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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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Spring Sports Roundup

George Foster - April 12th, 2007
You can just sense the baseball ghosts of Mickey Lolich, Al Kaline, Jack Morris, Kirk Gibson, and other World Series heroes lurking around Comerica Park in downtown Detroit this year. Almost everyone is expecting another run at the World Series for the Tigers. It’s amazing how seriously the experts are taking them after decades of losing seasons.
The main reason for the sudden success is the man behind the scenes, Dave Dombrowski. The Detroit general manager has stockpiled the Tigers system with numerous young arms whose pitching could carry the Tigers into contention for the post-season for at least the next decade.
Still only 24, Jeremy Bonderman might become the best pitcher in baseball. If he ever perfects his changeup, he will be unhittable - a certain Cy Young winner. Some say 24-year-old Justin Verlander is the best Tigers pitcher. He was only Rookie of the Year in the American League last year. Flame-thrower Joel Zumaya is only 22 and consistently hits the speed-gun at 100 mph. The best prospect of all, lefty Andrew Miller, is only 21 and growing (6’6” 210 lbs.) in the minor leagues for now.
On paper, the New York Mets and Detroit Tigers seem destined for a date in the Fall Classic. In the end, the Tigers pitching should prevail over the hefty Mets bats. Detroit over the Mets in the series 4 games to 2 with Bonderman MVP of the Series.
No one gets very excited anymore when the Red Wings come away as the best team during the regular season. What hockey fans really want to know is: can the Red Wings finally get past their recent habit of early exits in the playoffs? The answer is a resounding... maybe.
This team is definitely tougher up front with the addition of Todd Bertuzzi and Kyle Calder. The season-ending injury to Nicklas Kronwell is a setback for Detroit’s defense, though not fatal. If Henrik Zetterberg and goaltender Dominik Hasek are healthy during the playoffs, the Red Wings should win the Stanley Cup. If one or both cannot play in top form, it looks like a second round knockout for Detroit.
As with the Wings, Detroit fans hardly celebrate that their NBA team once again has the best record in the Eastern Conference. Post-season success is far more important. Last year I was blasted by Express readers for a column I wrote predicting the Pistons would lose in the first round to Milwaukee though Detroit had the best record in the NBA regular season. At the time, I sensed a problem because of the Pistons lineup seemed to lack depth.
Well, last year Detroit did beat Milwaukee in the first playoff round, followed by barely beating Cleveland in seven games. Miami finally wore the Pistons down on their way to the NBA title. Most observers agreed that, despite the Pistons sensational regular season, Detroit lost to Miami because their starters were worn out by playing too many minutes. I told you the Pistons’ bench was weak... I told you.
This year the story has changed. The Pistons now have decent depth. Carlos Delfino is growing into an NBA star. Antonio McDyess is playing some of his best basketball, young Jason Maxiell usually provides a spark off the bench. Lindsey Hunter and Flip Murray are capable guards, especially as backups.
Because of their improved bench, it is difficult to imagine how the Pistons will not make the NBA finals. In the end, though, Detroit will not beat the Western Conference representative. And the winner is... the Phoenix Suns. They win the crown because of perennial MVP guard Steve Nash and a healthy Amare Stoudemire.
Whatever the results, it should be an exciting spring for local sports fans.


 
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