Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

May 6, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 05/06/2013

Consider part-time benefits

Now that pothole season is over and our streets are a mess, our Grand Traverse County residents are wondering when our roads will be fixed.

As we are told that money is tight, I think about a March 28 Record-Eagle article about road commission’s per diems. What jumps out at me is the last paragraph. Our “part-time” commission receives $5,500 per year, paid per diems, and they have paid health care and pensions. All this for a “part-time” board. I know from experience that they put in more hours, but ask any part-time employee, Burger King, Walmart, etc., if they would like full-time benefits, and they would say “Yes.”

I think it is time to consider all of our “part-time” public servants’ benefits. Our private sector employees have had much taken from them in recent years. I think it is time our “part-time” officials do the same. If my public school education is correct, I know where we can get some money to fix our roads.

Fred Stoye

Traverse City

 



A few negatives

I just got back from a 16-day, seven-state, 3,500-mile car trip south in search of spring. It was so nice to see that I was successful in chasing spring home to Traverse City. However, there were a few negative things I observed on my return.

First, I returned to the highest gasoline prices I had paid while traveling. Second, Traverse City has the worst city streets of any place I visited. And finally, I just drove through downtown and saw that there is apparent progress on improving the two to three minutes visitors spend “underground” while visiting Traverse City and using the pedestrian tunnel.

John McCombs

Traverse City

 

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