Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

April 23, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 04/23/2013

On potholes

Top 10 comments made around the office water cooler regarding Traverse City’s potholes.

10. Potholes are so big, I saw a family of beavers bathing in one.

9. No, officer, I have not been drinking. Just dodging those small craters on Eighth Street.

8. Never had so much business in all my life said Joe at the alignment center.

7. Sign on Union Street offering free mule rides to the bottom of a pothole.

6. Pot hole was so big along Grandview Parkway they applied to the postal service for their own zip code.

5. You know a pot hole is big when the guy starts a used car lot in one.

4. Pulled my car out of a pothole the other day and realized I was in Beijing.

3. Here is a thought. How about filling the potholes with the rubber from all the blown tires.

2. Headline — Food trucks apply for permits to locate in potholes to take advantage of steady stream of visitors.

And the No. 1 comment about potholes in TC ... There are still less potholes than there are excuses from the road commission.

Jerrold Jenkins

Traverse City

Education and action

The recent National Geographic magazine had an excellent and educational article on fracking oil in the United States. It describes in detail the damage to the environment and community by the fracking that is occurring in North Dakota and Canada. Now the companies want to “educate us” on the values of fracking in our state and especially in Kalkaska, Crawford and Roscommon counties.

I encourage you to read that article and then contact our Michigan and U.S. politicians to prevent this damage to our land and loss of water in our soil and Great Lakes.

Another action is to join the Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan at http://LetsBanFracking.org. Education and action about the dangers of fracking and pipe lines through our state are important actions to save our land and waters for us and future generations.

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