No sentence too harsh for Nassar

TRAVERSE CITY — MSU’s Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for abusing all of those young gymnasts. And yet even 175 years doesn’t seem like enough. I’m not a supporter of the death penalty, although I’d make an exception in his case. Or is that too good for him?

– Nassar read an apology in court but it was one of those back-handed ones: “There are no words that can describe the depth and breadth of how sorry I am for what has occurred.” Notice the use of “for what has occurred” instead of “what I did to you.” That’s someone who doesn’t think he did anything wrong. Enjoy prison, dude. I hear they love child molesters.

– As I write this, some sources had MSU president Lou Anna Simon resigning. Good. This was handled badly. I have no idea if she or anybody else at the school knew and didn’t tell, but if so the school is going to be in a world of hurt from all the lawsuits.

– I’m a Tom Izzo fan, but he didn’t walk back nearly hard enough his ridiculous and insulting comment that he hopes “the right person was convicted.” That’s about as tone deaf as you can get. Maybe Tom has some insight the court system doesn’t.

– Gov. Snyder’s take on the state of the state: “We’re accelerating this comeback into the future.” My take on the state of the state: Snyder doesn’t know what he’s talking about. The comeback he takes credit for is because of the nationwide economic recovery, and Michigan still lags far behind most states. Flint is still drinking bottled water three long years later. Our roads are still a wreck. Our schools are underfunded, as he himself has said. Michigan used to be a leading progressive state. Now we’re closer to being Michissippee. He gets a D- grade from me. This is not me being Democrat Andy. This is me being “I have eyes” Andy. We used to be a lot, lot better.

– I’m looking forward to the Winter Olympics, which is unprecedented. I’m written at least one insulting column about them every year since time began. Figure skating is silly. Hockey is dull. Curling is absurd. And bobsledding is just gravity in action. And yet I want to watch this year. Maybe that says something about the general state of TV these days. Or maybe … good god, could it be me? Has my life gotten this dull? I’ll let you know after I watch.

– Maybe “The Bachelor” should be an Olympic sport. That’d liven things up.

– I saw “The Post.” It made me homesick for newspapers. Print, I figure, is due for a revival. Society needs papers more than ever. Paper papers, I mean. The problem with today is there are so many news dropouts — people who don’t consume news, consume only partisan news, or get their news from Russian-generated memes.

– I’m going to recommend to you a cartoon that my college daughter recommended to me. It’s called “The Awkward Yeti,” but it’s really about your internal organs having conversations. Look it up online. Even better: It’s by a guy named Nick Seluk, who went to Northville High and Central Michigan University, my alma mater. Funny stuff.

“All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.” – Michael John Bobak.

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Andrew Heller, an award-winning newspaper columnist, appears weekly in the Daily Press. He graduated from Escanaba Area High School in 1979. Follow him at and on Facebook and Twitter. Write to him via email at