Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 23, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 10/23/2012


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Gas, wind together

The Oct. 5 Forum by Jim MacInnes was interesting and thoughtfully presented alternative energy sources to fill the gap when wind power is not available. One not mentioned is the use of generators powered by gas turbine engines fueled with natural gas. Natural gas-fueled power plants have been used for peaking for more than a decade, and with abundant natural gas being developed and available in the United States, natural gas is cheaper than coal as a fuel source for power plants.

An example of how natural gas and wind power can be complementary exists in northwestern Ohio. For about 14 miles along U.S. Route 30 from Van Wert to the Indiana border, dozens of windmills have been erected north of the highway for power generation in the flat prairie farmland. With few woodlots where trees can impede the wind, this area seems well suited for wind power. On the south side of the same highway, a natural gas-fueled power plant is also connected to the power grid. When the wind is calm, this plant can provide power.

Natural gas is another option that should be considered, and perhaps this resource could come from Michigan, further boosting the state's economy.

Gary S. Logsdon

Lake Ann

Let your voice be heard

I say hooray for Acme and Peninsula townships and Traverse City for adopting ordinances for limiting the personal use of fireworks. God willing, Elmwood Township in Leelanau County will be next.

It is vital that all citizens concerned about the overuse of fireworks by their neighbors call their township supervisor and attend their township board meetings and let their voices be heard during public comment.

Any township supervisor or board member who does not take more seriously the wellbeing of their citizens over the violent play of a discourteous few should be voted out of office.

Julie Chai

Traverse City

Shame on us

I have the solution to the homeless problem in Michigan. Let the governor build the bridge he wants. It can be named the dual-purpose crossing. It will make a lot of money for the good old boys, and we can send all the homeless from Traverse City to live under it.

This will make the governor happy, and the elite snobs of Traverse City can sleep in their warm beds at night.

I was raised in the '50s when you could be proud to be an American. Shame, shame on us.

Also known as one of the "47 percenters" ...

Bob Benton


No accountability

During Friday's special Department of Public Works meeting a vote was taken to proceed to impose a tax on septic and holding tank owners. During this discussion one member suggested that a better course might be to ask voters to approve this tax. Unfortunately, the person, Grand Traverse County Commissioner Dick Thomas, failed to understand that he could have made a motion to seek a special election.

The matter was never addressed further by DPW members. The committee simply voted to proceed administratively to impose this tax.

In essence then, the full committee chose to avoid an election without themselves voting, thereby approving taxation without representation, or accountability.

Phil Scott


Take the time to vote

Please vote for the party and the candidates of your choice on Nov. 6. Whom you vote for and how you vote is your business.

I'm hearing a lot of people say that they are considering not voting because they don't like the choices and are sick of the whole process on television.

Please don't let that dissuade you from voting. America was founded on the premise that we, the people, have the right to choose those who govern us. A lot of people fought and died in America to protect that right for us. It'll be a great shame if only 50 percent of people vote and determine the path that 100 percent of us will live for the next four years.

This isn't just about Romney vs. Obama. It is also about the proposals and the village and township positions that will be filled by real people who make a difference in your future.

Get a copy of the ballot in advance of Nov. 6 from the place where you vote. Read it over carefully and be prepared for the voting booth.

Don't complain about the outcome after the election if you didn't take the time to vote.

William E. Scott

Traverse City

Acknowledge fish kill

It is our wish that property owners along the Boardman River past the dam burst will be able to quickly recover their losses from the parties responsible without years of litigation. However, we are also concerned about the lack of reporting of the ecological catastrophe which occurred last weekend.

When the dam burst tons of sediment flowed down the river and continues to do so, depriving all aquatic species of oxygen through out the food chain. Why haven't the Department of Natural Resources or those involved in the river restoration acknowledged the fish kill and the years it will take for the river to recover? When the dam on the Pigeon River was not properly lowered in 1984 and again in 2008 the DNR was involved in reporting and demanding monetary restitution for the fish kill.

As an avid fisherman I felt like I was attending a funeral when I was able to look at the river yesterday and again today. It will be years before this stretch of the river can support a viable fish population, and even more years before fish of the size that were killed are re-established.

Alan and Donna Dolwick

Traverse City

Look ahead with care

One down — two to go. The first one left me with the impression of bewilderment. Too many millions and billions of dollars flying all over the scene. What to believe, what was fact and what was foolish hype?

President Lincoln had it right with his famous quotation: "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time."

Another of his quotes is: "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts."

Let's look ahead with keen discernment.

Thomas E. Hagan