Traverse City Record-Eagle


December 24, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 12/24/2013

Situation not person

Sad headlines graced the front page Dec. 14. One story covered the unexpected death of a man staying at Safe Harbor. I applaud the Record-Eagle for giving this loss front page coverage. Despite this man’s low socio-economic status, his life had value. You could do him an even greater service by not using his housing situation to define him as a person. When the headline reads “Homeless Man,” it implies he is less than a man. The proper terminology is “man experiencing homelessness” which communicates the condition he is in, not who he is as a person.

Rebecca Kase

Traverse City

Don’t look away

First, I want to say I appreciate Michelle Fehrenbach, a true angel among us for her acts of kindness towards Joe.

Once again I see the broken system in our government. What guidelines are they using? Are they from the ‘60s, ‘70s or even the ‘80s — when these individuals actually were taken care of with a warm place to stay, food and trained staff to help them?

Are we all so self absorbed in today’s society that we can continue to look the other way?

Tracey Cejda


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