Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

January 26, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 01/26/2013

Some bias legal

Mr. Newton asks in his Dec. 22 letter how you legalize discrimination. Mr. Newton and many others may not know that, in Michigan, discrimination is not only tolerated but mandated by state law.

Michigan selects a group of people using criteria beyond their control (those persons adopted within the state between 1945 and 1970) and prevents them from obtaining an official document freely available to all others — their original birth certificate.

Look in any dictionary and you'll see Michigan's treatment of these adult citizens fits the definition of discrimination, yet the state refuses to address this.

Discrimination has not ranked as an important issue with the State of Michigan for many decades and is not likely to improve any time soon.

Jim Mandenberg

Traverse City

Re-read Constitution

Now let me get this right. Barack Obama has a mandate to raise taxes, and not cut spending, because he was re-elected. But Gov. Snyder and the Republican State House and Senate don't have a mandate to pass conservative principled laws?

Obamacare, crammed down our throats even though most of the nation did not want it, was great, a milestone.

But the Freedom to Work laws are a giant betrayal? Your reporting is one-sided, myopic and ridiculous.

Liberals insist on the right to choose to kill babies, and force me to pay higher and higher taxes for programs that I don't use, yet I can't have the right to choose to not belong to a union.

The Record-Eagle editors, and liberals, in general, need to re-read the Constitution.

David Thompson

Lake Ann

Do your homework

I write this to all current and prospective landlords. Do your research on potential renters.

I was naive enough to believe in the inherent goodness of most people and that people are what they seem.

There are renters out there who find the vulnerable and exploit them, even with valid leases.

When my renter emailed me saying, "Let me enlighten you about tenants' rights," I knew I'd been had.

Most rights are on the side of the tenant. If terms of the lease are not met, a landlord can take renters to court to evict them, but it takes time and money.

During that time they live rent-free and may damage the property. Then they slip away to do it all over again.

Small claims court? Even if you can find them, it's nearly impossible to get the money owed.

When telling others about my situation, many had horror stories of their own.

I was out about $4,000. It costs many landlords much more.

So get references, check them, and do a computer search.

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