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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, October 11, 2010

Where the gloomsters go wrong

Random Thoughts By Robert Downes You hear a lot of dire warnings about peak oil these days, and the
pickle we’ll be in once the last drop of crude is squeezed from the
earth.
Northern Michigan has hosted many prophets of peak oil’s impending
disaster, including James Kunstler, who wrote “The Long Emergency:
Surviving the End of the Oil Age, Climate Change, and Other Converging
Catastrophes.” Recently, environmental consultant Nicole Foss was in
the region, sharing some views on what to do when our oil-based
economy goes up in smoke.
 
Monday, October 11, 2010

Street Fighter Virg Bernero aims for a knock-out with populist message

Features By Robert Downes Have you ever seen a Sicilian pit bull in action? Check out Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, the “angriest mayor in America,” whose attack dog appearances on Fox News and MSNBC have offered jaw-dropping defenses of American workers, labor unions, and the hope for renewed manufacturing in Michigan.
 
 
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