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: Years of effort, commitment created Sleeping Bear plan
Back in 2002 the National Park Service decided that about half of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore needed additional protection against development, vehicle traffic and commercial activity.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 03/09/2014
Protect our minds; Recognize the effort.Continued ...
Forum: A better formula for school reform
Over the past generation, school reform has been predicated on the notion that accountability to student performance on standardized tests would drive improvement.Continued ...
Jack Lessenberry: Why government doesn't work anymore
Want two glaring examples of why many liberals - as well as conservatives - think government doesn’t work anymore?Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 03/08/2014
Assumptions improvable.Continued ...
Another View: Russia’s preferred isolation
Russia’s occupation of the Crimean Peninsula is part of a futile effort to reverse history.Continued ...
Another View: Tax reform proposal sounds good, but may lack support
If there’s one thing that Democrats and Republicans in Washington agree on, it’s that America needs a simpler tax code.Continued ...
Fact Check: Americans in 'deep poverty' hits record
Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives recently released a study that critiqued the current mix of federal anti-poverty programs and suggested a new way forward.Continued ...
Fact Check: Hagel says Congress responsible for defense cuts
President Barack Obama (has) released his proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 ... One point of contention is that the budget he proposed will reduce the army to its smallest size since 1940.Continued ...
- Friday, March 7, 2014
Editorial: Beach testing grant exposes state's lack of commitment
The issue: GT Band to fund beach testing program for 2014. Our view: Grant points up state's failure to act.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 03/07/2014
Where was Snyder?; Time to fight back.Continued ...
Another View: 'Giant' ancient virus raises concerns
In the 1951 science fiction classic “The Thing from Another World,” a spacecraft crashes in the arctic. A group of humans investigates and discovers an alien buried in ice. Once thawed, the alien poses a threat to the humans, who eventually destroy it.Continued ...
- Thursday, March 6, 2014
Editorial: County board must codify what counts as per diem
The issue: GT board can’t agree on per diem payments. Our view: It’s another case of a flawed policy.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 03/06/2014
Reasons to be happy.Continued ...
Forum: Return to local control
What happens within a prison population when prisoners convicted of violent crimes are mixed in with inmates incarcerated for non-violent crimes?Continued ...
Phil Power: Dingell's professionalism will be missed
Maybe the best way to understand how John Dingell survived and prospered over what will be a record-breaking 59 years in the U.S. House of Representatives is to go back to the summer of 2002.Continued ...
- Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Letters to the Editor: 03/05/2014
Better than backroom; The goal is profit.Continued ...
Another View: Russia's invasion
Events in Ukraine are changing by the hour, but Russia’s invasion of Crimea begs the bigger question: How far will President Vladimir Putin go to reclaim Russia’s glorious past?Continued ...
Another View: BWL review first step in reputation fix
The Lansing Board of Water & Light’s internal review of its response to the Dec. 21 ice storm is 80 pages of worthwhile reading.Continued ...
- Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Editorial: Leaf pickup decision won't settle privatization debate
The issue: TC commissioners reject privatization idea. Our view: The debate is likely not over.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 03/04/2014
Give us a chance; ‘No’ to ‘Dollywood’.Continued ...
Jack Segal: One nuclear crisis we're not going to have
The crisis in Ukraine is complex, dangerous and likely to be prolonged. But thanks to the foresight of officials in Russia and the United States, it does not involve nuclear weapons.Continued ...
Another View: Congress undergoing changes, but to what?
Change is being driven by limited special interests determined to achieve only their agenda — not yours.Continued ...
- Monday, March 3, 2014
To the House of Doggs and owners Nick and Autumn McAllister, who won a Food Network “Food Court Wars” reality television competition against Traverse City food entrepreneurs Matts’ Beignets.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 03/03/2014
They provided laughs.Continued ...
- Editorial: Years of effort, commitment created Sleeping Bear plan