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
Editorial: Feds, VA have to find new way of operating
We’ve heard and seen it all before. But until Congress and the White House agree to a new way to provide medical care to the nation’s military veterans, there is little reason to think the latest deal — cooked up under the pressure of lawmakers itching to go on vacation — will serve us any better than the current broken system.Continued ...
Election Letters to the Editor: 08/01/2014
Common-sense approach; Walking the walk; Out of touch. (Plus more)Continued ...
Another View: Law enforcement, campuses must work together
A survey of four-year colleges and universities finds a lack of coordination between many campuses and local law enforcement in handling sexual assaults, and that many schools have gone years without investigating such cases, according to an Associated Press story ...Continued ...
- Poll: Have you seen a movie or attended an event at the State Theatre?
Letters to the Editor: 07/31/2014
More reliable system; Without a tax hike; A more reliable system. (Plus more)Continued ...
Editorial: In 10 years, Film Fest has sparked revitalization
Ten years ago it had the feeling of one of those old Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland confections of the late 1930s when the kids of Carvel, Idaho, decide to fix up an old barn and put on a show to save the town or the prom or some such silliness.Continued ...
- Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Another View: No — Moving the RMV north of the Merrimack
There’s more to development than shuffling government offices.Continued ...
Election Letters to the Editor: 07/30/2014
What experience?; Voice for N. Michigan; Only primary counts. (Plus more)Continued ...
Forum: Chinese students; another view
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- Monday, July 28, 2014
Editorial: Early college programs offer TCAPS students head start
In an era of sky-high college tuition rates and dwindling state and federal aid, being a frugal higher ed shopper is a must.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 07/29/2014
Pay our share; Reduce government; No job growth.Continued ...
Another View: Tax 'desertion' symptom of bad policy
An unfair tax system would force anyone to find shelter. It’s time to revamp the tax code.Continued ...
To the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Clean Vessel Act program for providing $200,000 to the state of Michigan for projects that help recreational boaters properly dispose on-board septic waste.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 07/28/2014
War machines troubling; Transfer of taxes; What cuts will result?Continued ...
- Poll: Has city done enough to find out what happened with Splash Pad?
- Sunday, July 27, 2014
Editorial: TC's Splash Pad report effort short of the mark
It reads like a bad whodunit with a lot of loose ends and too many holes to be acceptable - or credible.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 07/27/2014
Broadcast the parade; Our polar differences.Continued ...
Forum: Promote an equitable, safe environment for all
The Record-Eagle on July 14 published a misinformed, misguided opinion piece by syndicated columnist Mona Charen headlined “Culture of Sex.” The column suggested that victims are somehow responsible for sexual assaults.Continued ...
Jack Lessenberry: At 90, judge still learning
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George Weeks: Financial filings raise campaign issues
Money — who has it in abundance and uses it most effectively — almost always is a major factor in political campaigns.Continued ...
- Friday, July 25, 2014
Fact Check: Michelle Obama said Declaration signers not 'born American'
Claim: Michelle Obama noted that the signers of the Declaration of Independence were not “born American.”Continued ...
Another View: New Michigan law will keep moms out of jail
You wouldn’t take your sandwich into a restaurant’s restroom to have your lunch, would you? So why should a public restroom be a place for a young mother to feed her baby?Continued ...
Fact Check: Fact-checking immigration claims
The surge of unaccompanied children at the U.S. border, primarily coming from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, has overwhelmed border security officials and pushed the limits of the U.S. legal system.Continued ...
Another View: Libraries = summer learning
The sun is shining, the fish are biting and bicycles are more than ready to ride.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 07/26/2014
Are shoppers safer?; No info monopoly.Continued ...
- Editorial: Feds, VA have to find new way of operating