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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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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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