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March 5, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 03/05/2013

Lost an opportunity

I’m often amazed when some readers claim that the Record-Eagle leans to the political left. Case in point: the Feb. 23 accommodating interview with Representative Benishek, a Tea-Party member. Benishek blamed the Senate for not creating a budget for the last four years “the interviewers failed to ask why.” Could it be the intransigence of the Senate Republicans, who filibuster everything? Rather than let Benishek point the finger at the Senate, why not ask what his position is on the budget?

With regard to gun control, he refused to answer by claiming he “wants to have a real discussion on the matter” Why did the Record-Eagle let him off the hook? Mr. Benishek is a leader, why doesn’t he start that discussion? He also stated that the word assault rifle “sounds scary.” What would he prefer to call them instead?

I’m disappointed that the interviewers let him get away with meaningless answers. The Record-Eagle clearly lost an opportunity to get answers to questions his constituents deserve to know, and instead gave a far-right extremist a free pass. So much for the left-leaning press.

Camille Weatherholt

Traverse City

Chicago the big drain

I know the Record-Eagle detests hydraulic fracturing and would probably prefer we all commute by bicycle and Prius, but it’s a stretch for even the most arithmetically-challenged journalist to make a humongous catastrophe out of two wells that used 42 million gallons of water in two years.

Yeah, 42 million sounds like a big number. But 42 million gallons in two years is about one-fiftieth the water that a good five-inch fire hose puts out. Even if those evil Encana folks frack a thousand more wells, they won’t make a visible dent in the Great Lakes watershed, no matter what the baykeeper says. That much water flows over Niagara every 40 seconds or so.

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