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Letters 11-28-2016

Trump should avoid self-dealing President-elect Donald Trump plans to turn over running of The Trump Organization to his children, who are also involved in the transition and will probably be informal advisers during his administration. This is not a “blind trust.” In this scenario Trump and family could make decisions based on what’s best for them rather than what’s best for the country...

Trump the change we need?  I have had a couple of weeks to digest the results of this election and reflect. There is no way the selection of Trump as POTUS could ever come close to being normal. It is not normal to have a president-elect settle a fraud case for millions a couple of months before the inauguration. It is not normal to have racists considered for cabinet posts. It is not normal for a president-elect tweet outrageous comments on his Twitter feed to respond to supposed insults at all hours of the early morning...

Health care system should benefit all It is no secret that the health insurance situation in our country is controversial. Some say the Affordable Care Act is “the most terrible thing that has happened to our country in years”; others are thrilled that, “for the first time in years I can get and afford health insurance.” Those who have not been closely involved in the medical field cannot be expected to understand how precarious the previous medical insurance structure was...

Christmas tradition needs change The Christmas light we need most is the divine, and to receive it we do not need electricity, probably only prayers and good deeds. But not everyone has this understanding, as we see in the energy waste that follows with the Christmas decorations...

CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS 

A story in last week’s edition about parasailing businesses on East Grand Traverse Bay mistakenly described Grand Traverse Parasail as a business that is affiliated with the ParkShore Resort. It operates from a beach club two doors down from the resort. The story also should have noted that prior to the filing of a civil lawsuit in federal court by Saburi Boyer and Traverse Bay Parasail against Bryan Punturo and the ParkShore Resort, a similar lawsuit was dismissed from 13th Circuit Court in Traverse City upon a motion from the defendant’s attorney. Express regrets the error and omission.

A story in last week’s edition about The Fillmore restaurant in Manistee misstated Jacob Slonecki’s job at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course. He was a cook. Express regrets the error.

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Scott Haggard

Erin Crowell - July 18th, 2011
Great Scott! Son of country legend Merle Haggard truckin’ our way
By Erin Crowell

While music has always been in his blood, Scott Haggard—son of country
music legend Merle Haggard—is first and foremost a truck driver.
“I drive an 18-wheeler and spend anywhere from five to six days a week on
the road,” said the 43-year-old Alabama native.
It wasn’t until around 2005 that Haggard decided to follow in his father’s
footsteps as a serious musician.
He taught himself to sing and play rhythm guitar, eventually building a
musical resume that included performances at the Mobile Country Music
Association, the Florida Sunshine Opry, Rattlesnake Rodeo in Alabama and
the Nashville Palace.
Haggard will perform two shows in Northern Michigan – first, at the Blue
Pelican, in Central Lake, on Wednesday, July 20, with the Lonesome
Fugitive Band (see story, p.28); the second performance will be Saturday,
July 23, at the Southside Hideout in Buckley. This outdoor concert will
feature several names, including Top 40 Country Music Star Jeff Bates,
Mark Wills, Sarah Darling, Colt Ford and Kenny Olson Cartel.

ESTRANGED
Haggard was born in Opp, Alabama to Lanorah Margaret Bowden, a jailer for
Covington County. Bowden had met Merle Haggard in the spring of 1968, a
brief relationship among the musician’s five marriages.
Years later, someone had gotten the word to Merle that he had a baby boy,
but the superstar never responded.
“So I was raised by my stepdad,” said Scott Haggard, “and I never had any
contact with (Merle) until 2004 when I met him at a concert and told him
who I was.”
Merle brought Scott back to his tour bus to hear more.
“He kind of held his head down and said, ‘yeah, I remember that,’” Scott
Haggard recalled about he and Bowden’s encounter. “He excused himself and
went to the back of the bus.”
Since then, their relationship has been sporadic, at best. Scott has met
every one of his half siblings except one, clarifying a DNA test confirmed
him as Haggard’s son. He will speak with his father from time to time,
“eating with the band backstage every now and then,” but his father is
still stand-offish.

IN HIS SHADOW
“I’m just gonna do this thing on my own,” Scott Haggard noted proudly
while on a recent haul with his wife Vicki . “That’s how (Merle) did it.”
Haggard has written his own music, including two songs that address his
current relationship: “Living in the Shadow of Merle” and “Do You Love
Me.”
“I’m working on some more songs that ain’t completely finished yet. I’d
love to become a fulltime musician, you know? Things seem to be getting
bigger and bigger so that’s a good thing.”
Until then, Haggard will continue to perform part time while spending the
majority of his days hauling his load along the East Coast, which—as he
put it—“depends on the week.”
“Sometimes I haul paper and recycling stuff. It’s nothing glamorous,” he
laughed.
 
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