Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 28, 2013

A great place to start

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — 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.

Christina Riddle

Traverse City

Future living

One of the great things about living in The Future is that it’s really easy to keep track of the people you don’t see anymore and find out about the cool things they’re doing.

So when I read on Facebook that my old high school newspaper published a brilliant, provocative piece of satire, I had a swell of pride - both for the students clever and snarky enough to put it together, and for their adviser, Missi Yeomans, who had the courage to let her students create something she knew would draw criticism.

It’s no surprise that well-meaning adults have cried foul, raising concerns of appropriateness and the crossing of lines.

I don’t really care to argue whether grinding should be allowed at high school dances. I do care about students’ freedom to express their opinions, and that right should always be preserved, whether the student is writing on important issues or just helping their energetic fellows find a suitable angle and velocity. (Everyone needs a little help with trigonometry sometimes.)

My hat’s off to Missi Yeomans and the entire Black and Gold staff.

Brett Higgins

Ann Arbor

The writer is a former Traverse City resident.