is located in Boyne City and not in Charlevoix as stated in a recent article.
The decision of the Michigan Senate Republicans to abandon ship and go on vacation rather than vote on expanding Medicaid is both disgraceful and stupid...
I don’t understand some politicians who are pale, male, and stale claiming to be prolife Christians, yet at every chance, they pass legislation to cut health care, cut food stamps, cut nutrition programs, sabotage our public schools, cut access to college by doubling the interest on student loans...Bring racetrack to TC
There’s a lot of “I” in the opponents' statements (regarding a potential motocross racetrack in Indian River)...Bible bunglers
Regarding the Bible and the admonition about homosexuality, I find it disquieting when Christians usurp the Hebrew Bible, call it the “Old” (and therefore superseded) Testament and then cherry pick the laws of Israel...Don’t be a hater
In the last two weeks, Facebook has taught me that there is a Christian church where the folks who attend, and the pastor who preaches, are nude. A nudist church...Crosswalk talk
Can we please get an explanation of what constitutes a pedestrian crosswalk here in Traverse City?Correction
The National Cherry Festival is the host of the Meijer Festival of Races, and not the Traverse City Track Club as stated in last week’s Random Thoughts column. The Track Club’s primary fundraising race is the Bayshore Marathon and related events.
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Indian River motocross Count me as one of the “whine asses” who is very concerned about the consequences of a large motocross racetrack (think 30-40 two-cycle dirt bikes, trucks, or snowmobiles per race), with races from Friday to Sunday, not counting practice times. Add camping sites for thousands of RVs or tents, and day parking accommodating 20,000-plus fans...
Boozers a bummer A recent letter bemoaned the fact that one can’t imbibe on restaurant patios in Boyne City. Good for Boyne City...Preaching discrimination In response to the letter, “Yahweh’s view on gays” from Gordon Lee Dean from Troop 10 (6/24), I do believe you have a right to your views and religious beliefs. However you need to understand not everyone who attends Boy Scouts is affiliated with Christianity...
Boy Scouts & Christians Yahweh did NOT write the Bible - fallible humans did (re: “Yahweh’s view on gays.”) Scouting doesn’t teach “Christian morals” it teaches citizenship, leadership, sharing, healthy conservation and outdoorsmanship, and hopefully, morals are a by-product...Fracking or nuclear? I’m sympathetic to Peggy Case’s letter (“Time to ban fracking,” June 17), but the current move to ban coal and push wind means more gas-burning turbines to pick up the load in the lulls. More gas turbines means more fracking, not less...
Garage sale ripoffs It is early in the garage sale season and we have already been at three sales where things have been stolen in the Torch Lake area...
Yahweh’s views on gays This letter is in regards to Stephen Tuttle’s recent article on the Boy Scouts of America’s new pro-gay policy. I’m not here to attack Mr. Tuttle’s position, nor am I here to defend mine. I am however here to relay Yahweh God’s position from His Holy Word...The ‘ethereal axman’ On a mid 19th century morning in Northern Michigan. A band of brothers opened their thickly calloused hands to clasp the sweat and blood stained hickey handles of their doublebit axes-swung them to their shoulders and marched into Michigan’s mist shrouded forest...
Step in right direction As an avid reader, I always seek out Stephen Tuttle’s weekly commentary. His column re: gays in the Boy Scouts of America (June 10 issue) was an interesting read...GOP junk mail One of my least favorite activities is to truck down to the bottom of our hill and sort through the junk mail. This time it was different. I received an official Republican Party document, registered in my name with a bar coded number, and instructions “do not destroy” in large, bold, red printing...
Terrorism and the NSA Logic and sense is called for when thinking about the recently publicized National Surveillance Program. Comparable programs are used everyday, every hour, in almost any science, manufacturing, financial industry, etc., to conduct measurement and risk. Why would we not want to protect ourselves from terrorists or those that wish us harm, in a similar way...
Not a fan of the Bijou I don’t believe the Traverse City Commission has the authority to give away parkland and the buildings which stand on it (to create the new Bijou Theatre). This property belongs to the people of Traverse City, and for any project of this scope, the citizens should vote...
Mixed messages While I often wonder whether some attorneys have a conscience, or, if so, do they ever listen to it, it is true that in our society every person who can afford to is entitled to buy the services of an attorney...
Time to ban fracking Recent exposure of the on-site water shortages experienced by Encana Corporation as it attempted to frack a new well in Kalkaska County highlight the dangers of the new technology for extracting natural gas...
Overtaxed... I a big fan of columnist Stephen Tuttle, however, his recent article regarding how we are unwilling to help pay for infrastructure repairs, and the electric grid, etc., misses the point...
Correction The Traverse City Record-Eagle never received a letter from two high school students regarding a controversy in the Black & Gold newspaper at Central High School, as claimed erroneously in last week’s Random Thoughts column. Another letter on the subject was received by the paper, but the author reportedly rescinded permission to run it when he was contacted by the editor of the Record-Eagle's letters page.