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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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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