Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

October 9, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 10/09/2012

Think about tomorrow

I wonder if the folks of Grow TC Responsibly realize that being responsible for the future well-being of our children includes things like a modern performing arts center along with the renovation and upkeep of our Traverse City Area Public Schools.

I am a senior on a fixed income. I do not feel punished nor trapped in my home.

When many share the burden the sacrifice is so much easier. The benefit for TCAPS students will be great. The future is now. A well-rounded education creates a responsible and thoughtful generation of citizens.

Start, don't stop, thinking about tomorrow.

Donna Kelly

Traverse City

'Spoils' system endures

The "Spoils System" endures in Benzie's Joyfield Township. Our board continues to pander to their supporters' agenda by:

1) Enacting a wind energy moratorium without public engagement.

2) Appointing their closest supporters as election staff in August's primary.

3) Appointing their closest supporters and family members to the vital positions of planning commission.

4) Awarding a cemetery maintenance contract to the supervisor (their fellow candidate and supporter) while refusing to place the contract up for bid and granting him a generous fee increase in the bargain.

5) Refusing a request by the township assessor (an opponent in last August's primary) to extend his contract, which would facilitate continuity with other area assessors.

6) Failure to put the township halls' roof repair up for bid, sketchy compliance of the Open Meetings Act, unpredictable adherence to their own rules for public input, and reluctance to present upcoming agendas to the public.

7) Tolerating actions of two township board candidates and two planning commissioners who applied for "heliport" licenses with the state of Michigan in order to control the land use around their property.

Will these leopards change their spots any time soon? For our township's sake let's hope so.

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