Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 13, 2012

Election Letters to the Editor: 10/13/2012


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No consequences yet

Concerning the recent news about more revenue for schools, we went through this several years ago.

We're probably still paying off millage for the demise of our schools. It's obvious some groups and organizations of people haven't felt the consequences of the last financial downturn or they sure wouldn't be putting their hands out for more funding.

I guess like big and small government, as long as someone else is paying, it doesn't hurt me so bad.

Get real.

Fix and repair what you have then go for the gusto at a later date when economic times are somewhat better.

Thomas Vert

Traverse City

On the 'dirty dozen' list

The National League of Conservation Voters ranks legislators on their record of protecting the environment.

The results?

"Ray Franz (Onekama) represents one of the most beautiful stretches of Great Lakes shoreline and sand dunes in northern Michigan, but he has consistently voted to weaken the laws which protect the Great Lakes and the beaches, sand dunes, and forests at the heart of his district's tourist economy."

He is now on their national "dirty dozen" list.

It is remarkable that such an anti-environment individual was elected. We deserve much better.

Philip Joseph


More hidden loopholes?

According to economic experts from such tarnished organizations as Barclays, HSBC and City-Group, the recent unemployment figure dropping to 7.8 percent in September is a falsehood created by the Democrats and President Obama.

These proven perpetrators of unethical financial mismanagement ( are essentially accusing the president of lying or embellishing the record, a charge former GE (Pay-no-taxes) CEO Jack Welch reiterated (

President Obama, despite his lackluster debate performance, continues to hold that electing Mitt Romney will plunge us back to where President Bush left off.

Makes you wonder what "loopholes" Mitt (just like his taxes) is refusing to reveal.

Bill Brown

Traverse City

Compassion, honesty

Melanie Stanton is an outstanding candidate for Probate Judge of Grand Traverse County.

I met Melanie in the early '80s when she was a registered nurse and had recently married a good friend of mine (Bob Stanton.)

I subsequently saw her decide to continue to work and go to law school, establish a law practice in Traverse City, raise twin girls and enthusiastically embrace any challenge that came her way.

My wife and I consider her one of our dearest friends.

Her compassion, honesty and willingness to do what is right will make her a tremendous probate judge.

Terry J. Baumann


Down with morons

I am extremely outraged with these Morouns. Down with the morons and up with the bridge.

Miriam Godoshian


She's compassionate

In addition to extensive experience in both the Family and Probate Courts, and dedicated community service, Melanie Stanton is compassionate, smart and resourceful.

Melanie and I were co-workers when I received some confusing genetic counseling information about my pregnancy for my first child.

Melanie was incredibly supportive in researching and searching for appropriate care.

Witnessing Melanie's work ethic in the professional realm and having benefitted from her compassion and concern, I know that Melanie would bring both the wisdom and heart that our community deserves as Grand Traverse County Probate Judge.

Vote for Melanie Stanton Nov. 6.

Paula Brooks

Traverse City

Extensive experience

Experience is a tremendous quality and Melanie Stanton has that experience, practicing as an attorney for over 22 years.

Melanie is running for probate judge of Grand Traverse County. The probate/family judge handles legal issues affecting children, families, and individuals from birth to death.

Melanie has extensive experience as an attorney in both courts. Melanie also has an understanding of family dynamics that comes from being married for 31 years and being a mother. Being a parent teaches lessons that cannot be learned anywhere else.

Our families are our most important asset. Please elect Melanie Stanton as probate judge.

Marjorie Ruck

Traverse City

Inconsistent with values

Religious leaders of all denominations have spoken out against the Ryan-Romney budget as being inconsistent with their religion's core social-justice values — even candidate Ryan's.

Why have we not heard from local religious leaders?

John Chuchman

Central Lake

Insight, understanding

As Michiganders we have previously failed to elect Senators who possess the will and ability to represent our state and our values.

I first met Pete Hoekstra in his D.C. office several years ago.

Just a small-business owner from Northern Michigan, yet Pete made time to meet personally after returning from a House Intelligence Committee meeting. Debbie Stabenow has never made time to meet and now refuses to debate Pete before the entire state.

Pete's insight and understanding left a mark I have never forgotten. Pete holds Michigan, our Constitution, and our concerns first.

Please support Pete Hoekstra for Senate.

David Gill

Traverse City