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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, June 21, 2010

Welcome to the Age of Irrational Absolutism

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Welcome to the Age of Irrational Absolutism
Republican voters have an agenda. They expect their candidates to be
strongly anti-abortion, strongly opposed to any kind of legal
recognition of the gay and lesbian community, strong supporters of the
Second Amendment and possessed of some kind of Christian belief system
they’re willing to inject into the political arena. Their policy
requirements are equally simple – less government and lower taxes.
They are not especially picky about specifying just how much less
government they want or how much lower taxes should be but,
apparently, they’ll know both when they see or hear them. Add to that
a growing vitriol about illegal immigration.
 
Monday, June 14, 2010

Surviving Really Bad Neighbors

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Surviving Really Bad Neighbors

Much of the world is once again mad at Israel. When Israeli commandos
boarded an aid ship attempting to penetrate the ongoing blockade of
Gaza, they encountered club-wielding “activists” and fought back with
gunfire. The result was several injured Israelis and nine dead
activists.
 
Monday, June 7, 2010

Physicians against Biomass, Lauta Shea

Other Opinions M.D. Physicians Against Biomass: Why you should be concerned
By Laura Shea, M.D.
As a physician studying the recent environmental health research, I am
deeply concerned over the air pollution that biomass incinerators in our
region will create.
 
Monday, June 7, 2010

The war we cannot win

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle The War We Cannot Win
The White House has announced they are going to take a new approach to
the country’s endless battle against drugs and drug use, focusing their
efforts on a public health approach – education and rehabilitation –
instead of continuing the futility of a criminal justice approach. Maybe
this is a good idea given that we’ve been getting our asses kicked in the
half century long “war on drugs”.
 
Monday, May 31, 2010

No score at the end of the first quarter

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle No score at the end of the first quarter
And we’re off. The first wave of 2010 elections are over. Depending on
who you listen to, the results were a shocking repudiation of Barack
Obama or a complete rejection of all incumbents, or the first signs of
a tsunami of conservatism, or the beginning of the tea party era in
American politics. Or none of the above.
The messages were so mixed it’s impossible to draw broad conclusions
no matter what the experts say.
 
Monday, May 24, 2010

Losing at oil roulette

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Many of us assumed that oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico had to meet
stringent government safety regulations and included layers of fail-safe
devices to prevent a massive oil spill. Now we know we were wrong.
It is increasingly clear that government oversight of BP’s Deep Horizon
drilling rig was fatally lax. It is also clear that BP cut corners and
sacrificed safety in favor of speed.
 
Monday, May 24, 2010

This week‘s biggest losers

Other Opinions George Foster This Week’s Biggest Losers
As fans, why are we always shocked when our sports gods prove to be very
human? The continual reports of cheating, lying, and ill-manners, not to
mention criminal behavior is enough to bring us to the jarring conclusion
that celebrity athletes may not worthy of our worship.
 
Monday, May 17, 2010

Veering left or right and going nowhere

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Veering left or right and going nowhere
Are you a conservative or liberal? Can you even define the terms?
Modern politics and media seem to require that we all be labeled left
or right. The middle, where moderates used to reside, continues to
shrink, a tiny sliver of common sense between warring extremes.
Dictionaries define conservatives as those who favor the status quo
and liberals as those who favor change. Things were so much simpler
when those definitions actually meant something.
 
Monday, May 10, 2010

Illegal immigration‘s front lines

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Arizona has passed an anti-illegal immigration bill and all hell has
broken loose. Protests have been held, boycotts planned, the usual
suspects have crawled out from under their rocks, and Shakira has spoken
out. Shakira? Sure. Arizona was desperate for advice from a native of
that bastion of freedom and democracy, Colombia.
 
Monday, May 10, 2010

Why everyone loves Ernie

Other Opinions George Foster Why everyone loves Ernie
We always knew that when he passed away, Ernie Harwell would
qualify for sainthood in the state of Michigan.
But let me state a fact up front - Ernie Harwell was not a great
baseball announcer, at least in the modern sense. If you have listened
to Ernie over the decades as much as I, you know he made more than his
share of on-the-air mistakes. Some must have been highly embarrassing
to Harwell.
 
Monday, May 3, 2010

Pure greed drove Wall Street

Other Opinions Sen. Carl Levin Pure greed drove Wall Street
By Sen. Carl Levin
The freezing of financial markets and the collapse of financial
institutions that sparked last week‘s Senate investigation are not
just numbers on a balance sheet. These numbers reflect millions of
Americans who lost their jobs, their homes and their businesses in a
recession that the housing crisis sparked, creating the worst economic
decline since the Great Depression. Behind these numbers are American
families who are still suffering the effects of a man-made economic
catastrophe.
 
Monday, May 3, 2010

An open letter to my Tea Party friends

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle An open letter to my Tea Party friends
Dear Friends:
First, congratulations! You’ve gotten involved. This is a very good
thing. Much of your movement is in the best traditions of robust
protest. This is at least one way actual change begins. You should be
pleased with your initial efforts.
 
Monday, April 26, 2010

The Biomistake

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle The Biomistake: slanted survey & bad research are behind a bad idea
And so it has come to pass that Traverse City Light & Power (TCLP) has
decided to build a biomass plant and burn our forests to produce
electricity.
 
Monday, April 26, 2010

Tigers or Pussycats at Comerica Stadium?

Other Opinions George Foster Tigers or Pussycats at Comerica Park?
For romantics, the rising temperatures and emerging flowers of spring can
mean only one thing – the return of our greatest love... baseball.
Unfortunately, the 2010 Detroit Tigers team can be boiled down to one
symbol: “?” -- a giant question mark at that.
 
Monday, April 19, 2010

Originally unconstitutional

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Originally Unconstitutional
We are about to be inundated with “expert” opinions about the U.S.
Constitution. With the announced retirement of Supreme Court Justice John
Paul Stevens and the inevitable fight over whoever President Obama
nominates to replace him, terms like “activist judge” and “strict
constructionist” will be in the news.
 
 
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