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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 5, 2016

Is Roller Skating Actually Coming Back?

Features Kristi Kates If you’re looking to open a unique business in northern Michigan, you could do worse than opening a roller rink.
 
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Jumpin’ and Jivin’

Music Kristi Kates Twenty years’ worth of a twenty-piece musical outfit is a lot of history to keep straight. There are so many past members of The Up North Big Band (The UNBB) that current band leader Joshua Raber, for all his diligence, can’t even name them all.
 
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Art Identity

Art Kristi Kates Ontario-born William H. White came to northern Michigan in 1859 to manage a sawmill in East Jordan. In 1881, that business failed and White was out $600 in wages; he was given $450 in merchandise in lieu of earnings. In January 1883, he shipped his goods by sleigh, over 4 feet of snow, to Boyne City.
 
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Téada at CTAC

Features Kristi Kates With members from several different regions of Ireland, the traditional band Téada got their start in 2001. Performing at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey March 5, these musicians were thrown into the scene a lot quicker than they ever expected.
 
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Ski Season’s Not Over Just Yet!

Features Kristi Kates It’s nearing the end of northern Michigan’s ski season, which means that familiar allout push to get in one more black diamond run, one more slalom race, one more bowl of slope-side chili and one more night dancing up a storm in your ski boots. Here’s a wrapup of some of the biggest ski events on the way as the 2016 season winds down.
 
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Party in the Woods

At the 10th Annual Suds and Snow

Features Kristi Kates Nicknamed The Ultimate Party in the Woods, the 10th Annual Suds and Snow is returning for another big Michigan afternoon filled with drinks, food, tunes and fun.
 
Saturday, February 20, 2016

Celtic Nights brings “Spirit of Freedom” to the City Opera House

Music Kristi Kates Revamping the theme of their show to honor the 100-year anniversary of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising, when Irish nationalists proclaimed the establishment of the Irish Republic (said to be similar to the United States’ Independence Day), Celtic...
 
Saturday, February 20, 2016

Handmade Michigan

Selling Your Wares Online

Art Kristi Kates Whether you’re a consumer of handcrafted goods or you create your own, chances are you’re looking for somewhere to buy or sell them.
 
Saturday, February 20, 2016

All Things Michigan

Features Kristi Kates

There are a lot of things that are interesting, accomplished, quirky, cool and just plain great about our state. Here are a few...


 
Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Runway: Launching Designers In Lansing

Features Kristi Kates From Project Runway and NBC’s Fashion Star to Bravo’s The Fashion Show and Launch My Line, as well as Ovation TV’s The Fashion Fund, television has long had a fascination with aspiring fashion folk.
 
Saturday, February 20, 2016

Upscaling the Petoskey Stone

Features Kristi Kates It’s also a favorite souvenir of tourists and a familiar sight in homes across the region, usually in the form of a paperweight or decorative item. One local company is taking the Petoskey Stone to another level, infusing it into sleek and eclectic home decor elements that are turning the Petoskey Stone into an upscale accent.
 
Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Great Indoor Folk Festival Returns

Music Kristi Kates Adair Correll is the head of Northern Michigan Songwriters in the Round, an organization that began in June of 1997 with five musicians seeking a more “listening audience.” That group has expanded to more than 60 songwriters from northern Michigan who perform on the third Friday of every month at Horizon Books in Traverse City.
 
Saturday, February 13, 2016

Rolling Out the Red Carpet For The Hollywood Concert Orchestra

Music Kristi Kates If you’re looking forward to the upcoming 88th “Academy Awards” on Feb. 28 (especially to see who will end up with the “Best Song” award), then the City Opera House has a performance you shouldn’t miss.
 
Saturday, February 13, 2016

A Showcase of Restaurants

Features Kristi Kates On the Menu: Both traditional buckwheat crepes and “Americanized” crepes, the former used primarily for savory, gluten-free dishes like the classic ham and cheese crepe, and the latter for sweet dessert selections filled with chocolate, homemade caramel, or apples.
 
Saturday, February 13, 2016

Crack the Code of the Secret Menu!

Features Kristi Kates A great meal out is a wonderful thing, but some days you might not have the time or the budget to take advantage of northern Michigan’s fantastic lineup of restaurants, so you turn to fast food. That doesn’t mean you have to settle for the usual.
 
 
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