Traverse City Record-Eagle


September 12, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 09/12/2013

Don’t allow lanterns

The state of Maryland has recognized this obvious fire hazard and banned sky lanterns. Fire chiefs in several other cities have done the same (Plymouth, Mass., Anacortes, Wash., Hull, Wis., to name a few). Other cities are in the process of doing so.

Releasing flying burning balls of fire into the sky without knowing where or when they’ll land is utterly ridiculous and should be outlawed. Sky lanterns are subject to air currents, trees and buildings, and are uncontrollable. They stay lit for up to 15 minutes, creating a clear fire hazard upon returning to the earth and possibly landing on somebody’s house, garage, business or barn. I’ve seen them floating above our neighborhood. As the daughter of a police/fire chief, I wonder who in their right mind is allowing this.

On July 9, 2001, fireworks landed on the roof of the Grosse Pointe Hunt Club in lower Michigan. The barn caught fire. Nineteen horses were trapped inside and died. It was a monumental disaster and a heartbreak for the entire community. Leelanau County is loaded with old farm houses and barns, as is Old Mission Peninsula. Must we wait for a disaster to happen?

Vita Kennedy Morse

Traverse City

Close call with bus

Just recently I had a very close call with one of Traverse City’s Bay Area Transportation Authority buses.

The bus ran a stop sign and just kept on coming. I have a bright colored car and always drive with my headlights on. Even though I was blowing my horn as he came at me (as were other cars), the bus never slowed.

This is not the first close call I’ve had with a BATA bus driver. Ninety-five percent of my driving is in town and I frequently see the buses not stopping at stop signs.

Please be alert to this when driving in the local area. This could have been a tragic accident.

Amy Dayton

Traverse City

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