Traverse City Record-Eagle

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July 30, 2012

Letters to the Editor: At Issue: 2012 Elections

Supports zoning

I am writing to support Rep. Wayne Schmidt in the upcoming Republican primary election. Rep. Schmidt has strived to improve the economic vitality of our region and state. As a small-business owner and employer I know firsthand that the creation and sustainability of quality jobs are essential to our region's success. In stark contrast to his primary opponent, Rep. Schmidt supports intelligent long-term planning and zoning for our region's growth, and has promoted the valuable Pure Michigan initiative. Rep. Schmidt treats each person with respect. This integrity is necessary in today's polarized political environment.

Kelly Hall

Traverse City

Supports right to work

I am voting for Jason Gillman because he supports the right to work law and the Senate proposal (SB1040) for teacher pension reform that shifts new workers to a 401K plan which would save taxpayers a lot of money. The house version (Wayne Schmidt) does not do this. It also penalizes schools that cut costs by outsourcing with an 11.9 percent penalty that goes into teacher's pensions. To me that is pro-union and not looking out for the taxpayers.

Gerald Cox

Kingsley

Sensible leadership

Want leadership in Acme that's proven supportive of smart business growth, enhancing our quality of life and environmentally sound practices? Look at this: Shoreline Park, Horseshows by the Bay, support of Acme agri-business through Farmland Preservation, launch of the Acme Business Association, ambulance service in Acme Township, a healthy budget and general fund, a strong township bond rating, a 15 percent increase in businesses in Acme in the past year, a healthy, balanced budget and a robust general fund. Keep the present sensible leadership. Vote to re-elect Linda Wikle for treasurer of Acme Township.

Gail Trill

Williamsburg

Dedication, new ideas

Betsy Coffia's talents, dedication and new ideas are critically needed in Lansing to reform a state Legislature that has become unresponsive to Grand Traverse County and all of Michigan's residents.

Betsy is committed to the notion that government should serve its citizens, not rule over them. She fought hard to repeal the undemocratic Emergency Manager law and believes that government can be a positive force for good when the right people are in office. She is one the right people.

Please join me and my friends in supporting Betsy Coffia for the 104th District in the Michigan House.

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