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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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Best/Worst Michigan Athlete

None - March 29th, 2012  

Calvin Johnson: Detroit Lions Receiver

Megatron earned a blizzard of national attention by posting the best statistical season of his NFL career in 2011. He posted a career high 1,681 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns. In week four against the Dallas Cowboys, Johnson helped rally the Lions from a 24-point deficit to a 34-30 victory by snagging two 4th quarter touchdown passes. This performance gave Johnson eight touchdowns through the first four games of the season and tied an NFL mark for most consecutive games with multiple touchdown receptions at four. In a week 17 game against Green Bay, Johnson had a career-best 244 receiving yards in a 45-41 loss. Johnson and the Lions clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 1999 with a 38-10 win over San Diego on Christmas Eve. In the playoff loss to New Orleans, he caught 11 passes for 211 receiving yards and two touchdowns, breaking the Lions playoff record of 150 receiving yards.

Johnson had a remarkable season for the Lions, but we just have to ask, does anyone remember American League Cy Young Award winner and MVP Justin Verlander?

Kirk Cousins: MSU Quarterback

The clear runnerup in our survey, Cousins was a three-year starter for the Spartans. In 2011, he set a single season record with 26 touchdown passes. When his career ended after the thrilling triple-overtime Outback Bowl win over Georgia on Jan. 2, 2012, Cousins held the MSU career records for passing TDs (66), passing yards (9,131), completions (723), passing efficiency (146.1 rating), total offense (9,004 yards) and 200-yard passing games (26). He’s the winningest QB in Spartan history with 27 victories over his four-year career.


Denard Robinson: U of M Quarterback

Though he also placed in Best status, Express readers named Shoelace the runaway winner (?) of Worst Michigan Athlete in our survey. That, despite leading U-M to a win over that hated team from Ohio. Maybe most disappointing is more accurate. After his amazing 2010 season, the Wolverine QB played under a new offensive system and wasn’t nearly as flashy in 2011, and Michigan lost again to MSU. Robinson still earned second team All Conference recognition for the second year in a row and was voted team MVP for the second straight year by his teammates.

 
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