Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

April 7, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 04/07/2013

Avoiding the real issue

I feel compelled to respond to the articles concerning Mr. Bennett’s allegations that he was fired from Northern Lakes Community Mental Health because of his position regarding client security on BATA buses

I worked at CMH for almost 25 years before retiring in 2010, years as Operations Manager, supervising several departments. I had many interactions with Mr. Bennett over the years. As a result, I can say from personal experience that, in my opinion, his termination had nothing to do with the situation with BATA. For years, I as well as many other staff, continually attempted to address the many problematic and troublesome issues concerning Mr. Bennett, both in his so-called interviews with staff as well as his inadvertent meetings forced upon us by him.

These issues were brought to the attention of Mr. Paffhouse, CEO, many times over the years, all to no avail, which resulted only in Mr. Bennett’s ability to continue fostering an extremely negative, hostile and alienating environment.

For Mr. Bennett to imply his termination was due to circumstances other than those of his own making is pure fantasy on his part and an attempt to divert attention away from the real issue.

Arthur Newhouse

Traverse City

 

Decide for yourself

The recent letter giving us a simple statistic about the fact that “more people die in car accidents, then from gun violence” is really only going to mislead the simple. People know that the function of a car is different from the function of a gun. But if it will help clarify our national ability to address some social problems we can continue with this car analogy. In the 1970s we had too many people dying due to drunk drivers.

We chose to moderate this unacceptable behavior by lowering the acceptable level of alcohol for a driver, by de-glamorizing alcohol, and by increasing the enforcement of laws and penalties for offenders. It took a while but we significantly lowered the incidents of drunk driving and traffic fatalities.

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