Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

June 29, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 06/29/2012

Right candidate

Christine Maxbauer is the right candidate at the right time to be re-elected to the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners. Chris and I worked for the same international company for 20 years. She has an excellent and extraordinary work ethic seldom seen in today's world.

Chris' assertiveness and passion for the issues has brought accountability to the board and benefits to the citizens of Grand Traverse County with a fiscally conservative mindset to control wasteful spending.

Christine Maxbauer deserves re-election to the board to keep Grand Traverse County moving forward in a responsible, positive direction.

Larry M. Gerschbacher

Traverse City

Clean Air Act

I appreciate U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin for voting against the Congressional Review Act (S.J. Res. 37) that sought to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. With a legacy of bipartisan support, the Clean Air Act has a long history of success in reducing pollution that threatens people and wildlife. The mercury rule is a fundamental part of our duty to safeguard public health and ensure cleaner air and water for our children.

Sportsmen from across the country support action to reduce mercury, carbon, and other toxic pollution in order to safeguard fish, wildlife, and their habitats, which provide ecosystem services and quality of life for our citizens. The Clean Air Act has a strong and proven track record of protecting public health along with our lakes, forests, wildlife, national parks, and other natural treasures from untold damage while allowing our economy to prosper.

I congratulate the Senators for their recent vote in support of the Clean Air Act, along with a broad coalition of environmental, health, sportsmen, and faith groups, stand ready to work in ensuring Congress can deliver more jobs, energy independence, and clean air and water for future generations.

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