Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

August 17, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 08/17/2013

Questions need answers

This letter is in regards to the spraying of cancer-causing oil waste chemicals on our public, non-paved roads. If there was ever a reason for citizens to right a wrong, this is it. Here are some questions that need answers:

n How many times and for how many years have toxins been spread on roads?

n Is this done now, or in the past, in any other counties?

n Has this stuff ever been sprayed on non-paved recreational trails, near beaches or children’s play areas?

I appreciated the Record-Eagle’s recent strong and clear editorial. Please keep it up.

I also appreciated the great Traverse City Film Festival reporting.

Miriam Godoshian

Benzonia

Time to stand firm

His yelling got my attention. “Where have you been? We’ve been waiting an hour!” He was yelling at a teenage girl who had wandered off at the beach. He grabbed her by the hair, shook her, then dealt a forceful, open-handed hit across her head.

My husband approached the man. “That was abusive! That’s not OK. You don’t do that.”

“Mind your own business! I’m disciplining my kid!”

The bully thought he had the right to assault his child and couldn’t care less who saw and heard him in this public place. “So call the cops then,” the bully challenged. “I will. I’m calling 911 right now,” my husband said. And he did.

I don’t know the outcome but I know how shocked we were. No matter your views on parental discipline, when violence enters the picture that’s the time to stand firm. Child abuse is epidemic. We have to speak up and make it our business. What that man did wasn’t OK. Violence toward a child isn’t OK. It’ll never be OK. Call 911 or the Michigan Department of Human Services at (855) 444-3911.

Felicia Seeburger

Traverse City

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