Traverse City Record-Eagle

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August 12, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 08/12/2013

Be noticeable, stay safe

Being aware of more bicycle traffic in and around Traverse City I’ve observed many alarming errors on the part of bicycle users. Dark clothing at night is especially hazardous. Not having any extra reflective devices besides whatever came on the bike — this is not enough. I cannot see as you or I approach. Use lights. Being noticeable from all angles is the smart thing to do, and it can be obtained easily, economically and unobtrusively for you also.

There is a huge inventory of safety accessories available. Everyone out and about, even walkers alone or with strollers or dogs and their equipment should have “reflectives” at the very least. Wear a helmet.

Ignoring established traffic rules, courtesies and, most importantly, riding defensively for your own safety, you cannot be diligent enough on this. How many of us could admit to a scary close call or an incident of surprise? Add phones, ear buds and what-all to the mix and we have even more foolishness asking for trouble.

It is never too many times to be reminded to slow down, be responsible, pay attention and be careful.

For us all, stay safe and enjoy your travels.

Candace Sterling

Traverse City

Respect the flag

What gives the Discovery Center the right to place their flag above our American flag? Everyone knows to do so is disrespectful to our service men and women and all U.S. vets. All it takes is a quick check online to see what the right way to display the American flag is. It is called “American Flag Etiquette.”

The United States “Flag Code” as found in Title 4 of the United States Code and the section of Title 4 - 7c states: No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America, except during church services conducted by naval chaplains at sea, when the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for the personnel of the Navy.

This U.S. Navy veteran will never give time or money to any group that shows disrespect for our flag.

Alwyn Johnson

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