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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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George Foster - December 11th, 2003
Winter Sports Update

Hockey. Booo. Fedorov sucks. Go home to Siberia, you bum.
We don‘t really mean it, Sergei. The howling of boos from Detroit hockey fans that rained down on the former Red Wings superstar recently was an expression of disappointment, not hate. Many Detroit fans believe the loss of Fedorov to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks via free agency severely diminishes the Red Wings‘ chances for a Stanley Cup this season.
They are wrong. Actually, the loss of Fedorov turned Detroit into a better team in the long-run. A looming strike by NHL players and salary-cap limits on teams after this season, automatically made Fedorov‘s future in the Motor City a short one. Losing Fedorov and injuries sidelining key players such as McCarty, Hatcher, Whitney, Zetterberg, Holmstrom, and Hasek, have forced some of the youngsters to step up and realize their potential. In particular, Pavel Datsyuk and Manny Legace have been outstanding.
If you think the Red Wings are playing well right now, wait until they heal up. They should be ready for a major run in the Stanley Cup playoffs by spring. Despite the loss of Sergei Fedorov, the future in Hockey Town looks bright.
College Basketball. Look for the underrated Michigan team to win the Big Ten championship and make a run in the NCAA tournament. Underclassmen Horton, Harris, and Abrams are poised, talented, and play with passion. This is the first Wolverine team in 20 years I have enjoyed watching. The arrogance of the Fab Five in the 1980‘s made me gag and most of the U of M teams since then have been abysmally weak. Not this year - the Wolverines will be the surprise of the Big Ten Conference.
On the other hand, the Michigan State Spartans are the most overrated team in recent memory. High school All-Americans Paul Davis, Kelvin Torbert, and others with big expectations have not been able to make a big impact at the college level. Besides, what was coach Tom Izzo thinking when he recruited five highly regarded players who all play the same position (the two-guard slot)? Without a true point-guard and a dearth of tough inside players, MSU is a fairly talented group of guys with no chemistry. Ranked number three in the nation before the season began, the Spartans will be fortunate to win more than they lose.
Pro Basketball.
The Pistons are a strange team, indeed. In an era of megalomaniac athletes, Detroit‘s players stay out of jail, don‘t yell at the coach, and play as though they like each other. General manager Joe Dumars has brilliantly molded his humble squad into his own image: a hustling, over-achieving blue collar group of guys who play the best team defense in the league.
The Detroit Pistons will not win a championship, though, until they add one more piece to the puzzle: Darko Milicic. The number two NBA draft choice and youngest player in the league, 7-foot tall Serb just turned 18 and is at least two years away from leaving the bench and becoming the Pistons‘ go-to guy in the clutch.
College Football. Michigan State football was a heartwarming story under first-year coach John L. Smith. No matter what the result of their bowl game over the holidays, the Spartans are back, baby. They are fun to watch with their spread offense and should attract big-time recruits in the skill positions.
It is a college season to remember for Wolverine sports. Whatever opponent U of M draws in the Rose Bowl can expect to be beaten soundly. Michigan has too much firepower on offense to be stopped. Lloyd Carr doesn‘t get enough credit for the team‘s success. Besides having a good record, he combines integrity and class more than any U of M coach since Fielding Yost.
 
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