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Letters 11-28-2016

Trump should avoid self-dealing President-elect Donald Trump plans to turn over running of The Trump Organization to his children, who are also involved in the transition and will probably be informal advisers during his administration. This is not a “blind trust.” In this scenario Trump and family could make decisions based on what’s best for them rather than what’s best for the country...

Trump the change we need?  I have had a couple of weeks to digest the results of this election and reflect. There is no way the selection of Trump as POTUS could ever come close to being normal. It is not normal to have a president-elect settle a fraud case for millions a couple of months before the inauguration. It is not normal to have racists considered for cabinet posts. It is not normal for a president-elect tweet outrageous comments on his Twitter feed to respond to supposed insults at all hours of the early morning...

Health care system should benefit all It is no secret that the health insurance situation in our country is controversial. Some say the Affordable Care Act is “the most terrible thing that has happened to our country in years”; others are thrilled that, “for the first time in years I can get and afford health insurance.” Those who have not been closely involved in the medical field cannot be expected to understand how precarious the previous medical insurance structure was...

Christmas tradition needs change The Christmas light we need most is the divine, and to receive it we do not need electricity, probably only prayers and good deeds. But not everyone has this understanding, as we see in the energy waste that follows with the Christmas decorations...

CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS 

A story in last week’s edition about parasailing businesses on East Grand Traverse Bay mistakenly described Grand Traverse Parasail as a business that is affiliated with the ParkShore Resort. It operates from a beach club two doors down from the resort. The story also should have noted that prior to the filing of a civil lawsuit in federal court by Saburi Boyer and Traverse Bay Parasail against Bryan Punturo and the ParkShore Resort, a similar lawsuit was dismissed from 13th Circuit Court in Traverse City upon a motion from the defendant’s attorney. Express regrets the error and omission.

A story in last week’s edition about The Fillmore restaurant in Manistee misstated Jacob Slonecki’s job at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course. He was a cook. Express regrets the error.

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George Foster - June 10th, 2004
Can the Pistons beat the mighty Lakers?
Goliath‘s laughs raining down on David. The irresistible force versus the immovable object. Beauty and the Beast. Almost any image you can dream up of two diametrically opposed antagonists applies to the Los Angeles Lakers and the Detroit Pistons.
Very few experts are giving the Pistons a chance to win their championship series with the Lakers. Detroit is a 5-1 underdog to the mighty Lakers... and why not? Los Angeles has a star-studded lineup of four future hall-of-famers, including the two greatest players in the game today - Shaq O‘Neil and Kobe Bryant.
To make matters worse for the Pistons, Los Angeles has the most successful coach in history - Phil Jackson. Coach Jackson has won nine NBA championships and is not lacking incentive for a tenth - it would an NBA coaching record. Jackson has never lost a series in the NBA finals.
By contrast, the hard-working and gritty Pistons have zero super-stars, nada. As pointed out in Sports Illustrated last week, a miracle Detroit triumph over Los Angeles would be the first time in at least 25 years that a team won the NBA championship without a dominating player.
What the Pistons do well is play ugly. A suffocating, scoreboard-deflating defense is their M.O. Grueling, rugby-style slugfests are their only hope to keep the games close for Rip Hamilton or Chauncey Billips to prevail at crunch time.
Most experts dismissed the Pistons chances to beat Los Angeles the moment they eliminated Indiana. At 7‘1“, 350 lbs Lakers center O‘Neil is superman. No two other opposing players can stop him. Detroit will alternate several 7-footers, fouling the big guy while forcing him to face his kryptonite - free throw shooting. Pistons benchwarmer, 18 year-old Darko Milicic, may even get playing time just to join in the hack-a-Shaq party.
Unfairly, in addition to Superman, the Lakers also employ superhero Batman. Kobe Bryant is near Michael Jordan in how he seemingly flies around the court, playing a step ahead of everyone else. Bryant is fearless, an incredible athlete, and usually scores at will when the game is on the line.
On the other hand, Detroit‘s Ben Wallace typifies the Pistons team. He may have wild hair (braids, dreads or the mega-fro change day to day) but his playing style is strictly blue-collar. Wallace was undrafted by the NBA after a quiet college career at Virginia Union - where? After bouncing around with several NBA teams, the Pistons forward is now their best player.
How pathetic on the surface - Detroit‘s top performer makes less than 50% of his free throws and averages less than 10 points per game (O‘Neil and Bryant both average over 20 points). Of course, Wallace makes up for his shortcomings by guarding opponents, blocking shots and rebounding ferociously. In fact the entire Pistons team has been molded by coach Larry Brown into the best defense in the NBA.
Watch actor Jack Nicholson and the numerous starlets that litter the Lakers sideline grimace in pain when these games slow down to a grinding halt. When the court turns into virtual trench warfare, we will see how tough the celebrity Lakers are while the relentless Pistons pound away at their glitzy image.
Maybe justice does prevail because David will defeat Goliath - once more. The Detroit Pistons will shock the world as they beat the heavily- favored Lakers in five games. I can feel it in my bones - the series will be WLWWW.
In fact, in the spirit of Joe Namath, Douglas McArthur ,and Rasheed Wallace, I guarantee it.

 
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