Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 12, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 10/12/2012


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Township ignoring law

At the Sept. 10 Leland Township Board meeting each board member was given a report on the attendance of the appointed Planning Commission members and the supervisor's and board's failure to appoint the seventh planning commission member.

A similar report was provided to the Leelanau County Planning Commission on Feb. 28, which was transmitted to the Township Planning Commission.

Of the past 76 planning commission meetings since Dec. 5, 2007, 47 consisted of six or fewer appointed members. Four of the six members were absent 44 percent, 29 percent, 22 percent and 20 percent of the time at 70 meetings.

Michigan's Planning Enabling Act P.A. 33 of 2008 states: "A Township Planning Commission shall consist of five, seven or nine members."

The commission's bylaws state that it will act according to that law and that "The LTPC shall consist of seven members."

Given these facts, is there any doubt that the supervisor and board have for years deliberately neglected their duty by not appointing the required seventh member and disregarded members' poor meeting attendance?

Residents must insist that the incumbent and new board members follow the law and their bylaws.

The same law applies to the Leland Township Planning Commission.

Stephen P. Mikowski

Lake Leelanau

Above and beyond

I read with disgust the Sept. 28 article "FDIC issues consent order" reporting that federal regulators came to Traverse City and slapped the wrists of Northwestern Bank.

My family has lived in Leelanau County for six generations. I was fortunate that my parents helped me open my first bank account at Northwestern in 1980. My first loan was taken out in 1994.

Northwestern has gone above and beyond the call of duty to keep me from losing my family homestead.

The only reason I still have it is the bankers assigned to my loan used every tool at their disposal to help me keep my home.

Dear politician and anyone else with any political clout, hear this: Traverse City and the surrounding area was built by many people.

One component to our area's success was a strong community-based lending industry.

Their companies were led by families by the name of Dutmers (Empire National Bank), Beers (Pacesetter Bank) and Calcutt (Northwestern Bank).

Examine your regulatory practices and decide if the banking industry in downtown Chicago should act like the banking industry in Traverse City.

If that's the case, then start preparing for the Great Recession II or the Great Depression II.

Todd Stachnik

Maple City

Loving, caring mother

My wife Melanie Stanton is running for Probate Court Judge in Grand Traverse County.

Although I may be just a little biased in my opinion, Melanie is by far the most experienced and qualified candidate.

Not only has she been an outstanding attorney for over 20 years, she is a fabulous wife to me (we just celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary) and is a loving, caring mother to our twin teenage daughters.

Please vote for someone who cares deeply about the people in our community.

Vote for Melanie Stanton for Probate Court Judge.

Bob Stanton

Traverse City

Taking the low road

As he did in 2010, Ray Franz takes the low road again with intrusive and deceptive robo calls.

One accuses Allen O'Shea of "lining his pockets" as a Manistee County Commissioner when he and five others voted to raise compensation by $100 a month — still far below comparable counties.

Another accuses O'Shea of trying to "steal our water," which is as much a pants-on-fire lie now as it was when Franz fabricated it to throw at Dan Scripps in 2010.

So the question is: if Ray Franz has any positive record in Lansing to brag about, why isn't he?

Jan Bauer

Glen Arbor

Will take a stand

We are voting for Dr. Dan Lathrop for Grand Traverse County Commissioner.

We have known Dan over 30 years.

He is honest, hardworking and will bring a keen mind to the County Commission. He is strong and not afraid to take a stand. He has our full support.

Bob and Ann Witkop

Traverse City