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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Keep Gararaaga‘s ‘perfect‘ game imperfect

George Foster - June 7th, 2010
Keep Galarraga’s ‘perfect game’ imperfect

I hate that X$*#%@ umpire who is obviously blind as a *%$&X# bat. Glad to
get that off my chest.
Yes, Armando Galarraga pitched the greatest game in Tigers’ history last
week and was robbed of a wild celebration that was richly deserved – the
aftermath of a rare perfect game.
Yes, umpire Jim Joyce shockingly called the Cleveland Indian’s 27th batter
safe at first. He seemed to be the only person viewing the game who
thought the runner’s foot beat Galarraga to the bag. Even Joyce admitted
after the game that he mistakenly called the runner safe, ruining
Galarraga’s gem.
And finally, yes, Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has the authority to
reverse the call and give Galarraga credit for the out, resulting in one
of only 21 perfect games ever pitched in the Major Leagues.
But at what cost? Despite my own initial anger with the ump, with a little
more thought, it becomes obvious that the game’s results SHOULD NOT BE
If this call is reversed based on video replay, what other calls should be
changed in baseball history? You may be old enough to remember Lou Brock’s
controversial “no-slide out” at home plate that helped turn the World
Series of 1968 in favor of the Tigers. What if video replay showed Brock
was safe? I don’t think today’s outraged Tigers’ fans would be willing to
change that important call, too.
You say you favor the use of instant replay in baseball – but to what
extent? We have the technological capability of eliminating umpires on the
field altogether, relying on cameras to make each call. Center field
cameras would be relied upon to determine balls and strikes. Other video
cameras could do a good job of making calls at the bases, determining if
catches are made, if home runs clear the fences, and whether batted balls
are fair or foul. Robots would throw new baseballs to the pitcher.
You can see the absurdity of relying on technology in the extreme, but
where do you draw the line once it becomes a bigger part of the game?
As much as I hated how Galarraga’s game ended, it would be more disturbing
if Commissioner Selig reverses the umpire’s call. The human touch added by
umpires is an important part of the game and should not be significantly

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