Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

August 10, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 08/10/2013

Holiday Road thanks

I appreciate the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and the Bureau of Indian Affairs for funding the Holiday Road replacement project. This road has been in dire need for replacement at least since I moved to the Mt. Holiday subdivisions area in 2001. Our community is very fortunate for the GTB’s monetary generosity for the major road improvement, and I hope the community will show its appreciation either by letter or phone call to the Tribal Council.

Also, I appreciate Elmer’s for doing an excellent job of completing the project in a timely manner during a very busy time; new culverts, guard rails, road widening and leveling, and no more potholes. Again, kudos to everyone who made it possible.

Judy Galla

Traverse City

A safe place for all

It amazes me how far we as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered (LGBT) community have come. Yet in the same breath we have fallen in the sense of unifying and welcoming each other on a heartfelt level, especially here in Traverse City.

Have we become so politically minded that we have forgotten our roots? We all celebrate diversity, fighting for equal rights, supporting minorities of all types, because we know how it feels to be judged, beaten and discriminated against for being different. Being denied our civil rights as human beings really hurts. It takes away our quality of life, our freedom as U.S. citizens.

I remember what it was like living in Traverse City as an “out” lesbian in the ‘90s. We had a strong community. We supported each other, had social gatherings and embraced each other. These were very difficult times. Hate crimes were at a peak nationally. Now it seems it’s like high school. If you are not in the “in” crowd you are shunned, ignored or given fake gestures of support.

I am calling out those who have the means to develop a safe place for all of us. The bar is not it.

Rene Jeffries

Traverse City

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