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September 18, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 09/18/2013

Make them safe, secure

I am writing this as a former Traverse City Area Public Schools board member, City Commissioner and most importantly, Traverse City Chief of Police. In my term as police chief I was responsible for the security and safety of the elementary and high school students within the city limits. I took this critical and difficult task very seriously. We have the opportunity to remodel these same 50-year-old buildings, making them safe and secure for the children in TCAPS.

I believe great schools make a great community. Safe schools guarantee both of those. Vote “yes” for TCAPS Nov. 5.

Ralph Soffredine

Traverse City

Vote ‘yes’ this time

Vote “yes” this time on the Traverse City Area Public Schools millage proposals. Last November I voted “no” because of the amount and lack of clarity on where a lot of the money would go. I later took part in the focus group and heard that most people felt like I did.

This time the district has listened. They got the message. I know exactly what important projects, and the time frames, our money will be used for. Join me in voting “yes” on both proposals this time. It’s critical to maintaining our facilities and keeping our children safe.

Kirt W. Kilbourne

Traverse City

Future is in our hands

The future is not in the hands of fate, but in ours,” an old motto valid today as we consider the bond proposals for our Traverse City Area Public Schools.

Outstanding security for our schools, the best transportation, buildings that are structurally sound, modern technology and a decent venue in which to perform and attend performances - how can that not enhance the educational experiences for our children? And my friends, these are all our children. They will be the leaders and doers and educators for the future. We owe them the best.

The future is in our hands — vote “yes.”

T. Michael Jackson

Traverse City

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