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September 1, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 09/01/2012

Genius of the individual

The argument that government infrastructure is what creates success is easily rebutted by a controlled social experiment. The Soviet Union had a social contract where everyone worked for the common good. Health care, schooling, housing, food and more were all subsidized. Everyone had a job and got a pension. Guess what? It failed miserably: abysmal health care; sub-standard housing; rationing. You were told where to work. When you got your pension, you supplemented it by stealing and begging. Anyone who challenged the system was locked up or shot.

This disaster was not for lack of infrastructure or government investment. They had roads and schools and electricity, just like us. But there was no incentive or innovation. Ironically, many who believed the class warfare pitch about rich fat cats, evil corporations, spreading the wealth around, etc., were now trying to escape to (gasp!) the capitalist West. They realized they'd been played for the suckers they were. Remember, roads and schools are the constant. What's variable is the energy, enterprise, risk-taking, hard work and genius of the individual. The president doesn't understand or appreciate that, and that's what has business owners ticked off.

Craig O'Connor

Traverse City

It's time for answers

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the Traverse City Airport was improved and expanded with taxpayer dollars. Then why is it even staffed if citizens have to pay two, three, four or five times the flight rate of other Michigan cities like Grand Rapids, Flint or Detroit. This is unfair, but someone must be cashing in. It sure is not northern Michigan residents. It's time the taxpayers get some answers.

Edward A. Ellul Sr

Traverse City

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