Traverse City Record-Eagle

June 9, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 06/09/2013


Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Support license package

Hunters, anglers and trappers are the original conservationists. We fund Michigan’s conservation efforts through license fees and excise taxes on sporting equipment. Gov. Snyder’s proposed license package would simplify the license system and raise over $18 million per year for habitat and enforcement work that supports our outdoor activities.

As part of the license package, the Department of Natural Resources released a list of outcomes from increasing hunting and fishing license revenue, including almost $7 million per year in additional habitat work and $4.5 million to hire more conservation officers. They’re asking for a strategic investment in our state’s fish and wildlife by hunters and anglers and they’re being open and transparent with how they’ll invest it.

I’m willing to make that investment, because the return will benefit the fish and game I pursue and provide better opportunities for the generations that come after me. We have an opportunity to maintain, improve and provide more great opportunities to hunt, fish and trap.

Please join me in supporting Gov. Snyder’s hunting and fishing license proposal by calling your state local rep or senator and ask them to support the license package.

Jane Finnerty

Cadillac

A huge, sad mistake

Regarding the drownings at Twin Lakes, my husband and I were the caretakers at Twin Lakes Camp for 16 years. The camp was closed to the public then with no swimming allowed without the presence of a water-safety instructor. Marker buoys were in the water all season. We spent countless hours seeing this was adhered to with a boat at the ready for rescues.

The camp director at the time suggested putting ip signs as there are now but we convinced him that saying “swim at your own risk” invites swimmers and that “NO Swimming” signs were necessary. Who was right? The point is, no swimmer ever drowned on our watch.

North Twin Lake is a dangerous lake. The drownings show that. It should be closed to unsupervised swimming and “no swimming” signs posted. Opening it to the public was a huge, sad mistake but the county no longer wished to pay for the supervision necessary to keep it closed.

Patricia Macomber

Traverse City

A waste of time, ink

Help me understand this. You ran a (June 2) Sunday front page article that’s biggest scoop was that since 1999 as a Leelanau County Commissioner Melinda Lautner has been paid an average of $17,000/year in wages, benefits, meeting per diems and mileage. This is standard compensation for that position and is in no way news. I am more inclined to wonder how much you’re paying the reporter that wasted my time and your ink.

Matt Therrien

Lake Ann