Traverse City Record-Eagle

Election 2010

October 15, 2010

Letters at Issue: Elections: 10/15/2010

No oversight

It's unreasonable to give non-elected people tax dollars with no oversight and no accountability required, thereby leaving the taxpayer with no recourse. I am referring to the Grand Traverse Road Commission millage request. The accumulated amount would be $18 million. Based on the commission's past history, wouldn't elected people better serve residents?

If your township public roads need attention maybe some maintenance could be done. Except for Peninsula Township.

All 58 named subdivision public roads have been denied help. A special assessment district would be necessary, an extra cost.

What happened to the legal requirement for maintenance (MCL 247.662 [18])?

Alan Gray

Traverse City

Good enough for me

I've been reading the letters about the judge race. So Stepka has been in District Court about twice as often as Elsenheimer, but Elsenheimer has done seven times the trials. Sounds like they're both experienced. I think John Foresman has been a great judge and prosecutor through the years, and if he thinks Elsenheimer should replace him, that's good enough for me. I'm for Elsenheimer.

Shirley Deniston

Grawn

Thousands of cases

I have known Marian Kromkowski for more than 20 years; I respect and admire her.

As a pioneer domestic relations mediator, Marian is dedicated to finding equitable ends to conflict.

As an advocate for peace and justice, she has demonstrated a belief that no person or group deserves any more or any less justice than another.

She has experience: She has heard thousands of cases as a judicial officer. As an attorney, she has represented clients in the types of cases decided by a probate judge.

Marian is uniquely qualified. I support Marian Kromkowski for Leelanau County probate judge.

Robert Chapman

Suttons Bay

No friend of cancer care

Last October, Dan Scripps voted for House Bill 5386, which would have devastated cancer care in Michigan.

This bill imposed a 3 percent tax on gross receipts of physicians. We oncologists currently purchase the chemotherapy, then bill the patients' insurers for the cost. Federal law prevents us from profiting from the drugs. These revenues make up 80 percent of our receipts.

If 5386 had become law, we would have been unable to procure drugs for our patients.

Mr. Scripps has proven he is not a friend of cancer care. We urge you not to vote for Dan Scripps Nov. 2.

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