Traverse City Record-Eagle

Election 2010

October 24, 2010

Letters at Issue: Elections: 10/24/2010

Give L&P a chance

Traverse City Light & Power made some public relations mistakes during the biomass plant process, and admitted so. But does that really substantiate Proposal 1? Margaret Dodd suggests that, "Knowledge of electricity production, intelligence, or good judgement are not required for either the Light & Power Board, or the city commission."

Really? The reason for the separation in 1979 was "to have a specialized, city-appointed board handle the utility instead of leaving decisions to already busy city commissioners."

Let's give TCL&P a chance to clean up their PR department before we add yet another layer of politics to the mix.

Sharon L. Neumann

Traverse City

Protecting groundwater

Here's a broader picture of groundwater.

Groundwater, as air and rain, is not private property. Private landowners can only use water as it flows under their land.

Only 5 percent of the water in the Great Lakes is renewable, through rain, rivers and groundwater.

The western third of our country is very thirsty. How long before the "big guys" begin looking at our fresh water?

Dan Scripps is facing this huge challenge to protect our groundwater by proposing Amendment 5319 to PA451. We urge a vote for Dan Scripps so that he can continue his battle against the "big guys."

Tom and Shirley Wall

Suttons Bay

Temperament, knowledge

I am a native of Leelanau County. We citizens have a unique opportunity to elect a Probate Judge who has proven experience. Marian Kromkowski would be an excellent replacement for the late Judge Deegan. I have observed Marian speak at community gatherings and remain convinced that she has the necessary skills, temperament and knowledge that our county needs.

I highly recommend that you vote for Marian Kromkowski as our next Leelanau County Probate Judge.

John Popa

Bingham/Traverse City

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