Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 8, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 02/08/2013


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Not coming for guns

Putting aside the fact that when our Constitution was written all the firearms available were muzzle-loading, flintlock muskets, taking minutes to load and often misfiring, the one-sentence-long Second Amendment begins with the phrase, "A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State."

Regulation of firearms is the farthest thing from taking them away. Any argument can be carried to an absurd conclusion.

A speed limit on the highway doesn't mean the government is coming for your car nor does a reasonable limit on magazine capacity, armor-piercing bullets or universal background checks mean the government is coming for our guns.

As a side note, the most consistently recommended firearm for home defense is a .22-caliber rifle, not a military style assault rifle for a host of reasons easily researched online.

Marlowe Bonner

Traverse City

Why afraid of change?

The small-house movement had its first edition of a showdown recently at the Centerville Township Zoning Board, Leelenau County. Mari and Rolf VonWalthausen applied for a variance from the minimum 800-square-foot dwelling size requirement.

Their intent was to reduce their mark upon finite resources and preserve their beautiful property.

Prior to their moving an attractive, building code-compliant wood-frame dwelling of 240 square feet on site, Rolf and Mari carefully recycled a dilapidated mobile home.

I helped deconstruct this mess with its falling ceiling, leaky roof and enough mice in the walls to form their own rodent-sized township. Ironically, it was a legal residence.

The zoning board (two out of three) stated in denying the request that it was responsible to represent the people. Of the 25 attendees to the hearing, including all the neighbors, the prior land owner of this property, planning officials and other citizens, not one spoke against the variance for a small house being granted.

Who are these people the zoning board is representing?

What public is served when an eyesore being replaced by a new energy efficient home is rejected?

Why are we so afraid of change?

Bruce Odom

Odom RE-USE Co.

Traverse City