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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Worst sports cheats of all time

George Foster - August 23rd, 2010
Worst sports cheats of all time
As the accusations pile up against cyclist Lance Armstrong for using
performance-enhancing drugs, sports fans are left wondering if there
are any modern athletes who have achieved success without banned
drugs.
Record-breaking baseball legends such as Barry Bonds and Alex
Rodriquez have admitted to using steroids in the past. There have even
been accusations of drug use against Tiger Woods and others in the
game of golf, of all things.
Use of performance-enhancing drugs is cheating, pure and simple. I
believe there are degrees of cheating, though. Use of drugs by
athletes is often to gain an edge in competition. Worse are those
athletes whose lack of regard for fair play is so unconscionable that
their acts transcend the use of drugs by far.
Here are the worst of the worst cheats in history.
Rosie Ruiz – 1980 Boston Marathon. Ruiz shocked the running world as a
complete unknown, appearing to win the women’s race in record time.
After she was crowned, complete with sweat dripping down her shirt, it
was discovered no other racer recalled seeing her during most of the
race. When officials realized Ruiz slipped into the 26.2-mile contest
near the finish, she was disqualified shortly afterward. Yet, as a
result of the race, Rosie Ruiz won a lifetime of infamy.
Spanish basketball team – 2000 Paralympics. After Spain won the gold
medal for the “intellectual disabilities” category, an undercover
reporter discovered that the Spanish team hadn’t been tested for
disabilities. It turned out 10 of the 12 members of the Spanish
basketball team were perfectly normal. In addition, the Spanish swim,
track and field, and table tennis teams also had players with no
mental impairments. Cheating in the Special Olympics? It may be
impossible to stoop lower.
Tonya Harding – 1994 Olympics. Having your husband injure the knee of
your main rival for a spot on the team just might be against the
rules. Enough said.
Hippolyte Acouturier - 1904 Tour de France. If you think the current
Tour de France is riddled with cheating, the early years would make
your hair stand on end. In the second year of the Tour, Hippolyte
Acouturier decided it would help his chances if he tied a cord to the
bumper of a car and held the other end in his teeth. Having his bike
towed in that fashion much of the time, Acouturier won four of the six
stages that year. He still finished second to another racer who
apparently cheated better (worst?). In the end, the top four finishers
of the Tour were all disqualified in a race littered with broken glass
and nails intentionally spread on the roads. Other sinister tactics
included itching powder poured in some racers’ shorts and water
bottles spiked with who-knows-what. All the while, gunfire had to be
used to hold back angry mobs of spectators.
Press sisters – track and field in the 1960s. Tamara and Irina Press
of Russia (USSR) dominated women’s track and field for almost 10
years. Between them they won five Olympic medals and set 26 world
records. The only problem was the “sisters” looked like men, talked
like men, and acted like men. When the Olympic committee instituted
gender testing for female athletes in 1966, the Press sisters both
abruptly retired. Derided as imposters by most of the sporting world,
Tamara and Irina have lived out their lives as heroes in Russia.

 
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