Traverse City Record-Eagle

June 16, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 06/16/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Appalled by remark

I am appalled by Chuck Korn’s remark in the Record-Eagle that there is a need for a huge electrical substation in a residential area on LaFranier. There are two other spaces that could be used on LaFranier but he wants them used only as taxable property. It seems he has no concern for people who will be living right by the substation in King’s Court, The Villages, Chestnut Hills, nursing homes, residential homes, businesses and apartments. He has no concern for property value, the look of the area or potential health risks, only about the taxes the township will get.

The public needs to voice their concerns by calling or writing Garfield Township officials or Traverse City Light and Power to let them know we don’t want to live near a huge substation on LaFranier.

Question: Where will the huge poles go to carry the increased electricity, on the utility easement behind your house? Attend the public zoning meeting June 18 at 7 p.m. at the township hall on Veterans Drive.

Nancy Crandall

Traverse City

Gratuitously inhumane

At its June 11 meeting the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners was to vote on seven applications for 2% money from the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.

Prior to any discussion, Commissioner Melinda Lautner said she wanted to submit applications three through seven, not one or two. Three through seven were technical in nature, such as for a printer/scanner.

Applications one and two were from the Early Childhood Development Commission and the Neighborhood Assistance Ministry/Leelanau Christian Neighbors - Assisting Families program.

Commissioner William Bunek suggested ranking the applications, and three through seven got the top spots.

I was completely stunned, but grateful that Commissioners Carolyn Rentenbach and Jean Watkoski spoke in favor of supporting all seven applications. Submitting the applications did not cost the county one penny.

Submitting applications is a formality because the Band makes all decisions. But commissioners Lautner, Bunek, Tom VanPelt, Karen Zamaitis and Debra Rushton took it upon themselves to essentially block the only two applications that have anything to do with Leelanau County residents who happen to be less fortunate.

It’s hard to believe a majority of county residents would support something so gratuitously inhumane.

Betty Bushey

Elmwood Township

A common bond

The Record-Eagle’s recent news article regarding the theft and victimization of Traverse City’s mayor, while informative, spurred some sympathy from me. I can’t help feel that his comments paralleled my feelings. In the near future parking rates will double and the mayor and I will share the common bond of being a victim. My social status must be increasing.

Raoul Duke

Traverse City