Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 8, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 12/08/2012


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Profound gratitude

The recent disagreement regarding the exclusion of the Muslim call to prayer from a concert honoring veterans made me feel a profound gratitude.

The college exercised it rights as a public institution, and the church as a religious one. Wrong or right, the sacrifice of our veterans was indeed honored when we all took advantage of the freedoms of speech, religion and assembly they fought to protect.

I am honored to live in a community that cares this much about how to properly thank our heroes. Finally and most importantly — thank you, veterans.

Benjamin Peek

Traverse City

Pays a living wage

After hearing there would possibly be a Costco in the old Horizon outlet mall, I was so happy.

Costco not only pays a living wage to its employees but also gives them options for retirement.

It would be such a great change, an improvement from Walmart and Sam's ideology of taking advantage of their employees.

I will never set foot in a Walmart or Sam's because I vote with my money and will not support businesses that do not respect the people who make money for them ... their employees.

I really hope they put a Costco in Traverse City; it will be an improvement that pays a living wage.

Peg Mahaffy


Keep Hickory Hills alive

My family and I recently attended the Grand Traverse Ski Club's annual dinner. This year, my grandfather (the late "Swede Johnson"), along with family members of the other three cofounders of Hickory Hills — Pete Batsakis, Buck Williams and Jack Bensley — were recognized for the contribution they had in building Hickory Hills ski area.

What an honor it was for our family to have been presented a framed print of the ski hill named after my grandpa. These men were instrumental in the foresight and dedication they had for the youth and families of the greater Grand Traverse area. Please remember to support future endeavors to keep Hickory Hills alive so future generations will continue to thank them for it as well.

Debra Thomack

Traverse City

Civil servants lying

Under President Obama's "Great Lakes Restoration Initiative," a small group of self-interested civil servants are lying to the public by portraying the Boardman River project as a wetland restoration program.

Clearly, this is a dam removal project. It has destroyed public and private property, including three nature preserves, altogether equaling 13 miles of Boardman River.

The implementation team and project leaders are lying to protect their interests after recent flooding of 53 homes.

They have lost the public's trust.

They have failed to protect the values of the nature preserves. They have failed to protect the value of the private properties.

They have failed to protect the fishery.

They have failed to protect the wildlife, and they have not "enhanced" wetlands; rather they have destroyed high-quality emergent and submergent wetlands on the Boardman River that can never be replaced.

We need to restore transparency and trust between the people and state and local government.

We demand a full and honest investigation independent of the people that are responsible for this disaster.

Bruce Carpenter

Traverse City

Do unto others

I may be wrong, but I was under the impression that Christians were taught to "love thy neighbor as thyself."

Jesus said, "What you do unto others you do unto me."

Instead of prohibiting the Muslin call to prayer, Pastor Walls might have spent his time writing a sermon to remind his congregation what is means to be a Christian.

Charlotte Shea

Traverse City