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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 19, 2015

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

Here’s Your Guide to Welcoming 2016!

Features Kristi Kates

Whether you like lots of glitter, the great outdoors, casual street food or gourmet goodies, northern Michigan has several options for your Dec. 31 celebration. Here are highlights from some of the bigger events around the region so you can pick your location to welcome 2016.

 
Saturday, December 19, 2015

2016 New Year of the Monkey

Extra Kristi Kates While you will probably have to return to work on Monday, Jan. 4, most Chinese will get at least five days off to celebrate their New Year’s holiday. The Chinese New Year is aligned with the Chinese zodiac, with each of its 12 animal signs representing a year and running a 12-year cycle before repeating.
 
Saturday, December 12, 2015

The Mainstay's Musical Rebirth

Music Kristi Kates From the roots of the downstate party band Funktion has arisen a new musical outfit that’s added folk and grunge to an already-established funk-soul sound.
 
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Beat the Winter Blues with Music

Music Kristi Kates JUMPSTART JAMS “We’ve all heard of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder),” said Blissfest guru Jim Gillespie. “And a lot of folks experience what’s just called the winter blues.
 
Saturday, December 12, 2015

The Front Porch Cafe

Dining Kristi Kates That dream was realized seven years ago and, after updating the building and the kitchen facilities, Rasmussen now manages The Front Porch Cafe. The restaurant is overseen by a board of directors that manages the finances.
 
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Up North Cheese Finds!

Features Kristi Kates It’s a fact; we love cheese. Recent USDA figures show U.S. cheese consumption at an all-time high, up 42 percent over the past two decades. Modern Farmer notes the top selling cheeses in the United States are mozzarella and cheddar, with the average American consuming 10 pounds of each per year.
 
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Studio Anatomy's Creative Evolution

Features Kristi Kates But when Good News closed and musician/ recording engineer Brian Chamberlain took over the space in the summer of 2012, he found that the good vibes had ostensibly departed along with the business. Inside, Chamberlain was met with “a disaster” that would take a lot of work to put right again.
 
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Season the Season

Features Kristi Kates Scents and flavors are integral parts of holiday ambiance and festive meals, and spices play a big role in both. We spoke with a few regional spice stores to learn how you can infuse your home with even more holiday spirit, and what spices you might want to add to your kitchen lineup.
 
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Gaylord Gets The Grand Ole Opry

Music Kristi Kates It’s certainly going to be a grand holiday for country music fans. The Alpine Lodge in Gaylord is turning itself into a re-creation of Nashville’s famed Grand Ole Opry to put on a show that’ll get boots stompin’, guitars twangin’ and folks singing along to some of their favorite country hits from the good old days to today.
 
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Winter Concerts 2016

Music Kristi Kates Whether you prefer your music 100 percent homegrown or enjoy the excuse to take a road trip downstate, 2016 has a great head start on must-see concerts! You’ll find everything from vintage classics to country crooners to cutting edge tunes for the first three months of the year.
 
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Local Music Spotlight on: Peacemeal

Music Kristi Kates While much of their recent press has centered around The Rhubarbary, their popular house concert venue in Harbor Springs, some people may not realize that the venue’s owner/managers, Maureen and Dale Scott, are in a pretty great band of their own.
 
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Paddling to the Sea with Song of the Lakes

Music Kristi Kates Their sound is comprised of many influences, from Scandinavian elements to the blues, with the water running through each and every one. Their very name is evocative of the region we all live in. And they’ve been a familiar local sound to many since 1983.
 
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Keeping Things Kool at the Kalkaska Kaliseum

Features Kristi Kates SUPER DIRECTOR The guy overseeing the fun at the Kaliseum is Alan “A.J.” James. A 35-year veteran of the motorcycle industry, James started his career at a motorcycle shop in Ann Arbor and moved to Traverse City in 1978, where he worked at Grand Traverse Honda and Suzuki, now Great Escapes.
 
Saturday, November 28, 2015

BeauSoleil Avec Michael Doucet

Music Kristi Kates It’s intriguing that BeauSoleil bills themselves as “with Michael Doucet” because it’s hard to think of BeauSoleil without Doucet, the bandleader whose instinctive, emotive vocals and standout fiddle playing are the heart of this wide-ranging group of top-shelf devoted players.
 
Saturday, November 28, 2015

Meet The Art Guy: Paul LaPorte

Art Kristi Kates If you’ve ever listened to WTCM Radio, visited the Crooked Tree Arts Center or attended any number of local art events, chances are your path has crossed with Paul LaPorte’s.
 
 
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