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September 5, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 09/05/2014

Waste, fraud and abuse

I had every intention of voting for the Northwestern Michigan College millage until I became aware that there was no legitimate reason for a special election to be held at a cost to taxpayers of $68,000. I was offended by NMC President Tim Nelson’s seemingly cavalier attitude to this waste of other people’s money when he said that, although he knew in April the vote could be delayed until the regularly scheduled November election, it “slipped his mind.”

This makes no sense. He is an experienced and well-recompensed administrator. He’s paid to stay on top of details. I have a hard time believing that anything of the sort slipped his mind. I believe that the NMC staff made a calculated decision that they would be more likely to get a “yes” vote if their request stood alone and not in competition with other millage requests. My “no” vote was intended as a slap in the face of Tim Nelson and the rest of his management team. If NMC was a government entity this would be rightly categorized as “waste, fraud and abuse.”

Judith M. Lang

Traverse City

This technology needed

What? Are you kidding me? Seems like every day all I hear is people complaining about hydraulic fracturing. There are actually folks out there trying to ban it forever. Doesn’t anyone realize that nearly all the conventionally developed natural gas and oil was drilled up 30 years ago? Without fracking we would utterly be fresh out of gas and/or oil by now and forced to purchase it from some foreign country — only God knows where.

This is a fact: A vote to ban hydraulic fracturing equates to a vote to ban oil and gas exploration and production in the United States. I live in Traverse City and I can tell you I really need natural gas to heat my home. No natural gas — I gotta move to Florida. Natural gas also facilitates the production of electricity. No electricity — I can’t watch the Michigan/Michigan State game, nor can I make a bag of microwave popcorn, nor have a cold beer.

Our lives revolve around the consumption of petroleum; without it we all go back to the days of the Wild West. Are we spoiled? Maybe so, but that doesn’t change the issue — we need this technology.

Wayne Cockrum Sr.

Traverse City

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