Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

October 19, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 10/19/2012

Years of experience

Gary Appel has served Traverse City Area Public Schools with integrity and honest, hard work for the last four years.

We are fortunate, indeed, that he is willing to serve another four.

He brings years of experience in teaching and educational consulting to this important position.

Please join me in supporting Gary Appel for school board.

Roger Gerstle

Traverse City

Help is needed for all

This letter is in response to the Oct. 3 article "City wants homeless out."

I don't think anyone would disagree with the fact that homelessness is a huge problem.

I found the comments by Commissioner Michael Gillman to be arrogant and rude.

He isn't talking about the people who have lost jobs and were forced out of their homes; he's talking about the "drunken bums, people who are dope heads, alcoholics."

The discussion needs to be about the lack of quality medical care for mentally ill people, the lack of quality medical services for people with addictions and the lack of long-term treatment facilities to deal with these illnesses.

I wonder if the same "higher than thou" attitude would be used when talking about someone with diabetes.

Addiction is an illness. Addictions affect many families — more than most people realize.

My guess is the tone would be much different if it were his child or grandchild suffering from the affects of a nasty addiction.

A solution needs to be found but the name calling and judgment should be dropped.

Help is needed for all of the homeless regardless of how they got there.

Deborah Beason

Fife Lake

Qualified and unbiased

Please join me in voting for Kirsten Keilitz for Probate Judge. As a probate court volunteer for over 35 years, I know she has the experience needed to get the job done. She has worked as a probate court referee for many years and deals with the same situations and makes the same recommendations as the judge.

She is qualified and unbiased and has the expertise to serve as the next probate judge. She has been a pleasure to work with in the probate system.

Vote Keilitz on Nov. 6.

Susan Schmidt

Traverse City

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