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Murch: A few random thoughts on a Saturday morning

May 4, 2012
Steve Murch - Managing Editor , The Alpena News

I'm just thinking out loud and asking questions to start the weekend:

I'm not an oddsmaker, nor much of a gambling man, but I'm willing to bet that Monday's Alpena Municipal Council meeting plays to a full house at least for part of the meeting. It will have been three weeks since former City Manager Thad Taylor was terminated, and it's the first meeting since council made that decision. There have been several letters to the editor in regards to the decision on April 16 and I'm wondering how many of those people will show up on Monday. It's probably a safe bet that more than one person will be there to ask for comment on the direction of the city. I don't think it will be a short meeting.

Do you think former NFL great Junior Seau knew he had something wrong with his brain? Seau, one of the best linebackers to play in the NFL, killed himself with a gunshot to his chest, avoiding his brain completely. His family has agreed to let his brain be studied. It's hard to believe he did, and we'll never know since there wasn't a suicide note found, but there is a possibility. Why? Because Dave Duerson who used to play for the Chicago Bears, killed himself and left a suicide note that said he wanted his brain studied to see the effects the collisions and concussions suffered during his career had on him. It's just a thought, but maybe Seau had the same forethought as Duerson.

I fear this election year more than any other year. We've seen how ugly the Republican race for the nomination was early on, now get ready to feel like you have to take a shower after every commercial. And it's going to slide all the way down through every race. Welcome to the life with PACs. I wish there was a way to delete the fliers from my mail box without having to look at or handle them like you can with junk email in the inbox.

Here's a special note to the coaches of spring sports in our area. Sports Editor James Andersen is flying solo for the most part, so get your calls into the office after games and meets in as early as possible. If you have a home game, it's over before 9 p.m., so don't wait until 10:30 to call. He needs a little cooperation from you.

A show of hands, how many of you think the woman who tanned herself and is accused of taking her daughter into the tanning bed is attractive with her excessive tanning? Didn't think so. I love how people are now asking if she is "tanorexic." That's sounds like the perfect description. And she lives in the perfect town name in New Jersey as well - Nutley.

I don't watch much of the NHL during the regular season, but when the playoffs hit I'll pay more attention and get interested. The reason is simple, the hockey playoffs are incredibly good and filled with high drama. And, there isn't a better game 7 scenario than in the NHL. Those games are the best. Plus, how many of those games have multiple overtimes? I had to get up early on Thursday and wouldn't you know it, I got hooked into the triple overtime game between New York and Washington. I stayed up through the whole thing, which meant I had a little over five hours of sleep.

We've added Jackie Krawczak, executive director of the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce, as a columnist beginning Tuesday. Jackie's columns will appear bi-weekly on weeks opposite of Mary Beth Stutzman's Inspiring A-Town columns. Then debuting May 26 will be a monthly wellness column by Trina Gray, owner of Bay Athletic Club, on the Saturday Health page. I believe both of these are great additions to The News, and readers will find both of them informative and useful.



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