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September 8, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 09/08/2013

Resolve trail conflicts

As bicyclists, my wife and I were excited this summer to discover the new Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail from the Dune Climb to Glen Arbor.

However, we are concerned about the cost-cutting measure of using the existing handicapped accessible nature trail as the start of the bike trail from the Dune Climb. When we walked on that trail several bicyclists went speeding past us without much warning. We are accustomed to staying cautious when sharing a trail with bicyclists but unfortunately, that sharing is often not very comfortable for the pedestrians. And we’re sure that it is much less comfortable for wheelchair users. We observed one wheelchair user who seemed startled and uncomfortable each time a bike came zooming past her.

The etiquette suggestions in the Heritage Trail brochure are fine, but posting them won’t solve the inevitable conflicts in sharing the trail. We hope that the park will consider making a separate trail for the bicyclists (or at least a wider trail with clear sections for bicyclists and wheelchair users). That was such a nice park amenity where our handicapped brethren had a special trail created primarily for them. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case.

Arthur and Shirley Wolfe


Benzie has Community Chest

A statement in the Aug. 12 Record-Eagle article regarding the appointment of Ranae McCauley as executive director of United Way of Northwest Michigan needs clarification, particularly for Benzie County residents.

Earlier this year the previous executive director of UW Northwest Michigan stated that it spends little or no funding in Benzie County and does not intentionally solicit donations in Benzie County.

For years Benzie County residents have been effectively and efficiently served by the Benzie County Community Chest. We are a 501(c)(3) organization which solicits donations from Benzie county residents and receives applications for funding from other 501(c)(3) organizations. After a thorough review, 15 grants were awarded this year for provision of services directly to Benzie County residents.

The Benzie County Community Chest looks forward to effectively and efficiently serving all residents of Benzie County in the future.

Nancy Coalter

Bill Dundon


The writers are President and a Director, respectively, of Benzie County Community Chest

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