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June 24, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 06/24/2013

Reconsider priorities

I’m writing in response to the Leelanau County Commission’s decision regarding “2 percent” grant requests to the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. I’m stunned these self-proclaimed believers in small government could only find it in their hearts to support grants that will increase the size of county government rather than ensure our children get the best possible start in life.

How is it that aerial mapping becomes more important than children and emergency assistance to families? And why is a county “K-9” program needed? Is there no canine unit available through other law enforcement agencies? How will this new unit be paid for after the Tribal grant ends? Do we need dogs to sniff drunk drivers, which seems to be the primary crime reported in Leelanau County? This would almost be funny if it weren’t so sad to see the continuing trend of bad judgment and poor policy decisions on the part of the county’s leaders.

As a voter I want to see support for programs and organizations that promote the health and well being of everyone, not unnecessary government expansion. I hope they reconsider their priorities.

Sharon Workman



Review authorization

Marian Gyr’s letter indicates the Authorization for Use of Military Forces (AUMF) passed by Congress allows our U.S. government to wage war anytime, anyplace or on anyone deemed to be a U.S. national threat.

Actually, Congress ceded this unilateral authority to the president of the United States. As we have recently learned the current president has been “snooping” on “enemies”. We just aren’t sure that it doesn’t include his “political enemies.”

Perhaps Congress gave up a responsibility it should have retained. Maybe it would be prudent to review AUMF.

James E. Benner



Who more so?

There is still time to honor Bryan Crough, e.g, re-name Clinch Park?

Crough Public Area (CPA) or Crough Area for the Public (CAP), etc.

A committee could create an acronym honoring him before the June 25 Clinch Park celebration, no? Who more so?

Ben Ditta

Traverse City

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