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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, January 5, 2015

Northern Michigan’s Most Wanted

Features Patrick Sullivan Next, the team comes up with a plan for the day. This might mean setting up surveillance at a home or business. Maybe they’ve discovered a disgruntled family member who is ready to talk. Often, fugitives will make it easy for the police who are hunting them.
 
Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Dock Job

Features Patrick Sullivan A civil trial found Gomery defrauded Topous of half of his ownership of Mitchell Creek Golf Course by doctoring the operating agreement. He was also found to have defrauded Topous of a $25,000 legal fee, ostensibly to defend Topous’ brother or to settle a case.
 
Monday, December 22, 2014

Less Jail, More Treatment

Features Patrick Sullivan Retiring ‘Sobriety Court’ judge transformed how drunk drivers pay.
 
Sunday, December 14, 2014

Go Inside TC’s First Wet House

Features Patrick Sullivan A 2012 University of Washington study found that providing food and shelter to homeless alcoholics at a wet house in Seattle caused them to drink 40 percent less after two years. At Dann’s House, residents are expected to cut back from what they consumed on the street.
 
Monday, December 8, 2014

Without A Trace

Features Patrick Sullivan QUIET DESPERATION Richardson believes Lepsy could be Cooper, the infamous skyjacker who jumped from a commercial airliner on Nov. 24, 1971 into the dark Oregon night with $200,000 in ransom money. No trace of Cooper or his parachute has ever been found.
 
Monday, December 1, 2014

From the Heart of Ebola

Features Patrick Sullivan Surrounded by death in a Liberian Ebola unit, nurse Kelly Suter writes heartbreaking letters of hope home to Petoskey. The 29-year-old woman has spent her life training to provide relief in circumstances like this.
 
Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Diplomat Next Door

Retired and active foreign service workers love northern Michigan

Features Patrick Sullivan

The US ambassador to Oman might live just up the road on the Old Mission Peninsula. Other foreign service retirees have traded Moscow, Kabul or Karachi for Benzie, Grand Traverse or Leelanau.

There are even a handful of former or current CIA operatives in the region, though those folks are especially shy about details -- and interviews for stories like this.

Not only are the foreign service alumni fascinating in their own right, the burgeoning group is also delivering more international opportunities for Northwestern Michigan College students, as well as an impressive lineup of speakers at Traverse City’s International Affairs Forum.

 
Monday, November 10, 2014

VA on the Verge of Change

National Scandal Leads to Changes in Healthcare for Northern Michigan Veterans

Features Patrick Sullivan Outrage following reports of excessive healthcare delays at the VA hospital in Phoenix led Congress to pass the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 in August, a law that provides billions in funding for better veteran care and also demands reform at the VA.
 
Sunday, November 2, 2014

Something Rare Brewing at Rare Bird

Features Patrick Sullivan

Rare Bird, indeed. At most brew pubs, women are found behind the bar, taking orders or cooking. Not many women are brewers in the burgeoning world of craft beer, but that doesn’t mean there couldn’t—or shouldn’t—be more. An early pioneer on the Traverse City brewing scene was Kim Schneider, head brewer at North Peak several years ago. Schneider moved on and currently crafts beer at a downstate brewpub.

Now, brewer Tina Schuett has taken the beer-making baton and run with it.

 
Monday, October 27, 2014

The ‘King of Privacy' is in our Backyard

Features Patrick Sullivan After a failed bid to become a rock and roll star, he signed up for the military during the Vietnam War, during which time he was a Navy intelligence cryptographer. He worked in US intelligence at the height of the Cold War. He holds a Ph.D. in accounting ethics from Union College and a masters degree from Harvard.
 
Monday, October 20, 2014

Northern Express Election Guide 2014

Features Patrick Sullivan The results are in… Northern Express sent questionnaires to 16 state senate and house candidates from northern Michigan. We chose questions on issues we’ve followed over the last year.
 
Friday, October 10, 2014

Art or Vandalism?

A Local “Tagger” Speaks Out

Features Patrick Sullivan By definition, graffiti is illicit. In practice, street art has earned enough respect and admiration that it is tolerated in some places and celebrated in others.
 
Monday, October 6, 2014

Here and There, But Not Everywhere

Features Patrick Sullivan Cooney is no marijuana booster, however. He believes pot’s wider acceptance has led to an increase in use among high school students. And he notes that most people with medical marijuana cards are under 40 (the average age is 27) — indicators, he believes, of abuse of the law.
 
Monday, September 29, 2014

No Bus at the Station

Emmet County fights for its own public transportation

Features Patrick Sullivan “I have heard of that in the past, but never really investigated because it didn’t seem like there was that much of a service,” said Michael Mann, a buyer at the Grain Train Natural Foods Market who has lived without a car since he moved to Petoskey from Ann Arbor.
 
Monday, September 29, 2014

Winter is Coming

Is another ‘Polar Vortex’ coming along with it?

Features Patrick Sullivan 2014 also left us with a lot of questions — did it signal a new trend for colder winters? Was winter 2014 a record-breaker? Where did ‘polar vortex’ originate? What happened to global warming? What should we expect this winter?
 
 
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