Traverse City Record-Eagle

Election 2010

October 6, 2010

Letters at Issue: Elections: 10/06/2010

A horrendous law

The health care legislation passed this year increases and expands Medicaid and slashes Medicare. By 2019, it cuts Medicare by $86.4 billion — meaning $1,428 less for each elderly patient that year. Baby boomers will face difficulties accessing care that seniors now get. Chief Medicare Actuary Richard Foster said, "Overall national health expenditures under the health-reform act would increase by a total of $311 billion" compared with the amounts that otherwise would be spent from 2010 to 2019.

Dan Benishek in Michigan's First District is the only candidate that has pledged to repeal this horrendous law.

Christa Hill


Shoe-leather campaign

Voters have a clear choice in the 86th District Court race.

Mike Stepka does not accept corporate contributions. Kevin Elsenheimer solicits corporate "donations" and even took money from Meijer after the Acme debacle unraveled.

Stepka has 20 years and 2,200 cases worth of experience in District Court. Elsenheimer is a career politician, voting in lockstep with his party.

Mike Stepka has gone door-to-door the past four months, talking with voters. He represents the old-fashioned, shoe-leather political campaign. Elsenheimer has spent money on slick ads. He represents the modern sound-byte campaign.

I'll take the shoe leather, thanks. Vote Stepka.

Gary S. Powell

Traverse City

'Yes' won't hike taxes

The past several years have been financially tough ones for our Suttons Bay School system. Declining enrollment and funding from the state greatly have challenged our schools.

On Nov. 2, we need to make sure we continue to give our students a chance by voting "yes" on the Suttons Bay bond proposal. A yes vote simply maintains current funding and allows our schools to keep up with the technology and the educational programs our students will need to be successful and compete for the career of their choice.

A yes vote will not increase our taxes.

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