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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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Quarterbacks & Lottery Winners

George Foster - December 23rd, 2004
Am I the only one in the good state of Michigan not crucifying Detroit Lion quarterback Joey Harrington?
Because of a wind-blown game that provided the worst conditions for passing the football in 40 years, most Lions’ fans have given up on him. Did anyone notice that Brett Favre looked bad for most of that game in Green Bay? The Packer quarterback did somehow complete enough passes to barely squeak by the Lions, but he is also the best quarterback in football history.
Sure... Harrington has not performed well in recent weeks, but giving up on him now is comparable to bone-head moves in the past when the Lions traded Earl Morrall, John Henry Johnson, Pat Studstill, and Tom Tracy.
If you are too young to remember the incompetence of the Lions’ past, you might recall some cases in recent years. Chad Pennington of the New York Jets threw only 25 passes in his first two seasons, then finally put it together in his third to become one of the best in the NFL. Troy Aikman was inconsistent until his fourth season with the Cowboys, and later matured into a hall-of-famer.
Those of you who are criticizing the Lions’ quarterback either don’t know a thing about football or are looking for a scapegoat for the Lions’ failures. Harrington has all of the physical tools needed, is still only 25 years old, and only lacks the confidence to be a good quarterback in the NFL. Of course, it would help if he had receivers who didn’t suffer from butter-fingers-itis, an offensive line that wasn’t porous as a sieve, and coaches who provided imaginative play-calling.
Joey Harrington is a young guy on an improving team who is close to being a good player. I guarantee he will realize some of his potential in the last three games this season (we go to press before the Minnesota game) and go on to improve next year as the Lions continue to rebuild. If not and the Lions get rid of him, Harrington will be back on another team to haunt the Lions for years.

You may remember him – the tall man in the black cowboy hat surrounded by his loving family. Two years later, after winning the largest undivided lottery jackpot ($315 million) in history, Jack Whitaker‘s life is in shambles. In addition to thefts at his house and business, his car was stolen. A friend of his granddaughter was found dead at one of the robberies. Last week the same granddaughter came up missing.
Also since winning the lottery, Jack Whitaker has been arrested twice for drunken driving and ordered to undergo rehab. Last week he was charged with attacking a nightclub manager and is the subject of two lawsuits for fracases at a racetrack and bar. Think again if you believe greenbacks are the answer to your problems. Whitaker’s wife wishes she had torn up the ticket after winning the jackpot.
The disasters that the lotteries’ big winners often suffer are a poignant reminder that money doesn’t guarantee happiness. In a way, Americans are all lottery winners. We live in the freest and wealthiest country on earth in the most advanced era in human history. Those of us, living in the most humble of circumstances in the United States, have a more comfortable and healthy lifestyle than kings and queens of a hundred years ago.
Over these holidays Joey Harrington and Jack Whitaker can take solace in the fact that they continue to be winners. Not because they are rich - they are winners because they live in the greatest nation ever created on earth.


 
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