Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

August 2, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 08/02/2013

Another mess-up?

Our two absentee ballots were already marked “yes” for the upcoming Northwestern Michigan College millage request. However, the recent debacle over the $70,000 cost to run the election and responses by the board members and President Timothy Nelson’s explanation quickly changed “yes” to not voting at all.

When President Nelson returns the $70,000 to NMC for his error —“we dropped the ball — and I take responsibility for that” — then I’ll reconsider for another time.

Do we add this snafu to other governmental mess-ups?

Irene Brown, Jack Hood

Traverse City

NMC matters

Our region is renowned for great natural resources, which makes this one of the finest places to live. Another resource that has a great impact on our area is Northwestern Michigan College.

NMC provides access to a lifetime of educational opportunities. The oldest community college in Michigan, NMC has led the way with innovative programs and leadership in areas connected to the regional economy and assets.

The college has a long-standing commitment to making these opportunities affordable. NMC is the eighth-lowest of 28 Michigan community colleges.

Join me in supporting NMC’s millage Tuesday.

NMC matters to me.

George McManus

Traverse City

The writer is a former state senator

Continue NMC support

As a past president of Northwestern Michigan College, I understand and appreciate the support residents have given the college over the past six decades.

NMC is truly a special place, and that is because those who live in this beautiful part of the state have always shown such pride in their college, supported the college and helped it become a world-class institution.

On Tuesday, voters will be asked to approve a millage to return NMC’s millage rate to its 1995 level. I urge you to continue to support NMC as you have from the very beginning.

Tim Quinn

Old Mission

The writer was NMC president from 1989 to 1996

An interesting decision

Interesting — Northwestern Michigan College pays $70,000 to hold a special election, with the hope that many or most people will not vote.

Frederick Ide

Williamsburg

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