Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

September 29, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 09/29/2012

Turbines don't belong

Thank you for the Sept. 26 article, "Against the wind." I welcome the heliport just to the south of my property. As one who stands to be a victim of a carpetbagging corporation privatizing profit and socializing harm, my property is being protected by the work of my neighbors.

I have been treated to the argument from wind turbine proponents that they have the right to develop their property without regard to others. The heliports demonstrate this quite well. And that is why proper zoning is very important to protect all property owners as an expression of the community's aspirations.

Joyfield Township still needs zoning. However, the lesson in all this is that industrial wind turbine facilities do not belong in a settled community. If anything, they belong away from people and in Lake Michigan, where people and wildlife are not subject to their negative impact.

Gerald Wilgus

Frankfort

You've done us proud

Question: How do you create a park-like atmosphere?

Answer: First, you whack a bunch of mature trees.

Really? Yes, really. At least that's the way we do it here in Traverse City. That way, you don't have a bunch of nasty shade obscuring your sun-drenched vistas. You don't have all those nasty leaves cluttering the lawns in the fall. You don't have some nasty root system possibly obstructing one of the trench-digging machines that will be used to construct that genius-sounding splash pad deal. Really. You have done us all proud, town fathers.

I just wish there could have been some mention of this deal before you went and did it. You know, so I and all my fellow awestruck townsfolk could have lined up to pre-congratulate you on your brilliant management of our natural resources. Wow, all I can say is, way to go. I can't wait to see what happens when they get wind of this snazzy little resource management technique out in Sequoia National Park.

Rob Parsons

Traverse City

No flaunting necessary

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