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Letters 04-25-2016

Taking Our Trees Seconds ago this pine tree was alive. Well, Mr. Cook — our County Road Commission head —and Peninsula Township government … by not weighing in (I guess it’s not your problem or responsibility to communicate with residents), you allowed the County Road Commission to bulldoze down huge swaths of lakeside trees in order to increase the bike lane. This can’t be happening. I have no clue why they would cut trees down that help block snow from creating drifts on Peninsula Drive and help keep the beach area intact. Plus, they are not increasing the width of the road when they repave. I just don’t get it. This is amateur hour at county and township government...

Government Service Unrewarded I served the federal government for XX years with the [agency], [doing XX]. I also worked in the private sector, [doing XX]. When I retired, I was surprised to learn my Social Security benefit would be $XXX less per month than my colleagues and neighbors who had never worked for the federal government. This is all because of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) under the Social Security law...

Which Greased Palm Now that “Chicago values” have utterly corrupted the executive and judicial branches of our federal government, this November We the Plebeians shall either vote to right the governing integrity of the United States constitution’s twin pillars of limited government and separation of powers or turn and step collectively onto the blood soaked road to serfdom...

The Political Mess And Challenge As citizens we are faced with a real challenge. The media and the political candidates have taken over a year to attack those whom they are opposing. The unfavorable ratings of those who may be nominated are above 50 percent. That should be no surprise, considering the length of time given to bloodying one another with opinions that have little relationship to truth. The polling companies, which confess they are not reliable, make everything a game of winning...

CORRECTIONS In last week’s issue we had photos with the incorrect stories on page five. The dance photo should have accompanied the story about grants to nonprofits. The image of Crooked Tree Arts Center Petoskey should have accompanied the story about the ArtPrize exhibit at CTAC.

We also reported the incorrect day for the Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City. The correct date is Sat., May 28.

We apologize for these errors.

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Playoff madness heats up

George Foster - March 15th, 2010
Playoff Madness Heats Up
As we reach the home stretch of the college basketball season,
Michigan State’s team is even more of an enigma than usual. Recent
disciplinary actions taken against several
Spartans’ players and an ankle injury to star guard Kalin Lucas have
left MSU fans wondering how good this team COULD have been.
Will they get knocked off early in the NCAA tournament or surprise
their detractors with another run to the championship?
Heading into the Big Ten Tournament, the team has been playing better
defense of late and senior Raymar Morgan is finally playing up to his
abilities. My gut tells me Coach Izzo can will this talented squad to
play well when it really counts: the NCAA tournament. My crystal ball
shows Sparty making another run to the Final Four – just barely. The
team has too many question marks to win it all.
Coach Beilein of Michigan is under increased criticism for his team’s
performance this season. Expected to be a top 15 team, the Wolverines
have imploded at the end of a losing 2010 season without even a whiff
of a NCAA tournament bid to come.
Beilein is a good coach with the X’s and O’s of strategy, but hasn’t
recruited any elite players in his few years at the U-M helm (Sims and
Harris enrolled under the previous coach). Ominously, so far
Michigan’s basketball program has only one recruit from the nations
Top 150 high school seniors for next season. Beilein is a class act,
but if he doesn’t attract a couple of elite players – and soon – he
might be saddled with more pressure to go back to West Virginia than
even Rich Rod.
For all of their injuries this season, the
Detroit Red Wings are now fighting for their hockey lives to make the
Stanley Cup playoffs. If the season ended today, they would fall just
short.
I hereby and forthwith guarantee this team will qualify for the
playoffs. When they do it, we hockey fans should all pay tribute to
the resilience of the Red Wings and Coach Mike Babcock. Detroit’s
experience in recent playoffs will make them a frightening matchup for
any of the top-seeded teams.
Unfortunately, though, the Stanley Cup will not reside in Detroit at
season’s end. The team isn’t as deep in quality players as in recent
years. Their frequent collapses at the end of games are indicative of
thinned-out talent. Prediction: Detroit will lose its first playoff
series against San Jose in seven games.
What can you say about the 2010 Detroit Pistons? It will be the first
season since general manager Joe Dumars’ first season running the
Pistons (2000-2001) that his team has not been in the playoffs. Joe’s
magic in Detroit has vanished – poof. Injuries have wrecked the
team’s season and high-priced, underperforming free agents Ben Gorden
and Charlie Villanuevea don’t brighten the future at all. When young
stud Rodney Stuckey recently passed out during a game, his long-term
status in the NBA and the prospects of Pistons success dimmed even
more.
Because the Detroit Pistons franchise will be sold soon and the team
is destined to experience losing seasons for the foreseeable future, I
believe Dumars will be gone by the end of the 2010-2011 season. It is
the end of another triumphant era for pro basketball in Detroit - we
all need to get used to it.
 
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