Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 7, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 2012 Election: 10/07/2012


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Has the experience

Kirsten Keilitz is the most qualified candidate for Probate Judge.

She has served as a Referee for more than three years and has heard more than 1,000 family law cases.

Kirsten worked in private practice before serving as a Referee, in various areas of family law including custody, divorce, guardianships and conservatorships. She has the experience for Grand Traverse County's busy court.

Vote Kirsten Keilitz for Probate Judge on Nov. 6.

Darcy Heyd

Traverse City

An honest man

I'm voting for Gary McDowell.

Unlike his opponent, farmer McDowell doesn't stretch the truth to fit a hidden agenda. He's an honest man.

I hope my fellow moderate Republicans will join me in supporting Mr. McDowell in the November elections.

Donald F. Vreeland

Traverse City

Voters aren't ignorant

Voters are not ignorant. The ad sponsored by Protecting Michigan Taxpayers is lying and using fear to oppose Proposal 2, Protect our Jobs.

This is a proposed amendment to Michigan's constitution that would guarantee union rights to both public and private sectors.

As a former contract negotiator, I know the second paragraph of a contract states, "The law supersedes this contact."

School employees focus on the best interests of their students and their safety.

This ad is an insult to all the hard-working employees of Michigan's unionized school districts.

This is blatant union busting affecting all Michigan citizens.


Barbara Schneider

Maple City

We've made progress

Are we better off now than the fall of 2008? Yes. In fall 2008 we were losing 600,000 jobs a month, bailing out our failing financial industry, unemployment at 14 percent, government spending at 7.5 percent of gross domestic product, major industries near bankruptcy.

Today we are adding 100,000 jobs a month, all industries improving, unemployment at 8 percent, government spending at 1.4 percent of GDP (the best since Ike).

Are we back on top? No. Have we made good progress? Yes We need to stand with the party of, by and for all the people. Yes, we do.

Ken Hurlin

Glen Arbor

Not broken promises

A few (of many) reasons why we need a new president:

The most recent "terrorist attack" on Sept. 11, 2012, taking the lives of our Libyian Ambassador and three other Americans. How did President Obama handle the crisis? He went to Las Vegas to campaign.

The Middle East is on fire, but our president shows up on "The View" rather than meet with any leaders from that region while they were here attending the recent UN Meetings.

Fast & Furious debacle — zero accountability by our president.

A $14 trillion debt and climbing.

We need leadership, not broken promises.

Sharon L. Neumann

Traverse City

Fighting for us

Just a few reasons Debbie Stabenow is fighting for us: She supports Renewable Production Tax Extensions Act, defends EPA emissions standards for power plants, defends Social Security, which by law cannot add to the deficit, protects Medicare, and Medicaid, not privatization, which would put insurance companies between you and your doctor, defends the Affordable Health Care Act, which in part keeps insurance companies in check against soaring out-of-pocket costs, voted against the Blunt Amendment, which would have allowed employers to deny any type of health care coverage for women.

Vote to keep Debbie Stabenow our U.S. Senator.

George Edmonds

Traverse City

Who will stand up?

Will the Obama who promised transparency stand up or the one that put the biggest social program in decades together behind closed doors?

Will the Obama who promised a reduction in the deficit stand up or the one that has increased it to an all time high?

Will the Obama who promised no lobbyists in his administration stand up or the one that has allowed a steady stream through the White House?

Will the Obama who chastised George Bush for $1.79/gallon gas prices stand up or the Obama that has allowed it to reach $4.10/gallon?

Jim Miller