TRAVERSE CITY — Charles Fiebing is tired of the squabbling.
Fiebing, who lives in Traverse City's Slabtown neighborhood, has had enough of partisan politics. This year, he hopes more politicians will work together for the common good instead of arguing along party lines.
"This stalemate we have going on right now has just got to stop," he said. "These two political parties have got to meet somewhere in the middle. Do something and quit arguing."
Local residents expressed various hopes for the new year, and an end to overcharged partisan politics topped the wish list for many. That's not likely to occur, most acknowledged, but progress needs to be made.
"It really seems like nothing is getting accomplished and nothing is getting solved," said Suttons Bay native Jon Kellogg. "There's very smart people involved with both sides. If we could just get rid of all of the labels and put people in place who aren't just worried about the political side of things, maybe we could move forward."
The impending "fiscal cliff" dominated headlines in recent weeks, reinforcing a negative image of partisan bickering.
"I think a lot of us are pretty unsure of what's going to happen with this whole fiscal cliff thing," city resident Selenia Kucera said Monday morning. "I'm hoping they can come up with a reasonable solution."
Plenty of other issues — the economy, gun rights, the environment — got plenty of attention this year.
Wendy Haas, of Traverse City, was troubled by the Sandy Hook school shooting. She doesn't have a solution on how to control gun violence, but she hopes people keep talking about that and other significant topics in the new year.
"Large or small, it's a matter of maintaining our passion about these issues," she said. "It's easy to fall back into our comfort zones and not affect change."
It's too often that major incidents spark the public's interest but are then forgotten, she said.
"It's very easy to let it go, and I think that happens every year," she said. "We need to find a solution, rather than be up in arms until something else catches our attention."
The sour economic climate continues to be a huge concern for many, especially after years of recession.
"I'd like to see the economy pick up, of course," said Barbara Fiebing, Charles' wife. "We've been pretty beat up financially."
City resident Scott Beckstead used to work in construction, and still has plenty of friends in the business. The economy has slowly improved, he said, and he hopes that continues — and accelerates — in 2013.
"You're starting to see signs; it's starting to pick up," he said. "Let's definitely keep that momentum and see what happens from there."
Wish list is for political cooperation, better economy
TRAVERSE CITY — Charles Fiebing is tired of the squabbling.
UPDATE: Northwestern, Chemical banks merge
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Northwestern Bank reaches sale agreement
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Hearing planned for Garfield theater complex
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Attic fire damages East Bay Township home
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Rec authority seeks facility manager
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- Monday, March 10, 2014
Sheriff: GPS led Canadian duo astray
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Inuit art collectors make the trip
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Winner dedicated to social work, ed.
This year's recipient of the Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award was so shocked to be selected by the Traverse City Human Rights Commission that she called back the chairwoman two days later to make sure she'd correctly heard the news.Continued ...
Frat takes to road for MS
Quentin Callahan slumped in the corner of a booth at Mackinac Brewing, eyes closed, hood over his head.Continued ...
- Sunday, March 9, 2014
Zoning question to delay decision
A decision whether to use a city-owned warehouse for an emergency homeless shelter likely will extend into summer as city planners devise a new zoning ordinance.Continued ...
Heroin floods court docket
Another day, another heroin case. Illegal drugs inundated Grand Traverse County’s court docket last week.Continued ...
Taxes paid, code violations still remain
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Judge sides with township in Kasson gravel case
A local judge ruled against a landowner who challenged Kasson Township zoning rules because she wanted to mine gravel on her Leelanau County property.Continued ...
Low-income housing project lost
A development group lost control of 15 acres on the city’s west side, and along with it their proposal to develop 102 low-income, work-force housing apartments.Continued ...
- Saturday, March 8, 2014
How to finance history?
Talks continue between a host of local nonprofit officials who could overlap their organizations for history’s sake.Continued ...
Parking-space dining latest twist for downtown TC
The opportunity to dine in a street-side parking space could become the latest epicurean delight — or potential nightmare, in one official’s mind — to arrive in downtown Traverse City.Continued ...
'Good Samaritan' injured in wreck needs help
They called Scott Peterson “Good Samaritan” after the late January car wreck that nearly killed him. But friends and family said Peterson, a man who would “give a stranger the shirt off his back” needs some payback for a lifetime of good deeds.Continued ...
Union pact on TCAPS agenda
Traverse City Area Public Schools board members will consider a contract with the Food Service Employees Association, the purchase of 11 new school buses and employee layoffs, resignations and retirements at their meeting Monday night.Continued ...
Nominate an outstanding educator
Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District wants to hear from the community about area educators who have made a difference.Continued ...
Two arrested in drug bust
Traverse Narcotics Team officers arrested a Detroit man and woman after a months-long drug probe.Continued ...
- Friday, March 7, 2014
High School Sports Scoreboard: 03/07/2014
A roundup of scores from today's boys district basketball tournament games:Continued ...
Benzonia woman accused of prescription fraud
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- UPDATE: Northwestern, Chemical banks merge