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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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Thursday, February 5, 2004

Letters 2/5/04

Letters Various In response to Michael Cromley‘s letter on “Petoskey‘s coolness gap“ (Letters 1/29) I have a few points to bring up.
Who is being “controlled“???
Answer: No one.
 
Thursday, January 29, 2004

Letters 1/29/04

Letters Various Petoskey‘s coolness gap

The January 19th article, “Creating Cool Cities“ and “Way Cool? Not,“ hit the nail on the head.
 
Thursday, January 15, 2004

Letters 1/15/04

Letters Various Cop cameras
I would like to exert my belief that the time has come in the Grand Traverse Region to advocate the use of police car video cameras. This is an effective tool which can be initiated for the safety and vindication of law enforcement personnel at a minimal cost.
 
Thursday, January 8, 2004

Letters 1/8/04

Letters Various Wonderland

Alice had it right: “…it keeps getting curiouser and curiouser.”
I’m writing in regard to the hopelessly flawed, outrageously expensive Hartman/Hammond cum bridge proposal.
 
Thursday, January 1, 2004

Letters 1/1/04

Letters Various A better bridge

I agree with Keith Schneider and Kelly Thayer that we need an alternative to the Hartman Hammond bypass (re: “Just Say No,“ 12/18). However, the Cass Road bridge should not be one of the alternatives. It is a bad choice because it is in dire need of repair already.
 
Thursday, December 25, 2003

Letters 12/25/03

Letters Various The plague of Hepititis C

I am writing in response to Ms. Boursaw‘s article (There and Back Again, Dec 11). The article was bittersweet for me to read as I have been there.
 
Thursday, December 18, 2003

Letters 12/18/03

Letters Various Stinks in Manistee

There is something smelly in Manistee, and it‘s getting riper. The Tondu Corporation, aka Manistee Saltworks, aka Northern Lights, has applied to the planning commission for a special use permit to allow construction and operation of a 425 megawatt coal burning electrical generation plant. The newest addition to the planning board is a woman whose husband works for Tondu. Another member of the commission has been absent from the last two meetings, and has commented in public, “We do need the energy, and if we don‘t allow it here, some other community will get all those jobs.“
 
Thursday, December 11, 2003

Letters 12/11/03

Letters Various Spread the word

I am writing in response to Mr. Weber‘s letter (11/27/03) regarding abstinence-based sex education.
 
Thursday, December 4, 2003

Letters 12/4/03

Letters Various The fight for freedom

This is in response to Jim Norgaard‘s 11/13 letter stating “the war on terrorism as it is being waged today will fail“ because “you cannot ultimately win through force and violence.“ I hear people repeating this sentiment over and over as if repetition will make it true. How do you explain that the force and violence in World War II followed by an enlightened reconstruction effort changed two of the most miltaristic societies in history into pacifistic democracies? You may also want to examine the little-publicized steps that many middle eastern despots are suddenly taking to show more respect for their citizens‘ input and opinions, now that the United States has taken action to free an enslaved people.
 
Thursday, November 27, 2003

Letters 11/27/03

Letters Various Newspaper veteran‘s view

I very much enjoyed your Random Thoughts column about reinventing the newspaper (11/13/03). It hit home to me. Many of your “thoughts“ were right on the button. It is too bad that mainstream publishers in the newspaper business continue to force the news and its opinions upon its shrinking readership rather than utilize its customers as resources to find out with that really want. This goes for readers of all ages.
 
Thursday, November 20, 2003

Letters 11/20/03

Letters Various SUVs need improvement

The number of SUVs on the road is growing at an alarming rate. While many people like to drive them, SUVs are very unsafe and guzzle far too much gas. I worry about the toll of SUVs on the lives of other Americans and the environment. Congress should act to improve SUVs, so that every American can have a vehicle they are proud to drive.
 
Thursday, November 13, 2003

Letters 11/13/03

Letters Various Address our problems first

Congressman Bart Stupak‘s views on the $87 billion proposed for Iraq by the President Bush administration are likely shared by many U.S. citizens (re: “Iraq Spending Must Be A Shared Sacrifice,“ 11/6). The results of an ABC-Washington Post poll showing that 51% polled do not approve of the Bush administration‘s approach in handling Iraq‘s situation is evidence of this.
 
Thursday, November 6, 2003

Letters 11/06/03

Letters Various Cheers for sound science I‘m writing to express my appreciation for the Michigan Board of Education (BOE) for a recent policy they have adopted. The BOE‘s new policy “recommends that local...
 
Thursday, October 30, 2003

Letters 10/30/03

Letters Various Druggie Rush should face own medicine

Wheeeee. Am I relieved. After all of these years of listening to Rush Limbaugh‘s prattle, trying to understand how anyone can think as he does. We have an answer -- he is a druggie.
 
Thursday, October 23, 2003

Letters 10/23/03

Letters Various Believe it

In regards to the article on music file sharing (10/2): I once saw an episode of Star Trek in which captain Picard, standing in his quarters, addressed the ship‘s computer and stated the name of some classical piece. Instantly music was heard. It could be assumed that the captain could have named one of millions of songs and been able to enjoy it immediately. And taking into consideration hyperspace communication systems, that database didn‘t even need to be on the Enterprise.
 
 
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