Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 27, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 11/27/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Consider another option

Regarding Obama, a Nov. 5 column by Phil Kernan of American Commitment says the president is either dodging responsibility for his administration or else he really is clueless. Please consider the next option, which is detailed at

Can it be that we are the ones who are clueless and that we have been dodging our own responsibilities? Time is of the essence.

Colleen Bell

Traverse City

Pay close attention

Pay very close attention to John Simaz (Nov. 11 letter to the editor), and a Nov. 9 Detroit News article published in the Record-Eagle on “current” fracking safety records. Both are excellent examples of how the gas and oil industry are once again attempting to misinform the public by twisting the facts (a.k.a. lying) and hoping we won’t know the difference. They accuse others of disseminating misinformation when it is they who misinform.

John Simaz uses the “11,000 gas wells in Michigan since 1950 with no groundwater contamination” as proof to their safety while failing to mention (working for the oil and gas industry, he’s actually paid to fail to mention) that, since 2010, the industry in Michigan is using very new technology, requiring millions of gallons of water, over 100,000 gallons of chemicals (including carcinogens and biocides) and releasing methane.

John needs to tell us how safe these newer drills are. Deny the severity of the water contamination, air pollution, denuded landscapes, citizens permanently on bottled water and I will reply that the world is not rational, it is alive and chaotic, and we’re onto him.

Lisa Franseen

Traverse City