Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — Makes problem worse
Many of the homeless in Traverse City choose this lifestyle of their own free will. They have their reasons. I respect and admire their courage. Yet for those who life has dealt an unfortunate hand, Traverse City offers a tremendous amount of assistance. The reality of this economy touches all of us. No one is immune to the possibility of becoming homeless.
A homeless shelter is not a solution. It only serves to enable those who are beyond help. It makes everything easier for them to continue their addictions, to continue to live a life without respect for themselves or those around them. The shelter location provides these people with extreme convenience, as well as free services. This only makes the problem worse. It also provides the added bonus of a central location for all of them to hang out.
Let tourists join in
It’s becoming spring and all the potholes will be popping up soon. I have seen on the news the discussion locally and state on who will fix them, as well as who will pay for them.
In Orlando, Fla., or Kissimmee, Fla., when you rent a motel room you pay a $9.95 resort fee. They use those funds to keep the roads up and police protection in force.
Why not start that in Traverse City? The tourists don’t like the bad roads either, and if they have money to spend having fun here let them join in on making their stay a little better without fighting the potholes. Consider it a use fee.
A positive influence
I was saddened to learn of Frank Hagerty’s recent passing. I first met Frank when I arrived in Traverse City in 1964 to practice law. We quickly developed a friendship which lasted almost half a century.
He was my campaign treasurer in 1968 when I first ran for the State Legislature, and in the years following we shared many happy, memorable and some sad moments. Frank was a wonderful and loving human being, spiritual, creative, full of energy and sometimes very weird.
While I did not share his interest in antique cars our friendship continued and strengthened over the years because we shared many interests and core values. For many years he was a creative, visionary, and positive influence on his hometown of Traverse City and I’m sure many in Traverse City will miss him.
From those early days in Traverse City until our last telephone conversation a month before his passing, he had a lasting and positive impact on my life and I know I will very much miss him.
Santa Cruz, Calif.
The writer is a former Traverse City resident.