Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 26, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 08/26/2012


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Enforce bicycling laws

As a resident I have enjoyed biking in our city for many years.

I grew up knowing the rules of the road and the proper way to navigate on our city streets.

I guess this knowledge has been lost to many of the people who now use bicycles as a means of transportation.

These include things like running stop signs, cutting across traffic and traveling the wrong way on the streets.

Although these can be dangerous, the worst offense I commonly see is people riding on the streets after dark with no lights or even reflectors on their bikes.

I know I drive through town many evenings and see this happening almost every night.

I was wondering why this is being tolerated as I have seen it happen in front of the police, and they ignore it.

I know they are busy, but does there have to be a tragedy before they start to enforce some of their safety laws?

Jack Miller

Traverse City

Chemicals law vital

I urge Senators Stabenow and Levin to listen to Michigan voters and support the Safe Chemicals Act, which could come to a vote in the U.S. Senate in the coming weeks.

Last month, for the first time in 36 years, a Senate committee voted to reform our broken toxic chemical policy.

This marked a historic step in the fight against the rising incidences of cancer, developmental disabilities, asthma, and a host of other health problems.

Currently, our nation's federal toxics law does not adequately regulate the products we use everyday.

That's why I support the Safe Chemicals Act, which would require manufactures to demonstrate that the substances they put in their products are safe before we, as consumers, use them.

Exposure to toxic chemicals has been linked to all sorts of health problems.

Let's not wait for another recall to take action. Let's use this opportunity to spur innovation in our manufacturing sector in order to protect our health.

Stabenow and Levin can show that they care about our health by supporting this historic act.

Marcia Curran