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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, December 12, 2015

But You Didn't Know

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle For example, I’ll bet you didn’t know the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has conducted no research on gun violence and its injurious consequences since 1996, despite a consensus that such violence represents a genuine public health threat.
 
Saturday, December 12, 2015

A Local Pastor and a Local Atheist Debate UnCrossed: Let’s Welcome, Not Reject Refugees

Other Opinions Rev. Dr. William C. Myers, Gary Singer The question for Christians is not: Is it safe to care for refugees? The question is: How shall we care for refugees safely? Those responsible for providing aid and assisting refugee families in resettlement must do everything possible to keep the process safe.
 
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Gop Clown Car Isn’t Funny Any More

Other Opinions Mark Pontoni The bizarre GOP primary season has caused a lot of head scratching on my head that is already over-scratched. It’s far too simple to dismiss the long list of candidates as silly or stupid; that doesn’t really help us understand what has happened to the Republican Party.
 
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Ignoring Reality

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Except we’re actually experiencing a net annual reduction in the number of illegal immigrants according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). More are leaving voluntarily or being deported than are arriving. More like a backwash than a flood.
 
Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Visual Arts In Northern Michigan And What To Do About It

Other Opinions Delbert Michel I have seen good galleries come and go very quickly, having to shift from showing serious and challenging forms of art to works that have an easy tourist appeal. Such works often focus on subjects that are readily understood but not necessarily artistic in nature.
 
Saturday, November 28, 2015

More War

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle A group of murderers claiming affiliation with ISIS or ISIL or ISI, or whatever it is we’re calling them now, massacred 130 people in various locations in Paris — and since ISIL is in Syria, we’ll go to war in Syria, despite the fact that none of the attackers in Paris were Syrian; they were all European nationals.
 
Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Religion of Peace

Other Opinions Thomas Kachadurian The following are facts related to Islam; make of them what you will.
 
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Thanks

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Here in Traverse City we should be thankful for the Dennos Museum, the State Theatre, the National Writer’s Series, the Traverse City Film Festival, the National Cherry Festival, the Old Towne Playhouse, the City Opera House, the Comedy Festival,...
 
Saturday, November 14, 2015

A Home for Hemingway

Other Opinions Carlin Smith Perhaps you’ve heard about our issue. A generous donor came forward earlier this year and offered to commission a statue of Ernest Hemingway to be placed in the City of Petoskey. Hemingway spent the first 22 summers of his life in the Petoskey area living in a family cottage on Walloon Lake.
 
Saturday, November 14, 2015

Blame the Media

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle There was a fairly long modern period during which the media pretty much stayed out of the private lives of our presidents and presidential candidates. That Franklin Roosevelt couldn’t walk was rarely mentioned. Harry Truman’s colorful language was not quoted.
 
Saturday, November 14, 2015

A Local Pastor and a Local Atheist Debate Kim Davis – Conscientious Objector or Homophobe?

Other Opinions Rev. Dr. William C. Myers, Gary Singer “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature...
 
Saturday, November 7, 2015

Why Would Anyone Run for Public Office?

Other Opinions Christie Minervini While having lunch with Traverse City mayoral candidate Jeanine Easterday last month, an acquaintance approached our table. “One more week until the election,” she said. And without indicating whether or not she supported Ms. Easterday, she added, “I think you're really brave.
 
Saturday, November 7, 2015

Veterans

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle We started producing veterans and trying to find a way to care for them, before we were even a country. In 1636, Plymouth Colony agreed to provide assistance to those wounded during their skirmishes with the Pequot Indians. It was the first known benefit for veterans in the New World.
 
Saturday, October 31, 2015

“... One Supreme Court...”

Other Opinions Stephen Tuttle Any time members of Congress start discussing the constitutionality of something, as they have endlessly with President Obama’s executive orders and as they did again during the ninth investigation into the events that unfolded in Benghazi, the notion of “original intent” crops up.
 
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Our Afghan Insanity

Other Opinions Jack Segal America has been at war in Afghanistan for 14 years. Yet on October 15, President Obama informed us that he has decided to keep 9,800 American troops in the country for yet another year. He also decided to pass this failed mission onto his successor by keeping more than 5,600 troops there through 2017.
 
 
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