Traverse City Record-Eagle


November 21, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 11/21/2012

'Wildlife terrorism'

Kudos to the environmentally responsible folks who are attending to the proper, respectful burial of the loons and other waterfowl devastated by the avian botulism along our lakeshore areas. What a terribly sad task to undertake. I appreciate your efforts.

There's a similar deliberate event that takes place every spring in Commerce Township on Lake Sherwood, a private lake with an association to "manage" various issues, one of which is to destroy eggs and nests of mute swans that reside in the area.

First, a door-to-door petition is circulated to all homeowners on the lake and related waterways to sign on for this action. Then a permit is obtained from the Department of Natural Resources to allow citizen volunteers to destroy eggs and nests. Hopefully, the volunteers can tell swan eggs from loon and duck eggs.

This act of "wildlife terrorism" is in the interest of controlling the swan population, supposedly. During my visit to the lake in early August I counted only two pairs of mute swans, neither of which had fledglings with them, which seemed odd to me.

I guess the old saying "waste not, want not" might apply to what wildlife may be available in the future.

Barbara J. Weber

Traverse City

A divisive act

On Nov. 11 I participated in a performance of Karl Jenkins' "The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace" at First Congregational Church. It is, in the words of the composer, "a message to mankind, regardless of denomination and creed" of the horrors of war and the dangers of focusing on what divides us, rather than on how we are united.

I was deeply disappointed and dismayed at Pastor David Walls' decision to censor the performance of Movement 2 of the piece, the "Adhaan" or Muslim call to prayer. "The Armed Man" is a call to all people to inclusion and tolerance — to exclude the Adhaan based on the idea that Muslims worship "a different god" is not only wrong but a divisive act that is counter to the entire spirit of this work and Christian teaching in general.

How can we expect the world to be a better place when our moral leaders, Christian "men of God," do not preach the gospel of peace?

Cheryl Donakowski

Suttons Bay

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