Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 31, 2012

Election Letters to the Editor: 07/31/2012


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Pragmatic, reasoned

With the great representation we have for our counties in the state Legislature, northern Michigan is in a very favorable position. One individual who stands out is Rep. Wayne Schmidt. He always advocates positions with the welfare of our region in mind. He is pragmatic and does not say or do things haphazardly, but rather takes a reasoned approach. He is skilled at developing a consensus among people with different viewpoints, leading to the best possible solution. That is why I am voting for Wayne Schmidt on Aug. 7, and I encourage you to do the same.

Pat Elshaw

Traverse City

Impeccable experience

Running a successful business requires having the proper tools. Being an owner of a local title insurance company, one of our most critical tools is the office of the register of deeds. How well that office runs reflects directly on how well my business runs. Our experience with Peggy Haines and the Grand Traverse Register of Deeds office has been impeccable from the time Ms. Haines was first elected. Please vote for Peggy Haines for the Register of Deeds.

Marvin Jensen

South Boardman

Has the education

I believe Bonnie Scheele is the best candidate for county clerk. She has done an exceptional job of serving the citizens of Grand Traverse County for 15 years as the deputy director to the county clerk. Bonnie has the education, professionalism, attention to detail and experience needed for this important position. Due to her excellent interpersonal skills, she has built positive working relationships with the current county staff and township officials, as well as provided superb customer service for residents.

On Aug. 7 please cast your Grand Traverse County Clerk vote for the experienced candidate, Bonnie Scheele.

Mary Kay Stier-Hicks


Both qualified, prepared

In Grand Traverse County there are approximately 400 lawyers legally qualified to run for the open probate judge position and four have chosen to seek that office. I have practiced with or before two of them, Kirsten Keilitz and Melanie Stanton. Both are legally qualified and prepared to assume the duties on Jan. 1, 2013. Kirsten was appointed the court referee by a committee of judges in 2009 and has presided over numerous cases since then. Melanie has extensive experience representing individuals in the Probate Court. I personally like both women, but a slight advantage to Ms. Keilitz.

Dave Clark

Traverse City

Missed story lines

The Record-Eagle missed a whole series of human interest story lines within the Cherry Festival Air Show. The U.S. Coast Guard, Northwestern Michigan College Aviation School, Cherry Capital Airport, local area sheriff, fire and rescue departments cooperating to ensure the safety of the public.

There is an interesting story line of the father-and-son aerobatic team who drew family and friends from Torch Lake.

You missed a story line of the RV Team of handcrafted airplanes, flown by the men who built them, in precision formations at a speed easily followed by the audience. Did you know that with 11 performing aircraft they are the world's largest air show team?

You missed the story line of the Black Diamonds flying unique, Soviet Bloc-designed aircraft with arctic camouflage. Is the public aware that the Black Diamonds cover the majority of their own expenses including the cost of the fuel used as their contribution to our festival?

And yes, the Navy was represented by an inspiring F-18 solo performance.

Report on the air show, you find more interesting topics than the possibility of another team that might return in 2014.

Ken Cerny


The best choice

I am writing to ask that you vote for Kirsten Keilitz for probate judge. I have known Ms. Keilitz as an attorney and referee appointed in 2009 by a committee of judges. Out of all the qualified applicants for that job, the judges chose Ms. Keilitz as the most qualified. I have been a legal secretary for 25 years, and I am proud to say that Ms. Keilitz has treated me with respect and has always been helpful. I have witnessed how she handles her courtroom and the young people who appear before her. She is the best choice.

Lindsey Geiger


Experience, integrity

I have been privileged to know Tom Bensley for many years. He is an honest, straightforward person and exactly the right man for the job of Grand Traverse County sheriff. The sheriff's office has improved under his leadership, and we need to keep him in place. He has the experience, knowledge and integrity we need in a sheriff. He most certainly has my vote and has certainly earned yours.

Please vote to re-elect Tom Bensley for Grand Traverse County Sheriff.

Donald L. Fraser

Traverse City

Made a difference

Tom Bensley and I have been friends since we were "wee lads," as they say. Tom and I also worked together when he was a deputy with the Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Department and I was one of the county's assistant prosecutors. When Tom ran for sheriff four years ago, he said he would make a difference and move the department in a positive manner. He has done just that. Please join me in voting for Tom on Aug. 7 to keep his goal of making the Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Department the best in the state on track.

David M. Kipley


Thoughtful demeanor

I met Dan Lathrop soon after moving to Traverse City in 1985. He was a member of our staff at Traverse City Osteopathic Hospital.

When the hospital was struggling through its last years, Dan was asked to serve as chief of staff. He was able to manage our medical staff through a challenging time. Despite our financial difficulties, Dan worked with a graceful professionalism.

I know Dan will bring the same careful, thoughtful demeanor to his work on the County Commission. It is for these reasons that I enthusiastically support him. Our area will be enriched by his thoughtful diplomacy.

Sam Copeland

Traverse City