---- — 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.
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.
No flaunting necessary
Oh, Traverse City, what gimmicks do we need to get people to give? The radio reveals the Second Annual "Bras Across the Bay" event to raise awareness of breast cancer. Is there anyone that hasn't experienced it, or knows someone who has been devastated by it? I was raised where bras were considered "underwear," not something to be flaunted in public. What is next, "Jock straps Across the Bay" to raise awareness of prostate cancer?
Come on Traverse City, dig deep if this is a cause you want to support, and let's keep the bras where they belong.
Kurt J. Benghauser