Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 21, 2010

More Letters: At Issue: Nov. 2 Election: 10/21/2010


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Years of experience

Please vote for Ralph Soffredine for County Commission. His years of experience on the city commission and countless other boards make him the perfect candidate to represent the interests of the people of Grand Traverse County. Having lived in the area for more than 40 years, Ralph Soffredine has seen the growth of Grand Traverse County and is familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of the area. He is the best person for the job. Vote for Ralph Soffredine on Nov. 2.

Barbara Bachi

Traverse City

Calm, reasoned

Having worked with Ross Richardson on a local citizens group, I saw first-hand his leadership skills, integrity, and his dedication to serving the interests of the citizens of this community.

I believe that Grand Traverse County needs his calm and reasoned approach to the problems facing us. From the septage plant to county health insurance, Ross has been fearless in taking on the status quo. He has been a breath of fresh air in county government and his hard work has served us well.

Let's re-elect Ross Richardson on Nov. 2.

Elizabeth Whelan

Traverse City

Temperament, knowledge

I am a native of Leelanau County. We citizens have a unique opportunity to elect a probate judge who has proven experience. Marian Kromkowski would be an excellent replacement for the late Judge Deegan. I have observed Marian speak at community gatherings and remain convinced that she has the necessary skills, temperament and knowledge that our county needs.

I highly recommend that you vote for Marian Kromkowski as our next Leelanau County probate judge.

John Popa

Bingham/Traverse City

Vote for integrity

A vote for Larry Nelson for Leelanau County probate judge is a vote for integrity. His professional demeanor, wisdom, and courtroom experience are qualifications needed. We've known Larry Nelson for more than 30 years as a county commissioner and two-year chairmanship. His knowledge of the law is necessary for probate court and the overflow from district and circuit courts, when necessary. A vote for Larry Nelson is a vote for excellence.

James A. and Ede Meyer

Elmwood Twp.

Give L&P a chance

Traverse City Light & Power made some public relations mistakes during the biomass plant process, and admitted so. But does that really substantiate Proposal 1? Margaret Dodd suggests that "Knowledge of electricity production, intelligence, or good judgment are not required for either the Light & Power board, or the city commission."

Really? The reason for the separation in 1979 was "to have a specialized, city-appointed board handle the utility instead of leaving decisions to already busy city commissioners."

Let's give TCL&P a chance to clean up their PR department before we add yet another layer of politics to the mix.

Sharon L. Neumann

Traverse City

Trust law enforcement

I don't want a career politician as my district court judge. The vast majority of attorneys in the area support Mike Stepka for district judge. Seventy-three of these attorneys in Grand Traverse, Antrim and Leelanau counties, including two trial judges (Judges Unger and McCormick) have publicly endorsed Mike Stepka.

These attorneys and judges have had a chance to see both candidates perform in court. Mike also has the endorsement of the Police Officers Association of Michigan. I trust law enforcement and our legal community and not the politicians.

Noah D. Creamer

Traverse City

A distinguished career

I am supporting Ralph Soffredine for County Commission because we can trust he'll do what is right. He has a long, distinguished career of serving our community. He was Traverse City's chief of police; he also served on our school board and city commission. He knows our county and his judgment is sound and solid. We can count on him to lead our community in the right direction. I am confident he will do what is in the best interest of his constituents.

Please join me in supporting Ralph Soffredine for county commission.

Dianne Walker

Traverse City

Protecting groundwater

Here's a broader picture of groundwater.

Groundwater, as air and rain, is not private property. Private landowners can only use water as it flows under their land.

Only 5 percent of the water in the Great Lakes is renewable, through rain, rivers and groundwater.

The western third of our country is very thirsty. How long before the "big guys" begin looking at our fresh water?

Dan Scripps is facing this huge challenge to protect our groundwater by proposing Amendment 5319 to PA451. We urge a vote for Dan Scripps so that he can continue his battle against the "big guys."

Tom and Shirley Wall

Suttons Bay

Does his work

When Ralph Soffredine came to my home asking for my vote, I politely told him I was supporting our current commissioner, Ross Richardson.

As Ralph left, he told me that Ross had only been to "four meetings." This didn't sound right, so I followed up.

Commissioner Richardson prepared a listing for me of all the meetings he'd attended from January 2009 through July 2010. I was literally overwhelmed. Ross attended 261 of 269 required meetings (missing only 8), plus 47 Traverse City Commission and eight Garfield Township meetings.

For a part-time job, Ross certainly does his work!

Mary Lautner

Traverse City

More business thinkers

We need more business concept thinkers in our government at all levels. Ross Richardson has proven to be effective as our county commissioner for the past two years, saving our tax money. He listens to us, as reflected in the poorly handled septage plant issues, clean water issues, and fighting to provide transparencies in our government.

Vote for Ross Richardson.

Tom and Josi Carney

Traverse City

Don't trust extremists

Don't trust extremist conservative right-wing "tea party" type candidates who want you to believe they can fix government. Vote for common-sense candidates who pledge to work with both sides of the aisle based on knowledge and experience. Please vote for quality, dedication and for those who will work for all of our citizens.

Vote Virg Bernero, governor; Jocelyn Bensen, Secretary of State; John Scrudato, 104th House District Representative; Alton Davis, Supreme Court; Ross Richardson, Grand Traverse County Commissioner; and Mike Stepka, 86th District Judge.

Every vote counts and every vote is needed to keep extremism away from politics.

Jim Carruthers

Traverse City

The writer is a Traverse City commissioner.

Descriptions all true

We plan to vote Nov. 2 for Leelanau County probate judge. Our candidate has been described in other letters to the editor as experienced, fair-minded, a community leader, trustworthy, diligent and caring; and the positive descriptions go on. They are all true. Larry Nelson has been our attorney for nearly 30 years and we strongly support him. He has our vote; please give him yours.

Ray and Thea Kellogg


Sets the bar high

Kevin Elsenheimer, whom I have known since he was a teenager, learned early on when he first ran for the state Legislature the value of honesty and integrity. His message was always positive, never bashing the other guy.

A member of his opponent's campaign recently made untrue statements regarding the SLAPP suit legislation that Kevin originally introduced in the 2006-08 session. While that attempt failed, Kevin worked to support a similar bill which passed in the House with his vote.

Kevin sets the bar for honesty and integrity; he will be an outstanding judge in the 86th District Court.

Hal Van Sumeren


The wrong approach

Traverse City Proposal 1 is the wrong approach to fixing problems with Traverse City Light & Power. The proposal is a knee-jerk solution to a complex issue that deserves considerable research and dialogue. The issue of TCL&P governance should be kept separate from the rightful criticism and concern over the utility's recent public relations blunders.

TCL&P can and should be held accountable through the existing checks and balances within the city charter. Proposal 1 is the equivalent of using a bulldozer to remodel a perfectly sound home that simply needs a paint job. Please vote "no" on Proposal 1.

Bill Palladino

Traverse City

Ignoring the voters

It is unbelievable that state Senate Bill 1370 and H.B. 6286, relating to "proof of legal citizenship to vote," have been stuck in committee since June. Sen. Michelle McManus and others completely ignore the will of Michigan voters and will not bring these bills to the floor for a vote. There must be proof of legal citizenship to vote in Michigan, and we the people promise that we will not permit this issue to go away.

My congratulations to Traverse Bay citizen Jeri LeRoi for working her heart out with legislators and the public getting this even to the committee stage.

Jayne Frank

Lake Ann