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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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Monday, November 22, 2010

TRAVELS WITH CHARLIE LOESEL

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.
 
 
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