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Letters 08-03-2015

Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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The Fearless Forecast for 2003

George Foster - December 26th, 2002
You may think it‘s insane to even attempt predictions for next year in such turbulent times. However, the following conclusions come from a tested, reliable source - the feeling in my bones. Best wishes for 2003.
(1) Senator Trent Lott, after 73 apologies, is forgiven for his racist comments and continues to serve in the Senate. African-Americans tell Lott “enough already“ when he threatens to join the NAACP, lobby congress for reparations to blacks for slavery, and burn Confederate flags though-out Mississippi.
(2) The Detroit Lions will become a playoff team next year. The Lions make the playoffs by being patient with QB Joey Harrington, drafting Charles Rodgers from MSU, and using any number of ball boys for on-the-field decisions instead of Coach Morningweh.
(3) Al Gore grows his hideous beard again and finally finds his calling after retiring from politics - as a comedian. The formerly robot-like VP will host a talk show setting off tremors in the camps of David Letterman and Jay Leno.
(4) The new World Trade Center will become the tallest building in the world. It will then be demolished voluntarily when employees of new companies in the tower refuse to ever come to work.
(5) The Petoskey nurses‘ strike will be settled and the results will benefit all of northern Michigan after the picket signs are laid down for good.
(6) Colin Powell quits the Bush administration early in 2003. For some reason, Powell feels that the dispute with Iraq should be settled within the parameters of international law and the United Nations, not by unilateral U.S. action. Who does Powell think he is: a decorated combat veteran and former head of the joint-chiefs-of-staff or something?
(7) A peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians will shock the world. Finally, Palestinians become as tired of being mauled by Israeli soldiers as Jews are of being victims of terrorist violence. Additionally, it is inevitable that the Bush administration will finally get onboard and realize the Palestinian question is the number one obstacle to peace in the mid-east, not Iraq.
(8) A major terrorist attack against U.S. interests will take place derailing our efforts against Iraq. The terrorists know we have spread our security defenses too thin by amassing thousands of troops and expending billions of dollars targeting Iraq.
(9) Detroit will be out after the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Injured Red Wings Yzerman and Fischer will not be ready and Curtis Joseph is no Dominik Hasek.
(10) Osama bin Laden will be captured in 2003 - dead or alive. George W. Bush will finally have the head of the man most wanted for the 9/11 attacks.
(11) John Edwards (who?) becomes the frontrunner for the democratic nomination for President of the United States. The democrats will continue their sometimes-winning strategy of finding obscure moderates (i.e. Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton) down in Old Dixie in order to carry southern states.
(12) Pete Rose will be voted into the Hall of Fame, followed eventually by Shoeless Joe Jackson. Rose would not be the first guy integrity-challenged to be inducted with baseball‘s elite. After all, Cooperstown is not known as the Jerk-free Hall of Good Ethics. It is the Hall of Fame.
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