Letters 10-12-2015

Replacing Pipeline Is Safe Bet On Sept. 25, Al Monaco, president and CEO of Enbridge, addressed members of the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance. His message was, “I want to be clear. We wouldn’t be operating this line if we didn’t think it was safe.”

We pretty much have to take him for his word...

Know The Root Of Activism Author and rabbi Harold Kushner has said, “People become activists to overcome their childhood fear of insignificance.” The need to feel important drives them. They endeavor good works not to help the poor or sick or unfortunate but to fill the void in their own empty souls. Their various “causes” are simply a means to an end as they work to assuage their own broken hearts...

Climate’s Cost One of the arguments used to delay action on climate change is that it would be too expensive. Such proponents think leaving environmental problems alone would save us money. This viewpoint ignores the cost of extreme weather events that are related to global warming...

A Special Edition Cuckoo Clock The Republican National Committee should issue a special edition cuckoo clock commemorating the great (and lesser) debates and campaign 2016...

Problems On The Left Contrary to letters in the Oct 5th edition, Julie Racine’s letter is nothing but drivel, a mindless regurgitation of left-wing stuff, nonsense, and talking points. They are a litany of all that is wrong with the left: Never address an issue honestly, avoid all facts, blame instead of solving; and when all else fails, do it all over again...

Thanks, Jack It is so very difficult for the average American to understand the complex issues our country faces in far off places around the globe. (Columnist) Jack Segal’s career and his special ability to explain these issues in plain English in many forums make him a precious asset to all of us in northern Michigan...

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Mid-summer sports roundup

George Foster - July 26th, 2010
Mid-summer sports roundup
Say good-bye to international soccer... again. We will check-in after
another four years, just before the next World Cup. Rats! Many of us
were so-hoping this would be the year Americans caught on to the sport
that the rest of the planet lives for every day.
Soccer has completely disappeared from the U.S. radar since the last
vuvuzela hummed during the Spanish win in the final a few weeks ago.
The U.S. team’s elimination from Cup play two tournaments in a row by
tiny Ghana may explain why the sport isn’t more popular here. We
Americans just aren’t crazy about games in which we can’t pummel the
rest of the world.
Interest in the Detroit Tigers has evaporated recently, almost as much
as the US Soccer team. When the team crash landed after the All-Star
break with a seven-game losing streak, we have already begun thinking
about football season. Like many predicted before the season, this
seems to be an average baseball team, at best.
Next year’s results will determine whether Dave Dombrowski deserves to
continue as general manager of the Detroit organization. As the
salaries of several over-paid players come off the books and many
promising youngsters get their rookie years behind them, the Tigers
should be retooled and much improved in 2011.
Don’t give up on the Detroit Pistons just yet. While this basketball
team is in a major transitional period, the potential is there to
contend in the Eastern Conference very soon. Like other NBA teams, GM
Joe Dumars has been waiting for the elite free agents like LaBron
James and Dwyane Wade to make their team decisions (what a fiasco that
was) before Detroit finalizes its 2010-2011 roster.
Last year’s poor record was not an accurate gauge of the talent on
this team. Massive amounts of games missed due to injuries and lack of
big men to pound the boards doomed the Pistons in most games. The
drafting of 6’11” Greg Monroe will help immediately and expect Richard
Hamilton and/or Tayshaun Prince to be traded for more inside beef.
Detroit will have a better record this season and expect a breakout
year from Rodney Stuckey.
The Detroit Lions must improve significantly this season or risk
rebuilding still again and becoming the laughingstock of football for
another 10 years. Many new pieces have been put in place. Drafted
number two overall, Ndamukong Suh (no one in sports ever needed a
nickname more) is expected to be a force on defense, beginning on day
one. The offense has also put more scoring threats in place to
complement Calvin Johnson.
The key to the Lions’ chances this season, though, is on the shoulders
of one guy, quarterback Mathew Stafford. The second-year signal-caller
showed flashes of greatness as a rookie last year at a position filled
with mediocrity in Detroit since the infamous trade of QB Bobby Layne
over 50 years ago.
It is no wonder that the team has only won one playoff game since the
1957 championship. Until now, the Lions have not had a decent
quarterback since then. If Mathew Stafford stays healthy in 2010...
well, we better see if the Bobby Layne jinx is finally over before we
make any rash predictions here.

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