Traverse City Record-Eagle

June 20, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 06/20/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Future looks bleak

In America we have for-profit health care. This business model is predicated on the denial of service. That’s the only way it can be profitable.

The poor have no health care, the middle class is scared of losing theirs, and the rich think the system works great. Our governor and the Republican legislature would like to do the same thing to education. This has nothing to do with educating children. It’s about where education dollars go.

Their plan to channel this money toward their supporters is simple. Cut funding to local districts, and when they fail, send an emergency manager to take control.

Soon we’ll see CEOs running cyberschools wherein teachers would be responsible for hundreds of students they never see while working for low wages and few benefits. It’s another attack on the middle class in Michigan. The rich could, of course, still send their children to private schools.

Whether local school boards jump off the cliff with our legislature in an attempt to remain relevant remains to be seen. TCAPS board is already trying to implement teacher compensation measures which our legislature is only beginning to consider. With Republicans controlling the state, the future looks bleak.

Sean Palmer

Traverse City

More thanks needed

Great good news story, the Slacks and their generous scholarship gifts. Two things really caught my eye.

First, not being overly impressed with the highest marks of a student (my husband, a one-time supervisor, was very leery of 4.0 graduates from college for a number of reasons, but especially an inability to make a decision that might lead to a failure which in the real world — particularly manufacturing/assembly line start was/is quite likely).

Secondly, concerning the remark, “not very many thank yous,” a lot of us grandparents can relate to that. It seems that it would behoove the school officials to have a sit-down with the recipients regarding such a social grace plus a suggestion that the latter “give it forward” at some point in their lives.

Lois F. Golightly

Traverse City

Going after gouging

It seems to me that a local legal professional could get “priceless” free advertising if he/she filed a pro bono group action case against all the local gasoline providers.

Proof of price fixing is easily obtained by going on the Internet and monitoring gasoline prices throughout the area.

I think the locals are tired of paying at least 10 percent premium for gas and if the situation was solved by the group action the lawyer who solved the problem would be swamped with other “paying” legal matters.

John McCombs

Traverse City