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Letters 04-13-2015

Perplexing Eighth Street Changes I’m writing to you about the way 8th Street in Traverse City is organized. I commute on 8th Street daily like hundreds of others.

115 Years of Injustice Investigative reporter Pat Sullivan’s March 23 article “BURNOUT” exposed for the first time to many northern Michigan residents the 115-year-old tragedy that took place at Burt Lake in October of 1900.

Kicking The Prop 1 Can “Proposal 1 consists of only 100 words, but if approved by voters on May 5, it would trigger into law thousands of other words in 10 bills passed by the state legislature in December.”

Expose The Republican Playbook There was much angst among Democratic Party loyalists after the November election about their failure to convey a strong populist message.

Unions Are Essential Thanks to Stephen Tuttle for pointing out in his recent column how we have had trade apprenticeships for decades throughout Michigan and other states.

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Why We Need a Baseball Strike

George Foster - August 29th, 2002
As baseball‘s deadline of August 30th looms ahead, the players and owners should be more than a little uneasy. No one really feels sorry for 750 millionaires fighting over how to distribute their loot with 30 billionaires. Besides, these conceited punks are ruining the greatest game ever invented by men to perpetuate childhood.
Would Ty Cobb comprehend striking .220 hitters making over $10,000 per game? Could former Commissioner Judge Landis be merciful to players arrested for punching their wives? Would Joe DiMaggio refuse to play in an All-Star game because not enough fans voted for him? Not for one second.
It is high time there was a baseball strike... BY THE FANS. What would happen to baseball if fans decided not to attend games, listen to baseball on radio or television, or buy any of the game‘s merchandise? One thing is sure - players and owners would discover humility overnight.
LET‘S DO IT. Make yourself a picket sign and repeat after me, “I, ______, promise to turn off all baseball broadcasts, throw away the sports section of newspapers, boycott major league stadiums, and reprimand anyone I see doing otherwise so help me Babe Ruth.“ Bringing baseball to a grinding halt by sports fans is the only way to save the game. This baseball stoppage will continue until our strike demands are met. And here they are:
Demand #1. Under no circumstances will labor strikes be allowed in mid-season. Taking the national pastime away from us during baseball season has permanently damaged our country. When we men don‘t have our summer baseball, there is bound to be high-voltage tension between family members and skyrocketing crime statistics. Talk about cruelty. Since football, basketball, and hockey don‘t begin until fall, what is left for us to do during baseball season?
Demand #2. Test for performance enhancing drugs. With all the record-breaking hitting accomplishments of today, it is obvious that many players cheat by ingesting drugs. In addition to the players, don‘t forget to test the owners, managers, and coaches who supervise players. There are also food vendors, announcers, and ballboys. Actually, the fans need to be tested for drugs, too, upon entry into the stadium. It is the only way to insure pristine baseball as it was intended to be played.
Demand #3. Teach umpires how to uniformly judge balls and strikes. These are supposedly grown men who know the game and have superior eyesight. Yet, some umps consistently call a strike zone that is a foot outside or inches above home plate. What is that all about? Let‘s buy some specs for these nearly blind dudes and call strikes as Abner Doubleday intended: duh...on balls thrown over the plate between the knees and shoulders.
Demand #4. No more revenue sharing. Yes, this provision is meant to bring equity between the mega-market teams and the smaller city squads but who needs it? We can all agree on one thing: the world was a better place when the Damn Yankees dominated baseball. Historically, the 25 best players in the league play for the Yankees and the rest play for the 29 poorer teams. The Yankees predictably win but the other teams have fun vying for second place.
Demand #5. Get rid of the designated hitter rule in the American League. We ain‘t gonna stand for no more stinkin‘ DH‘s. Let the old has-beens and one-dimensional guys go back to AA minors or the Mexican League where they belong.
There still may be time to save baseball. Strike with me now or forever hold your peace.







 
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