Must hold accountable
State Rep. Ray Franz and U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek have proved their lack of commitment. The League of Conservation Voters has recognized this by naming each to The Dirty Dozen. Benishek was also named to the Flat Earth Five of climate deniers.
It is hard to understand the ignorance exhibited by these two men and their lack of regard for the land, water and air of our state. Each needs to be held accountable for their ignorant views and environmental voting records. Neither deserves to be re-elected.
Laurel E. Mason
Commitment to citizens
I would like to add my support for the re-election of Tom Bensley for the Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office. I worked with Sheriff Bensley in the early 90s when he was the supervisor for the marine patrol division and I worked for him when he was elected as sheriff. From personal experience, I have observed the commitment he has for the citizens of Grand Traverse County and for his officers. Although retired now and living out of state, I know Sheriff Bensley will continue to strive to serve and protect the citizens of Grand Traverse County.
The writer is a retired Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office Detective.
Prepare for tax surprise
Now for your April, 2013 surprise. You are going to be paying much more in Michigan income taxes next year. Michigan Public Act 38 started for tax year 2012.
Indeed, for tax years 2012-13, our personal income tax payments will go up almost $2 billion.
Here are two examples: A married couple with two kids and a household income of $55,000 will pay an additional $739 next April. A retired couple born after 1952, with a pension of $48,000 and a total household income of $53,000, will pay an extra $3,130 under the Republican state income tax increase.