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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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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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