Traverse City Record-Eagle
— Leaves us with less
I love the water here. The Great Lakes, the inland lakes, the rivers. In this most beautiful corner of Michigan we all love the lakes and the forests they support.
I am concerned about all the fracking permits that have been given by our government to oil and gas companies. In a well between eight and 23 million gallons of water are utilized, and they are gone forever. No plans have been formed to treat the water and put it back into our watershed.
I object to oil and gas companies turning our beautiful state into a third-world country to be utilized for the purpose of profits, profits that benefit corporations. The gas from the wells is not to benefit Michigan citizens but to be sold to China, France and others, leaving us with less less water in our rivers, less water in our lakes, less water in the Great Lakes.
How long will it be before the excessive fireworks on Long Lake will have driven off the loons, especially the extremely loud bangs with no display? These loud bangs are the type airports use to drive birds off the runway areas due to birds’ sensitivity to loud noises.
Never could understand the need to have our own fireworks exhibitions on Long Lake when Traverse City goes to such expense for their show. Each year the noise becomes worse with the increased availability of fireworks in big-box and grocery stores. This trend is occurring not only on our lakes but in our neighborhoods.
Originally, fireworks were associated with the celebration of our Fourth of July Independence from the British. Today, we now use them to celebrate all kinds of less important events winning baseball games, weddings, etc.
The relaxation of Michigan’s fireworks laws has allowed us to become so jaded with excessive fireworks we are now setting them off days before and after the Fourth. The sound of a “big bang” has become more important than the sound of a loon’s unique call.
The writer is a former Traverse City resident
Who gave approval?
How did the contractor building the Clinch Park splash pad get away with not installing check valves on the drain line running to the sewer? This sounds like more shoddy engineering just like the county sewage treatment facility that had the holding tank wall collapse. Who looked over the blueprints and gave their approval? The city and the contractor really put themselves in line for any potential lawsuits on this fiasco.
Robert J. Karczewski