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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Pistons will not stand the Heat

George Foster - May 26th, 2005
So, we got what we wanted. The defending NBA champs Pistons eliminated Indiana last night as expected.
The two best teams in the Eastern Conference, Detroit and Miami, will play for the right to move on and play in the NBA Finals. Hey, we’ve got a rivalry here: Big Daddy Shaq vs. Big Ben Wallace, South Beach glitter vs. factory blue collar, Flash Wade vs. Rip Hamilton, North vs. South.
Relatively trim at 7’2” 325 lbs., Shaq O’Neil is the key to the series. With an injured thigh muscle, O’Neil has missed several games down the stretch of this season. I believe he will suit up for every game, though probably at about 50% to 75% of his ability.
Shaq at only half of his physical capacity is still one of the best players in the NBA. When running on all cylinders, he is the most dominant basketball player in history. If you disagree, try imagining Wilt Chamberlain or Kareem Abdul Jabbar battling the defenses emphasized in this modern era. No contest, O’Neil is the best.
Fortunately for the Heat, they acquired rough and tumble Alonzo Mourning as insurance for O’Neil this season. For short stretches, Mourning is still an All-Star center. Together, O’Neil and Mourning equal one healthy, unstoppable force.
Drafted two years ago behind Darko Milicic, Miami’s Dwayne Wade has already become the best point guard in the league. Wade is so good that Miami would have a chance to beat Detroit - without Shaq. Detroit has no answer for Wade. He is quicker and stronger than any of their guards and almost unstoppable when the game is on the line in the last few minutes.
Unlike the L.A. Lakers, where Shaq toiled last season, the Miami Heat play as a team. Remember how the Pistons’ defense stymied Kobe Bryant when he hogged the ball for long stretches during last year’s NBA Finals? Why do you think Shaq and Coach Phil Jackson both left the Lakers after their humiliating performance against the Pistons? Like Detroit, Miami plays defense and without ego.
The Heat offer much more than two of the best players in the league. Another ex-Laker, Eddie Jones, is just one more option Miami can turn to for scoring. A demon on defense, whomever Jones covers is in for a low-scoring series. Guard Damon Jones is a deadly three-point shooter and Heat forward, Udonis Haslem, is Ben-Wallace-like in his quest for rebounds.
One of Miami’s big advantages over Detroit in this series is their depth. Their bench is flooded with role players like Mourning, Keyon Dooling, Christian Laettner, Michael Doleac, and even MSU’s Steve Smith, who can all fill in with a big game. The Pistons rely mostly on their starters and they should be gasping for air the longer this series endures.
Despite all the reasons stated above, Detroit will not go away easily. They are a prideful, resilient team that thrives when their backs are against the wall. This series will be a war, played out over seven games. When the dust clears - expect the Miami Heat to be still standing. Barely.
 
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