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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, March 19, 2016

All Aboard the Badger

Features Kristi Kates For a more leisurely kind of lake crossing, try the S.S. Badger; the steamship cruise launched in 1953 and runs between Ludington, Mich., and Manitowoc, Wis. At 410 feet in length, it dwarfs the Lake Express ferry, carrying 180 vehicles (including commercial trucks and tour buses) and 600 passengers.
 
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Brewers Getting Together at Breweries Having Brews

Features Patrick Sullivan

In the early years of northern Michigan’s craft beer scene, beer makers from competing breweries used to gather to talk shop.

They’d meet once a month at someone’s brewpub, have some beer and swap ideas.

After Traverse City’s Workshop Brewing Company opened in 2013, owner Pete Kirkwood heard about those meetings and decided he wanted to try to revive them.
 
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Hops Are Hopping

Features Patrick Sullivan “We bought 10 acres about 10 years ago to camp on and things got out of hand,” said Brian Tennis, owner of New Mission Organics and creator of the Michigan Hop Alliance, who quit his corporate job in February because hops have taken over his life. “Now we’ve got 30 acres in hops and we’re looking to buy more property to expand.
 
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Traverse City Whiskey continues to grow

Features Ross Boissoneau Apparently great-grandpa John did more than work on agricultural chemicals, elemental chlorine and other materials for which Dow became known. Chris and his father found a series of patents for distilling spirits. John had inherited a passion for brewing and distilling from his father John Fredrickson Sr.
 
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Northern Michigan Brewers On The Move

Features Beth Milligan Just one month after announcing plans to distribute outside the state of Michigan for the first time, Short’s Brewing Company has finalized deals to sell its beer in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio by the end of March.
 
Saturday, March 12, 2016

The Snacks O’ the Irish

Features Kristi Kates As we celebrate everything Irish this month, it’s fun to remember that many countries and cultures have some equivalent of snacks or “junk food” just like America does.
 
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day!

Features Kristi Kates Boyne City – Irish Heritage Week (Mar. 13–20) Boyne City’s strong Irish roots mean they’ve got a whole week of Irish-inspired fun lined up. Each day offers something new, from Irish language lessons to film showings (Michael Collins), an Irish soda bread contest and step dance workshop.
 
Saturday, March 5, 2016

The Danger Zone

It’s hard to talk politics with people you disagree with these days; that hasn’t stopped some people from trying

Features Patrick Sullivan Rahrig set out to create a safe place on Facebook for people who disagree about politics. It was a success in its early months, bringing together diverse people in Traverse City who debated difficult topics. However, in reflection of national politics, things fell apart—debate Rahrig got heated, a comment was removed and Rahrig closed the group.
 
Saturday, March 5, 2016

The 2016 Taste of Gaylord

Features Kristi Kates Are you a foodie? Whether you’re a Gaylord local or simply planning a visit to the Alpine Village, Wednesday, Mar. 9 is a date for all foodies to mark in their calendars. That’s this year’s Taste of Gaylord, the premier event showcasing the best of Gaylord’s diverse and delicious restaurant scene.
 
Saturday, March 5, 2016

Is Roller Skating Actually Coming Back?

Features Kristi Kates If you’re looking to open a unique business in northern Michigan, you could do worse than opening a roller rink.
 
Saturday, March 5, 2016

5 Northern Michiganders Redefining Retirement

Features Beth Milligan In 2014, Traverse City resident Susie Janis helped launched a new program at the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation. Janis recruited a group of donors who each made a three-year commitment to contribute $25,000 annually to the newlynamed Get It Done Fund.
 
Saturday, March 5, 2016

Investing With a Conscience

Features Ross Boissoneau Socially responsible investing actually reflects a lot of “times” and boasts a fascinating history. In the early ‘70s, it was a weapon against apartheid, as cities, states, colleges, faith-based groups and pension funds throughout the U.S. began divesting from companies operating in South Africa.
 
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Téada at CTAC

Features Kristi Kates With members from several different regions of Ireland, the traditional band Téada got their start in 2001. Performing at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey March 5, these musicians were thrown into the scene a lot quicker than they ever expected.
 
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Postcards From Africa

Northern Michiganders Work to Improve Life in a Faraway Place

Features Patrick Sullivan

Not all travel is about relaxation and fun. Some people travel for a purpose. In recent years, people from across northern Michigan have found themselves in Africa to heal the sick, to help the poor obtain access to water, and to oppose the victimization of women. These are some of their stories.

 
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Ski Season’s Not Over Just Yet!

Features Kristi Kates It’s nearing the end of northern Michigan’s ski season, which means that familiar allout push to get in one more black diamond run, one more slalom race, one more bowl of slope-side chili and one more night dancing up a storm in your ski boots. Here’s a wrapup of some of the biggest ski events on the way as the 2016 season winds down.
 
 
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