Traverse City Record-Eagle

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June 14, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 06/14/2013

Teacher morale low

I am very upset with the Traverse City Area Public Schools administration and board. Teacher morale is extremely low. They have been treated badly in the name of funding. Schools have been closed in the name of funding and then re-opened as boutique schools.

I have grandchildren in school. The quality of teachers is of primary importance. TCAPS will not retain or attract good teachers with its present attitude. In 10 years we will not have teachers if the profession is so little valued.

I cannot support any bond issue until there is a fair contract with teachers.

Marilyn Minster

Traverse City

2nd Amendment

Mr. McDonalds’ March 3 letter indicates his perception that the Constitution is askew. The U.S. Supreme Court, that single entity, affirmed the Second Amendment as correct, thereby we have a right to own firearms (all kinds).

I would like to turn the attention to the law; when a person uses a firearm to commit a crime we enhance the sentence. When an assault takes place with a firearm it becomes a felony. We put people in jail for murder, attempted murder and assault with a firearm every day.

These new regulations will do absolutely nothing to stop these crimes much like the felony firearm law that was passed a few years back. It didn’t stop gun violence, didn’t even slow it down. Chicago, the city with the strictest gun control laws on the books, is the murder capital.

Michigan has seen a reduction of violent gun crimes in recent years.

Ron Hodgins

Traverse City

Hurts many families

Debbie Elliot was right on. I moved from downstate 33 years ago. Still go back and forth. It gets easier and easier to tell how close you are to either place by gas prices. Glad to see I’m not the only one who sees things this way. Rubbing salt in the wound with oil subsidies is insane. If you watch the ads on TV, you’d think these companies have somehow become our best friends. Please.

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