Traverse City Record-Eagle

Election 2010

October 25, 2010

Letters at Issue: Elections: 10/25/2010

Should be ashamed

Claiming Benishek will raise taxes, dump Social Security, Medicare, and allow pollution, McDowell attempts to frighten seniors to support him. Benishek advocates a sensible tax structure. Medicare and Social Security are doomed without major surgery.

Benishek: "I do not favor any reduction, freeze, or changes in the benefits provided existing retirees. This promise made to those over the age of 62 by their government, must be honored 100 percent." "I am concerned about any damage to the Great Lakes, including by oil spills. Every effort must be made to protect them — including a ban on drilling."

McDowell should be ashamed.

David R. Munroe

Bellaire

Always accessible

I am supporting Ralph Soffredine for county commission. Ralph has provided outstanding public service on the school board and the city commission, not to mention many other local public bodies. Ralph knows how to make the difficult decisions that will confront the county board in the coming year. In addition, Ralph is always accessible to the voters.

Unlike his opponent, he will attend township board and city commission meetings to keep the lines of communication open with the other governmental bodies in his district.

Ward Kuhn

Traverse City

The right stuff

Here we are, just a few more days of signs, TV ads, doorbells and all the other trappings of election time. Nov. 2, we do our civic duty, signs come down and life goes on. The importance of our vote, however, cannot be overemphasized.

One of the most important we cast will be for our tri-county, nonpartisan local district judge. This office is where the law meets the people. We need a judge with political neutrality, impeccable integrity and recent experience in the office where he will preside. We don't need another Lansingite. Mike Stepka has all the right stuff.

Bill Brown

Traverse City

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