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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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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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