Cost of living raises
I can't believe the Grand Traverse County Road Commission is giving 2.5 percent raises to its staff, plus manager Mary Gillis. They are getting a cost of living raise. My husband and I draw Social Security and we were told the cost of living did not go up. It didn't go up for 2009, either.
How can the cost of living go up for the Grand Traverse County Road Commission and not Social Security? I think if they get a cost of living raise so should people on Social Security. I hope people vote "no" for the Road Commission millage.
A distinguished record
Elected office tends to attract two very different types of people: Those who want to be something and those who want to accomplish something.
Thankfully, Ralph Soffredine falls into the latter category. He has served our community with the integrity and foresight we should demand from all our elected officials.
In this year when the electorate is rightly seeking to clean house and vote out scores of self-interested, professional politicians, let's vote to elect Ralph Soffredine to the Grand Traverse County Commission. Ralph's distinguished record stands as an example to others who would seek public office for the right reasons.
John Hartl, Jr.
Judges were experienced
One of the reasons we have good district and Circuit Court judges is that they were qualified and experienced when first elected and avoid connections with special interest groups, the antithesis of most politicians.
In the race for 86th District Court Judge, we have a politician, Kevin Elsenheimer, with little experience and limited qualifications. His opponent, Mike Stekpa, is not a politician but has a wealth of experience and is highly qualified.
It will be interesting to see which candidate the voters want as our next 86th District Court Judge.
I want Mike Stepka, no doubt.