Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 11, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 08/11/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Best leaders connect

As fall sports approach, I think of what makes a successful team. Whether it is family, sports, business or politics, I believe it is the leadership and the connections that a leader makes.

To be honest we have been let down by our leaders in Washington and if we are honest with ourselves, no matter how it is portrayed, we know it.

In business and in sports you can have the best plan, you can have the best X’s and O’s, you can have the best talent, the most money, but it will fail if the leader, workers and players do not connect with each other and believe in each other.

We all have seen this yet we have not learned from it.

The ones that do succeed, the business, teams, etc., the leaders, players, workers, to me, have one main thing in common. They connect with each other. They believe in each other, listen, work together and care about each other even if they see some things differently. It is sad that we continue to fail on this. But I will try harder. Will you?

Brian Utter


In the name of politics

Mona Charen’s imagined confluence of connections between Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, and Hillary Clinton (July 30 column) could not withstand the scrutiny of any critical thinker. Perhaps Weiner was influenced by Newt Gingrich, David Vitter, Spencer Bachus or Mark Sanford and their “rehabilitation” back into party influence, but Huma Abeline began working for Hillary Clinton long before she met Weiner.

Furthermore, in some circles both Abeline and Clinton would be lauded on the religious speaking circuit as practicing “forgiveness” and working on “reconciliation” in the name of family, faith and love. Charen’s attempted linkages are not only violations of critical and causal thinking, they are an affront to any human — woman or man — who is moving through a hard time in her marriage and trying to find a path consistent with her beliefs.

But, of course, if Charen’s point is only political she can ignore human pain and causal paths. We are all used to people saying anything they want in the name of politics, now.

Mickey Grooters

Traverse City