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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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Rich-Rod: U of M‘s goft to MSU fans

George Foster - November 15th, 2010
Rich-Rod: U-M’s gift to MSU fans
Thanks for everything, Wolverines.
Last week’s results in Ann Arbor was the best possible scenario for Michigan State supporters (I must disclose my own allegiance to the Almighty Sparty). NCAA sanctions against the University of Michigan and its football coach were lighter than expected and U-M won a game against Illinois that they probably should have lost.
How is this good for MSU supporters, you ask? Look at it this way: if U-M had lost to Illinois and the NCAA had imposed even more infractions against the program, U-M coach Rich Rodriquez would have been fired for sure after this season. He might be history anyway, but now there is a chance Rodriquez might stick around a couple of more seasons. Rodriquez’s continued coaching tenure would ensure mediocre win totals for U-M, promote more squabbling within the Wolverines sports family regarding Rich-Rod’s coaching status and drive more top recruits to MSU.
Best of all, I am convinced our “big brother” in Ann Arbor will never defeat MSU in football while Rich-Rod is the Wolverines coach.
Let’s face it. The actual NCAA charges against Rich-Rod were never a big deal. Yes, his assistants cheated when they exceeded NCAA guidelines for football practice, but there are rumors that many football programs have been fudging these rules during workouts, erring on the side of practicing too much (not MSU, of course).
The NCAA seems to be making an example of the U-M football program – I don’t remember such infractions ever warranting this much publicity. I must admit to U-M fans that accusations of practicing excessively don’t come close to the severity of charges made against other universities - such as paying off athletes with thousands of dollars in cash or vehicles. The big deal is that, before Rich-Rod showed up, there was never even a hint of scandal connected to Michigan football.
One thing certain - another new coach for the Maize & Blue is MSU’s worst nightmare. Sparty loves Rich Rodriquez. In his three seasons as the Wolverines coach, Rich-Rod has won only five conference games so far and lost all three against Michigan State. Little brother would take great pleasure in Michigan being humbled for at least one more season. Rodriquez’s arrival in Ann Arbor from West Virginia was the best thing to happen for MSU football fans since, well... a teen-aged Bubba Smith left Texas over 40 years ago to join the Green & White in East Lansing.
If it seems like childish behavior for me to wish adversity on U-M as much as I hope for MSU success, I plead guilty as charged. Remember, some of us have memories of an era when Notre Dame, not Michigan, was MSU’s biggest foe. Michigan’s football team (prior to Bo Schembechler) wasn’t good enough to be discussed in the same sentence with Michigan State’s success on the gridiron. Seriously.
No joke, you can look it up. At that time, Ohio State’s rivalry with Michigan wasn’t such a big deal either... for OSU. Woody Hayes’ Buckeyes pummeled the Wolverines most seasons before Bo’s arrival in Ann Arbor.
Of course, beginning with Schembechler’s coaching reign until the end of the Lloyd Carr era in 2007, U-M football had been dominant – 40 consecutive winning seasons. During that period, U-M clobbered MSU most of the time, leaving Sparty football with a huge inferiority complex and a few of its own football scandals.
But this is a new era for Wolverines football and you can’t win them all, right? I believe MSU fans everywhere can agree that Rich-Rod deserves another season at the U-M helm. And another, and...









 
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