Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

May 26, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 05/26/2013

Outsourcing our sport

I’m a Tigers fan, born and raised. But I have a problem these days. While Mexicans are persecuted for crossing our borders in order to make enough money so their families do not have to eat garbage and live in cardboard shacks along the Rio Grande, we welcome, unconditionally, anyone from another country who can play baseball? What?

What about our boys, born and raised in America, fabulous athletes, with awesome goals, who can’t quite make the cut because they are competing for a position against a world of competitors? Isn’t baseball really an American sport? How many born and raised American boys are able to realize their dream? What if our baseball teams were made up of all American boys? Why are we outsourcing even our sport, born in the USA?

Nancy A. Davidson

Traverse City

Promote clean energy

People talk often about what wind turbines and solar panels are about. This is what they are not about - gas explosions, oil spills, coal mining accidents and using millions of gallons of water laced with chemicals, some of which are carcinogenic.

Solar and wind do not contaminate food or soil. They do not contaminate the air. They are not about huge subsidies to the fossil fuel industries or politicians taking money from the fossil fuel industries.

They are not about injection wells, flowback, compressor stations, well pads, pipelines, earthquakes or long-term damage to the environment.

Michigan needs to be setting up infrastructure for alternative energy - not hydraulic fracturing. The wind blows, the sun shines. We owe it to future generations to promote clean energy.

Susan Wheadon

Cedar

Gross rationalizations

Government funding for personal benefit is insidious. People complain of government funding but nearly always are more than happy receiving it, and in fact, are often demanding of it for themselves.

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