Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 30, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 08/30/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Factual but not fair?

The Aug. 17 Record-Eagle article “Not all millage money destined for roads” was “factual” but not necessarily “fair.”

The newspaper, fresh from its exposé of NMC shooting itself in the foot for placing their millage on a costly August ballot and not clearly stating how the monies would be spent, has decided to take on the Road Commission’s plan to put a 1-mill tax on the November ballot for much-needed road repairs.

The article focuses on the “fact” that funds collected via the road millage may not necessarily all be spent on roads.

Perhaps another bait and switch plot?

In fairness, the article should have also reported two additional but very relevant facts.

1. Of the $4.4 million collected annually all but 3 percent ($125,000) will be spent on road repair/maintenance.

2. The fact that monies “may” be directed elsewhere is totally beyond the control of Road Commission or county officials. State law provides that a certain percentage of funds collected from several millage taxes, including this one, be redirected from the recipient, in this case the Road Commission, to a Tax Incremental Fund such as the one previously established by Traverse City.

Gordie La Pointe


Obey rules of the road

I was just coming down M-22, trying to turn right into the Tom’s parking lot. Alongside of M-22 is a sidewalk/bicycle path, with clearly marked stop signs at the intersection of Tom’s driveway, for the walkers/bicyclists to stop. The reason the cars and myself could not make the turn into the parking lot is because a group of bikers totally ignored the stop signs, riding right across the entrance to the lot. As tragic as bike/car accidents are, I am getting a little tired of hearing about the poor bikers. They apparently want the use of the roads, without any regard for the rules of the road. Almost every day, I observe bikers riding through stop signs and totally ignoring other road signs. I used to ride bikes but always obeyed the rules of the road and gave automobiles a wide berth knowing that sometimes a bike is hard to see.

Arnold Roth

Traverse City