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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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Monday, April 20, 2015

How to Get Started

Features Ross Boissoneau Shuker says the easiest plants to grow are the ones that require the least amount of water and maintenance, and that will grow in soil conditions that are not ideal. Some examples are succulents, sedums, lavender and ornamental grasses. All prefer hot, dry conditions and need little attention or deadheading.
 
Monday, April 20, 2015

Where to Turn

Features Ross Boissoneau First, there is a plethora of gardening stores. From Crystal Gardens in Frankfort to Garden Goods in Traverse City to Elk Rapids Floral and Greenhouses to the grocery stores and big box stores that stock seeds, plants and tools, you can find most everything you need and advice on what and how to plant.
 
Monday, April 13, 2015

Randy’s Diner Serves Comfort Food for Almost Two Decades

Dining Ross Boissoneau Lunchtime staples like burgers, sandwiches and wraps come in a variety of combinations like the jalapeno popper burger; the BLT egg burger; a grilled veggie pita with sauerkraut, cheddar cheese and olives; and a gyro with seasoned meat, feta and red onion, with cucumber feta sauce.
 
Monday, April 13, 2015

Comic Take on Downton Comes to Opera House

Features Ross Boissoneau The lone actor onstage at the Opera House, on April 29 Kempner will switch instantaneously from cook to earl, maid to aristocrat, but he won’t stop there, inviting in various celebrity visitors. After all, don’t Russell Brand and Rickey Gervais deserve to be part of “Downton Abbey?” Kempner thinks so and, apparently, so do the audiences.
 
Monday, April 6, 2015

Rolling Farms Offers Fresh, Tasty Bounty From the Land

Dining Ross Boissoneau “We have lettuce, potatoes, squash, pumpkins, berries, corn,” says Roller. “We use it all here or donate it to Father Fred. Food should be a right, not a privilege. We grow some extra things (for donations) like honeydew, cantaloupe, beans, snap peas. Plant it, grow it, use it,” Roller says with a smile.
 
Monday, April 6, 2015

Benzie Grad Rides Statistical Wave to Big Leagues

Features Ross Boissoneau The rise of baseball sabermetrics has taken things a step further, giving attention to even more complex statistical analyses, such as WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched), BABIP (batting average on balls in play) and VORP (value over replacement player).
 
Monday, March 30, 2015

Vernales Set for Second Summer

Dining Ross Boissoneau Timing is everything. Just ask Joe Guthrie and Keith Lynch. When a vacant restaurant on M-119 between Petoskey and Harbor Springs was for sale about 15 years ago, the two long-time friends and restaurant/ hospitality veterans joked about buying it. Still, they knew the time wasn’t right.
 
Monday, March 23, 2015

Charlevoix Tap Room Continues Its Growth

Dining Ross Boissoneau THE MENU With 32 taps — soon to be 40 — there’s something for every beer drinker. Bell’s of Kalamazoo and Atwater of Detroit kick things off.
 
Monday, March 16, 2015

Elberta Nightspot a Community Landmark

Dining Ross Boissoneau It really was an actual shed – or a shack, to hear manager Becky Hunt tell it – which served as a general store, post office and headquarters for the Benzie County Fruit Exchange over the years. And, yes, it did stock cabbage for rail shipment in the 1930s.
 
Monday, March 16, 2015

Spiritual Rejuvenation

Features Ross Boissoneau Physical exeRtion a Release Rick Stewart is executive/worship pastor at New Hope Church in Williamsburg where he leads the praise band, sings and plays trumpet. To get away from it all, he says there’s nothing like putting on his sneakers and heading out into nature.
 
Monday, March 9, 2015

American Pub Comfort Food at State Street Grille

Dining Ross Boissoneau THE SCENE With its dark woods and numerous windows, the interior is warm and inviting, especially if you like sports; 10 large flat screen TVs ring the room, tuned to different sports channels. The bar uses the Soundog app to allow patrons at any table to listen to whichever program they like through their mobile phone or tablet.
 
Monday, March 2, 2015

Un-Jolly Green Giant

Music Ross Boissoneau He also notes the difficult work of costuming such a disparate cast. “Teter Orthotics is doing the masks for Shrek, Fiona and others,” Nichols said. The process involves creating a plaster cast of the actors’ heads so the resulting silicone masks are crafted to the shape of each individual.
 
Monday, March 2, 2015

Martha Sets the Table in Suttons Bay

Dining Ross Boissoneau THE SCENE When Ryan first moved to the area, she began waiting tables at the Leland Lodge, then later at The Cove. Then, for 20 years she was the head of food service at Leland Schools, but during her summers off, she continued to work in area restaurants.
 
Monday, March 2, 2015

Financial Advisors From All Walks of Life

Features Ross Boissoneau Wynder had considered finance in high school before following in his father’s vocational footsteps. Presented with the chance to do something completely different, he leapt at it.
 
Monday, March 2, 2015

Rethinking the Nest Egg

Features Ross Boissoneau Bucher thinks Americans are too preoccupied with their nest eggs, those savings plans or accounts that are designated for the later years in life.
 
 
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