Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

April 25, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 04/25/2013

Residents’ rights?

We live on Hoosier Valley Road. Next fall Traverse City Area Public Schools will move the bus stop 11/2 miles to the corner of Vance Road. There are no homes there and cell phone signals can fail. Our kids must walk or be driven.

The Grand Traverse County Road Commission, which maintains the road, states it “is not intended for high traffic volumes.” The road is basically one way in, one way out. There are 14 homes east of Vance.

Blair Township approved a special use permit for a faith-based horse ranch which brings in outside traffic. The state Department of Natural Resources has three unofficial target sites. Shooters use an area the DNR fenced.

TCAPS states road damage to buses here was over $5,000 in 2012, therefore the move. The Road Commission and Blair Township tell residents they can pay an assessment to fix the road. $1 million? For gravel grade?

Why should residents pay for non-resident use? Why shouldn’t government entities pay for their decisions and actions? Now, Blair is having a meeting tonight, Thursday, to allow off-road vehicles. I’m told the votes are there.

When do residents have rights?

Sara Gindin

Traverse City

Wait for snow to go

Raking my damp, half-frozen leaves led to mold allergies, a sinus infection and bronchitis, my stupidity for trying to comply with the city’s policy of not delaying the leaf pick-up. Yet what to do about those pesky leaves that remain under piles of snow? In speaking to the Record-Eagle, Bob Cole, the city’s public services director stated, “The weather’s got to change. Doesn’t it?” Well, Bob, no, it doesn’t, as evidenced by the snow on Saturday and the 22-degree temperature this past Sunday morning.

Yet in the face of such stupidity, City Commissioner Jim Carruthers was a voice of reason, taking photos of the piles of snow in the city and trying to convince public officials that the leaf clean-up needed to be delayed by a week. But no, this common-sense suggestion fell upon deaf ears even though most people can’t get this clean-up done.

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