Traverse City Record-Eagle

June 30, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 06/30/2012


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Take care of customers

I am writing about recent commercials from the Cherry Festival.

In one ad they announce a raffle for a new Toyota, with all the proceeds supporting local growers and businesses.

I thought they might be able to find an auto made in Michigan.

When I show up at my local farmers market in my Toyota, I think it is a little hypocritical.

When I go to Meijer and see a line for the out-of-state cherries, I shy away from them.

Maybe I am from the old school; there was never a Toyota built in Michigan or Illinois.

I just heard a quote by Warren Buffett; he said take care of your customers and they will take care of you.

With that in mind, should those from southeast Michigan support the Cherry Festival or Traverse City small business at all?

Jim Kostin


Race 'outstanding'

The Great Race was just that, an outstanding event for Traverse City and for Michigan.

While it seemed to be poorly promoted locally, I was amazed at the fantastic turnout on Front Street for this automotive showcase.

Organizer Corky Coker did an outstanding job of working the crowd.

However, I don't believe anything got the gathered masses motors spun up more than the introduction of former Michigan Gov. William Milliken and I must confess it was incredibly refreshing to see that kind of public admiration and respect for a political figure.

Congratulations to Hagerty Insurance and the Great Race for a wonderful and memorable Saturday morning, and to Gov. Milliken and his son Bill Milliken Jr. for making it even more inspiring.

It all made this car guy misty-eyed.

Kimberly R. Pontius

Traverse City