Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 27, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 10/27/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — An open mind

Gary Howe represents the type of committed, educated professional we need in local leadership. He brings a global awareness to the local level with an ability to intuitively connect the decisions before us locally to the larger picture of a quickly changing nation and world. The future will bring unexpected challenges. Howe represents the clear- and open-minded type of elected official we need to keep Traverse City the vibrant community it is, and to build a resilient community ready for the changes ahead.

Vote Gary Howe for TC City Commission.

Dave Barrons

Traverse City

Works diligently

While a resident of Traverse City, I worked with Gary Howe in establishing the community's first off-leash dog park. As a Traverse City Parks and Recreation Commissioner, he enthusiastically took on the responsibility of working with the volunteers to make the park a reality. He helped us create a proposal, run public input meetings, get approval, and raise over $20,000. Not one to just show up at a monthly meeting, Gary works diligently and cooperatively with businesses, government and citizens to make Traverse City a better place to live.

Gary Howe would make an excellent City Commissioner.

Jami Moore

Suttons Bay

Sincerity and civility

The Record-Eagle endorsed Mayor Michael Estes citing leadership and vision.

His vision included taking $1 million from utility ratepayers for Clinch Park renovations and resultant splash pad fiasco. His leadership in removing Brown Bridge Dam led to another fiasco when the dam was breached, flooding the valley.

Now Estes wants to cut costs by consolidating our fire department. City firefighters propose a smarter way to increase revenue by providing primary ambulance service, but Estes brusquely rejects their idea.

Rick Buckhalter has the qualities of a good mayor: knowledge, sincerity, and civility. Buckhalter has my vote.

Ben Hansen

Traverse City

Couldn't agree more

I wasn't surprised when I read that Ross Richardson was one of three candidates endorsed by my hometown newspaper.

I remember the Record-Eagle also endorsed him during his three races for County Commission (two were successful), and last year called Ross "a thoughtful, studious sort who's well-versed on local issues, isn't afraid to challenge the status quo and has shown a penchant for standing up for programs that benefit senior citizens."

Well, I'm a senior citizen, and I couldn't agree more. Join me in voting for Ross Richardson for City Commissioner.

Tina Tank

Traverse City

Vote for better roads

Vote "yes" for better roads.

The state has not increased the flat per-gallon tax for road commissions since 1997. Our roads are getting worse and the state is not going to help us. Have your living costs went up since 1997? Of course. So have costs for maintaining our roads. As you leave Michigan you will notice other states have much better roads.

The millage distributed to the road commission would be an estimated $3,534,000 a year, dedicated strictly to road repair and improvements. Other municipalities will divide an estimated $861,900.00 yearly to do the same.

Larry B. Fleis


Can collaborate, lead

Give Jan Warren your vote for City Commissioner. Through experience on the Goodwill Board, Planning Commission, Cherry Festival Board and numerous Downtown Traverse City Association events, Jan has shown she can collaborate and lead to serve our diverse, multi-generational and evolving community.

Jan is a great listener who treats everybody, from regional leaders to our most vulnerable citizens, with dignity and respect. She's smart, confident and does her homework before taking action. Vote for Jan.

Leah Bagdon McCallum

Traverse City

Foresight and initiative

Tim Werner has the integrity, leadership, time, and dedication needed to be an effective City Commissioner. I have worked with Tim in several community organizations and he has consistently been an active and engaged contributor who goes above and beyond to serve the needs of those organizations and get the job done. He has the foresight and initiative to anticipate future needs and bring the community together to address them proactively. A dedicated supporter of Traverse City, Tim carefully considers all sides of an issue and makes informed and well researched decisions. Vote Tim Werner Nov. 5.

Judy Arnold

Traverse City