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Safety on the “Bridge to Nowhere” Grant Parsons wrote an articulate column in opposition to the proposed Traverse City pier at the mouth of the Boardman River. He cites issues such as limited access, lack of parking, increased congestion, environmental degradation, and pork barrel spending of tax dollars. I would add another to this list: public safety...

Vote Carefully A recent poll showed 84% of Michiganders support increasing Michigan’s renewable energy standard to at least 20% from the current 10%. Yet Representative Ray Franz has sponsored legislation to eliminate the standard. This out of touch position is reminiscent of Franz’s opposition to the Pure Michigan campaign and support for increased taxes on retirees....

Credit Where Credit Is Due I think you should do another article about the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund giving proper credit to all involved, not just Tom Washington. Many others were just as involved...

I’ve Changed My Mind The Supreme Court has determined that states cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions. This has happened with breathtaking suddenness. It took 246 years for Americans to decide that slavery was wrong and abolish it, but it’s been only a couple of decades since any successful attempt was made to legalize same-sex marriage, and four years since a majority of the American public supported legalization...


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Letters 1-27-14

- January 27th, 2014  

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Concerns about “AirWalk” near Glen Lake

Before my husband and I permanently moved to Glen Lake eighteen years ago we lived in three different communities in Ohio and Indiana. All three are classic examples as to why zoning and the maintaining of the zoning are so very important.

One village was zoned strictly, remained small and has a charming “New England village” character. The second started very small, grew like a weed and has all the unattractive characteristics that come to mind when zoning is ignored, i.e. quick food restaurants, huge signs, strip malls etc. The third also started as a really small village and now is a city of 55,000! But, because the elected officials had the foresight, the zoning was strict, logical and consistent and today the city remains a lovely place to live in, visit or just drive through.

One other place I must mention. My family visited Gatlinburg, Tennessee in the 1940’s. It was a quaint little village tucked in the beautiful Smokey Mountains. Fast forward to 1980’s; my husband, two friends and I drove through Gatlinburg…and out of there as quickly as possible. It is a truly ugly tourist trap!

Obviously, one entertainment skywalk would not make it a Gatlinburg…but it would be a beginning.

My husband “found” Glen Lake when he was fourteen and fell in love with it. Thanks to slow growth, our lovely Sleeping Bear National Park, and responsible zoning, we remain an area that is naturally one of the most beautiful areas in the world. We already have breathtaking views of both forests and waterways…please help keep it that way.

Josephine & John McCormick Maple City

Sidewalk Solutions

I’d like to weigh in my 2 cents on all things snow removal for Traverse City’s sidewalks. Especially the stretch of sidewalk that remains COMPLETELY covered with snow on and around Garfield Road south of S. Airport in Garfield Township.

Do you, dear reader, where ever you reside in Michigan, ever FEAR FOR YOUR LIFE as a result of the pedestrian experience of walking in the road when there are little other choices? Esp. those who live in my neck of the woods? Garfield Township south of S. Airport, on Garfield Road?

Do I actually expect to get hit by a car while walking along that road? NO. Why? I wear a dorky yellow safety vest. Now you see me... now you STILL see me, if you are operating a vehicle AKA driving north or south along Garfield (or S. Airport for that matter ---East or West respectively---) Every day I end up either A) Taking a bus in that neighborhood, B) Driving a car or C) Walking in this vicinity.

It’s no pedestrian’s paradise; exactly the opposite. If I take my prior question as rhetorical, then YES sometimes I FEAR FOR MY LIFE when walking in this car-laden area.

Since local township officials would likely need a SERIES of complaints from residents to actually clear these sidewalks, I’d like to suggest the following...

If it’s a choice between walking in the threefoot high snow banks or walking in the road AND you decide to walk in the road, wear a safety style vest with bright colors.

Already have one? Great! Don’t have one already? Ask me for one. I’ve got a few spare. You’ll know it’s me, good old Joe, because I will be wearing a safety vest along with my other winter gear, hat, scarf, gloves and beard. BTW DeWeese and Wal-Mart sell them as well. $12.50 in safety gear is probably worth it if it can prevent getting struck by a vehicle.

Joe Connolly • Garfield Township

Pay Your Taxes, NFL

No matter which problem is being discussed or argued, it always comes down to say one thing, support the opposite with dollars. Detroit need money, Michigan needs money, but the football obsessed still watch their games, buy the trinkets, etc and never question that the thing they support doesn’t support them.

For two decades, the NFL has been granted tax exempt status. Along with subsidies by local and state governments, the owners and players get richer every day. Still no “fans” object. Isn’t it about time to demand the code be changed and profiteers pay their share of taxes? The same goes for cruise lines, which pay no taxes but are willingly supported by an endless supply of travelers. These same travelers fail to grasp the slave labor that the ships use. So believe what you will, but make your money echo your views.

Anna Moested, Honor

 
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