Traverse City Record-Eagle

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March 28, 2013

A great place to start

What a welcome

My family and I are moving to Traverse City this summer. We are a Marine Corps family. Both my husband and I have served as Marine officers, and our young sons have only known military communities. There is no greater welcome than knowing individuals, like Michael Moore, and regional businesses and organizations are putting emphasis on the value veterans have in our society. We are excited that Traverse City is a place that acknowledges the service and sacrifices veterans have made to our country and wants to honor them with the security of employment.

The affirmative action initiative is not a handout. It is an opportunity that our veterans need. Our nation’s veterans are proven leaders who are mission-oriented and willing to sacrifice themselves for the greater good of our nation. These individuals are tested and proven. Not only do they make great employees, but they make great citizens. My hope is that one day Traverse City will not only be recognized as one of Fodor’s best 10 small towns … it will also be recognized as one of the top 10 places for veterans’ employment. This affirmative action initiative is a great place to start.

Angie Morgan

Virginia Beach, Va.

The writer is a former Kalkaska resident and a Marine Corps captain.

Watch lawmakers

Our community is watching Rep. Schmidt’s and Sen. Walker’s actions to expand our coverage of medical coverage to our working poor and even middle class. The GOP party has already demonstrated its animosity to everyone who is not wealthy by the state tax structure changes. The least they can do is give us access to health care now that their party destroyed the unions. To fail to support this expansion (virtually free to Michigan taxpayers) further harms their constituency, kills jobs and shows the entire community disdain for them. The constituency will vote them out if this hostility and punitively continues.

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