2017-07-13 / Editorial

Told you so

Two “See, I told you so” items appeared in the news this past week.

The first was the story “Higgins Lake voted Michigan’s best inland lake by Free Press readers” which appeared Monday in the Detroit Free Press.

In a challenge the Free Press held on its Facebook page beginning in mid-June, 50 of Michigan’s top inland lakes were put to a vote. As the rounds progressed, fans of Michigan’s lakes whittled the finalist down to four: Higgins Lake, Torch Lake, Lake Charlevoix and Houghton Lake.

In the finals of the Free Press’ Michigan Lakes Tournament Challenge, Higgins Lake received more than 1,900 votes, taking the people’s choice. By reading comments on the voting page, we know people are passionate about their lakes in Michigan.

Fans of Higgins Lake can now point to the voice of the people to back up their claim that they are the best!

(We should note that it is pretty cool that two of Roscommon County’s lakes made the finals out of the 50 lakes in the contest. It should also serve as a reminder that we must do everything in our power to protect our lakes!)

The second “See, I told you so” item was the release of two studies that found drinking coffee can actually lower the risk of mortality. One study, conducted in Europe, found that drinking more coffee could significantly lower a person’s risk of death. The other, conducted in the United States with non-whites, found that coffee can increase longevity.

For those of us who need to have their morning – and midmorning and mid-mid-morning and late-morning and later-morning and early-afternoon – cup of Joe, we have some fodder to explain our addiction.

Both studies were published in the “Annals of Internal Medicine” and include lots of scientific discourse. If you’re interested, look them up and give them a read – with your morning cup of coffee, of course.

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