Letters 10-12-2015

Replacing Pipeline Is Safe Bet On Sept. 25, Al Monaco, president and CEO of Enbridge, addressed members of the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance. His message was, “I want to be clear. We wouldn’t be operating this line if we didn’t think it was safe.”

We pretty much have to take him for his word...

Know The Root Of Activism Author and rabbi Harold Kushner has said, “People become activists to overcome their childhood fear of insignificance.” The need to feel important drives them. They endeavor good works not to help the poor or sick or unfortunate but to fill the void in their own empty souls. Their various “causes” are simply a means to an end as they work to assuage their own broken hearts...

Climate’s Cost One of the arguments used to delay action on climate change is that it would be too expensive. Such proponents think leaving environmental problems alone would save us money. This viewpoint ignores the cost of extreme weather events that are related to global warming...

A Special Edition Cuckoo Clock The Republican National Committee should issue a special edition cuckoo clock commemorating the great (and lesser) debates and campaign 2016...

Problems On The Left Contrary to letters in the Oct 5th edition, Julie Racine’s letter is nothing but drivel, a mindless regurgitation of left-wing stuff, nonsense, and talking points. They are a litany of all that is wrong with the left: Never address an issue honestly, avoid all facts, blame instead of solving; and when all else fails, do it all over again...

Thanks, Jack It is so very difficult for the average American to understand the complex issues our country faces in far off places around the globe. (Columnist) Jack Segal’s career and his special ability to explain these issues in plain English in many forums make him a precious asset to all of us in northern Michigan...

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Monday, November 22, 2010


Music Patrick Ivory Travels with Charlie:Singer/songwriter brings songs of the road back home
By Pat Ivory
It’s been a long trip for singer/songwriter Charlie Loesel, from playing next to the salad bar at Blondie’s roadhouse diner out on Chum’s Corner in Traverse City years ago, to releasing his own recording with session musicians from bands that backed Bob Dylan, James Taylor and Paul Simon.
Loesel, who now lives in Seattle, will make it a full circle with a homecoming performance as Sleder’s Tavern in TC on Sunday, November 28, at 4 p.m.
Loesel grew up in Traverse City and graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in electrical engineering. After working a couple of years as a computer programmer in Chicago, he joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in Africa.
Monday, September 27, 2010

Shooting the Rapids

Features Patrick Ivory Shooting the Rapids
By Patrick Ivory
A whitewater river kayaking park in the middle of Petoskey?
It is easy to miss, but it is only a couple of blocks from downtown.
The Bear River flows beneath the bridge with the old-style concrete
railings on US-31/ W. Mitchell Street just south of downtown.
Monday, November 17, 2008

My Life as a Detroit Lions Fan

Features Patrick Ivory It is every sports fan’s dream that their team will win a championship at least once in their lifetime. The Detroit Lions have won a championship in my lifetime. I was nine months old at the time. Some 51 years later I am still waiting for the Lions to win it all while I am consciously aware of it.
As of last week, the Lions were nine games into the season and had not won a game. In a half century of futility, where it has often been dire for my beloved team, it now looks bleaker than ever. With seven games left, the Lions have a tough schedule ahead of them. None of the teams they face have losing records this season and the Lions could possibly be the first team ever to lose all 16 games.
My dad, Bob Ivory, played for the Lions in 1947. He grew up in Detroit, was an All-American at the University of Detroit, and was a scout for the Lions from ’48 to ’57. It is hard to say if there is a direct cause and effect, but they haven’t won since my dad’s last year working for them.