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Letters 02-08-2016

Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

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George Foster - October 14th, 2004
Your Fall Sports Update. Seriously.
Egad – no hockey?
With the 2004-5 NHL hockey season in doubt, Red Wingsitis withdrawal has already begun. No training sessions in Traverse City. Pre-season games are a goner. It is hard to believe, but the entire regular season and playoffs may be cancelled due to a labor dispute. Seriously.
Many of us are ready to cry. Who among us will not feel a tug of the heart when realizing that there will be no highlight reel goals from Pavel Datsyuk, no deft passes from Stevie Yzerman, and especially no blood and mayhem from Darren McCarty fisticuffs? It is going to be a long winter.
By the way, congratulations to the 2004 Detroit Tigers, winners of 30 more games than last year’s debacle. No, they weren’t a threat for the playoffs this season but they aren’t far from being a good team. Seriously. The Tigers already have one of the best hitting squads in the league and a young starting pitching staff that is on schedule to be solid next year.
The problem is relief pitching – and it is a big problem. No lead was big enough for the Tigers, as their opponents came from deficits of 5 runs or more behind on many occasions to beat them last year. It didn’t help that they lost their best reliever in mid-season, Ugueth Urbina, when his mother was kidnapped in his native Venezuela.
If manager Alan Trammell somehow finds a couple of solid relief pitchers (and Urbina finds his mother) to complement his rapidly improving young team, the Tigers skipper may soon return the team to its past glory.
The 2004 Detroit Lions will not be the answer to filling the slack left by the Red Wings. Coach Steve Mariucci’s squad is wracked with injuries once again. The team is improved despite the deflating loss of 2003 number one pick Charles Rogers again for the season and a tough schedule ahead stacked with difficult opponents on most weeks.
This year’s top draft pick Roy Williams has been incredible, so far. Williams looks like a man among boys when battling for Joey Harrington’s passes and has a good chance for Rookie-of-the-Year honors. Next year, when Rogers is healthy…
If Dre’ Bly comes back soon from injuries to solidify the defensive backfield, this team could win half of its games this season. Seriously. A .500 record should be enough to ensure Coach-of-the-Year honors for Mariucci.
Without hockey and another rebuilding season possible for the Lions, this year’s version of the Detroit Pistons will be the focus of Michigan sports fans like never before.
What a difference a year can make. Last season, the Pistons sneaked up on everyone with their blue-collar, defensive approach to each game.
This year, the Pistons already have a bulls-eye on their backs as the pre-season pick to win the NBA championship once again. Suddenly the Eastern Conference is much tougher than recent years – Indiana, New Jersey, and Miami are all improved. Every team, though, will be gunning for the defending champs from Motown.
What will they do for an encore? The scary thing is that the Pistons could conceivably be much better than last year. Several players such as Rip Hamilton, Chauncey Billups, and Tayshaun Prince are still coming into their prime with their best seasons ahead.
Newcomer Carlos Delfino, fresh from the gold-medal winning Argentina team, is ready to make an impact in the NBA. The gifted Rasheed Wallace will spend the entire year with the Pistons after coming to the team late last season. And what more can you say about the presence of the ‘Fro, Ben Wallace.
Whatever you think about the Pistons chances, don’t give up on Darko Milicic - the Pistons haven’t. Having just turned 19, Milicic is not ready to make a serious contribution this year. When the 7 foot tall Darko finally grows up in a couple of years, he will be a force in the NBA.
Seriously.




 
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