Not a thoroughfare
Kudos to Grant Parsons, it's nice to see that someone with his legal knowledge is willing to question the legality of the recent vote on the parkland. Living on 11th Street, I'm very worried about the change in our family neighborhood with the amount of traffic we could possibly face. The traffic on Division Street must be addressed, but not with an open-ended land grab. If the Michigan Department of Transportation cannot give us some idea of their plan, why should we as citizens of Traverse City give them any of our designated parkland?
The mayor of Traverse City is not a traffic expert, yet he pushes for a roundabout at 11th Street. That will do nothing for pedestrian traffic. Crossing Division, funneling more traffic eastbound on 11th Street with the help of a traffic light will only ruin the neighborhood peace and tranquility. This is like writing a blank check to the state with no real recourse. Everyone wants to give away this property but they are not thinking about the traffic increase in all our neighborhoods should 11th Street be made a thoroughfare like Eighth Street into the Commons and Munson.
The Record-Eagle's endorsement of President Obama and saying we are better off than four years ago is ridiculous. The national debt is $16 trillion. That's over $51,000 per U.S. citizen. No, Obama didn't create it all by himself, but he, holding the most powerful office in the world, hasn't done anything to show Congress and the entire country how to curb spending so social, defense and other programs can continue to exist for our children.
It upsets me greatly to know that my 16-month-old daughter is already on the hook for $51K. What is wrong with you Record-Eagle?
Would be ashamed
Not to be judgmental, but I am glad I am not a member of the rich and powerful Congregational Church. I would be so ashamed of its leaders' decision.
Linda Swanson Wagner
Having lived for a time in Turkey and in Tunisia, I am well familiar with the Adhan, the Moslem call to prayer. It is disappointing that it was excluded from a recent service that honors our soldiers who have struggled and are struggling to support openness and freedom in lands far away.
I believe that to honor them, whether they be Christian, Jewish, Moslem or of another faith, we should include the Adhan to symbolize the freedom that they are fighting for in a service meant to honor them.
Not a thoroughfare
Letters to the Editor: 04/23/2014
Save the bats.Continued ...
Another View: State officials cease efforts to stop advance of ash borer
Kentucky’s war against the tiny emerald ash borer, responsible for already killing more than 25 million ash trees in the eastern United States has ended in surrender - by state officials, not the tiny insect.Continued ...
Another View: Pondering the jail problem
Our compliments to Vigo County Councilman Mark D. Bird for taking the time and investing the thought and energy into writing his detailed letter to the editor on the topic of the county’s jail, published in this newspaper April 13.Continued ...
Editorial: Eighth Street won't work until key issues resolved
Traverse City Commissioner Tim Werner was probably right. Unfortunately. During a recent walking tour of Eighth Street from Union to Woodmere, Werner jokingly objected to characterizing the argument about whether Eighth should be reduced from four to three lanes as the “never-ending debate.”Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 04/22/2014
Democracy for sale?; Are groups legitimate?Continued ...
Another View: Teachers contract should not be reopened
The mere talk of reopening a labor contract midway through its term borders on treason in this once union-strong town.Continued ...
- Monday, April 21, 2014
To Matthew Failor, 12, a seventh-grade student at Traverse City East Middle School, and William Kalajian, 13, an eighth-grade student at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Middle School, who finished second and 10th respectively in the Michigan National Geographic Bee at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 04/21/2014
Check the logs; On a slippery slope.Continued ...
- Sunday, April 20, 2014
Editorial: To hear NMC tell it, public doesn't care
To hear some members of the Northwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees tell it, the public — that’s you — has virtually no interest in the board’s business and even less in having board meetings aired on public access television or videotaped as a permanent record.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 04/20/2014
Rarely a choice; Enjoy the ride.Continued ...
Forum: Time for revenue-neutral carbon tax
The U.S. Department of Defense, NASA, the American Medical Association, General Motors, the Catholic Church, Snowsports Industries America. What do they have in common? They all see climate change as a serious risk.Continued ...
Jack Lessenberry: Was Will Rogers right?
Ninety years ago, Will Rogers made audiences laugh by saying, “America has the best politicians money can buy.”Continued ...
George Weeks: Snyder touts statewide recycling plan
In 1976, Michigan voters wisely approved a ten-cent beverage bottle and can deposit plan that was applauded by environmentalists and became popular with consumers who recognized that their efforts to recycle with minor inconvenience have helped clear the countryside of clutter.Continued ...
- Saturday, April 19, 2014
Another View: Law can't regulate political content
"It's easy to tell when a politician is lying: Their lips move." That's a quote from the 1980s science fiction television series "Max Headroom." And while we may not share that cynicism in its entirety, it's hardly a secret that citizens need to treContinued ...
Fact Check: Peters says Koch brothers oppose Paycheck Fairness Act
Criticizing the Koch brothers and hitting Republicans for opposing the Paycheck Fairness Act are two key tenets of the Democratic midterm playbook. So when we found the Democrat in Michigan's open Senate race combining those attacks against his RepubContinued ...
Fact Check: Rand Paul's supply-side distortion
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul claimed that 20 million jobs were created after President Ronald Reagan's dramatic tax cuts in the 1980s, and that this was the "last time" such job growth took place. Paul is wrong on both counts. The fact is that the economyContinued ...
- Friday, April 18, 2014
Warming study merits some skepticism
Those who support the theory of anthropogenic global warming, the idea that human activity is the major factor contributing to a precipitous rise in worldwide temperature averages, correctly argue that weather is not climate. Thus, whenever a big snoContinued ...
Defusing Ukraine's threat to peace in Europe
The announcement of an agreement at four-party talks on Ukraine Thursday is a major step toward defusing the crisis. This first step may pull us back from what has been called "the worst threat to peace in Europe since the Cold War." Russia promisedContinued ...
Finding a way to erase race card
WASHINGTON -- One approaches the race fray with trepidation, but here we go, tippy-toe. The race cards have been flying so fast and furious lately, one can hardly tell the kings from the queens. Leading the weird lately has been Democratic Alabama stContinued ...
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Defusing Ukraine By Jack Segal The announcement of an agreement at four-party talks on Ukraine Thursday is a major step toward defusing the crisis. This first step may pull us back from what has been called "the worst threat to peace in Europe sinceContinued ...
- Thursday, April 17, 2014
Editorial: Surgery Center's business model a template for future
Imagine an additional 10,000 patients per year cycling through Munson Medical Center’s main campus. And not just people there to get a broken arm looked at, but surgery patients.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 04/17/2014
Let viewers decide; Serfs in America.Continued ...
Another View: Fracking 'earthquake' demands action
Confirmation by Ohio officials that fracking caused several low-level earthquakes near the Lawrence County border warrants attention.Continued ...
- Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Letters to the Editor: 04/16/2014
Willful ignorance?; Do the people matter?Continued ...
Another View: Don’t abandon bigger push to fix state's roads
It’s heartening to see some Michigan lawmakers taking a stab at a long-term solution for the state’s road funding shortfall.Continued ...
- Letters to the Editor: 04/23/2014