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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, March 19, 2016

And Don’t Miss Chris Smither

Music Kristi Kates When singer-songwriter Chris Smither hit 50 years of singing and songwriting in 2014, he marked the occasion with Still on the Levee, a two-disc career retrospective recorded in New Orleans and featuring fresh versions of two dozen songs from the entire stretch of his career, including “Devil Got Your Man,” the first song he ever wrote.
 
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Meet The Great Lakes!

Features Kristi Kates

Whether you’ve lived here your entire life, relocated here, fly up to ski or drive up just for the summers, how much do you really know about the lakes that surround us? The largest group of freshwater lakes in the world — each in their own separate basin — forms a connected body of fresh water that continues to the St. Lawrence River and the Atlantic Ocean. While the lakes are similar in some ways, they also each have their own unique characteristics and highlights.

 
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Speed Across Lake Michigan

Features Kristi Kates The shortest distance between two points is a straight line — not always so easy to follow when you’re in a state surrounded by water and you’d like to get to another state sooner rather than later. That’s where the Lake Express comes in. Here’s the scoop.
 
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Great Lakes Cruise Company

Features Kristi Kates With ship names like the Grande Caribe and the Pearl Mist, you might picture yourself plying the warm currents between Cozumel and Miami or perhaps making the rounds of the jeweled islands of the Bahamas, but one company is marketing cruises that echo the vessels, amenities and activities of more tropical locales — on the waters of our own Great Lakes.
 
Saturday, March 19, 2016

All Aboard the Badger

Features Kristi Kates For a more leisurely kind of lake crossing, try the S.S. Badger; the steamship cruise launched in 1953 and runs between Ludington, Mich., and Manitowoc, Wis. At 410 feet in length, it dwarfs the Lake Express ferry, carrying 180 vehicles (including commercial trucks and tour buses) and 600 passengers.
 
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Matuto Brings Bluegrass and Brazil to the Dennos

Music Kristi Kates He was particularly inspired by the music he was hearing coming out of Brazil and he traveled to that country to study it further; coupled with his jazz roots, bluegrass flatpicking abilities and wry lyrics that recall the Talking Heads, he conjured up quite a mix for his individual sound.
 
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Frank Caliendo: A Career in Comedy

Art Kristi Kates Frank Caliendo’s career includes plenty of tomfoolery, or should we say Frankfoolery? You’ve probably seen the American comedian and actor on any number of shows, especially if you’re a sports fan; in addition to appearances on MADtv, The Bob and...
 
Saturday, March 12, 2016

The Moth Mainstage

Art Kristi Kates The Moth Mainstage is a non-scripted, but carefully constructed, show all about true stories — true stories told live, onstage and without prompters or notes. At each performance, a selection of curated storytellers from all walks of life share their personal vignettes uniting under one theme.
 
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Forty Acres Tavern

Dining Kristi Kates Boyne USA founder, the late Everett Kircher, knew a good thing when he saw it. Upon deciding he wanted to open a ski resort in northern Michigan, he dug through a pile of topographical maps and locked in on a 1,150-foot hill. The owner was Boyne Falls logger turned Michigan senator William Pearson.
 
Saturday, March 12, 2016

The Snacks O’ the Irish

Features Kristi Kates As we celebrate everything Irish this month, it’s fun to remember that many countries and cultures have some equivalent of snacks or “junk food” just like America does.
 
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day!

Features Kristi Kates Boyne City – Irish Heritage Week (Mar. 13–20) Boyne City’s strong Irish roots mean they’ve got a whole week of Irish-inspired fun lined up. Each day offers something new, from Irish language lessons to film showings (Michael Collins), an Irish soda bread contest and step dance workshop.
 
Saturday, March 5, 2016

Welcoming Spring at The Ramsdell

Music Kristi Kates Soul in the stairwells, melodies in the mezzanine, honky-tonk in the hallways — there will be live music in every corner of the historic Ramsdell Theatre in Manistee this upcoming weekend.
 
Saturday, March 5, 2016

Celtic Sounds from The Outside Track

Music Kristi Kates The Outside Track, a five-member group named one of the top Celtic acts in the world by both the TIR (Traditional Music) Awards and the Livies (liveIreland Awards), blends instrumental music, traditional songs and step dancing to craft a skillful and energetic show.
 
Saturday, March 5, 2016

Getting Wild at CTAC

Art Kristi Kates WILD WORKS As curated by artists Dani Knoph and Courtney Michalik, Wildhearted: A Fresh Take on Northern Michigan’s Environment will feature a selection of environmentally-conscious artists and creative professionals who are aiming at pushing the boundaries of artistic convention.
 
Saturday, March 5, 2016

The 2016 Taste of Gaylord

Features Kristi Kates Are you a foodie? Whether you’re a Gaylord local or simply planning a visit to the Alpine Village, Wednesday, Mar. 9 is a date for all foodies to mark in their calendars. That’s this year’s Taste of Gaylord, the premier event showcasing the best of Gaylord’s diverse and delicious restaurant scene.
 
 
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