Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 10, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 11/10/2012


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Reap what you sow

Re: Personal damage to property (the man's car he took time, money and effort to restore) and Oakwood Cemetery.

Whoever you are, I truly hope you are very pleased with yourself (selves) for what you did. Shame on you for sneaking around like a thief in the night, lower than a snake's belly. If you are so proud, why don't you be a human being, step forward in the daylight and tell the world who you are if you need attention so desperately? Oh, then you would have to "man or woman up," and you would get in trouble for your actions.

Shame on you. How would you like it if someone did this to you, a member of your family or your friends? If you don't fess up, remember, what goes around comes around; you reap what you sow.

Larry and Toni Way

Rapid City

Those are the rules

The governor needs no prior education, training or experience to become governor ... why? What about yearly evaluations, ongoing educational training, proving growth and fiscal growth yearly and after two years of not producing he must be fired and stripped of his ability to ever earn a living again. Those are the rules I, a lowly public school teacher must live by ... but someone running our state has none. Why?

Diane Kimmel

Traverse City

Let's truly do it

I read the comments in the Oct. 24 article concerning the cutting of trees near Rennie Lake. "They decimated the woods,"Bequette said. "There's nothing left." Followed by the comment from the state foresters about the challenges they face: "balancing the need to properly manage forests for the long-term, while navigating around residential lots lining state land." Bequette: "decimated;" DNR: "balanced."

Balanced? Balanced means "a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions." Balanced means cutting in some areas, cutting less intensively in others, and in some, not cutting at all. Balanced means some areas will be managed as young, uniform, even-aged stands and some areas will be managed for much greater structural and functional diversity and complexity.

If we say we're going to justify management decisions based on "balance," let's truly do it. Otherwise, forestry really is nothing more than timber production for profit.

Doug Burns