Over the past year Ive had the privilege of working with a wonderful group of your neighbors from Leelanau, Benzie and Grand Traverse Counties. We share a deep concern for one of the critical institutions necessary for a thriving democracy: fair and impartial courts.
In our state, like many others, Supreme Court election campaigns have become an embarrassment. In the words of retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day OConnor, Judicial elections are becoming political prizefights where partisans and special interests seek to install judges who will answer to them instead of the law and the constitution.
We believe public financing of Michigan Supreme Court election campaigns would provide a viable alternative to the special interests campaign finance tug of war to control the Court. Public financing could remove one cause of the erosion of trust and confidence in our judiciary. The existing State Campaign Fund, which has become insignificant in gubernatorial campaigns, could fund contemporary Supreme Court campaigns very adequately.
In a visit to Lansing on February 19th, your neighbors acquitted themselves beautifully in meetings with their state senators and other legislators.
But, realistically, we are not expecting quick victory for an idea as revolutionary as taking special interest money out of Supreme Court elections. The truth is, we need your help. Go to the web site of the Michigan Independent Supreme Court Campaign, www.miscc.org, and sign the online petition. Sometimes ordinary citizens have to lead the leaders. Were prepared to do that.
Rich Robinson Michigan
I cant believe its 13 years since Reggie Box died -- the world is now a much darker place. I remember Reggie as a true revolutionary who wanted to change the system from within. He used to come over to my brothers house as an escape from the extraordinary pressures that were put on him -- political, corporate and other.
Every move he made was scrutinized by the owners of the radio station he made great. Reggie didnt want a radio powerhouse, he wanted a radio station free from the dictums of this corporate world. He wanted a WABX-style station that could play music reflective of the times. He was so happy when KLT was number one in its prospective market, but the pressure to keep that status was more than he could bear. He told me once: “If only I had a million dollars... “
Now, I hear the last of his legacy is to be auctioned off to the highest bidder -- I am floored! This will remove the last bit of his presence, wont it? Everyone can move on with their lives. When he passed away and I remember that day, WKLT played non-stop music to honor his life and impact -- Kinks music! Terry Ray was all busted-up, as were we all because we realized the great person we lost. Then there was the memorial and the first auction of his things. WKLT than launched the Reggie Box Annual Memorial Music Show, or something because I only remember one! Now this!
Eric Alandt TC
A response to Richard Allen of Leland (Letters 2/25):
Imagine, we did not spend $2 trillion on a military action to remove a brutal dictator, but spent more money than we already do trying to feed people where the local governments will not allow the food to reach the people who need it. Wasted.
Imagine being an Iraqi father watching your daughter being dragged off to be raped by one of Saddams henchmen. Or your son being beaten to death for not playing soccer as well as they say he should.
Imagine the United States of America not being feared. The Chinese Red Army overrunning the western half of our country with in weeks.
Extremists from around the world blowing up cars and buildings in your
home town at will.
Imagine the end of Israel.
Imagine the end of free speech.
Imagine the end of literacy for your daughter.
Imagine the end of your right to choose; your career, housing, education or what to do with your body.
It is great to Imagine a world where soldiers are social workers and everybody gets along. It is a fun game, but it is not reality.
The world outside of a few countries is a mean, brutal and unforgiving place. A place where brave men and women with courage, wisdom and resolution stand to protect your way of life. They sacrifice everything so you can write letters denigrating everything they do to protect you.
Bryan Schaub Lake Leelanau
It was wrong...
It was so wrong what happened to Craig Carlson. I will never call 911 for help. There was no negotiator on the forefront to help him.
Thank you for your help and having a voice to be able to speak. It was wrong, poor man!
Two wrongs don‘t make a right. The Express article made me cry and angry. I have a voice!
Diane Marie Goodreau TC