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July 29, 2012

Election Letters to the editor: 07/29/2012

No obligations

The Republican incumbent brought us taxes on pensioners, reduction in the value of our public schools, and PA 4, the let-Lansing-run-your-town law. His party challenger brings with him outside forces whom we have no idea who funds their activities — or why.

The Democrats bring in two progressives, a fine young activist and Joseph Sloan, who has seen what Lansing has been doing over the past term and wants to go down there and remind them of who and how this state was built. Joe, 100 percent local, no outside contracts, no insider obligations, just our values and our ideas.

Bill Brown

Traverse City

Exemplary leadership

I have worked with Thomas Bensley on a variety of marine related activities for the past 17 years, and I support his re-election as sheriff of Grand Traverse County. Tom has provided exemplary leadership during his tenure and has positioned his agency to be a leader in the region for providing advanced underwater search and recovery operations. He has done so by leveraging external funding sources to acquire equipment while also supporting the training of his officers to be effective in its use.

Hans VanSumeren

Williamsburg

Care about the future

This fall Acme voters can choose between candidates who represent homeowners and families, or candidates who advocate for special business interests. The option is responsible growth or surrender to non-stop businesses and congestion. A new group wants to once again destroy the uniqueness of our township and make it another Garfield, (whose residential property taxes are higher than Acme's).

Incumbents Erick Takayama, Paul Scott, Ron Hardin, Linda Wikle and new candidates Dave Young, Chris Bassett and Virginia Tegel care about the future of our community and the preservation of our natural resources for use by our families.

Bill Hagan

Traverse City

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