Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 27, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 02/27/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Don’t be like the frog

If you put a frog in a pan of cool water, then put the pan over a fire and heat it to boiling, the frog will sit in the pan until it is cooked and never try to escape the hot water.

If we continue to burn fossil fuel, we will heat up the planet (like the pan of water) until, like the frog, we will be cooked. And like the frog, we are doing nothing to prevent being cooked.

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There’s no free lunch

The president is promoting free preschool for every child. My wife and I sent our children to preschool. The difference? We paid for it. We both worked hard, as did our parents, to provide preschool, food, housing, medical care, education, etc., for our children. No big-screen TV, gold dental work, fancy clothes or eating out three times a week.

“There is no free lunch.” The president and both parties in Congress are buying votes by offering free stuff to those not willing to work for it. Free healthcare, education, food, housing, phones, and now preschool. The problem is, they pay for these freebies with our money, not theirs. All these freebies are raking up our deficit to insane levels.

If the president and Congress wish to provide these freebies with their wages, then get jiggy with it. With 47 percent of this country receiving some type of freebies from the government (we the taxpayers), how long until we go broke? Too late. We are not only broke, we’re bankrupt.

Wake up folks, Socialism has always failed when the ruling elite run out of other people’s money to spend.

Charles Foust

Traverse City

Plow drivers — yield

In response to Mr. Dittmar’s letter of Feb. 1, I have been a private snowplow driver for over 40 years, and I totally agree. Private plow drivers need to yield to traffic. The yellow flashing light on our trucks is to let people know we are working in the area. Plow truck drivers should also look out for traffic before backing out on the road. We should take time to clean the road up from the driveway we plowed.

The men driving loaders that have the head lights in the back of the loader on, could they turn them off when driving down the road when they are going from one job to another? And when traffic is backed up behind them it would be so nice if they could pull off the road when able, space allowed, and let traffic pass.

Leon Fouch