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April 27, 2014

Letters to the Editor: 04/27/2014

Groups seek solution

Ten local, state and national organizations have joined together in calling on The Homestead Resort and the Michigan DEQ to work together to correct the problem of incompletely treated sewage spray blowing into a portion of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, rendering it unavailable for public use.

The Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan Environmental Council, National Parks Conservation Association, Leelanau Independent Women for Democratic Action, Michigan Land Use Institute, National Audubon Society, Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation, Sierra Club, Northern Michigan Environmental Action Coalition and Drifters United came together in issuing this plea.

The statement reads (in part), “Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is the signature National Park area in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. As such, it is a treasured public resource that must be protected for the use and benefit of all. During recent years, it has been documented that partially-treated wastewater from The Homestead Resort blows into National Lakeshore park areas, which now display warning signs and are effectively lost to the public.”

For complete information on this, see HomesteadSewage.org.

David Watt

Glen Arbor

Public remembers

“GT board picks Gourdie-Fraser as engineer firm for county” Seriously? The public’s memory may be short, but it is amazingly arrogant of county officials to believe it is that short.

People do remember the septage plant fiasco we have been left paying for courtesy of GT county officials and Gourdie-Fraser. The taxpayers who are stuck with paying the bill for your cronyism are not that forgetful, or that forgiving.

Cronyism: favoritism shown to old friends without regard for their qualifications, as in political appointments to office.

Terry Matteson

Williamsburg

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