Traverse City Record-Eagle

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June 28, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 06/28/2012

Don't share goals

With regard to the Sleeping Bear Dunes bicycle trail: Not so long ago my friends and I would visit the base of the dunes to find Showy Lady's Slippers. This year they were gone, replaced by invasive plants that inhabit disturbed ground.

I should not have been surprised that the company charged with writing an environmental impact statement declared there would be no negative effects to the building of the trail. An engineering firm is not likely to study construction's effects on the biota.

The lesson I have learned is this: Bicyclists and wildlife enthusiasts do not necessarily share the same goals. A 10-foot-wide expressway for bicycles laid down through environmentally sensitive areas is an insult to the swamps and forests through which it passes. This project should never have been approved.

Richard Fidler

Traverse City

Leadership is shameful

In response to the June 20 letter, "What are we thinking," and with all due respect to the military vet writer, his facts are incredibly wrong. He stated the national debt rose from $5.6 trillion to $10.1 trillion under President Bush. That is factually incorrect. According to the Bureau of Public Debt at the Treasury Department, the national debt rose to $4.9 trillion during President Bush's entire eight-year term, mainly due to the fact that we were in the middle of two wars, tax cuts and the economy freefall. As of June 2012, the national debt is at $15.6 trillion, in three short years under Obama. At this rate, if Obama is re-elected, the debt will increase to a staggering $20 trillion.

No one likes war. But, as I watch daily of the human slaughter going on in Syria of young children and their families, I can't help but wish our fine military were deployed to stop these horrific scenes.

The world expects no less of the United States. As the leader of the free world we are expected to lead when dictators turn on their own people. Unfortunately, President Obama's leadership in this matter is shameful and embarrassing.

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