Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 13, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 10/13/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

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Obamacare is a great program, patterned after the Republican program in Massachusetts. It’s true that over 50 percent of Americans don’t like Obamacare, but that is because many think we should have a single-payer system or at least a public option.

Obamacare was a compromise. It leaves health insurance in the hands of private insurance companies but regulates them so they can’t deny benefits when people get sick, put a limit on benefits or deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. Also, 80 percent of the income from premiums must go to health care, not profit.

The insurance industry will benefit because they will gain millions of new customers. The insurance industry approves Obamacare, as do the American Medical Association and hospitals. It’s not welfare. Everyone pays in and everyone will at some point receive the care they need. Everyone will have access to a large group plan with lower premiums because costs are shared by more people.

Obamacare is a result of compromise and it has won the approval of Congress, the Supreme Court and the American people when they re-elected Obama. A small minority shouldn’t be able to end it.

Judy Passon

Elk Rapids


Send a strong call


“If life is infinite, then this is not life.” “You cannot solve a problem by condemning it.” These are quotes from Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, the renowned author and speaker in the field of psychology. I think they make sense and as such, have written Rep. Dan Benishek to take note, think it over and step up with a strong voice to help break the stalemate.

It is hard to believe the senator from Texas and his followers are so strong to hold the stalemate to the brink of financial collapsing. Their stance is without reason and honor for the nation.

I hope enough of us can send Congress, just as we must - a strong call for all good men to come to the aid of their country.

Thomas E. Hagan


More than common sense


I support Jan Warren for City Commission.

Jan Warren is more than common sense and experience with over 18 years on the City Planning Commission, two terms served on the Zoning Board and serving on the Joint Planning Commission for Grand Traverse Commons. She is a visionary to carry on in best practices, solve current problems and work for all people to the betterment of our community.

Please vote for Jan Warren for City Commission.

Sindi Doe Wineman



Not compromising


Yesterday my wife and I received a response from Dan Benishek about the shutdown of our government. We are alarmed that his letter is full of distortions and half truths.

Typical is this: “The government shut down at midnight on October 1, 2013, because the Senate refused to come to the negotiating table on a spending agreement. The House of Representatives passed four measures, with my support, that would have kept the government operating. They were all ignored by the Senate. The Senate isn’t even willing to talk about a compromise that will reopen the government.”

For seven months he and other Republicans refused to appoint a budget conference committee, yet he blames the Senate for sending the House a clean continuing resolution? He talks about compromise, yet he shuts down the government merely because he dislikes a law, passed constitutionally and upheld by the United States Supreme Court.

Here is Benishek’s idea of compromise (thanks to Think Progress):

Can I burn down your house?


Just the second floor?




Let’s talk about what I can burn down.


You aren’t compromising!

No, Mr. Benishek, we aren’t interested in what you are selling.

Gerald and Susan Wilgus



Follow the same rules


A state cop left his loaded gun in the bathroom of a store - found by a citizen who faces 10 years? No punishment for cop. Are you kidding me?

Had I left my gun I would certainly face “disciplinary action,” why not the idiot cop? What if a child had found it?

We, as gun owners, are charged with being in care, custody and control of our weapons at all times, why don’t cops have to follow the same rules?

This cop should face the same exact courtroom punishments as anybody else, but of course ... that will never happen.

This cop’s actions are not simple human “error,” they are downright inexcusable. The fact that his commander won’t give a statement tells all. The fact that this trooper is still allowed to have a gun and be a cop scares the hell out of me.

Jon F. Bush

Traverse City

Passionate| about process


I’m writing to express my support for Gary Howe for City Commission. I haven’t seen Gary kiss any babies, but I do know that my own kids, ages 10 and 11 years, have idolized him since last summer when he walked them through Traverse City and taught them how to safely cross the crosswalks. Gary is smart, compassionate and serious about knowing his stuff, a true champion for community.

Perhaps most importantly, he’s willing to listen to opinions divergent from his own and is passionate about good public process. Invite him to coffee and see for yourself.

Amy Martin

Traverse City


A proven leader


I am that demographic that receives a lot of lip service but not much action. You know me, the 30-something born and raised in Traverse City, struggling to raise a family with little left over to save for the kids’ college or “retirement.” Bike lanes and sidewalks are a nice amenity but they don’t create a strong economy. That comes from investing in economic development that takes the long view.

Jan Warren is a proven leader who has consistently supported jobs over years of service to the community. Join me in voting for Jan Warren Nov. 5.

James Easterday

Traverse City