Flip side of tourism
Lack of tourism? Good riddance! (re: “Tourism on the Ropes,“ 6/8). All thats good for is pollution. Close those big ugly box hotels and let them rot into something interesting... overgrown with northern paradise foliage.
Then people will come and explore...theyll ride motorcycles and trains and even horses through Michigan for a breath of fresh air.
And it will be because Michigan led the fight against big business.
It utilized its railways and heavily taxed its biggest highways.
It will be because motivated entrepreneurs endeavored without doubt to grow their cities tall and tight as opposed to sprawled and bright.
It will be because world-savvy travelers opened hostels, cheap housing, and had other great ideas... including using education centers to their full potential for local research and improvement, including expanding locally-supported media. Oh give me time... I‘ll lead the way.
Northern Michigan can be self-sufficient! Just as long as it takes it upon itself to protect the Great Lakes with all of its might. They are a beauty and a paradise that nurtures the intellect, happiness, and the will to fight for it.
Jack P. McKenna via email
Keep on digging
I was reading an article in the Oakland Press on community leaders trying to censor your (local) newspaper. Keep on investigating these criminals!
Dont let them censor your paper. What is going on in this country? They are trying to take away our right to free speech. For this Senator Jason Allen, keep on investigating him; he needs to be exposed. If he runs for govenor and wins, God help us.
Ronald Backiel via email
Long time to pay
Some of us have had the unfortunate experience of paying off a car loan after the car has died. The average life of parking decks is 30-35 years and the $16 million loan on it will last almost as long. Does this seem like the best use of our tax money? I dont think so!
Jo Bartlett TC
The new Meijer‘s
I believe a recent letter to the editor from Pete VanBerlo about Acme Township and the Meijer development included inaccuracies.
1) At no time did Meijer commit to not selling their property on the east side of Lautner Road to another big box development if Meijer did not use the property. The property could have been filled by another big box.
2) The township legal bills were not mounting at the time of the letter. Concerned Citizens of Acme Township is funding current lawsuits concerning the Town Center.
3) The township board is not trying to stop development. It is working hard to see that development fits the master plan. The master plan was created with extensive input of Acme residents and calls for a small town flavor to the community.
4) The developers have been fighting tooth and nail to not abide by the master plan. It is the goodwill of the township that has been squandered, not the goodwill of the developers.
5) It is not a foregone conclusion that the developers will win in the courts. So far all the lawsuits have returned in Acme Townships favor.
I fear that the letter to the editor was a perfect example of misinformation and scare tactics that have been the usual operating tactics of both the town center developers and Meijer. The bottom line of all developers is making money. The bottom line of the Acme Board of Trustees is to maintain Acme as a pleasant coherent town, not another sprawl development.
Charlene Abernethy Acme Twp
A better community
Just a note to let you know I thought Anne Stanton did a nice job on the Record-Eagle/Ross Childs story (“Open Season,“ 6/1). It is clearly a story that had many tentacles, but just as clearly its an important story about the life of this community, if not northern Michigan. Anne worked very hard on the story, interviewing, double-checking, confirming, etc. She was a real pro throughout.
I think it speaks volumes about your organization that you were willing to devote the time and space to such a subject. You could have taken the low road -- as some other media have done from time to time -- but you didnt. You dealt with the issue fairly. I thank you for that.
In the end, I think we all want the same thing -- a better and more inclusive community.
Bill Thomas TC
(Bill Thomas is editor of the Traverse City Record-Eagle.)
In last week‘s Random Thoughts column, Robert Downes confused the Dutch Reformed Church (now called the Reformed Church of America) with the Christian Reformed Church of Grand Rapids.
Also, in “Tourism on the Ropes,“ there was some confusion as to the presence of rivers on the Wisconsin-Michigan border. Those rivers in the Upper Peninsula include the Montreal, the Brule and the Menominee.
Thanks to reader Bertram Walsh for setting us straight.