Traverse City Record-Eagle

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July 6, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 07/06/2012

Buy your own windmill

Some people are against power companies using coal, nuclear energy or natural gas to generate power for our lights, tools, appliances, etc. They want to promote wind and solar. How many billions of our dollars will be wasted on companies like Solyndra and numerous others like them? Are you prepared to pay 30 percent more for electricity? How can our senior citizens afford an increase?

What we are putting into the atmosphere is a drop in the bucket compared to China and India. They are building coal-fired power plants every day; no one will be able to stop them or even slow them down.

Look, if you are serious about controlling carbon, sell your car, don't use the Bay Area Transportation Authority, instead walk or ride your bike. It might take a couple of days to visit the folks downstate. Have the power company disconnect your electric power. Buy your own windmill and solar panels. Don't expect to burn wood or camel dung for cooking or heat. Carbon, you know. Sell your boat, and other toys; get a push lawnmower or a couple of goats.

Good luck!

Al Fasel

Traverse City

Is this really necessary?

With utter amazement, I read the article on the Grand Traverse Road Commission's new rules in reference to per-diem pay. Is this really necessary? The most amazing portion of this article and the earlier ones regarding this matter is that for their minimum salaries, they receive health and life insurance, as well as a pension.

Who in the private sector receives those benefits for annual salaries ranging from $5,500-$6,500? There's more wrong than simply per-diem payments at the Road Commission.

Sarah Olson

Traverse City

Problems with liberalism

The June 30 letter "Fireworks Not Patriotic" reveals, I think, two major problems with modern liberalism. First is the notion that they will not be satisfied until everyone is equally miserable. Many of them are just naturally sour people who think its only fair to spread their malady to the general public. Nobody enjoys an American tradition, because you might create smoke, and we all know environmentalists never create smoke (wink wink).

Next is hypocrisy. The letter writer, and many like her, is completely unglued over the idea that these incendiaries are producing toxins, and that it may harm unborn deer, but what do she and other militant environmentalists have to say about mercury-laden CFLs and the ruthless slaughter of unborn humans?

Everyone please enjoy this summer season, and every season and holiday that your family celebrates, and don't let a small handful of depression-fueled malcontents dampen your spirits.

Matthew Stallman

Traverse City

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