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Letters 3-17-14

- March 17th, 2014  

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We are fortunate to live in America. We are required to act responsibly. Contribute to the SOLUTION.

RULE #1. Anything people throw on the ground that did not grow there or wasn’t there originally is unacceptable. If it is processed, it’s garbage.

What is litter? Cigarette butts, empty cigarette packages, paper cups, bags, flossers, candy wrappers, cans, bottles, fast food debris, everything indicated in RULE #1.

Cover garbage containers left on the road. In all windy conditions cover with a heavy weight. YOU are liable for your garbage.

RULE #2. All commercial vehicles must not throw their garbage on the ground. It doesn’t matter who you are or who you work for. Put a bag in your truck and use it for garbage. Place it in an AUTHORIZED container. My street, yard, neighborhood or County grounds are NOT AUTHORIZED.

WE are fortunate to live in the United States. Every person lucky enough to live in this country which I served for nearly 30 years is entitled to treat it with respect. Service to God and community has no expiration date. Pass the message to others. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT.

Terry Witt • Williamsburg


The past president of Monster Beverage Company has stated publicly on several occasions that he wants to build a racetrack on Griswold Mountain in order to “give back” to Indian River.

I am a retired public health nurse with over twenty years of service to the people of Cheboygan County. As a public health nurse I had the privilege of working with many community leaders as part of several different forums which sought to improve the health and well-being of our residents.

During these carefully constructed “needs assessments” never once did the Cheboygan County leaders come to the conclusion that what this county needs more than anything else is a world class motocross racetrack.

Many recurring themes were present, however. High on our list were improved health care and better access to it; safer places for our children to play and for our seniors to exercise; and better nutrition for everyone. Most importantly, the one need that was always identified was the creation of more long-term high-paying jobs with health benefits.

If the Griswold Mountain developer truly wants to give back to his community, he could indeed address this need. As a board member of the Monster Beverage Company, he could encourage his company to create real jobs in Indian River. They could possibly build a bottling plant or a distribution center at the Indian River Industrial Park, where many new employees would have year-round full-time employment.

The developer truly could be instrumental in helping to bring prosperity to Indian River. But building a race-track will not address this need. In the developer’s own words, putting on a motocross race would be like having a “traveling circus” come to town. Unfortunately, when the circus is gone, so are the jobs.

Pam Miller • Indian River


Since the 1970s the income earned by the top fifth of Americans has risen from 40 percent to 47 percent of total income. It is difficult to say that this level of inequality is a bad thing; many of the reasons are clear. People tend to have lower incomes when they are young, higher income in middle age, and lower incomes when elderly. Even year-to-year, there are shifts between rich and poor, some people making money a top priority in their lives, while others do not.

The concern is not in inequality itself, but rather the increase in income inequality since the 1970s. The reason for the rise is due to the change in information technology that has favored the productivity of highly skilled worker. Inflation adjusted, the current minimum wage is lower than it was in the 1970s. Household incomes have become more unequal because of changes in family patterns, including the rise of singleparent families and the rise of high-earners marrying each other. Lastly, globalization has played a minor role in job loss to countries paying lower wages.

While higher taxes on the rich can be used to equalize, the share of federal taxes paid by those with high incomes is fairly high by the standard of recent decades. An alternative method of reducing inequality would be to increase government spending. This could be accomplished by expanding direct payments to the working poor, via an earned income credit and/or an increase in the minimum wage. Another way would be to increase government spending on infrastructure, which could create higher paying jobs.

Ronald Marshall • Petoskey

CORRECTIONS: In the March 3 issue, we mistakenly noted that Brett and Kristina Nichols of Elevated Arts had created the Music Together program. In fact, Music Together is an international program developed in the 1980s. We apologize for any confusion.

In the March 10 issue on the Style page we ran an incorrect price for a sweater at Ellas. The correct price is $216.

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