Traverse City Record-Eagle

Election 2010

October 30, 2010

Editorial: TC: No on Proposal 1 and yes on Proposal 2

We urge Traverse City voters to say "no" to Proposal 1, which would return Traverse City Light & Power to the status of a city department. It's overkill. There is no doubt the Light & Power board and the agency as a whole stumbled badly in its recent effort to build a wood-burning biomass electric generation plant. Light & Power took a hard sell approach when its role should have been teaching and listening, not selling. That effort also revealed a certain level of antagonism toward the public within Light & Power ranks. Light & Power leadership, led by chairman Mike Coco, acknowledges that the biomass push soured a lot of people and has vowed to make changes. "We're listening," he says.

Worries that putting Light & Power directly under city commission control would lead to a totally politicized process are overblown. After all, there are two commission members on the utility board now. But keeping the commission at arm's length — able to speak out but not involved in day-to-day operations — has worked and is worth keeping.

As a check of sorts to keeping Light & Power independent, we urge voters to say "yes" to Proposal 2, which would allow city voters to petition for a referendum on any future power plant plans. That puts the ultimate power to decide such a critical issue right where it should be — with city residents.

1
Text Only
General Election Returns
Primary Election Returns
Poll
Poll
Poll
Poll
Poll
AP Video
Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide