Traverse City Record-Eagle

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May 13, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 05/13/2012

Private enterprise ban

It brings me great displeasure to read your May 6, "Our View" on the issue of the smoking ban. While I am not a smoker, I am dumbfounded at the Record-Eagle's misunderstanding of the smoking ban and its connection to personal liberty.

While Howard Walker may be politicizing Father Fred Foundation's Cigar Dinner to fight this ban, Mr. Walker's focus is on regaining the individual liberty this ban took away is right. This ban on a private enterprise is wrong. The business owner is the one to make that decision and, if your stats are right, it was being made a long time in Traverse City before the ban took place.

Furthermore, for the Record-Eagle to say that a job "forces" an employee to work in a harmful environment is absurd.

This is the United States of America not the former Soviet Union. We aren't forced to work a harmful job or work in a harmful environment. The liberty to choose where we work is a liberty that each individual holds.

The Record-Eagle and too many others today continue to misunderstand liberty. "Give me liberty or give me death." — Patrick Henry

Jonathan Pack

Traverse City

Roundabouts work well

Mr. Pavlock's letter dated May 3 was very correct, roundabouts work. Progressive towns approximately the size of Traverse City, with huge traffic problems, are constructing roundabouts one after another after another. Why? Because they work.

They really work efficiently and safely. Bend, Ore., being one of these towns, currently has 32 roundabouts and more on the way. Truckee, Calif., huge volumes of traffic leaving Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley at 4 p.m. daily during the winter, used to be a real nightmare traffic jam going through town. It's not anymore; roundabouts took care of that.

As to Division Street, they just may work too well unless all busy intersections — going south from Grandview Parkway to South Airport — had them with no traffic lights or their purpose would be defeated by traffic jams in between.

The big "sticker" is the building the city has allowed to be built so close to the intersection of Front and Division.

So much for planning ahead. The bottom line is, roundabouts work, they really work well.

Ken Petersen

Traverse City

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