The taxpayer pays
Betty Kunkel is very concerned about the unborn. I am more concerned about the children that are already here. A child dies every three seconds from abuse, hunger or disease.
Why would you want to bring a child into the world that is not wanted when you can’t take care of the children that are already here?
If a woman is forced to have a baby that she doesn’t want, it is the taxpayer that pays for that child until it is an adult.
We can do both
All of the articles and discussion on the festival issue seem to assume that all Traverse City festivals must be at the Open Space. We can have both festivals and an open and attractive waterfront if the festivals are located someplace else in TC, such as the Civic Center, F&M Park, the Grand Traverse Commons or private property, such as the lot at Pine and Front, etc.
All of the tourist advantages of festivals plus an open and attractive and quiet waterfront — it’s a win-win.
The waterfront is its own attraction to tourists and does not need a festival to bring people to it. Festivals at non-waterfront venues can bring tourists to TC and/or entertain them while they’re here, and locals and tourists alike can enjoy a quiet, open Open Space, whether on foot or driving along the Parkway.
Let’s separate the discussion of “keep the Open Space open” from “TC needs festivals.” We can certainly do both.
Lyn Dolson Pugh