Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

May 9, 2014

Letters to the Editor: 05/09/2014

Seems like a no brainer

As a taxpayer and an interested citizen, I would like to commend the Record-Eagle for their efforts to keep me informed concerning Northwestern Michigan College and their ongoing difficulties with transparency. Why there was ever a problem with recording their public meetings in the first place makes no sense to me. As a taxpayer-funded institution, dependent upon voter-approved mileages, being open and available to public scrutiny and input seems like a no brainer.

The recent headlined problems have been created by the board’s inaction, negativity and by its alleged violation of the Open Meetings Act, not by the reports of that inaction, negativity and alleged violation in the Record-Eagle.

Blaming your public relations problem on the newspaper is a waste of time. Just do the public’s business in public. Newspapers like the Record-Eagle are our “watchdogs” and are essential to an informed community.

I, for one, appreciate their efforts.

Judy Reinhardt

Cedar

 

We let them do it

April 1, 2014: The United States of America has a semblance of “Of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

April 2, 2014 (after the Supreme Court’s ruling in a challenge to campaign finance rules brought by businessman Shaun McCutcheon): The United States of America …. “Of big business and wealthy individuals, by big business and wealthy individuals, and for big business and wealthy individuals.”

And we let them do it.

Jacqueline S. Thiel

Elk Rapids

 

 

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