Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 1, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 07/01/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Why deny basic rights?

Did you know Bryan Crough? I didn’t. Have you enjoyed the results of his exceptional work: the City Opera House, etc.? Bryan Crough was energetic, talented, and generous. May we all aspire to be like Bryan, working for the good of the community.

Yes, he was a gay man who, according to his partner, loved unconditionally. Private and public are intertwined. Every day, loving and living exist in the context of public policy. In 2010 the Traverse City Commissioners extended basic rights of equal protection to people of all sexual and gender preferences and identities, with the support of a city referendum.

Bryan Crough’s life and community contributions illustrate why public policies eliminating unjust and hateful discrimination are essential. Yet he could not marry his lifelong partner in Michigan.

I ask any of you who hate the thought of gay, lesbian, transgender and transsexual people to please think about your beliefs, especially religious beliefs that support discrimination.

Would Jesus hate Bryan Crough? Would he deny him the basic rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, the best intentions of our democratic republic?

Bonnie Spanier

Traverse City


Fond memories

Oh, yes, Hickory Hills. I have fond memories. My sister and I skied there many years ago, mostly in the evening when it was not so crowded. Big Swede was quite a thrill and not easy to get there from one tow to another. One night it was so icy that I almost went right into the clubhouse, also got stuck in a snow drift with my car the same night.

Yes, Big Swede was beautiful in the moon light. Those are some nice memories but so long ago.

I learned to ski at Holiday Hills and Peppi Teichner was the instructor. He was from Austria and he was fun talking to. He is long gone but I’m glad I had him as my instructor.

These are my memories of skiing at Hickory Hills as well as Holiday Hills.

Elfriede Robinson

Traverse City