Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

November 24, 2012

Letters to the editor: 11/24/2012

Symbolize the freedom

Having lived for a time in Turkey and in Tunisia, I am well familiar with the Adhan, the Muslim call to prayer. It is disappointing that it was excluded from a recent service that honors our soldiers who have struggled and are struggling to support openness and freedom in lands far away.

I believe that to honor them, whether they be Christian, Jewish, Muslim or of another faith, we should include the Adhan to symbolize the freedom that they are fighting for in a service meant to honor them.

Whitney Roberts

Traverse City

Favors transparency

The issue over the city charter clause that the disposal of parkland requires 60 percent approval is hardly trivial, and the defense of that clause is not "ludicrous" as stated by the mayor in a recent article. This clause has been in the city charter since 1927; it was not changed in 1966 when the state Supreme Court issued the decision cited by the city attorney; and it was not changed when the city attorney originally provided an opinion that the clause is not enforceable, about seven years ago.

The city charter has been amended many times in this period, and we have held several elections concerning disposal of parkland, but the charter has not been amended. The legal basis of the opinion by the city attorney is defensible, but a closer legal review shows that it's far from clear, and a reasonable opposing argument can be made. I personally support the disposal of parkland along Division, but I favor even more the protection of parkland by super-majority vote. I also favor transparency in government, and what is "ludicrous" is that years ago the city did not amend what it considers to be an unenforceable clause in the city charter.

Dan Tholen

Traverse City

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