Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 1, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 12/01/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Sky isn’t falling

The Oct. 19 article “Elberta misses deadline” contained as much substance as the ethers. Unfounded statements were made regarding potential intervention by a state emergency manager who “may” swoop in and begin selling off beachfront property, etc. Ridiculous claims are being made by attention-seeking knee jerk alarmists who have no concept of governmental process.

Where is written documentation the state intends to send an emergency manager? Village president Manville claims a deadline was established to solve deficit issues and the council failed to come up with a plan on time. Yet, a letter from the State Treasury Department produced gives the council 90 days to propose a balanced budget. He voted to delay the budget proposal, while claiming the rest of the council is failing to take this seriously. No one has balanced the Elberta budget in years.

This “sky is falling” mentality is contrary to the previous behavior of the village council. Cooler heads must prevail. A cooperative relationship between the village and state is the only way to solve Elberta’s woes. Only when elected officials fail to work within a fixed budget will drastic steps be taken.

Jonathan Kells



Plan could backfire

When my beloved father was near the end of his life our family was able to do the research, then choose the hospice providers we felt could offer us the care this amazing person and our family felt would do the best for him and all of us in this most important time in our lives. And Hospice of Michigan far exceeded our expectations from the very beginning of services though continued aftercare. I can’t imagine having to lose those close bonds just because a person in the dying process needed hospitalization.

When I read Munson’s plan to only allow Munson Hospice to offer care inside Munson Medical Center, I had several thoughts. The first was, “I think this is going to backfire on Munson when it comes to fundraising.” The second is, “Wouldn’t it be better if Munson just put its energy into making Munson Hospice better so people would choose that voluntarily, rather than because it was the only choice?”

What a shame.

The Rev. Bonnie Smith


The writer is a resigtered nurse and a nurse practitioner.


Prevention is best

Perhaps the National Rifle Association’s president is thinking that the best way to deal with an active shooter is to have a good man with a gun. Such thinking probably stems from the American folklore that every able-bodied man could grab their musket off the mantle and successfully defend his community. However, the facts do not support the myth.

The citizen soldier did poorly in the War of 1812, and their lawless behavior in the war against Mexico was criticized by the regular army. The belief that untrained or poorly trained citizens can defend against trained soldiers was laid to rest.

To believe that untrained citizens can effectively handle an active shooter is not only naive but ignores our poor history regarding citizen soldiers. Relying on untrained citizens to deal with an active shooter not only places their life in danger but also could result in injuries to others. Even when trained individuals are involved with an active shooter, others have been injured.

Like with fires, the best way is through prevention. Let us begin to prevent active shooters by enacting universal background checks designed to keep guns out the hands of criminals and the mentally unstable.

Ronald C. Marshall