Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

October 21, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 10/21/2012

Specialized knowledge

As I consider this year's election, I cannot think of a single more qualified candidate for Probate Judge than Melanie Stanton. I have known Melanie for over 17 years and can say without hesitation that she is the most genuine, humble person I know. She has been a practicing attorney for over 22 years, spending most of her legal career practicing in the Probate and Family Courts. This fact along with her attributes and specialized knowledge of probate law makes her perfect for the office of Probate Judge for Grand Traverse County.

Vote Stanton Probate Judge of Grand Traverse County!

Anita Gauld

Fife Lake

Knowledge, demeanor

Kirsten Keilitz possesses the character, qualities and experience essential to becoming Probate Judge of Grand Traverse County. Kirsten is respected by and shows respect to those persons — litigants, lawyers, parents and children — who appear before her as Court Referee, a position to which she was wisely and unanimously appointed by our Circuit and Family Court judges. Kirsten is calm, deliberate, thoughtful, prompt and well-reasoned in decision-making. Throughout 12 years of legal practice and three years as Referee, Kirsten has consistently displayed the temperament, knowledge, insight and demeanor critical to being a judge. Please vote for Kirsten Keilitz on Nov. 6.

L. Kent and Nancy Walton

Traverse City

A free market?

Why the hysteria over Proposal 3? The reason for Consumers Energy and DTE's full oppositional funding is that in 2008 their lobbyists pushed through legislation that gave them a 90 percent monopoly on the utility market. As former Michigan Republican Chairman Saul Anuzis noted in his support of 3, they're worried if this proposal passes there will be pressure to actually open up utilities to the free market. Consumers will want to start purchasing renewable energy directly from the producers, bypassing the costly utility companies that producers are forced to sell to. A free market in America? What a concept.

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