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Letters 05-25-2015

Michigan’s Depleted Funds So now we know why the Michigan legislators wanted to rush Proposal 1 down our throats.

Legality of Marriage & Divorce An article in the May 25th issue of Time reveals that: “We now have reached a point where fewer than half of kids leaving high school will have their parents living together.”

Cold Paradise Your May 18 cover story “Why is Northern Michigan So White?” is preposterous. For starters, we have plenty of diversity in this region: German, Polish, Swedish, Lithuanian, Norwegian, French Canadian, etc. – all groups that flourish in colder, harsh winter climates.

Unpave Those Roads Michigan legislators recently put before the people a proposal to increase tax to increase funds to the DOT and road commissions across the state for road repairs. The proposal failed by a significant margin.

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Letters 2/26/04

Various - February 26th, 2004
Year after year, the developmental boundaries grew; Crestview Plaza was erected. There was talk of the eyesore it had created on the lovely landscape outside of town. A few of the downtown stores became empty. Some were replaced with banks and offices. Some buildings were removed entirely.
Who could help but notice when a portion of Little Traverse Bay became obstructed by a new, taller medical building? That picture-postcard welcoming view had changed. Who notices that change now?
Familiar, family-run motels on our main corners are now ubiquitous chain drug stores. Our farmlands have become parking lots dotted with squares of commercial sameness. Can you recognize if you‘re in Petoskey, or Anywhere U.S.A.?
More downtown stores are gone. The empty storefronts represent the abandoned dreams of many people who once believed in our community. If you are distressed by the growth you have witnessed, you have the opportunity to promote the antidote to sprawl -- the infusion of life-giving commerce in our downtown.
If you long to restore what sets this community apart from so many carbon copy communities that do not have a viable downtown, please support the smart growth proposed for our downtown. The addition of housing, hotel, storefronts, service businesses, jobs and parking translates into new life blood for our downtown.
Walk the downtown streets. See how many businesses are gone or closed for the season. Talk to the business poeple that are still holding on, committed to maintaining our unique downtown character. We must have year-round visitors and our community‘s support of the downtown for it to continue to exist. Throughout our community, skylines have changed; the landscape has changed. We must work to promote and improve what sets Petoskey apart -- our downtown.

Mary Ellen Lapp • Petoskey

There‘s a difference

The President has accepted at least $6.5 million in funds bundled by
Washington influence peddlers last year alone, 10 times what Sen. Kerry
has accepted from lobbyists over 15 years.
The only way to eliminate special interest influence in the White House is to reform the presidential funding system, and move toward clean money elections.

MaryAlice Lynott • Kewadin


 
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