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Letters 10-20-2014

Doctor Dan? After several email conversations with Rep. Benishek, he has confirmed that he doesn’t have a clue of what he does. Here’s why...

In Favor Of Our Parks [Traverse] City Proposal 1 is a creative way to improve our city parks without using our tax dollars. By using a small portion of our oil and gas royalties from the Brown Bridge Trust Fund, our parks can be improved for our children and grandchildren.

From January 1970 Popular Mechanics: “Drastic climate changes will occur within the next 50 years if the use of fossil fuels keeps rising at current rates.” That warning comes from Eugene K. Peterson of the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management.

Newcomers Might Leave: Recently we had guests from India who came over as students with the plan to stay in America. He has a master’s degree in engineering and she is doing her residency in Chicago and plans to specialize in oncology. They talked very candidly about American politics and said that after observing...

Someone Is You: On Sept 21, I joined the 400,000 who took to the streets of New York in the People’s Climate March, followed by a UN Climate Summit and many speeches. On October 13, the Pentagon issued a report calling climate change a significant threat to national security requiring immediate action. How do we move from marches, speeches and reports to meaningful work on this problem? In NYC I read a sign with a simple answer...

Necessary To Pay: Last fall, Grand Traverse voters authorized a new tax to fix roads. It is good, it is necessary.

The Real Reasons for Wolf Hunt: I have really been surprised that no one has been commenting on the true reason for the wolf hunt. All this effort has not been expended so 23 wolves can be killed each year. Instead this manufactured controversy about the wolf hunt has been very carefully crafted to get Proposal 14-2 passed.

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Tigers or Pussycats at Comerica Stadium?

George Foster - April 26th, 2010
Tigers or Pussycats at Comerica Park?
For romantics, the rising temperatures and emerging flowers of spring can
mean only one thing – the return of our greatest love... baseball.
Unfortunately, the 2010 Detroit Tigers team can be boiled down to one
symbol: “?” -- a giant question mark at that.
In my 50 years of following the Tigers, a season does not come to mind
when Detroit had so many key players that are either rookies or coming off
of seasons of injuries and ineffectiveness. Any result is possible for
the 2010 team, ranging from World Series winner (admittedly a long-shot)
to cellar dweller. My best guess is Detroit will win about as many as they
lose this season.
Despite being clouded in uncertainty now, the Tigers have a bright future
beginning next season. They have a great core of young pitchers including
starters Justin Verlander and Rick Porcello. Hard-throwing Ryan Perry, who
will eventually be the team’s closer for the next decade, anchors the
relief pitching.
More good news - for the first time in ages, Detroit’s minor league teams
seem to be rich with talent, ready to send several good players to the big
leagues. The best pitching prospect is 18-year-old Jacob Turner, though
he may be a couple years away from producing. Several other everyday
players in the minors will be contributing with the Tigers next season at
the latest.
The 2010 team’s two rookie starters, center-fielder Austin Jackson and
second-baseman Scott Sizemore, will have growing pains this season but
eventually be excellent players. No less authority than Johnny Damon
thinks Jackson, in particular, is destined to be a super-star.
Another reason to be more optimistic about next season is that several bad
contracts with Tigers players on the decline will be concluded this year.
Magglio Ordonez, Jeremy Bonderman, and Dontrelle Willis are being paid a
combined $43 million in 2010 alone. All can be erased from the payroll
next year with the potential of signing new players that will contribute
much more. Say goodbye to these players and several more as the team
cleans house for the future except for a small, valued core of players.
The biggest cause for hope is invested in the biggest man on the team at
6’4” and 240 pounds – Miguel Cabrera. The Tigers first-baseman signed an
8-year contract a couple of years ago through the year 2016 for an
average of almost $20 million each season. By major league baseball’s
payroll standards, that whopping price could end up a bargain for
Detroit.
While the team’s makeup endures a major shakeup over the next couple of
years, it is scary to think of the team’s prospects without Cabrera in the
lineup. Overlooked by the national media, at this moment he may be the
most feared hitter in baseball. Cabrera is off to a blazing start –
leading the team in most offensive categories and accumulating a
league-best number of RBI (runs batted in).
Miguel Cabrera is the rare hitter that hits for a high average and
tremendous power. This year it seems every home run he crushes has been in
a pressure situation that has helped Detroit win or come close to winning
a close game.
After a highly publicized incident with alcohol at the end of last season,
he seems to have made amends and be a changed man this year. If Cabrera
stays off the sauce and keeps his body in shape, he should be finally
recognized as an All-Star and future Hall-of-Famer.


 
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