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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, February 6, 2016

Boom Or Bust?

Features Patrick Sullivan In the 1990s, 1,000 new oil wells were drilled across the state of Michigan. In 2015, only 100 wells were drilled. Many of the people who drill and service those wells live and work in northern Michigan. This is the other side of the incredibly cheap gasoline seen in recent months.
 
Saturday, February 6, 2016

A Michigan Oil History Primer

Features Patrick Sullivan People drilled for oil in Michigan before there were cars to fill up at gas stations. Prospectors drilled for oil in Port Huron in the 1880s. They cooked it and turned it into axel grease for wagons, said Dr. William Harrison, director of the Michigan Basin Core Research Laboratory at Western Michigan University.
 
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Putting The Exchange In Foreign Exchange

Features Patrick Sullivan This school year, Rotary is hosting three foreign students in Traverse City. At the same time, there are students from Traverse City Central High School and Traverse City West Senior High School studying through Rotary’s foreign exchange program in Brazil, Germany and Columbia.
 
Saturday, January 30, 2016

A Drifter Out To See The World

Local Sees Syrian Refugee Crisis Up-Close

Features Patrick Sullivan Winowiecki, a Kingsley High School graduate, travels and writes about traveling on his blog, headedabroad.com, whenever he can; he’s also a student at Lake Superior State University, where he majors in creative writing and marketing. Last fall, the 21-year-old came face-to-face with desperate Syrian refugees and he found it heartbreaking.
 
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Robot Battle!

Features Patrick Sullivan One might think schools from northern Michigan wouldn’t stand a chance in robot competitions against Detroit-area teams sponsored by General Motors or Delphi that have some of the world’s best engineers on speed dial. One might think that, but one would be wrong.
 
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Go Fighting Whities!

Is the use of Native American imagery in Petoskey sports teams offensive?

Features Patrick Sullivan

What would happen if a high school football team decided to call themselves the “Fighting Whities” and used a Caucasian stereotype as a mascot?

Fred Harrington said it wouldn’t fly — neither would mascots portraying Jewish, African American, Italian, Asian or any other racial identity. So why, he asks, are Native American mascots, like the one used by the Petoskey Northmen, acceptable?

 
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Sitting, Sugar, Sun

THE NEW VICES

Features Patrick Sullivan Sitting too often, eating too much sugar or spending too much time unprotected from the sun can have harmful or deadly effects equal to more obvious dangers. The Northern Express talked to experts about how we can redefine these behaviors as vices in order to live healthier lives.
 
Saturday, January 2, 2016

A Place in the World

Cadillac’s After 26 Depot Helps Connect Disabled Adults to Their Community

Features Patrick Sullivan Forty-four-year-old Keith is finally in touch with the world. As he washed dishes, he thought about why he loves his job at After 26 Depot restaurant in Cadillac. Keith, who is cognitively disabled, once worked at a sheltered factory that employs disabled adults.
 
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Northern Michigan’s Crystal Ball

Features Patrick Sullivan Development, big and tall, will be the hottest topic in Traverse City for the foreseeable future. Debate has raged for months over whether the city should allow the construction of a nine-story building, a project that would either promote density,...
 
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Glimpse Into the Past

Features Patrick Sullivan Rudolf Paziener arrived in the Boardman River Valley in 1922, it was known as “plains country” because loggers has stripped the land of trees as far as you could see.
 
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Fun on Ice

Features Patrick Sullivan The USA Hockey American Development Model (ADM) has been implemented in an effort to reverse the trend of fewer kids playing hockey each year. Despite being greeted warily by some parents, after five years, ADM seems to be paying off for the Grand Traverse Hockey Association (GTHA).
 
Saturday, November 28, 2015

Heroin's Popularity

Pushes Drug Dealing to A New Level in the Region

Features Patrick Sullivan A drive-thru drug store in an East Bay Township motel parking lot? That’s what police thought their subjects’ activities looked like during a surveillance operation last February. Detectives turned up evidence against the man and woman they were observing that led them up the supply chain to a bigger fish: Ronald Norfleet, one of the most significant drug dealers ever captured in Grand Traverse County.
 
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Nine Stories of Conflict

Features Patrick Sullivan Debate over two nine-story buildings proposed at the corner of Front and Pine streets in Traverse City has become about something bigger than whether developers should be able to build a large mixed-used apartment complex — it’s become a debate about the future of Traverse City.
 
Saturday, November 14, 2015

Licensed to Carry, Reason to Worry?

Features Patrick Sullivan County gun boards, the gatekeepers who decide whether a person should be given a concealed pistol permit, will disappear at the end of the month. Beginning in December, state police will conduct background checks and county clerks will process the paperwork to issue licenses to carry handguns.
 
Saturday, November 7, 2015

What Happens to the Ones Who Serve When They Come Home?

Features Patrick Sullivan A surge of veterans — that’s what Northwestern Michigan College expected when the Post-9/11 GI Bill took effect in 2008. In 2012, NMC established a Veteran Services Office and, since then, the aim of its leader Scott Herzberg has been to make the school a more welcoming place for students who come from the military — and it’s working.
 
 
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