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Trump going back on promises I’m beginning to suspect that we’ve been conned by our new president. He’s backpedaling on nearly every campaign promise he made to us...

This Christmas, think before you speak Now that Trump has won the election, a lot of folks who call themselves Christians seem to believe they have a mandate to force their beliefs on the rest of us. Think about doing this before you start yelling about people saying “happy holidays,” whining about Starbucks coffee cup image(s), complaining about other’s lifestyles…

First Amendment protects prayer (Re: Atheist Gary Singer’s contribution to the Crossed column titled “What will it take to make America great again?” in the Nov. 21 edition of Northern Express.) Mr. Singer, the First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”

Evidence of global warming Two basic facts underlay climate science: first, carbon dioxide was known to be a heat-trapping gas as early as 1850; and second, humans are significantly increasing the amount of CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels and other activities. We are in fact well on our way to doubling the CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere...

Other community backpack programs I just read your article in the Nov. 28 issue titled “Beneficial backpacks: Two local programs help children.” It is a good article, but there are at least two other such programs in the Traverse City area that I am aware of...

A ‘fox’ in the schoolhouse Trump’s proposed secretary of education, Betsy DeVos (“the fox” in Dutch), is a right-wing billionaire; relentless promoter of unlimited, unregulated charter schools and vouchers; and enemy of public schooling...

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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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