Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

July 10, 2014

Letters to the Editor: 07/10/2014

Making lives hopeful

 

I was pleased to read the thoughtful editorial in the July 1 paper taken from the Terre Haute, Ind., Tribune-Star.

The article lifted up the “CASA” program (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children).

I recently completed training in Traverse City for the Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties’ newest recruits to CASA. We heard from a variety of well-informed and committed professionals and volunteers who work with abused and neglected children in the bi-county area.

It is a privilege to accompany a child-youth through the Probate/Family Court process, giving the presiding judge another set of “eyes and ears.” Our primary responsibility is to the child’s welfare and the goal is reunification of the family, if possible.

Each county now has their own accredited CASA program supported by trained and dedicated volunteers and court staff. Thanks to all who give of their time, talents and compassion, making the lives of children more hopeful for this moment and the years to come.

If this is of interest to you please find out more. Contact the Probate/Family Court in both counties for the upcoming training schedules.

Terry Allen

Suttons Bay

 

Machines of war

 

I have been meaning to write this for years.

While the Blue Angels are entertaining to many, I question if our community members understand the reason for their existence.

Entertainment? I would venture to say most combat veterans shudder at the sight and sound of these war machines. To them (us), they signify death and destruction. They are symbols of military might. They are glorified recruiting tools.

These very same machines have dropped tons and tons of bombs, strafed villages and cities like our own, and killed and maimed thousands, if not millions, of innocent children, women and men. Families, like ours, wiped out. Collateral damage we call it?

The noise and air pollution the Blue Angels bring are obvious; less so is the toxic affect they have on our veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Tim Keenan

Traverse City

The writer is president of the local chapter of Veterans for Peace.

 

 

 

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