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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This week‘s biggest losers

George Foster - May 24th, 2010
This Week’s Biggest Losers
As fans, why are we always shocked when our sports gods prove to be very
human? The continual reports of cheating, lying, and ill-manners, not to
mention criminal behavior is enough to bring us to the jarring conclusion
that celebrity athletes may not worthy of our worship.
Hanley Ramirez is the biggest loser in baseball so far this season. During
a play last week, the Florida Marlins shortstop trotted after the ball as
if he was running underwater while the opposition sprinted for extra
bases. When his manager, Fredi Gonzalez, called out Ramirez for loafing on
the play, Ramirez responded in the press that his manager had never
actually played at major league level, so what does he know?
Hanley, your manager knows what every little leaguer learns by ten years
old: always hustle, never quit running until the play is over. Though
Ramirez is the face of the Marlins franchise and has signed a $70 million
contract to play for Florida, he apparently hasn’t figured out that trying
hard is important if winning the game is your goal.
After his manager benched Ramirez and demanded an apology before the All
Star could return to the playing field, the relatively unknown Florida
skipper became everyone’s favorite manager.
When U.S. born cyclist Floyd Landis recently admitted to long-time steroid
use, he ended four years of continually refuting that drugs might have
contributed to his surprising win at the 2006 Tour de France (he was
disqualified afterward). Landis now claims he had been doping since 2002
when he joined the US Postal Service team, led by cycling’s most prominent
steroid-denier, Lance Armstrong.
Landis is a multiple-loser this week: confessing to cheating with banned
drugs on the bicycle-racing circuit, lying for years about his drug-use,
and accusing Armstrong and others to be accomplices in the same doping
Landis is the same guy who wrote a book in 2007claiming that he won the
Tour drug-free and appeared on Larry King Live as recent as several months
ago to plead his case that he is clean. Even for those who have supported
Landis, he has no credibility left.
The New Jersey Nets not only were the worst team in the NBA this past
season, they lost in the draft lottery and won’t pick first from the pool
of available college players as they deserve. The Nets new owner, Russian
billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, must suspect a vast right-wing Yankee
conspiracy to prevent his franchise from drafting either of the two best
players available.
Let me be the first to predict that Prokhorov will attempt to cast off the
Nets’ yoke of futility by signing free-agent LeBron James to the richest
contract in history. Prokhorov is rich enough to do it and will have some
cash left over from not needing to pay for the number one draft pick this
Prokhorov’s vision of an international following for his team
(particularly in Russia) might be possible if he can bring the best
basketball player in the world to New Jersey - Czar James I.

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