Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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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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