Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 27, 2012

Letters to the editor: 12/27/2012


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Insensitive, offensive

The tragedy that happened at the elementary school in Connecticut is beyond words.

But the response of the media after an horrendous event, whether it is a natural event or man-made, is enormous.

Every major news outlet sends multiple people to the scene.

While there is always a need to know why it happened and how to prevent it from recurring, the invasion of the privacy of those who have just suffered a devastation is unbelievable.

Having multiple people asking the same questions of grieving people is insensitive to say the least.

The offensive rush to get the first eyewitness account in the "public's right to know" should never overrun common decency and respect for privacy.

Ann Davey

Glen Lake

Relentless ideology

At a time when our community has been fractured over bond proposals and Muslim prayers, Howard Walker and Wayne Schmidt seek to divide us further by voting for "Right to Work" legislation that weakens the voices of unionized professionals like myself, who teach your children, live in your neighborhood and patronize your businesses.

"Relentless positive action" has become "Relentless political ideology."

God help us.

Todd Vipond

Traverse City

Problem solvers?

Moderate, common sense, sensible, pragmatic problem solvers, that is what we thought we elected as governor and our state representatives.

Instead, we see ideologues voting for measures pushed by, and funded by, ALEC, Americans for Prosperity, the Mackinaw Center and other opaque pressure groups.

Where is the courage to run for office on stated values and then vote in a lame-duck session for dramatically different values?

John A. Nelson

Traverse City