Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

May 9, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 05/09/2013

Undermine trust

Regarding the Record-Eagle’s position that final jurisdiction within the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) be removed from commanding officers, I must disagree.

The “world” in which service members live and work is not that of a civilian, hence a separate legal system. The connection between a service member and their commander is far more complicated than a simple superior/subordinate relationship; life-altering decisions are made by commanders each and every day and stripping their authority within the UCMJ will undermine the trust which must be present in this relationship.

If a commander wrongly overturns a court’s martial decision then a mistake will have been made, but as this happens as infrequently as mistakes are made outside of the UCMJ it is hardly a rationale for abandoning an efficient and proper system.

Michael W. Rutledge

Traverse City

The writer is a retired Marine Corps Master Sgt.

Didn’t truly matter

Thank God major American pro sports athlete Jason Collins of the NBA didn’t profess his homosexual status to the world and elicit a congratulatory call from President Obama on the same day as the tragic Boston Marathon bombing.

We certainly wouldn’t have wanted his announcement overshadowed by an event that truly mattered news-wise.

Darryl S. Burkhardt

Who pays bills?

Why does the road repair crew fill some of the major potholes and leave others untouched? If the school district refuses to send buses on some roads because of the cost of repairs due to the potholes, which tax payers pay, what about the rest of us? Where do we send our repair bills?

The conditions of Paper Birch, Greenwood and lower Holiday Road have been renamed to Paper Birch Proving Grounds, Crater Curve at Greenwood and Can’t Miss on Holiday.

Bonnie Jones

Traverse City

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